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October 11, 2017

First comps of the new season finished !VERY SAD,….already 4 people killed in 3 gliders in Australia..please be careful!!!!

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The “left overs” from hurricane Maria, reached Europe and though Holland and Belgium were hit,  specially the N. part of Germany and Poland had the worst bit. In Germany  6 people were killed , mainly due to falling trees. Berlin and Hamburg had a rough time without electricity. It’s a bad hurricane season with HUGE damage bills worldwide and even worse too many killed and too many who lost EVERYTHING.
By the way, on Sunday night we had in the East of Holland the first frost!!!1.2 minus!!!!The forecast for this upcoming weekend is 20 dgr. C PLUS .


With 2 comps in early spring , one in South Africa’s Potchefstroom and the other Down Under in Warwick [Queensland] the competition season 2017/2018 has started.
Both comps had to deal with WET spring-weather, hence not a full week of soaring.

In Potchefstroom , after 3 day’s of soaring [ “Day 3 started with 12.000’ base … got lousy but then picked up and infighting all the way to final glide which was very cool and fast 90km out ” by Arne] and another rainy day on Thursday ,[ “The air today is cool and there is still a lot of moisture from the north west as the front is now sitting over Potchefstroom so that there will be no chance of a task today” ] they only had 2 days to go.
Those day’s could be  VERY interesting.
Look at the overall scores in 18 m./open class; 1. Oscar with 2.093, 2. Laurens with 2.070, 3. Arne with 2.062, 4. Attie with 2.058 and 5. with 2.054 points Uys Jonker.
The card’s were not yet shuffled, BUT,…the weather should co-operate as well.

Laurens ready to go.
shared by Laurens picture courtesy Bennie Henning.

What happened?
The Friday news after launching part of the gliders for small tasks:
Oh dear – what a great pity. 
We managed to launch the 15m. and 2-seater classes gliders, and then it was agreed to stop launching, as there were a few 15m. gliders landing, and the sky was getting darker to the north west of the airfield and an approaching storm. Although conditions were much better out on track, it was then a matter of the gliders that had landed, if they had another launch whether they would get away once airborne again, and so it was finally agreed to cancel the tasks for the day for all the classes. It is likely that once the storm has passed, conditions will re-generate, but the ground will then be wetter still. 
We live in hopes for tomorrow, but there is no guarantee that it will good enough – we will see. So more news in the morning.”

“Towing back to the hangars with sinking hearts.”
Shared by Arne.

All hope was set on the last day then:
BUT,……Saturday’s message;
After a heavy storm with some hail, it has been decided to cancel the day. The weather is just not going to allow all the pilots to get airborne before the next downpour, so very sadly after only 3 days’ flying, the 2017 SA Nationals are now over. ”

AP Kotze won in club class with 2.170 points in the St. Cirrus on 3 out of 8 days.
Best in 15 m. was Mark Holliday in ASW 27 with 2.101 points.
Nothing changed to the 18 m./open scores I mentioned ,so Oscar won just ahead of his brother Laurens;2.093 points.
The 2-seater-win was for team Schaap/Taljaard in a DG 505M/20m. with 1.816 points.
Congratulations to the NATIONAL CHAMPIONS from South Africa.


In Warwick, on the other site of the world, the weather was a not much better….. they tried hard on Friday to create day 3. Small tasks but in vain. Only 2 days and 3 winners with not too many points;
State comp-winners;1.Justin Sinclair with 1.373 points in Sports class,2. Mike Codling in club with 1.596 and 3. Ivan Teese in 18m./open with 1.782.

No worries,…as for quite a few of the Warwick pilots , the first Nationals in down under, were about to start and they straight away traveled from Warwick to Goondiwindi ;
The Sports Class Nationals in good old Goondiwindi between October 9 and 18 with 37 pilots in club, 15 m, and open class.
On the practice day already very bad news!!! The Chronicle had breaking news;
 “An experienced glider pilot has been killed in a crash near the Queensland-NSW border this afternoon.”
Good old Simon, the warmest, most jovial guy in gliding died after , what witnesses saw, his JS 1 spun in to the ground, after he was released.
RIP Simon.
I share the words from Anita [Taylor] , words so  spot on:
Simon, who would, and often did, go above and beyond for his friends… and there were many…. who always called it to your face, and always with a smile and always with unconditional regard….. who would look out for others, simply for the joy in being able to help …. big, in every sense… as will be the void.”

Here the official words from the GFA, I praise them for doing this ,even when it is TOO often at the moment:

“With deep regret, we inform members of The Gliding Federation of Australia that on the afternoon of Monday 9th October 2017, we lost one of our members in a single glider accident in a paddock close to Goondiwindi Airport. The deceased member is Mr Simon Brown, an experienced glider pilot and member of Gliding Club of Victoria (GCV) and numerous other gliding clubs. Simon is well known to many pilots across Australia.

GFA Operations and Airworthiness investigators were immediately mobilised, and are now assisting Police and Coronial authorities. Organisers of the Goondiwindi national championships provided valuable immediate assistance.

Simon was flying his JS1C single seat glider. He had released from aerotow and was seen flying straight for a few minutes and then the glider was observed descending vertically at high speed into the ground.

Pilot medical issues will be investigated by Coronial authorities. Considerable further work is needed to access flight records and reconstruct the flight, and correlate with meteorological data. Members will appreciate that more investigations are required before firm conclusions can be drawn.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Simon’s family and his many gliding friends.

Peter Cesco
GFA President

Mind you the beginning of this season is terrible for my Aussie mates. 3 Gliders with 4 people died after a crash in a short time.

On the Goondiwindi-practice-day , most choose to talk and be together to come to therms with this very tragic loss.
They started today with a 3 hour AAT in open/18 m. won by Tom [Claffey] with 352 km. and a speed of 117 km./h. and as runner up Lumpy Paterson from Tocumwal.
In 15 m. a 2.30 AAT was set and won by Adam[Woolley] with 345 km and a good speed in his Ventus 2 from 132.5 km./h. The Trotter’s were runner’s up but with 50 less.
In club Jim [Crowhurst] flew in his ASW 20 a distance 350 .55 km. during a 3 hour AAT in 3 hours at the dot!!
All scores from today are preliminary.


 Newsy news !

——The Chilhowee Soaring Association announced their October fest between October 20 and 22. The spot to be, as Sarah and Jason are the organizers !


——Gariep Dam Gliding shared the next message:
“Good Afternoon to all the Pilots out there. Some exciting news to share with all of you. No more lack of electricity at the Clubhouse and Hanger. We have new solar Panels and a new Inverter system installed. So now we have sufficient power. Also on top of that a solar geyser was installed. So now permanent Hot water for everyone.
See you all soon as we can’t wait for the Gliding season to kick of this November.”


As shared by them.

—–They will be only flown in the beginning of next year ,but when you want to fly your own glider at Vitacura in Chile at the WORLD FINAL  of the  Sailplane Grand Prix in Chile, you have to send your glider now. That’s what the European pilots are doing right now.

17 Qualified pilots during the series and 2 wild cards for Rene Vidal and Carlos Rocca both from the organizing country Chile.


Hope they arrive without damage.
As shared by the SGP
the last one by Giorgio Galetto with his text:”Pilots from 8 different nations to load the frame. 9 hours of hard job under the supervision of Spindelberger”

——Bahia Gliding in Brasil. Good to see they are busy enough this season and some nice flights as well.628 km.  and a 500 FAI triangle in a St Jantar is for sure good fun. It’s just waiting for a 1000 km. flight this season they came close already, with 983 km.

—-HOT WAVE… no not as in warm but pretty good; Kinross [Scottish Gliding Center] and Aboyne [Deeside Gliding Club] the wave mecca’s in Scotland . Edward Downham flew in the ASH 25/EB 28 1.100 km. [ max. height 5.184 MSL, 4427 AGL ]from Kinross , which is situated South of Aboyne.
John Williams flew 936 km.  with a speed of 152 km./h. in the 20 m. Antares and from Aboyne Roy Wilson flew the ASH 31/21 m., over 624 km. with a speed of 156 km./h.

—–World Solar Race from Darwin to Adelaide.They started last Sunday and drive over more than 3000 km. in car’s on solar-energy only. Universities/students try to be the best in 2 classes, single seater’s for speed and “the cruisers”  for efficiency.
There are 3 teams from Holland ; one in the efficiency class ….a family car with 5 students from the Technical University in Eindhoven who  try to win like they did last time and the students from Delft and Twente are again in the race to be the best in the speed class.

—–HARVEST time in Australia; One of my [soaring-] friends Gerrit Kurstjens did well in Holland ,but does even better in Australia. On their site, Kurstjens Farming Australia,  they showed this picture and,…he and Pam still have time for gliding;

“We’re ready for harvest.”

And to finish this fabulous picture, AGAIN from New Zealand and shared on FB,  by GLIDE OMARAMA from COLAB CREATIVE !!!

With the text;
“I still can’t believe we pulled it off! 3 gliders in formation ridge soaring Mt Cook.”
pictures from this dual tow were taken from a helicopter. Great stuff, I remember dual tows from our field at Toc. pretty impressive.

“Taking off on filming work

Cheers Ritz

October 4, 2017

Back on track again !! And,….more newsy news!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:11 pm


Sorry…., for sure the die-hard-readers have noticed, that my last blog was published, but  finished rather abrupt.

Reason is clear,..problems with my laptop.
One of my Dutch friends Theo got rid of the problems after quite a few hours hours on phone and view-reader and en passant he installed Norton, refreshed google and cleared all other problems as one with my blog. It told me that  my IP , which turned out NOT MY IP ,blocked/ blacklisted me entering; so the future looks bright. Thanks Theo!!!

My friend Bill from the USA , had to help me with my blog. He could enter it ,I could not!!   Bill gave me a new login and password which worked well with him but not with me. He was so kind to publish already the text I had finished, but not really checked.
So another viewer- reading this time via SKYPE.
And… doubt… he had solved those problems very quick, so here I am again. Thanks Bill!!!


Lot’s of newsy news!

—–September was a weird month weather wise, here in Holland and in more places in  Europe. It was the wettest since 2001. An average of 130 mm. [87 is normal!!]
Hence, the average temperature was 0.8 dgr. lower .
We had the coldest EVER, 16th of September but last weekend summer revived with up to 25 dgr. C.


Autumn !!
Walking in the weekend,  through a park and a nature- reserve called “the Groote Heide” close to the Achelse Kluis a convent from the order of  the Trappists. We met some bird watchers and they showed us a fish-eagle, which was looking at their enthusiasm, pretty spectacular in this area.

This  message from the British Gliding Association I really love to share;

Mylynn and Dina, from Oxford University gliding club, both completed the Standard Aerobatic badge this week at Bicester – learn more about glider aerobatics at


as shared by the BGA.


——-Branco Stoikovic topped the first day of the 2018 OLC list. He flew in a Nimbus 3 T /25 m. [ Gugui’s Big Bird], a nice flight from 805 km. from Bahia Gliding in Brazil. This included a 750 FAI triangle.
A few days later he flew 960 km [866 km.FAI] He enjoyed some great flying .

——Matthew Scutter published the new handicap list for club class; I am sure more will be interested,  so here is the list also published on his blog Matthew Scutter’s Gliding;


——The SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONALS are in progress in Potchefstroom.
In Club class 11 participants, in 15 m. 13 , in 18 m. 22 [ and several European mates in this class]   and the 2-seaters fly around with 6 gliders, so another 12 pilots!
In 18 m. class Oscar Goudriaan flies his brand-new JS 3 . Already 7 of this successful JS 3-type fly in this competition.

You can see the speed even on a picture!!
As shared by Oscar, but picture courtesy Robert Atkinson .


As shared by Jonker sailplanes.

These comps will finish this upcoming weekend. But the first days [September 30 practice and October 1] there were no tasks due to poor weather, on October 2 however it improved and all were airborne in just over an hour for 2.45 and 2.30 AAT’s!!

One of the long time guests at Potch, is Arne Boye-Moeller who flies now in Potch a JS 1.

BUT,…..Arne with Uys, “test-sitting” the JS 3.
I “liked” his text with the picture and for sure,  through time , I knew what he means;
An expensive moment “.

October 2 turned out an exciting day with good and bad circumstances as huge rainfall but still finishers. In 18 m. even 16. The top 5 was JS 3 then Arne in the JS 1. Winner;Hungaryan pilot Zoltan Kore; speed 137 km./h.over 363 km.
Followed by the brothers Laurens and Oscar and the brothers Uys and Attie.
One pilot mentioned ;
” an AAT of which the second leg ended under a huge CB , so a little detour was needed…
Still a very nice gliding day !”

Ready to go ….”only”  waiting for the cu’s.
As shared by Arne.

The October 3 official “after flying news” ;
After Flying – 6.30 p.m.
The first pilot back did not complete the task, with some others following who also didn’t complete the task, but overall the pilots had a good day and some enjoyed the flight, whilst others found it a bit difficult. Some battled to get up for start, and the overdevelopment did not materialize. It seemed that it was fairly blue with more clouds in the second two sectors. It was a much drier than was expected, so overall – a good day’s flying. Thankfully everyone managed to get home with no out-landings so that is always pleasing, and now the beer sales are doing well!
The provisional results show that in the Club class Jaco Burger has won the day with a speed of 96.06 kph, Pieter Geldenhuys 2nd, and AP Kotze 3rd.
In the 2-seater class Mark Hutchings at 85.12 kph came 1st, with Arjan Schaap 2nd at 95.36 kph and 3rd Bruce Cherrington.
In the 15m. class Nico Le Roux managed 114.5 kph ahead of Dick Bradley at 110.39 kph, and 3rd Mark Holliday at 110.08 kph.
In the 18m/Open class Oscar Goudriaan led the field at 136.05 kph, with Laurens just behind him at 135.79 kph, followed in 3rd by Brett Hunter (NZ) at 128.64 kph.”

For today October 4 I share the next news:
” This morning there is once again cirrus upper cloud, but the wind is not as strong as yesterday, but the morning has a different feel to it. Pilots are getting their gliders weighed and out to the grid with the hopes of a flying day. The prediction for the booming S.African conditions do not appear to be working for this week. They are hoping to have a task today, but I gather tomorrow is not too hopeful. We will learn at briefing what the weather is going to be.
Tasks today: Club…203 km, 15 m. and 2-seaters a 3 hour AAT and 18 m a 284 km. task.

——same time but on the other site of the world , the first Australian competition in the new season; The Queensland State Comps flown from Warwick, with also a few ” off-day’s ” in the beginning and today they have their first soaring day. They have 2.30 in sports {7 pilots} and club class {7}  and 3 hour AAT’s for 18 m.{8}
All pilots finished with 341 km. in time 2.59 for Ivan Teese in 18m/open in his ASG 29E;1000 points and a speed of 114 km./h.

The season did not start well in Australia, here is the sad news:
With deep regret, we inform members of The Gliding Federation of Australia that on the afternoon of Saturday 30 September 2017, we lost one of our members in a single glider accident in a paddock off Murray Rd, North of Benalla VIC.  The deceased member is Mr Richard Robinson, an experienced glider pilot and member of Gliding Club of Victoria (GCV).
Richard was flying his LS8-18 single seat glider that he recently acquired.  His glider was observed by a witness flying low near Murrays Rd, between the Midlands Highway and Benalla-Yarrawonga Road.  The glider was observed in a turn when the into-turn wing dropped and the glider impacted the ground.  ”
“Initial investigations have not indicated any airworthiness issues with the airframe prior to ground impact. Pilot medical issues will be investigated by Coronial authorities.”
Parts of the mail shared by Peter Cesco…GFA President.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

——Children grow up !!! And …too fast, meaning we are getting older!!! My long-longtime friends from Belgium, The Schmelzers ,celebrated the wedding of their son Bert jr and his by now lovely wife Barbara last weekend. I wish them ONLY HAPPINESS !!!

A very happy Bertje [ former WGC champion] and as happy, his beautiful wife Barbara.
As shared by Barbara.

—–Very sad about Las Vegas.. my family just visited this beautiful and normally HAPPY TOWN. Sometimes I do not understand our world anymore!!

——-GLIDE OMARAMA in New Zealand published the next news with a happy beginning of the NZ season!!
Today I had a beautiful spring thermal flight with Steve Curtis from Tocumwal. We flew up the Murchison valley at 7500′ with Mt Cook towering above us on our left. We took a thermal to get above the ridge-line and crossed into the Jollie. Nearing Omarama, we decided to go west and flew to Lake Hawea via the Dingle range. The clouds upwind were building and becoming showery so we ran downwind to the Lindis, and finished by running a honking convergence on the St Bathans range. Our soaring season has well and truly started!”


Mt Cook from the mouth of the Murchison valley ” and ” Convergence on the St Bathans.”

AND,…indeed the season started GREAT. Frequent NZ -flyer from Finland, Jyri Laukkanen,  flew on his first 2017/18 season-flight, in good wave 889.97 km. with a speed of 137 km./h. in an LS 3A.

——To finish the blog one of those great pictures by Geoff Soper also from New Zealand.

early evening aurora“.
By Geoff Soper.

CU next week, so happy…….. this laptop is going like a “rocket”  again.

cheers Ritz

September 27, 2017

Fall has started,…. for the lucky ones…time to leave the colder countries, ,…maybe,…very maybe,..I belong to the lucky ones too!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:40 am

—–Autumn started here in Holland and it started with late- summer- weather,..just beautiful. We deserved that after the much too early autumn- days earlier in summer.

Autumn in Holland.

—–I heard already the first messages of travelling to South Africa, Namibia or Australia . October 23, Dieter Dundee leaves for Tocumwal and will spend his winter over there.
He is 81 now and still going strong. Here is how I remember his arrival.
—I never forget his arrival many years ago. The bus had arrived at 7 PM at the fore- shore in the center of town and he had no clue where to go to. A nice fellow from Toc brought him to the airfield,about 5 km. ..big bag-pack nearly as high as he is himself. It was after -office-time , but we never had a problem with that and Brutus and I were still working.
He entered with a big smile saying, “I am Dieter from Germany and I speak no English”. Both Brutus and I are fluent with German, so we welcomed him in his native language. Bigger smile.
We asked him what he would like from us? He had no booking, neither for a room or a glider.
He wanted to stay  for certainly 3 months ,maybe longer. I looked a bit pale. We were fully booked for rooms in summer, so no way we could accommodate him. ” You have not booked???” …”No” he said . “Ingo always said in Oerlinghausen, that if I wanted to come and see him in Australia, I should come and here I am”
Brutus [Peter] a quick thinker said to me “room 6 is empty it is used for storage maybe we can make a nice room for him there.”
We brought him to the dinner room where some more German people welcomed him too.
Next day the room was ready freshly cleaned, a good bed, a small table and a chair. For more there was no room.

Every year he returned. In between he was called Tocumwal Dundee and over the years his English improved as well. For a few years he stayed in room 6 cheeky calling it room sex.

When our beautiful caravan-houses were on sale we offered them first to long time guests. Dieter and Swiss Chriss were the lucky ones and they straight away said yes and bought them . They still live in those caravans with a balcony, a nice snug and dining area, as well as a kitchen. A shower room and a big double-bedroom and a smaller one with 4 bunk beds.

No need to say that his life after his first visit changed dramatically, seeing so much more from the world and getting to know SO many people from so many different countries. He still loves it!!!!
Dieter here with the soaring icon “mister”  Ingo Renner, who invited him ,as he did with many others , to visit Tocumwal.

A few years ago at Toc.


—–Potchefstroom is a place I mainly know from the JS-gliders and brothers Uys and Atiie, the Nationals , AKAFLIEG and from Oscar and Laurens flying there. So talking about South Africa, their  news is ” about brand new accommodation at the airfield. Good news.”

Airfield apartments almost finished.”
as shared by AKA -flieg Potch Gliding.

—–Sad news!! Jeremy Thompson,  [62] Darling Downs Chief flying instructor,– very well known and liked/loved by all– , has died whilst flying/ instructing. His wife Jenny saw it all happen. Ready to land,….. the glider nose-dived and crashed. Sadly enough the student, only 60 years old died as well.
My thoughts are with Jenny, Elisabeth and Sarah, who is the Darling Downs Club president since last week. They are a real soaring family.
R.I.P. Jeremy.
And of course with the family of the new student;just TRAGIC !

—–Just a reminder; The World Gliding Championships for Club, Standard and 15 m. classes are to be held at Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland in July 2018, and  20 m. Multi-Seat, 18 m. and Open Classes are to be held at Pribram, Czech Republic in August 2018.

—–OLC 2017; On September 25 the OLC 2017 finished with one flight by Geoff Pratt from Burketown the place to see …and fly with the ” rolling-wave-cloud” ,called “MORNING GLORY”.
Worldwide stats from 2017;
The 2017 OLC Champion is Klaus Ohlmann with 12.612,28 points over the 6 best flights.
Statistics from the best flight; Klaus Ohlmann with 2.407,40 km. flown in Argentina from Zapala Neuquen in a STEMME.
Distance record since 2011; Jim Payne…2.907,47 !!!Flown from Minden in 2015 on April 5 in an ARCUS M.
Stats from all flights in 2017; Keith Essex [USA] with a total of 69.747,54 km. during 107 flights.
Stats airfield; Puimoisson with 889.491,90 km. during 2.188 flights by 353 pilots.
Stats clubs; OUR DUTCH club ,de GELDERSE, and not for the first time….flying from Terlet they covered 306.886,77 km. during 1026 flights by 100 pilots.
Congratulations to ALL.

The 2018 OLC started


September 21, 2017

Container-packing-time! And,….this time Tocumwal pictures from the beginning of 1995 !

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A bit later then normal,as I was in Amsterdam and Alphen for 2 day’s.
In Amsterdam I had the great pleasure of catching up with Rand and Charlotte Baldwin. You surely remember “the guy’s” from SOARING CAFE and he is one of them.
We , Bill, Rand and I , had a SUPER co-operation in Uvalde during the WGC in 2012 and we still are “mates”.

Rand ,Bill and me .

Rand and his wife visited Amsterdam and from there they went on a cruise. They invited me for a lovely dinner and I welcomed them with bubbles. And, I had to be in Amsterdam anyhow, it all worked out well. I was amazed that they survived. They skipped a night…. had the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and “Ritz”  on the daily menu and they did it ALL. Good on them. AND,…finally we had nice weather too.


With Rand and Charlotte at “Loetje Centraal” in Amsterdam.
Enjoy your trip “guy’s”.



Last Thursday the containers left for Namibia with “RENT A GLIDER” Gliders in it [Flying with the champions”]; this time , 9 x Arcus, 2 x Antares 23, 2 x Shark and one  Ventus.

ready to go and hoping and looking forward to another SUPER Namibia season.
As shared by Rent a Glider.

This weekend they packed the containers for Corowa [ Australian Soaring Corowa in Australia] in Venlo in the Netherlands. Not too many this year ,as Corowa sold their 2 tug’s and only self launching gliders will fly there now.
Their container-ship leaves on September 14 and the first possible flying-action will be on the 11th of the 11th 2017.We then start CARNAVAL here in Holland.

Diana ,whose glider “travels” to Australia as well, send me a few pictures of the packing and the shared pleasure with which these actions are going along.


With expertise for many years, Grietje and Francesco took the lead in this annual packing. Astonished to hear that in one morning the job for one container was fixed. Fabulous !!

Talking about Francesco and Grietje,[owners from” Corowa “] ; they flew in the past in Tocumwal. Grietje even worked a season for us. Here are some pictures;

Last week I showed some pictures from December 1994, this time it will be the beginning of 1995, so the 94/95 season, with a bit of history. And ALL of them at our caravan with different guests.

Morning coffee at our caravan a place where many visited. With George, Francesco ,Harm and Grietje’s dad Klaas.


from Narromine we had as guests Dieter and Sandra, who were closing their gliding business; Australian Soaring Center due to “organisational restructuring”  . Harm was involved in this business as well. Their gliders LS 4, LS 6, ASW 20 and ASW 24, were available for hire through Sportavia.

Breakfast this time with my beautiful old and fully restored Holden in the back.The  Sportavia WW 2 hangar was still in full glory!

Season nearly over so some really good girl-fun….yes again at the caravan.

With Inge, Robyn , June and Vicky. EARLY in the evening.

and LATER in the evening after 6 bottles of bubbles.Won’t share the MUCH LATER pictures.


we did not have a lot of USA guests but here is one of them . Ralph, “Woody”  however, mainly flew in winter in Bitterwasser.

Ralph from Aspen on the head of the table,at Sportavia’s dining room, with Bill [RIP] and Val Riley founders of Sportavia and my Aussie mate Bruce.

Enough pictures for now.


—– La Cerdanya in Spain had a Grand-Prix-like weekend for club class. 2 From 3 days were flyable. Jorge Arias in the St. Cirrus, won both days and was the winner with 11 points.
Jeff Billy from France in a St. Libelle,  was twice runner up, so also runner up in the overall scores; 8 points.

—–Great [wave-]flight from Mikulovice (TS / CZ) by Milos Pajr in an HPH 304 S Shark; 774 km. He flew at one stage up to 7.190 m. MSL/ 6812 AGL.
Not as high as the Perlan-boy’s with their  staggering 16,640 meters on September 3, they are profi’s ] but still VERY GOOD!!

—–“Pleased to announce I am now the APAC agent for the MDM-1 Fox. If you’re after a glider with a higher G rating than yourself, get in touch.” by Matthew Scutter former junior world champion, travelling Europe at the moment.

As shared by Matthew.

—–In September we celebrate “our” freedom here in Holland. It brings tears to my eyes to see how those veterans still love to come to Holland. A place where they lost many of their mates and where they had to fight and live in fear for “us”.
They were heroes, are heroes and always will be heroes!
For the first time the GEZC, the Gelderse Soaring Club close to Arnhem ,flew a few veterans , who participated in the 1944-operation “Market Garden” in much more fancy gliders than they flew in the past. For sure you have seen the movie ” A bridge too far”? I saw it a few times.
They started at Terlet and landed in a field in the neighborhood ,where these veterans landed in the past too. What a fantastic idea.


Very happy chappies.
These great pictures are courtesy Arjan Vrieze via FB.

—–1.500 km. in a glider is  THE NEW MAGIC 1000 km from the past. It remains special but more and more pilots try a 1.300 or 1.500 km. Also last week when Keith Essex flew this distance from Minden in Nevada in the JS 1 C and what about the speed over 1.508 km??? 194.9 km./h. !!!!!
His OLC comment;”Tough on the ends but easy in the middle. Lots of moisture to deal with in the north and blue broken lift in the south. The whole wave system went unstable at the end of the flight.”
It looks on the barogramm as great wave between 4000 and over 5000 m most of the time.



 And to finish this great picture shared by DG Flugzeugbau GmbH.

Ein Bild von Jason Adriaan mit einer DG-1000 bei Nacht.”

Cheers Ritz

September 13, 2017

Newsy news!And,…looking back at some interesting pictures from Tocumwal 1994.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:23 pm

I updated Tony Condon’s flight later in my last blog, just to let you know!! It’s quite an adventure….going far away and then having , at least, the luck you are picked up in a Mooney,…but still have to go the long road to pick up the glider by car and trailer.
No worries when you love it. Nearly 7 hours of flying , no idea how long in the car….



As promised I will share pictures from the past, when occasions occur to do so. I looked back in my “old” 1994- book about Tocumwal ,to find some nice pictures from Eddie, who turned 70 last week.
Happy 70 thiest birthday Eddie.

We look at the year 1994 with in the middle my daughter Inge who was a tuggie in that season, Eddie, 47 years young and his sons Lachlan and Damon and Mr.Massa from Japan and me, ” not always on my best”.

in the same book my 48 th birthday on December 16 1994

With the Snow family and Kimi from Japan.
Ingo and Judies Wedding a few days later.

With the lady who married them in their own garden.
a visit to Yulupna Island where the koala’s live in the “wild”, was a “must ”  for all guests on a non-flying-day.

Christmas 1994 when Don [and Joan]and Jeff [and Margie] were running the show.
Drinks in the bar first , then dinner.

George , June and Don’s wife Joan and Judy and Ingo[l.] and Harold and Ann Kathrin.[r.]


The Japanese table and the German table with the Wiesenthals and Kellers and many more guests that season in the fully-filled diningroom.

So far some interesting pictures from 1994. More in another blog.

Australia slowly wakes up after winter. At some places it was a “cold”  winter. Now some pilots fly nice 300 k’s already. One of them “kilometer-eater”  Allan Barnes:”First flight back in Australia. Lovely spring day, 8000ft cloudbase and 4-8kt climbs. Down to Quirindi, up to Narrabri and then out to Manilla for 300km triangle.”
Of course flown from Lake Keepit in the LS 8!

I read that the Chinese ARCUS M has made it’s last flight for the season in China now and will travel to Australia again.Andrew Peng Du mentioned; “VH-CHA last landing NingXia of western of China before back Australia.”

Narromine , a great place to fly and full of activities nowadays, starts the new season with Ge Dale;
“The G Dale Cross Country Soaring coaching courses at Narromine have almost sold out for this year but we have just two spots left.
• 13 to 17 November – Available (week before Narromine Cup)
• 11 to 15 December – 1 spot available to share with two others already booked.

For details on the course click on the link below, to make a booking just email me directly offline.
Better move quickly though.


The 59th CHAMPIONSHIPS from Brasil were flown from Formoza, between September 2 and 9. They had some good flying with 7 out of 8 days and in the 3 classes they flew, also good winners!!!
Enrique Navarro, in the Nimbus 4T,  had 4 daily wins and turned out to be the CHAMPION in open class with 6.470 points. Runner up was Egon Rehn in the ARCUS M with 6165 points.
In the racing class Fabian Weber won in a St. Jantar with 6.290 points. Runner up with 6199 points Claudio Schmidt also in St. Jantar. [8 of them in this class] Fabian won 3 days .
5 Pilots in club /KW1-class in gliders as PW 5, KW 1 and Elfe S4. Sergio Bassi was the best with 2.881 points. The runner up “only”  had 2.218 points.

Enrique with the Nimbus 4 with call sign N1, before start.
As shared by him.


Long long time to go , but the 2018 MASTERS at Rayskala will be ,as all comps over there….exciting!!
Interested??? For sure these pictures  by Pekka Ylipaavalniemithey will help;


Have seen this many times and it remains spectacular.
MASTERS  9th – 16th of June -2018


The Perlan 2 reached 52,172 feet on Sept. 3.  On September 9 they flew again and you could follow them on
Maybe in the future as well …….Keep an eye on it.


Message from Schempp-Hirth;
“Some of you may have heard that there have been two incidents of inflaming batteries in gliders equipped with the Front Electric Sustainer (FES) system that is also available for a variety of our gliders. Even though no Schempp-Hirth glider was involved in these incidents, we still take this very seriously. While the investigations are on-going, we cannot provide you with any more detailed information at this moment as we are still awaiting the results.

Rest assured, however, that we are in permanent contact with the authorities and LZ Design, the inventor and manufacturer of the FES system, to assess what may have caused these incidents and what we can do to prevent any similar incidents from happening to owners of our gliders. In the next days, we will reach out to all owners of Schempp-Hirth gliders equipped with FES to provide them with instructions for immediate measures of caution.


And to finish another great picture/advertisement shared by Howard Jones and pictures courtesy to Rob Millenaar [ finishing gliders] and Max Kirschner.

CU next week
cheers Ritz

September 6, 2017

Here we go again,….up to 2000????? Not sure yet about that!! PERLAN SUCCESS…..downwind dash UPDATED

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:24 am

A GREAT THANK YOU, to all lovely reactions on my blog 1000. Really appreciated that and I translate that into the words ” Continue Ritz”.

Just picked a few, some brought me to tears;
Dear Ritz,
I’m quite sure that the whole community of gliding is more than pleased and very grateful to you for you have done over the years. Your 1000 blogs were always informative, interesting and full of news. Your last blog about the EGC 2017 at Lasham gave the best overview with superb pictures and nice comments. One friend of us wrote, thanks to Ritz I was fully up-to-date about many activities and could look at all those lovely pictures. Most of all we admired your kindness in writing about people and your appreciation for what they have done as human beings. You never forgot any friend, always positive words and commentary or good-looking pictures about everyone.
The future is laying in the past. The last comment and picture of your 1000. blog is dedicated to the young people, also here you do have the right vision.
Thank you for all and be sure that many of us will follow your upcoming blogs and waiting eagerly.

Congratulations Ritz on your 1000th blog posting! You’ve bought many readers all over the globe many smiles & quality updates – looking forward to the next 1000 🙂)”

Ritz, congratulations on 1000 blogs which I have been following since we met in Tocumwal about 20 years ago.
Your blogs are always full of interest on achievements and the characters in gliding. It is very fitting that you finish you competition blogs on EGC 2017 at Lasham. We were proud to hold a successful competition, maybe the first time that an international contest has co-existed with club flying on the same airfield.
Best of luck for the future and keep the blogs going please!”

Congratulations, Ritz. A great accomplishment. I will continue to look forward to the next thousand.”



You remember the great flight from Gilles Navas on July 14.

After the flight from  Vinon to Buno-Bonnevaux and back in July.

To remind you,…..1.526, 18 km. was this flight from Vinon in an ASG 29E /18m. Looking at the statistic’s of this year’s  OLC , this flight is the BEST IN EUROPE!!!
The next best European flight is also flown in France by Baptiste Innocent, in an ARCUS M from Fayence; 1.362,75 km.
In total only 5 European flights in the OLC top 50.
2 From Lienz  Nikolsdorf flown by Tobias Welsh ;1.490,03 km. in the ARCUS M  and one by Oliver Schwenk also in the ARCUS M 1.452,61 km.and one more from France from by Gil Souviron in the TAURUS;1.263,  41 km.
The rest of the 50 have been flown in the USA, Namibia and Argentina.

So a fabulous “job”  from Gilles. Here is some news I received from him.
This flight discard 2 French and 2 European records on out and return distance and free out and return distance.
Moreover it was just a game to win the Buno Challenge.
The Buno challenge was held by AVVE to celebrate the 50 birthday from the club. They allow a price for the longest distance done from April to the 27th of August with Buno Bonnevaux airfield declared as turn point. This was the reason of such a flight.
And fun is to start an out distance return in wave then changing to thermal in the day, shifting again with slope and wave in the evening,…
Price giving ceremony will be held in Buno on the 16 September.”
Congratulations AGAIN and I share a picture of the prize-giving, when I have it.

He knew he got the CUP already but,…… After writing all this,  Gilles DOES IT AGAIN!!! Another great flight, same glider but now on September 2; 1.305,91 km. From Vinon, up and then nearly to south of Aosta in Italy. Best height; 6064 MSL and 5167 AGL.
Baptiste Innocent added another long flight from Fayence;1.115 km. in the ASH 25.
Mind you it was on September 2 , the meteorological autumn has started. But,…good wave does not depend on seasons and again,…it was not only wave.


Gilles ; another SUPER flight,…early morning…another long day!!!
As shared by him.
And some pictures from the flight.


                              ” Cevennes   ”                                                    “back after turn point ST Pons on Le Vigan  “

Wave of Lure in the evening. Rotors up to FL 195



OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS …the next goal …….and polar air in Holland!!!!

Still the end of summer here, but pilots are running around already, to have EVERYTHING ready in good/clean state and condition for the rest of the 2017 season in either Namibia, South Africa or Australia and for some New Zealand.
Containers are waiting for gliders and equipment and already half of September the first gliders will be transported  to the different destinations.

In between we got over the weekend nice cold nights, as cold polar- air “streamed” over our country giving us some good autumn soaring weather on Saturday and Sunday and still on Monday.
On Saturday, Steven Raimond flew from Terlet all the way to West of Holland to Zeeland [ big islands and a first for him, he never flew there before] and mentioned huge visibility;525 km.[see  OLC on September 2.]
Ronald Berg flew from Soesterberg 544 km. He had to fly around some showers.
On Sunday another cool morning ,but quickly some great clouds, also here in the SE of Holland and another nice day. So looking again at the OLC in the evening and ….YES Sikko flew 606 km. from Soesterberg.
Their ASG 29 E/18m. was the topper on the Dutch OLC with 2x a 500 km. flight this weekend. It shows the great quality of the ASG 29 and more Dutch pilots flew good distances in this glider they “love”.
More great flights; 450 and 423 km. in an LS 3 and St. Cirrus from Soesterberg and Leeuwarden is not bad either and worth mentioning!!!
Leeuwarden is high up in the N of Holland. They flew a new Frysian-day-record;
72.13 hours over 56 flights,… so 1.17 hour average per flight and a total of 2969 OLC km. according to Frank. Great and enthusiastic club. Well done !!!
On Monday , for those who still had a that day off, over 446 FAI triangle in JS 1 c/21m.


This is very interesting…about the Lasham EGC !!!

As “created ” by Arne Boye- Moeller.[pictures and text!!!]

Despite the complex airspace we only suffered a total of a few incursions – well done team Lasham in the thorough work and pilot briefings.”

Start and Arrival Track Art”

Just had to add this one, where start times are synchronized.”



The September /Oktober Magazine 2017, is out  and of course full of newsy news about;
—–The JS 3 is not only a 15 m racer , but also 18 m.
A wing loading ranging from 40kg/m2 to 60.3 kg/m and an aspect ratio of 32, makes it the most slender 18m glider available today.” A race to have one has already begun. Aussie Lumpy Paterson bought one , but he had to travel half around the world to see if he fitted in it.
—–Germany,..the land of the ideas:
Germany is lifting its image with the German Mobility Award. The ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ initiative has a goal of raising public awareness of smart mobility solutions and digital innovation.” Very interesting.
—–The tow pilot ended up facing the magistrate after deciding to release the glider behind him ,who over- controlled the tug and ” forcing it to mush into the fast approaching trees .” Never knew that this could happen.
—–The Perlan Team back in Argentina is enough reason to read…
—–Looking back at the 13.5 m. WGC with extra info about the winning glider and manufacturer; GP Gliders, produced by PESZKE S.C. based in Krosno, Poland. The GP 14 velo, flown by Sebastian Kawa and he looks back as well.
—– GPS turned 40!!!
—-and much MUCH more….enjoy
You can read the PDF on line by subscribing on ; You then get a code to get in.


And some last minute news:
—-TONY CONDON left Ames
for what his mates call  “an epic flight” .
Tony is attempting a “downwind dash” from Ames, IA to Bloomington, Indiana.

Before departure ….very relaxed…. at Ames.
As shared by Tony.

News en route; cloud base 6300…..7000 no circling required.

Shared by Tony.

How far will he go ???? Will he reach his goal??
I don’t know yet ,have to go to bed ….anyway he passed the Mississippi and entered Illinois.  More when I am back from Amsterdam.

Back now!!!!
Tony flew from Airport to airport over flat country  but with ” Corn and soybeans still filling the fields in midwest“. This interstate goal-flight  , flown in the St. Cirrus was 878 km. long. GOOD ON YOU TONY!!!!

TopMeteo predicted I would run into the back of the front and then I would be on the ground at 6:20. I did run into the back of the front and landed at 6, but went about 60 miles further then predicted.

Here is the OLS comment from the adventurer ;

“Fall go South! Thanks so much to Matt for the encouragement, training, and help. Nice to be back in Ames, got to see some old friends during my brief visit. Forecast said launch at 11. Cu started popping at 10:45. 

Past Pella the cu were really nice. I had an AWESOME street run across SE Iowa. Then NE of St. Louis there was a patch that had had some heavy rain yesterday and had some high cirrus shading it before I got there. Initially I was afraid I had already caught the front. That hole caused some tip toeing and then the day sort of started over.

About 5 PM I could see that I was catching the real front and dumped the water and took anything I could find going up, which wasn’t much. Had a real marginal glide to Muhlenburg County but wasn’t ready to try it with a lot of trees between me and there so landed at Madisonville.

Matt showed up an hour later in his Mooney and brought me home. Tomorrow I’ll go get the glider. What an adventure!”

“Greetings from Madisonville, KY.”

Congratulations to the Perlan team Jim Payne & Aussie Morgan Sandercock  ;
New world absolute altitude claim. 52,172 feet GPS altitude. 53,955 feet pressure altitude.

They share their happiness with a lot….Thanks to Einar and Steve for the vision, to the fantastic Perlan Project Team for 11 years of hard work, to Dennis and Airbus for believing in us, to Cholo for the tow by the CNVVM Aero Boero 180, to our many friends in Argentina, and to Jackie. You all played a part in making this possible!

See altitude record, FL520!

Well done Guy’s!!!Happy chappies!!!!
As shared by the Perlan Project.

AND the TEAM behind it shared by Nate Mcaughlin.


And to finish some great pictures from the airfield of SEPPE in Holland by Martin Smit;


cheers Ritz.
Cu on Wednesday!




August 30, 2017

Blog 1000 !!!!!! Hip Hip Hip Hurrah!!!! Looking back and …at the future and some soaring news.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 4:56 pm

WOW,…blog 1000 is a fact . Who would have ever thought so!!
When I started gliding on March 27 in 1967 I NEVER expected, to be SO MUCH involved in gliding!

First solo flight with instructor Dick Teuling from the ZES.

I wrote blogs already in my TOCUMWAL/SPORTAVIA period [ 1996-2006] and did that for a few years called “THE LATEST NEWS”. EVERY day, also after a tiring, long and hectic day. Never missed one. So in total I might have written over 2000 blogs.
Never forget the last blog there, when “Mr”. Cawsey sold the business in an auction except for the hangar and the acres around. I was sitting in my caravan and writing with the laptop on my knees tears falling over the keys and the music from “For ever young” was loud on the radio to comfort me.

The FABULOUS Sportavia WW2- hangar after NOBODY took care of it for years.

But with , I started when the late Tony Lentino, set up this Word Press blog ,as he enjoyed reading my scribbles as well. He was a frequent flyer at Sportavia.
When being back in Holland I needed something to do as I was a bit lost. My Aussie friend ,the late Maureen Huber, told me I should continue writing “you are good Ritz.”
I am glad I had the spirit and guts to do so. I had to find my way as there was no gliding in my back garden, nothing happened around me. Slowly I found the concept to “use”  my friends all over the world by helping me with articles, pictures and short comp-reports from places I could not attend.
Later internet and FB helped as well, so did SOARINGSPOT  and the OLC.

Also the CD’s from several WGC’s and JWGC’s invited me to write at their comps. I did a lot of writing there with great pleasure and enthusiasm.The JWGC in Rieti and  the WGC in Rieti both with invitations by the late Leonardo Brigliadori,[ I was juror there as well]  the WGC in Eskilstuna on invitation from Robert Danewid,[ I believe a Swedish guest at Sportavia recommended me] ,  the EGC in Raiskala on invitation by Silva and Jorma [ I was steward there ]  as well as the JWGC in Rayskala. Several CIM’s with Giorgio Ballarati and several comps, some just for a few days to feel the atmosphere as p.e.the field at Keiheuvel or Lasham.

The “boy’s ” from Soaringcafe “found”  me and I blogged for them . Bill still is “my host” on his server. Thoiugh I do not see them a lot they are friends for life.
So is John Roake ,who was president of the jury at the WGC in Rieti . He invited me in Italy, to write a column for his NZ-magazine GLIDING INTERNATIONAL.
I did that for a few years. Still help out when necessary. Loved it.

My last trip as WGC editor should have been in Uvalde at the 2012 WGC. But they had already somebody else. When that person did not show up, they asked me , but then I was committed to SOARINGCAFE already. The co-operation with 2 of the organizing-ladies in Uvalde was terrible, they tried HARD to spoil my 2d visit to Uvalde. I will not go into details here, but that was the ONLY “mishap/sad moment” in 50 years!!!
BUT,…ALL other people in Texas were awfully kind to me, so I still had a great time. I even was member of team USA and got to know all their pilots and TC , Dennis and assistant CD John.

To be honest it is pretty time consuming and not easy to write from a distance about a competition. I tried over the last years and did my best. Got lovely reactions as ” all comps on one site in a lovely way I don’t have to look anywhere else anymore“.
You won’t believe, how much time research costs, as you have to follow the news EVERY day and read all sites you can find to create a nice story. Follow the tracking to see what happens …
The other point is that without being at a field ,you loose contact with the pilots and crews,…in fact with all involved at a field and the great feeling of being AT a spot is difficult “to translate”  on a chair in my office. You do not know a lot of them anymore and then it is difficult to write about them as you cannot add personal “stuff”.
So slowly I grow out of this world of competition soaring, but I will always be interested.

Getting older now ,I have decided to NOT follow comps and write about them anymore at home for my blog. Lasham was the last one.
Looking back on big comps,….yes. Organizers and crews , TC’s,  they all blog and vlog so I am not needed  anymore for news. Soaringspot has all scores ;daily and total.
The social media are faster and used by ALL.

In the future I will keep publishing on Wednesday. Shorter blogs, still with I hope, enough nice news and I want to “dive”in the many picture books I have full of histories about comps since 1972.
Also the progress of the restoration of a unique Caproni single-seater  A -15 . This proto- type was specially built for Angelo Zoli to fly the WGC in 1972 in Vrzac in the former Yugo Slavia. This was the only A -15 glider built. Much more news in the future.
Also about the HP-10 another “oldie”.

I will share old pictures and stories mixed with weekly news. I hope you get used to that too. Got great reactions on my Benalla combination from 1978 and 2017.

THANK’S for reading my blogs over the years and for all the positive comments and the friendliness. I keep going as long as possible.
Thank you for always saying yes when I asked for a story or a picture. It was NEVER a problem!!!NO WORRIES.

Very pleased still with the Pelagia Majewska Medal for my contribution to soaring over the years. Very proud!

Here with Loek Boermans at the FAI Award event. One year later I got the GOLDEN PIN from the KNVvL.

THANKS !!!!!!!!


A bit of soaring news as well from last week.
—–After Lasham finished , summer started again and in Holland flights from over 600 km. were flown in the end of August. Nice!!
Hans Biesters , flew from Soesterberg 686 km. in an ASG 29 E/18 m.. Sikko flew 579 same glider same place and Alfred Paul same story but 647 km.
58 Pilots in , Holland only, jumped in  their glider for a day out.

—–The total sun eclipse was seen, in the USA by a lot of friends at the airfield from Sarah and Jason ” Chilhowee Gliderport”  in Tennessee.Sarah even went up in her tug to tow Dennis [Linneken] in his glider to see the reactions in the air. AWESOME was the most read reaction!!
Reaction from Dennis on the question  “Did the lift weaken noticeably during totality??
Sarah towed me to 5,000 agl about 20 minutes prior to totality. It was glass smooth during the tow and my glide back down. Not a bump! A dark sled ride!”
Sarah; In the final 15 minutes before totality the lift completely quit and cumulus clouds disappeared.”

Sarah shared some pictures as well from the air and on the ground before and after the eclipse.


Picture shared by Sarah and courtesy to Amy Stevenson Etheridge

—–And the French organized their RENCONTRE ASK 13 again [August 26-September 2]  at the Aerodrome de St Crepin.
27 Teams flew day 1 and the St. Crepin team won day 1, a 1.30 AAT with 166 km. and a speed of 111 km./h. Good on them!!!
How they manage to ALWAYS make from a glider picture “a state of ART” is SUPERB.They shared this one!!!


When we doubt out future in gliding,
look at this picture;
the grid from the  45 juniors in the UK and a group of 10 coaches.; 55 gliders.

At Bristol and Gloucestershire,with 6 out of 9 days and Jake Brattle as champion [3.518 points] flying the DG101G Elan 3caxj.
Runner up;  former Benalla JWGC champion Tom Arscott [ 3.405 in St. Cirrus]
picture shared by David Tansik.


SO CU on Wednesday with the weekly news and “look back”.

August 27, 2017

Blog 999 !!!!! “We ” have 3 “new” CHAMPIONS and for 2 classes 10 days!!!!Bostjan wins last SGP from series 8.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 3:15 am

Still having troubles with my blog .  Every time I want to start writing, ONLY the message   “Your IP  has been flagged for potential security violations ” shows up  and that means I cannot get in. But…working on it.


Perfect weather for the last day.
As shared by Arnaud.


August 23…day 11…task 5/ 8;Small tasks again and a day starting with 8/8 of Cirrus. Open first then 18m and last but not least 15 m. Tasks are B tasks, and that was already TOO much. Wind again, but another tiny window to fly in…!!!!
15 m……1.30 AAT; No finishers!!!  Most kilometers …80 km. …by Freddy Hein and all for nothing as it was another invalid day for 15m. class. A pity.

18 m….racing task of 136 km; The ONE AND ONLY FINISHER from all pilots, was in this class; Wolfgang who managed to come back in his VENTUS 3T. A bit of a lower finish than as requested,  cost him some points , but for ALL THIS he got 147 points.
Also in the “over-190-points” runner up Arne and number 3 young Peter Millenaar from Holland.Michael had 189 and Jeroen 187 points and most probably they really had to fight for those against the wind.

open; racing task of 164 km; 2 Pilots came very close,…Ronald [140,75] and Russell [140,43 km.] with not far behind with 138 km. Pete.

August 24…day 12…task 5/9; with better weather and “normal” tasks in which in 3 hours the pilots can find their own “best” way. But,…ouch after the open had started the message; ” there appears to be showers further north“.
15 m; 3 hour AAT….”only” 219 km. ,meaning another tough day in the office but a VALID one in this class. GOOD!!! The UK boy’s did well.Tim and Gary won the day in time 3.08 and 3.02 , a speed of 69/68 km./h. but they were in!!! Freddy and Uli from Germany followed.
6 From 14 flying were out!
How does it look with ONE day to go? Nail-biting….
1. Tim with 4.298….. 2. Freddy with 4.269…..3. …..Uli with 4.214 and 4. Gary 4.214. One of these 4 most probably will be the CHAMPION!!! Let’s wait and see.


Freddy and Uli before start.
As shared by the German team

18 m; 3 hour AAT…What ever weather, what ever happens ,…Wolfgang keeps his soaring-strength!! SO GOOD!!!! He won the day with 217 km. in time 3.02. Slow,..71 km./h… for an 18 m. VENTUS 3, but the circumstances did not allow more speed , finishing was already super. Mike finished 2 as runner up ..both in VENTUS 3T [seems to fly well in less good weather]  and Swiss pilot Juerg Haas , who I remember from when he flew in Tocumwal on Swiss Chris glider, was 3d. Good on him!!
Arne was “out”  and that’s a pity!!
How does it look;
1. Wolfgang 5.264….2. Mike 5.170….3. Christophe Cousteau 5.008 and still a change on a lot-of-points-day Bert jr with 4.991 on 4.

Maybe, maybe,…it is the concentration before the start.
As shared by the organizers.

open; 3 hour AAT…WOW,  the British pilots are doing well in their own country. Russell won the day  with 233 km in time 3 hours so at the dot and Eric Bernard had a good day on spot 2.Michael and Holger lost some 100 points on Russell and Ronald more. A pity.
11 From 17 finished.
So with one day to go……1. Michael with 5.660….2. Pete with 5. 519 … 3.Russell with 5.473. Still in the race also Holger with 5.424 Still hope also for Ronald with 5.327 but that might be really “hope”. And,…if Michael does n’t do anything wrong , and I never saw that,it looks he will win but it’s over when the last pilot is in on the last day.
One of the pilots called the day HORRIBLE. The task-setting team agreed, I read!

Some pictures shared by Arne , before he had his less good day.


Andy as CD with a new task at the grid………Henrik and Arne listening very concentrated……. colorful laundry and banners.. Brilliant!!!


August 25…day 13…task 6/10; VERY LAST DAY at LASHAM. With nice longer tasks, sunny and it felt like summer again !!
15 m; 305 km. racing task… AND,.. to show that you want to be champion,  you and the team have to do their utmost best. That happened with Freddy who received the last 1000 points for speed of 96 km./h. The top 5 from this day started all within 6 minutes.
Adam was runner but flies HC , good day for him!!!! I believe his European holiday is finally over now. Sure he learned a lot and had more than fun!!!
The overall scores from yesterday were Tim, Freddy, Uli and Gary . What happened for them on the last day?
They all came back close to each other but there were chances in the top.
As said Freddy won , Gary was runner up, Uli was 3 and Scott 5, so he lost more points. Scores were so close that Freddy moved to spot 1 and is the new EGC CHAMPION.
Tim moved to spot 2 and Gary to 3 so silver and bronze. “Poor”  Uli missed out on 6 points to be at the podium.

1. Freddy Hein  from Germany in Ventus 2 ax with 5.243 points.
2. Tim Scott from the UK in ASG 29 with 5.165 points
3.Gary Stingmore from the UK in ASG 29E with 5.133 points.
Congratulations to ALL.

18 m; 354.79 km….AND Arne showed his qualities once more ,by winning the day straight after the day he was “out”; 1000 points for him.
Dutch Peter and Belgium brothers Bert jr and Tijl followed. Wolfgang followed on spot 11 and Mike on 12!!
How was the score from yesterday and how now? 1. Wolfgang, 2. Mike, 3. Christophe.
Wolfgang had enough points to loose a few and is the new EGC CHAMPION. Mike lost a few as well but still had enough to win the SILVER.
As Christophe was on a daily spot 8 he lost a few points as well, making it possible for Bert jr to pass by on this last day. Bronze for him with only 5 points difference with Christophe after 10 day’s of flying!!

Bert jr. and his brother Tijl.
As shared by team Belgium.
and Dutch  Jeroen and Peter.



1. Wolfgang Janowitsch in the VENTUS 3T with 6.169 points.
2. Mike Young from the UK in the VENTUS 3T with 6.073 points.
3. Bert Schmelzer jr. from Belgium in the VENTUS 3T with 5.950 points.

open; 356.35 km,….Michael did what he had to do WIN another day. So without any doubt he is the new EGC CHAMPION! Russell and Pete were on his heels. So pretty easy in this class. Pete stayed on spot 2 for SILVER and Russell had the bronze.

1.  Michael Sommer from Germany in EB 29R with 6.660 points.
2. Pete Harvey from the UK in JS 1C  with 6.419 points.
3. Russell Cheetham from the UK in JS 1c with 6.377 points.

Michael after his “last” flight at the Lasham EGC.” a great day
As shared by the organizers.

THE WINNERS…..with Dutch pilot Ronald to the r.

AND, where would we be without them. CHAPEAU!!!

The tuggies.
As shared by the organizers.

The team CUP was for Germany with the UK on spot 2 and THE NETHERLANDS with their 4 pilots on spot 3!!!A fabulous achievement .
Looking at the teams the UK did very well with 5 top 3 places and Germany had 2 both,… gold that is. So Germany won the TEAM CUP.

The German winners from the TEAM CUP @ LASHAM.
as shared by the German team

Austria had 1 and Belgium also, but the Dutch team did really well too with a 3d team spot and Ronald who flew himself for several days to an overall  top 2/3 position then one black day with a too early start and getting caught by a line of still passing showers the other pilots missed due to a later start.He dropped from 2 to 5 and then 6. And not to forget Marco [Vermeer] who flew in open class in the JS 1C and finished on spot 12 with 3 top 10 daily places.
Also Peter and Jeroen were in the top 3/4 so hence a great 3d spot.  Look at the 3 orange t shirts on the pictures.

With the TC from Germany  on top [Holger]  and the UK [Max] and Dutch TC [Ger] to the left and right. Did you notice his wooden shoes??
As shared by Frouwke.

It’s over and out. Both EGC’s are history now, both were plagued by the weather, rain and wind ,but both were still good and each had  at least one good week . All went home with new and great memories.

What a great last day, a pity summer is back when it is all over!!!
Lot’s of praises for this competition at Lasham. The word excellent was used a lot both for the organisation and running a  competition parallel with the EGC. All went smooth and fast enough so nobody had to worry about not being in time in the air. As one pilot said;” Any international comp where they can also launch over 80 club gliders as well as the comp grid without causing any significant delays gets my vote. Had to wait for the comp grid to launch but still had plenty of time for the 326k club task.”
Also the tracking system got praises.
The total task distance set was 7568 km and the total number of kilometers flown is a staggering equivalent to 3.5 times around the equator!”

Another 2 years and the next EGC’s will take place. This one in Poland.

Some better pictures from the champions shared on the UK site from the British Gliding Teams.



18 m. class


15 m.




Pictures shared by the organizers.

Today’s [August 23 day 3 ]task; CANCELLED!!!
So was August 24.

Friday August 25 ; was a good day again and  task 4 showed 219.33 km. and nobody else than the every-day-winner -Bostjan got the prizes again. He has 33 points now whilst runner up Klaus Kalmbach from Germany has 20. Klaus was 5th for the day.Runner up was Werner Ammann who has 18 points. Between these 3 is the winner from this CELJE SGP . With one day to go ……

Saturday August 26 last day; 203 km. was set with a regatta start at 2.30 PM. NO,..not Bostjan but Werner won the last day. “Drama” enough on this day as the number 2 from the general scores, Klaus,  “out-landed at the spot he violated the airspace after 49 km.
As expected Bostjan won this SGP with 40 points. Good on him.
Werner added 10 more points so he is the runner up with 28 points.
2 German pilots with 20 points Klaus and Robin Sittmann.

Happy smiling faces.
As shared by the organizers.

Another SGP , so now the last FINAL WORLD GRAND FINAL of the 8th series in Vitacura Chile.
At you can find already the first bulletins.
In bulletin 1 you can read…..
1. Transportation of Gliders from Europe: As per proposal to host 8th series final GP, organizer will provide free transportation upto three containers from Germany to Chile and return. Details of transportation: o Pilots must carry their gliders to Cobra trailers factory (pilot´s cost)
2. Insurance: no extra insurance to be covered by organizers. Personal glider insurance as extension for overseas transportation (small pilot´s cost)
3.ATA Carnet is required for temporary export.
4.Gliders will be loaded in “frames” up to six gliders each, to be fitted in 40 foot high cube containers.
Much more news  and more bulletin’s on the site.


This was blog 999. On my way to 1000. After, there will be some changes, but not too bad. Mind you I am nearly 71!!!

Cheers Ritz
Will drink some bubbles on it!!!!

A few years ago at the Dutch Nationals.

August 23, 2017

Post 998 !!Continuing story of Lasham….”or not ” and SGP in Celje.Rieti’s …COPPA Citta di Rieti.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:38 pm

EGC IN LASHAM …continuing story...

August 21…day 9…task 6/8; REAL English weather arrived.
Morning news from Lasham;”We can’t even see across the airfield this morning, and low cloud is forecast for all day. So today we’ll be keeping it on the ground.  I  think even the birds will be walking today!”
SCRUBBED! A bit of rest after the always “demanding”  INTERNATIONAL NIGHT is not too bad.

August 22…day 10..task 6/8; More UK weather….
Tasks were set BUT,…….whilst waiting the message….
We will be following the weather closely to see how cloud bases rise.
Launching is planned for 13.00, but if it looks like the weather won’t play ball, we won’t turn the afternoon into a grid squat, and call a scrub in good time.”
2 Hours later the day was scrubbed . A few hours later most were sitting in good conditions at the BBQ. The window came TOO late.

So the annual DUTCH/British BBQ  with Irish and Danish “blood” as well, was good fun and in dry,[ between showers ] though so to see not “bloody hot ” circumstances.


As shared by Caroline Termaat-Douwes.

Also the German team had a team BBQ.


Happy circumstances at this BBQ as well. No worries about rain!!!
shared on the EM blog.

August 23…day 11…task 6/8; no news yet as the briefing still has to start,  but more in the next blog.



Day 1 [see last blog] had in the end several pilots who got penalty points for a too fast or too high start or entering a forbidden zone and only 2 finishers ; both from Slovenia. The prize giving looks like fun;

as shared by the organizers.

On day 2 there were new chances;201.49 km. was set. Bostjan in the JS 1C was AGAIN the best pilot , this time followed by Werner Amann from Austria in an ASG 29 .
On day 3 showed 223 km. on the task-sheet and 10 points for the daily winner,…Bostjan! He now has 23 points in total  and 3 “win’s” in a row. Klaus Kalmbach from Germany, also in JS 1C is runner up for the day and overall with 15 points.2 Pilots have 10 points Sebastian Ramsak from Slovenia and Werner Amann from Austria.

As shared by the organizers.

Day 4 in Celje, where the latest SGP of series 8 is in progress. THEN after this one,…. the final race with all winners ; WORLD FINAL in Vitacura in Chile between January 13 -20 in 2018. Who will go to Chile from the Celje SGP???
Not much news yet for today. Dobro jutro!
10:00 briefing
11:30 grid close
12:00 first launch
More on Sunday.


Rieti !!

August is a busy month in Rieti with several comps. I informed you already about the CIM 2 weeks ago, with smashing good weather. Quite a few pilots stayed for the next competition ; the Coppa Citta de Rieti. And the weather hold !!!
56 Competitors had the time of their live in 3 classes.
Looking back at the B groupe with most internationals and 25 pilots, you can see what great weather they had.
On day 1 August 14…”A good day,  with dry thermal in some areas and  cumulus  up to 2700/3200 meters in the best areas.”[Clara]
A racing task from 439 km. was set and Riccardo Brigliadori in his JS 1 C raced over the circuit with a speed of 149 km./h.
25 in this class and 4 were out mainly due to airspace violations.
On day 2,… 517 km.Good day with cumulus up to 2700/ 3400 meters in the best areas and another very fast race by Ricardo this time with a speed of 166 km./h.  Giorgio [Ventus 3] was runner up with 158 km./h.
Day 3  Meteo forecast for today is similar to yesterday but the air is more humid and slightly unstable, with another racing task now 466 km. was won by Alvaro in the ASH 31 MI /21 m. AND Ricardo both with a speed of 167 km./h. !!!
Day 4 with 542 km. was again for Ricardo who was in great flying-mood. 169 km./h. !!!! UK pilot Jon Gatfield was runner up with 157 km./h.
On day 5 , ” Today there will be less cumulus than yesterday” but no worries for Jon he even won the day with a 3.15 AAT. He flew 519.50 km. in time 3.17 so a nice speed of 157.80 km./h.
Day 6 ;  Meteo forecast day 6- The situation has changed. A cold air impulse is trying to enter the Italian peninsula from NW to SE. so  a 3.40 AAT was for Swiss pilot Werner Danz. He flew 580 km. in time 3.41 so a speed of 157 km./h in the ANTARES 18 T.
On day 7 the weather was on a hold as the cold air from NW had entered and “only” a 2.10 AAT was possible. But team Frigerio in the ARCUS M still flew 326 km. and in time 2.12, so 148 km./h.
Everybody was back in time for the dinner and prize-giving.

Great speed there in Rieti and as I know always a fabulous competition with nice pilots and most come back every year.

Winners; 1. Riccardo with 6.518 points. 2. Giorgio with 6.090, 3. Alvaro with 6.056 points.

As shared by Clara Bartolini, who also shared the meteo info in her blog. Thanks Clara.


CU on Sunday when my WORDPRESS holds . It seems to be attacked by violence and is cut off sometimes by the WP-flag system, meaning I can’t enter.

Cheers Ritz

August 21, 2017

Post 997 ! Deserved restday after 3 [15 m,] and 5 tasks [18 m. and open] in Lasham!! Then it is FLYING AGAIN!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 2:56 am

You can can call the EGC in the UK, already now a success. I know there were some pilots, who were very skeptical when the vote for Lasham was published and straight away said:” I am not going to sit in the rain at Lasham!” They were definitely WRONG.
YES,….They had rain, the field was sometimes soggy after over- night- rain, ….pilots had to bring their gliders some days to the strip over the tarmac, but ….no worries they flew in the afternoon.After rain,..there is sunshine…correct in the UK.
On one day ALL out-landed, but,….not for the first time during a competition.
BUT,….also….on one day they launched the 18 gliders in open class in 6 minutes!!!!And,….several over 500 km-flights were flown. Not bad,…not bad at all!!!For those who love Formula 1 as well, as I do, here is a picture from SILVERSTONE , shared by Arne.

Great picture!!!!!


19th EGC in the UK at LASHAM for flapped gliders

August 17…day 5..task 4/5; ” Good morning! The Met Man says that there is a good chance that we will fly this afternoon. Grid is delayed to 09:00 to allow the airfield to dry out after last night’s rain.”

Morning-weather as shared by the organizers.

AND then ……they set a 3 hour AAT for all 3 classes, with B and C tasks if necessary, from 2 .5 and 2 hours. At 13.15 ,still no flying but TC’s at the grid.

Improvement of the weather as seen and shared by Team Germany.


AND Team Belgium.


Still a low cloud base!


CD Andy with the latest at the grid! A task for 15 m.  B task for open and 18 m.

First launch 15 m. 13.30 ….First launch 18 m. and Open 13.50
As shared by the organizers.

15 m.; 3 hour AAT… They started ,but nearly all had to re-start after finding NO LIFT AT ALL , to go up and a tough wind. In the end the day for this class was cancelled, so still only 3 days of flying in this class.
Adam;”Day cancelled due to sporting & fairness reasons for the 15m class.

18 m.; 2.5 hour AAT…changed in a 2 hour AAT…task D….. and many “came back under steam”, just a short run as some nearly could see the finish ring. Their day 5 was a difficult one. 6 Pilots came in with around 200 km and without engine- use. Christophe from France, Jurg and Marcel from Switzerland and Wolfgang from Austria.Later also the Belgian brothers Bert jr. and Tijl finished.
The rest had the kilometers but did not finish so not too much points lost. Finishers between 629 and 740 points , non-finishers but close by between 500 and 600.
Tijl mentioned; “Crazy day at Lasham. Didn’t get up, started as latest in 750m ground, which was the highest altitude I saw for the first 3/4 of the track. Then at didcot power plant I found a thermal with Michael Sommer around the chimney. And in the end I found as the only one a wave, which brought me home for the last 40km. A rest day would be welcome.
Mike and Arne  just missed out [614 and 589 points ] and were the first non-finishers. Arne  mentioned;
A good day turned difficult for all. Was heading out with those who actually completed the task (kudos!) but didn’t get the final climb when they did. Not that it was easy for them either. Saw the same airspace, villages, pubs, churches and the odd flock of sheep 4 times before I together with the open class gambled the sorry remains of stratus up wind – only 250m short of final glide to the finish circle.” 

open; 2.5 hour AAT…Also here a lot flew back with the engine and some where really close by. TWO finishers ONLY….Michael and Ronald…good on them !!!77 and 75 km./h.[753 and 749]  Pierre and Arnaud were ” out “but on spot 3, [696 points] most flew between 140 and 200 km. Only 50 points between ” in and out”.

It turned out a marginal day. Specially the WSW wind was a “killer” in the end for any lift to come home.
Today was a tricky day to forecast, with the air being slower to dry out than hoped for. The Open and 18 Metre classes were launched on task, we are expecting finishers soon. Some gliders are close to the airfield, but some seem to be struggling in very weak lift to get back on glide.”


Lined up …gliders and tugs..Day 5.
As shared by the organizers.

Looking back on the day with team Belgium with 2 finishers;
Team Belgium; “Quick debrief of yesterday: the day started with the usual ballasting of the gliders below the low, fast moving stratus clouds and the odd bits of rain. The meteoman announced soarable weather for all classes, with strong winds of 35kph. The waiting game on the grid could begin. After towing and cancelling 15m class, 18m and open got D – tasks with starting points more to the north, away from the seabreaze. Getting away from tow was difficult and conditions on track proved to be likewise. The real battle though, took place in the last 15km and was a fight, together with about 30 gliders, between 150 and 650 metres, against the incoming stratus clouds. 1 glider only took the easy road and thought it would be clever to climb into wave and enjoyed a relaxing way home, watching the battle below him. Well done, Tijl! 👍😁
In the end, for open class only 2 gliders and for 18m class, just 6 gliders completed the task.

Today, the competition director decided to cancel the day for all classes, due to even stronger winds (50kph) and potential showers.

August a rest day!
“Today is a REST DAY. There will be no competition flying. After a few long and tricky days the pilots will have a chance to rest and relax with a traditional “pub games” night in the clubhouse this evening.”
And with day without tracking and F5 the organizers suggest as follows;
” Please enjoy this selection of photos taken over the last few days by Tony Cole to see more of his work visit his page here – Tony Cole Photography & Digital Art

Here is one of them, Marco “with his ears up!!” Indeed excellent pictures  have a look!!!

Courtesy Tony Cole

Looking to the overall scores,  after one week ;
15 m with 3 valid tasks; 1. Uli Schwenk in VV the VENTUS 2A with 2.311 points, 2. Freddy Hein in FH the Ventus 2ax with 2.286 points and on 3 for the time being Tim Scott  in ZR an ASG 29 with 2.151 and not far behind Lucasz Grabowski in RP the Diana 2 with 2.131 points on 4.

18 m. with 5 valid days: 1. Wolfgang in WO the VENTUS 3 with 3.315 points,2. Christophe in FC the JS 1 with 3.293 and on spot 3 for the time being Jeroen in 630 the ASG 29E [as far as I understand a great glider from Roy Pentecost] with 3.195. Bert jr in the brand new Ventus 3 is on spot 4 with 3.183 and all also very close number 5 , 6 and 7  Peter  3.181, Roman 3.177 and Jurg with 3.123 points. So close a lot can happen in week 2.

open with 5 valid days; 1.Michael Sommer with 3.652 points in EB 29R, 2. Lucasz Wojcik with 3.467 and close behind on 3 Ronald with 3.456 points. On 4 and 5 Russell and Holger 3.421 and 3.390.

Saturday…August 19…day 6…task 4/6.Human batteries are charged again, so another day in Lasham. AND…. 10 tuggies available!!!
Today, we’ve received AAT tasks for all classes again, although outside it still looks a bit cloudy and rainy, but the meteoman seems to think that it’s soarable, but ‘complicated’. Let’s cross fingers for a lovely flying day. 
Tonight is also the international evening, so busy day for the ground crew as well, as we still have some waffles to bake😋”
MUST be Team Belgium and of course it is.
Though there was still rain,…the sniffer went up to “investigate”. First launch not before 12.45.
15 m.; 2 hour AAT…
.task 4, so a valid competition in ALL classes.
Another difficult but flyable day at Lasham and UK pilot Tim Scott ,used the UK-weather for the distance and time best in his 2 hour AAT;189 km. in time 2.02.
With such short distances it is always difficult to find the best start time. For sure it should be on the best part of the day but sometimes is difficult. They all started however within 8 minutes.
12 From 16 finished so a good day and runner up was Freddy Hein, whilst his mate Uli was “ only on shared spot 6 loosing around 78 points.

18m.; 1.30 hour AAT…The even shorter AAT from 1.30 was also a prey for a UK pilot this time Mike Young; 153 km. in time 125.26. He started STRAIGH AWAY whilst some waited for half an hour.
The Belgian brothers Bert and Tijl , used to Belgium and Swiss weather dealt with the circumstances AS good, starting 13 minutes behind Mike and were on spot 2 and 3. Peter Millenaar used to Dutch conditions was on spot 4.
20 from 25 finished and it was a tough day for German pilot Michael Streit who only got 33 points!! Wolfgang was on spot 12 with 121 km. so not his best day.

open; 2 hour AAT…Very  short for an open class , but on a competition you have to fly the set task; 2 hours. Best and also used to real European weather Lucasz Wojcik from Poland;221 km. in time 2.02.55.
Not a good day for team Germany. Michael Sommer was only 10th due to among other things, a too low finish and lost around 100 points to the daily winner who “got” 619 points. No worries for his overall scores…still leading the pact.

August 20…day 8…task 5/7.  For all about the same set distance in a racing task and the 2d time they used the interval-startline. Real racing looks different, but a lot finished. ” “The window with flyable weather will not be long due to an approaching bad-weather- front.

15 m. ..201 km.   Good to see a daily win for Henrik Breidahl, I” know ” him already for so long . He flew the task with a speed of 86 km./h. Tim Scott and Gary Stingmore had a good day as runner up and number 3. Most were happy to be in, before the first raindrops!!

Henrik as daily winner. Picture shared by the organizers.”Thanks to Benedict for the extra pictures from the tower.”

18 m. ..207 km. Also in 18 m. a nice win for a Danish pilot Arne! Good on him; the only one who flew just over 100 km./h.
The Belgium team did well;
In 18m class, Bert and Tijl had a fun grand-prix-style race, against all other pilots of their class, as everybody started exactly at the same time, the earliest possible time slot. In 15m class, Daan took a later start slot and had a really fast race. Unfortunately, his last climb underneath the high cloud cover, didn’t bring him home and he outlanded close to the airfield. ”

Open…212 km. and Pete Harvey raced in some kind of super-flight, to his daily win with 117 km./h ,followed…but  10 km./h.. slower by the THE Broquevilles. Pete in the JS 1C started at the same time as Pierre and Arnaud in the EB 29DR. Interesting to find out WHY??!!
Team Belgium mentioned; ” Yesterday’s flying day was a partially good day for the Belgians. Before the entering frontal clouds and rain, Pierre and Arnaud choose an early start slot (designated start times) and did very well, resulting in a fantastic second place of the day.”

Pierre and Arnaud, the famous THE BROQUEVILLES.
As shared by team Belgium

All scores from today are preliminary.

Today the tuggies “green team” were feeling good,” they launched the whole grid in 34 minutes, they are trying for 30

Thanks to Benedict for the extra pictures from the tower.”


More latest news from Schempp-Hirth.

An era comes to an end:

Just before closing down for our summer holidays, we test-flew the final second-generation Ventus. Ventus-2cT serial number 246 was the last of 664 produced Ventus-2.

The Ventus-2 was originally designed by Klaus Holighaus und has been produced & continuously improved since 1994.

It has recently been succeeded by the third generation Ventus which made its maiden flight in January 2016.

We wish the new owner many memorable flights and happy landings!

Thanks to Dennis Konieczny for test flying and organizing pictures!”

Indeed an end of an era. “We”  always flew Schempp-Hirth gliders ,now a Discus is a new edition in the family again.


The FAI SGP in Slovenia in CELJE
August 19-26.

This event in 18 m. counts 12 pilots from 4 different countries and started today . The regatta start was at 3 and  the distance 164.44 km. but not all are yet scored . It seems Bostjan Pristavec has “the best papers”  to win day 1.
Their latest news;
“Most pilots are back in Celje, the others are on the way back from the field. Today’s fastest pilot was Bostjan Pristavec.
In the end only 2 pilots finished Bostjan and Luka both from Slovenia.
More in my next blog.



I was at the Keiheuvel weekend yesterday. My friend Ans and I visited this year just for one day, but had enough time to talk to most friends. We fell with our nose in “the pies”  as there were about 5 big ones on the table for the birthday of the 2 children from Jef and Gitte and the party was at the field .
We could congratulate Tim Kuijpers with his EGC win and Jeroen Jennen with his bronze and share our sympathy with the unexpected death of Jef ‘s dad and Pieter’s granddad. We had a good Belgium beer in the KEI and great food as always.
Unfortunately there was no flying. On Saturday the weather started to be better after 4 when they had to cancel and today looked better , they tried and started, but in the end it was not meant to be.CANCELLED.
A pity next time we go for the full 3 days again.

cheers Ritz

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