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May 15, 2019

20th EGC in Poland ! French Nationals from Buno Bonnevaux !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:58 pm

Final day’s in Prievidza!

Nice long tasks when I left you on Wednesday morning, with combi first at the grid, this time asphalt-runway and  club and 15 m. from the grass.

as shared by the organizers. The runway seems to be brand new.

Here the results  from Wednesday and and aggregate results from the comps, as it turned out to be the last day!!!
Prize giving was at 10 in the morning on the 9th.

May 8; task 4
Club;344
and it was flown by 26 of the 37 who started that morning. Daily winner German pilot Uwe Wahlig , so after 3 UK daily winners now one from Germany. And those winners became the champions of the cup and medals after 4 day’s of flying.
1. Tom Arscott with 3.594 in LS 7 WL.
2. Ge Dale with 3.587 in ASW 24 WL5
3. Uwe Wahlig with 3.422 in LS 3 WL

15m.;402 km.  and Polish pilot Jacek Flis was the best in Discus 2A. Dawid Pretorius was runner up and Lucasz Grabowski also from Poland 3d.
This gives the next overall scores after 4 flying day’s.
1. Poul Kim Larsen from Denmark in Discus 2A with 3.137 points.
2. Miloslav Cink from Czech Rep. in LS 8B with 3.035.
3. Jacek Flis from Poland with 3.028.
The other Danish pilot flying so well and topping the overall list on the first 2 day’s out-landed on 3 which cost him lost’s of points. He finished as 14th.

combi; 500 km. was flown by 20 from 25!! Best was 105 km./h by Polish pilot Tomasz Dul in ASG 29E. The ARCUS T and M were on 3 and 4.
Overall scores;
1. Andreas Kessler & Scarlat in Arcus T from Romania with 3.384.
2. Danes Grula in ASG 29E from Czech Rep with 3.303.
3. Andrzej Smielkiewicz in ASH 29E from Poland with 3.249.

That’s it about the FCC Gliding 2019. Not many day’s but finishing on a high with on the last day in each class a 1000 points day.
A few of the pilots have traveled straight away to Stalowa Wola to attend the EGC.

 

 

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20th EGC in Stalowa Wola – at the airport Turbia in Poland
May 11-25
with the closing ceremony  on the 25th of May 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Quite blowy but good Cu today. All Team GB gliders are rigged and will fly today on the last unofficial practice day
As shared by British Gliding Team

On the first official training day at Turbia Airfield, tasks were set; 3.15 AAT for open and won by  open class by Pierre [de Broqueville] in EB 29DR from Belgium . Speed 130 km./h!!
In 18 m. it was French pilot Christophe Abadie who won the 3.30 AAT in JS 3 with 129km.h. on the clock and runner up was Wolfgang in Ventus 3 and Sebastian was 3d in Diana 3.
In 20 m. a 3.15 AAT won by the Finnish team with Antii in ARCUS M;125 km./h.
On practice day 2 not a lot of pilots were flying and tasks for them who flew were small, so not really interesting.
On practice day 3, it rained but who wanted to go could go and try a 2.30 AAT.
In open Alberto Sironi flew 320 km. in his Quintus,  Petr Tichy 311 in EB 29R and Russell Cheetham 307 km.  in EB 29DR.
In 18 m. the UK pilots Pete and Phil flew 349 and 335 km. in their Ventus 3 .There were 4 I guess technical out-landings, or flying back home.
In 20 m.only the UK team finished in the Arcus T with 99 km./h.

From the EPST Galery from Turbia.

AND…as said before Wolfgang and Michael defend their title.Sebastian who won the 20 m. last time flies now against Wolfgang in 18 m.class.So the title for the seaters is vacant.

As you can see the UK brings “in” some very good pilots!! And,..they are eager. The tasks on the last practice day was cancelled but they tried to fly it and DID and how!!! See above .

Steve and Gary fly as team in 20 m in an ARCUS T.
as shared by British Gliding Team

Also the Polish team is strong certainly as they fly “at home”. Never underestimate the French…Allez les blue… and the German team..es geht los…!! So looking forward how it all unfolds.

Opening.Was last Saturday at 5. AND,…./ “DO NOT LOOK AT THE SKIES……….” Best day was the opening, OR best day was during the closing ceremony…I heard it so often!!!
Here are the BENELUX countries.

Belgium With Pierre
All 3 pictures  shared by 20th European Gliding Championships StalowaWola, Poland

the Netherlands with Bas and Peter and TC Francois behind them.

Luxembourg with pilot Diana and TC and crew George.

Let the comps begin.On May 12.

AND,…off they go, take off’s at 11.10. Good luck to ALL.
20th European Gliding Championships StalowaWola, Poland

Sunday May 12; Day 1 task 1; AAT’s direction E. N. E.
Open..2.45  AAT; With 375 km. in time 2.45 at the dot, one of the Polish Lucaszes , this time Łukasz Wójcik, won the day in his JS 1C. Speed 136.12 km./h.
Behind him the big open class gliders ,the EB 29’s  with German pilot Markus Frank [134.69 km./h] Petr Tichy from Czech Rep with 133.50 km./h and Russell Cheetham from the UK with 133.34 km./h.
The first 11 pilots were within 804 and 904 points.

18m.. 3 hour AAT; They were the first to go on track at 11.15  , the line opened at 12.10 and for some  “it” was straight away high and fast!!!!
400 km. in 3 hours was the perfect result from UK pilot Phil Jones in his Ventus 3T. Only in this class 1000 points for the winner for a speed of 130.39 km/h.
The top 4 including Phil ;2. Karol Staryszak from Poland in ASG 29 E. ;130.31 km./h. for 999 points 3. Sebastian Kawa in his Diana 3 with 130.11 km./h for 996 points and 4. Pete [Harvey]  in Ventus 3 T. with 129.95 km./h for 993 points .

20m..2.45 AAT; Rubaj & Matkowski [Poland]in ASG 32 MI,  flew 348 km. in time 2.41 and won the day. Former German team coach Uli Gmelin and his wife Chrissie were runner up. Chrissie was twice WWGC Champion in 2003 and 2013. [ARCUS T] Phil  and Garry from the UK were 3d.[ARCUS T]

A nice evening to finish this glorious first day as Manufacturer JONKERS invited all teams for polish stew and beer.

MONDAY May 13; NO….Day 2 or task 2…Whilst the weather here in Holland was top[high 1040] .

As shared by George.

Tuesday May 14;No Day 3 or task 2..

EGC2019 -A grey, wet and windy Turbia = no Task today! …. Tomorrow doesn’t look great either ⚡️☔️
British Gliding Team

Wednesday May 15 today...the morning-news was …
Welcome to the fourth day of Competition! Weather is supposed to get better any minute now, so today’s pilot briefing at 10:00 may include some plot twists. Be there or be square!

Today’s weather as shared by the organizers.

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French Nationals in Standard class, 15 m. and 2 seaters flying in ONE class.
from Buno Bonnevaux May 5-May 11.

After 3 practice day’s, with as I expect not the best weather, as there were no points and only small tasks, they started with 40 pilots in one class with of course handicaps according to the FAI rules.
Task 1 on May 5; 2.30 AAT .
Adrien Henry won the day and so to see pilots had a real tough time. Adrien  flew in his ASG 29 a distance of 202 km in time 2.58, so a speed of 68 km./h. in his ASG 29 [handicap 114]
Only 6 finished and only 8 flew over 100 km. Winner of the day gets 109 points.

Courtesy Laurent BOISSARD
shared by AAVE – Association Aéronautique du Val d’Essonne

Task 2 on May 6 was straight away MUCH better;498.40 km. was set.
25 Finished. Still not “huge” speed as winner of the day Louis Bourderlique [JS 3] was with 107 km./h the only one over 100 km./h. But no worries he “got” 1000 points, that helps.
2 UK pilots and not just pilots , Jez Hood [LS 8] and Howard Jones  [Discus 2 A] did well HC, with 919 and 917 points. Benjamin Neglais [Discus 2A] was runner up with 918 points. Adrien was 6th.

Photo: Laurent BOISSARD
shared by AAVE – Association Aéronautique du Val d’Essonne

Task 3 on May 7; 211 km. was Adrien -day again. But only for 623 points. Louis was runner up and the Swedish French Duo Discus team was HC 2d and Jez HC 3d. 8 Points difference overall, between Adrian [1.] and Louis.[2.]
Task 4 on May 8; 132 km. but day was scrubbed.
No flying on May 9 but on May 10 tasks were set again.

No flying on May 9, you see why…
As shared by AAVE – Association Aéronautique du Val d’Essonne

Task 5 on May 10; 1.30 AAT, a day to either loose or gain points with a short task and most probably still a bit “sad” weather. It’s mainly between Adrien and Louis ,as they are close and on the 2 top-spots; 1.637 and 1.628.
The next 3 spots are HC pilots they get points, but can’t win a French title; Swedish French team in Duo and UK pilots Jez and Howard. As the French comps have mostly strong contenders it’s good to find out where you are with your performance.
What happened?
Adrien had so to see no nerves. He won the day ,slow but steady with 82 km./h. Louis was 7th and lost about 60 points on Adrien.
So the lead is a bit bigger now and the HC pilots remain at their spots.
Those who can “read” the weather well, did know already that there would not be a task 6 on May11.
So the scores from the last day were important. Adrien got only 486 points for his win, but more than enough to enlarge his scores.
In the end the aggregate scores were;
1. Adrien with 2.123 points and French National CHAMPION
2. Louis with 2.050
3. Christian Mallick with 1.834 .He flew an ASG 29E.
In between 2 and 3,  as said Jez,[1.888] ,  duo discus team France/Sweden [1.877]  and Howard.[1.861] .

The CHAMPION ,runner up and number 3 in France.
AAVE – Association Aéronautique du Val d’Essonne

 

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Last Saturday some great flights from Holland. Steven Raimond flew 781 km. in his ASG 29E from Terlet; He mentioned that it was a glorious day on which he crossed for the first time the river ELBE in Germany and had a great run under a cloud street.
698 in the St Cirrus, by Dutch top talent Robin Smit [Gilze Rijen] is GREAT and he topped the Dutch list.He used the same cloud street .
Both flew to the NE over the border in to Germany.
AND,…very worth mentioning too… a trip to Denmark from Veendam in Holland, maybe even the very first ever!!!
In a Duo Discus WL.; 634 km.
Martin Hamberg and Erik Klijnstra; a real daring exploit, have a look at their OLC trace.

 

Gelderse -one -day -competition with 50 participants.
Courtesy Ben Hiemstra.

One day later, one of the bigger comps flown in Holland, was a fact. The Club, “The Gelderse”  organized at Terlet their ANNUAL-ONE-DAY-COMPETITION, with 14 participants in Club among them Robin, 17 in the combi class and 19 in open class. Among them Ronald Termaat and Jeroen Verkuijl. What great weather they had, though here I noticed some over development and later smaller tasks were set.
Tasks;
club; 186 km
. Jelmer Vis in St. Cirrus B won the day and 10 from 14 finished.
combi; 210 km.
. instead of 300 km. and won by Nick Hanenberg in Discus 2A. 14 From 17 finished.
open;329 km. changed in 248 km 
13 from 19 finished . Jeroen Verkuijl in JS 1 c, was the winner with a speed of 115 km./h. Ronald Termaat was runner up flying a JS 1C/21 m.

Beautiful Terlet
By Beautiful Willemijn.

For a competition you have to “take care of”  all kinds of pilots , hence not too big tasks.
The Sunday was however so good that Steven declared a 1000, also from Terlet, but the beginning was not top, 150 m. on the first leg , so he had to change plan but still flew 873 km[664 triangle]
In Venlo, in the S of Holland Luc declared a 750 and flew it in a VENTUS 3M.

More great flights on Sunday looking international;
1.856 km. in the Stemme by Klaus and Gil Souviron from Serres. Very happy chappies!!
” What a day with highs and lows between the French Alps,Massif Central and the Spanish Pyrenees. Great thanks to all ATCs. And thanks for all the knowledge from my friend Gil with a lot of details about the beautiful Pyrenees.
Not to forget the Stemme which allows all these fantastic gliding adventures.”
6 More 1000 km. flights that day from Minden [1] and Germany.
Over 800 km. flights in Belgium.

AND,…what about YESTERDAY…. a DECLARED 1000 from Holland by Steven Raimond. Very SPECIAL!!!!
It was his first declared 1000 and he flew in his ASG 29E/18m.  up to 450 from Terlet , Goldberg in Germany, a kind of out and return. The last few kilometers , back in Holland, passing Terlet to Deil and back were character building, but he did it!!!
Great flight also by Jens Bouma and Ayold Zwaga; 762 [739 triangle!!] in DUO DISCUS!!!! They topped the Dutch list yesterday.
648 in an LS 6 was not bad either!!!
8 x1000km flights from Germany as well , 1 from Luxembourg and a great flight from Rayskala;750 FAI triangle in LS 8 T by Kristian Roine.

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And not long anymore….
#FSGP2019 #SPAIN #LACERDANYA
A bit more than 3 weeks to go for the next Final held in Spain, in the Pyrenean mountains. Stay tuned!”

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Unfortunately I did not realize that,whilst moving our ANNUAL-HIGH- SCHOOL- FRIENDS- HOLIDAY, 2 weeks earlier , I would miss most of the EGC, so I can only look back at it.
Sorry about that.
So the next blog is on Wednesday May 29. When I am not too tired ,I look back at the EGC on Sunday the 26th.

Cheers Ritz and enjoy ALL comps.

For those who are not very technical and have not seen it yet,  here is the forecast for StanolaWola till the last day.

As seen and shared by George.
It is an expectation,…it might change!!! I hope for ALL involved!!!

May 8, 2019

Prievidza, Klix , Alzate and Gauteng….

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:02 pm

It has been terrible weather in most parts of Europe till now. Lot’s of rain, wind some hail and about 4 cm of snow here on Mai 4 in the S of Holland. I am longing after a real spring!!!
Several comps suffered from this weather as you can read in my blog , such a pity as  just spring weather  can be so strong and wonderful. We had a few real good day’s already a few weeks ago, but now,………
BUT,….more but’s,….Denmark and parts of Germany and the UK had real cold , clear, polar air and for that reason some real nice flights, as Andy Aveling, who flew from Lasham 842 km. in his ASG 29E/18m.
From Denmark Arne Boye Moeler in the JS 3 ” Another fine cool day – 710km in fresh air and snow” and also from Denmark a new open class Danish record over 3 TP’s; 849 km. by Preben Hove in Nimbus 4DM.
Another Nimbus 4DM flew 708 km. from Grosse Hoehe in Germany.
And also Keith Essex flying from Minden in Nevada complained about the cold;” Very cold today!” He flew 1.018 km. with a speed of 142.8 km./h.

Sunday May 5 ,was another good-cold-day, with a very interesting flight [1.026 km]from Jean-Marie Clement and Matthew Scutter; Here is Matthew’s OLC comment;
“Possibly the first French Alps -> Pyrenees out and return?
All done with clearances, navigating the wave with SkySight.
Looks great at the map….and a high flight as well. Good wave.
SKYSIGHT; “Checkout the 3D wave mode on SkySight! We think it really helps develop an understanding of how the wave develops with altitude, as well as where it is going high.”
A 1000 k , nearly a triangle, was flown from Locktow in Germany by Bernd Goretzki in an 18 m Ventus 2CM.
And more a yo-yo from 1.176 km. was flown in France from St. Girons in a DG 800/18m.
And after all the marginal weather and non-flying-day’s in Klix , the weather improved after the comps [as usual/often ] and 756k.  [683 Triangle] was flown in an LS 8. Pfffff……..
Several 1000 km. flights from Germany, yesterday as well.!!!!!

Looking at the weather in the EAST of Europe it’s getting much better now, both in Priviedza and Stalowa Wola where the unofficial practice started yesterday for those who are there already for the EGC.

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PRIEVIDZA….FCC GLIDING 2019.

Courtesy Maciej Gębacz – Heimdall Fotografia

On May 1 the day of LABOUR, the pilots had to work as well.
Tasks were set and start for CLUB was at 11.50 so it was a GO after a few days of “forced” rest.
And they went for it,….special the UK pilots both young Tom Arscott and well known Ge Dale were the 2 best, after a relatively early start at 12.28. During their 2.30 AAT they flew 269 and 262 km. in LS 7 WK and ASW 24 A WL.
38 in this class and 33 finished!!
Also in 15 m. class a 2.30 AAT and this time 2 Danish pilots were the best from 38 in this class. Both in Discus 2A . both with the same start time at 14.01 and just 4 minutes difference in arrival time; so 807 and 803 points for 271 and 277 km.
In the combi class Petr Krejcirik , who had practiced already 3 days in Nitra , was the best in his JS1; 307 km. in 2.33 was good for 823 points A pity his son in 15 m. out-landed after 261 km.

 

   

Maciej Gębacz – Heimdall Fotografia

On May 2 the tasks were a tad longer but they had some problems with some club class gliders who could not stay up after they were launched as the weather deteriorated for a short while.
” They had to circle in a low altitude near the airport. This created an obstacle for the aerotows and the starts were interrupted for a while. But now, at 11:55 we continue.”
Club ..245 AAT; 252 km. was flown by Tim Milner [LS3/15m.] our long-time-ago-Aussie-tuggie. Good on him, as he won the day. Runner up was UK mate Tom. 26 from 38 finished. Though they are country fellows they had their own start times. Tim started at 12.18 and Tom at 13.24 !!
15 m..256 km.:the 2 Danish pilots were best again was it first Filip Bojanowski and then Poul Kim Larsen both in the DISCUS 2A , now it was the other way around; speed 93.96 and 93.95 so both got 718 points and both won the day.31 from 37 finished!!
On task 1 Aldo from Italy was out , this time it was Luca. I know they are good pilots.
combi..297 km.; a good day for the Polish pilots Adam Czeladzki and Tomasz Dul in JS 1 CTJ/18m and ASG 29 E flying around with a speed of 108 and 106 km./h. 17 From 25 finished.

 

    

Maciej Gębacz – Heimdall Fotografia

On May 3 no flying.
On May 4 no flying , “OK. No grid, no briefing. You have a day off … ”  but still 4 day’s to go with hopefully better weather.
On May 5 no flying ,” Just a brief look from the window and it is clear we won”t fly anywhere today. Everything outside is grey and “un-tasty”

May 6…a windy day, too windy for club class so they were allowed to have a bit more rest.
Starts for 15 m. and combi  [1.45 tasks ]were postponed to 12.30….13.00…13.30…14.00. You can’t say they did not try but unfortunately the day had to be cancelled.
No flying.

May 7..FLYING AGAIN!!!!!
SO glad for the pilots and organizers. Let’s hope for a few real good final day’s.
Some extra official news from the organizers about tracking which you still can use the last couple of days;
We are also testing the best version of tracking I’ve ever seen. It was programmed and designed by Miss Melissa Jenkins. Thank you!”

http://fcc.onglide.com/current-day.xml

After opening this link, you need to click on the competition class that interests you.”

Ready to go on May 7 …flying day 3 from 10 till now!!
Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures

Club; 306 km…With 3 British pilots on top there will be enough pilots wishing to change that.Club pilots  were the first allowed to go on track at 11.45. All waited till around 1 PM.It turned out to be a difficult day for some also those in the top.Not for Ge , who won the day in his ASW 24 with winglets, in the same time as the other UK topper Tom , both flying together ,starting late at 13.14., but not a real good day for Tim as he out-landed after 239 km. .He started at 13.04. He lost about 500 points,ggrrrr…!
Adam from Australia had a good day and was 4th behind Boris Zors in St. Cirrus.
10 from 39 finished!!!

15 m; 336 km.. both 15m. and combi were launched from parallel strips, so starts open about the same time at 13.03 .A mix of “countries in the top 3. Zoltan Hamar from Hungary won the day with a speed of 95 km./h in his Ventus 2XA.
Marius Pluscauskas from Lithuania was runner up in Ventus 2AX and there are a few South African pilots as well in Prievidza and Dawid Pretorius was 3d in LS 8.
18 From 38 finished.

combi; 405 km..start open at 13.00. Only 87 km./h for the winner but a 1000 points-day for him ; Slovakian Lukas Benedikt in Ventus 3. Tomasz Dul [ASG 29] from Poland was runner up and from Romania it was  the ARCUS team who was 3d.
13 From 27 finished.

May 8 and only ONE more day to go on the 9th.
Today tasks have been set already  Club 344 km. 15 m. 402 km. and  Combi 500 km.
Great tasks for the last couple of days.

 

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KLIX.

Also KLIX had a flying day on MAY 1 but only in 2 classes. Club and 18 m. were cancelled ,but for St and 2- seaters there was hope.
BUT,…..after 12 PM the day was cancelled for all classes as there just was no window!!!
May 2; was sunny but windy, so tasks were handed out at the grid and the estimated time of launching was at 13.00 .Not an easy day as 6 from 31 finished in 18 m. class with a speed between 71 and 78 km./h that says enough. Christoph Matkowski from Poland won the day. Then 3 German pilots and Steven from Holland.
Their task was 173 km.
In Standard class only 2 finishers over the 162 km task; Matthias Greiner from Germany and Thies Bruins from Holland both in ASW 20, seems to be a great glider in these circumstances.
4 Finishers in the 2 seater class 3 teams 1from Germany and 1 from Holland.164 km. was set.
Speed  between 54 and 70 km./h.
Club had 109 km. and ALL pilots except 1 finished!!! Start times between 13.11 and 13.52.

May 3 ; It was a COLD day, freezing cold. But they flew and had valid scores in all classes.

  

Welcome to SPRING in Europe
as shared by the KLIX TEAM.

In 18 m. Steven won the day with a 182 k. racing task and a speed of 110 km./h in his ASG 29. He had 1 point more than Rainer Cronjaeger and Andres Kuehl both on spot 2 in ASH 31 MI /21 m and JS 3 /18m.
22 From 30 finished.
St Class; had with 245 km. the longest task and also a winner and 2 runner up’s.All 3 from Germany and flying LS 8 and Discus 2 AT. 21 From 28 finished.
2- seater class; with 2 Dutch teams in the top 3. Frauke and Ferdi in the Duo Discus XL behind winners of the day Habertag .Jurk. At spot 3 the boys from Friesland , the top from Holland, Jens and Sander.
Except for 1 they all finished their task from 197 km..
Club; 168 km. was set and flown by 14 from 17.

The last day ,May 4, it rained again ,as it did here with snow and hail!!!!!
So only 4 out of 9 day’s in club and 18m and 3 in the other 2 classes, but winners who had to fight for it.
Here they are and they are all pretty close;
18 m. after 4 days;
1. Christoph Matkowski from Poland in ASH 31 MI with 1.351 points.
2. Rainer Cronjaeger from Switzerland also in ASH 31 MI with 1.345.
3. Steven Raimond from Holland in ASG 29 with 1.337. During the comps I had to tell him that one of our friends had died. I asked him to win for her, and he was close!!! Good on you Steven.

St. Class after 3 day’s;
1. Peter Pollack from Germany in in Discus 2AT with 1.595.
2. Andreas Hillebrand from Germany in LS 8 with 1.576.
3. Carsten Bueddig from Germany in Discus 2AT with 1.528.
Sjaak Selen who lost his sister in law during these comps on May 3, was 5th with 1.513. ONE point behind number 4.

2-seater-class after 3 day’s;
1. Ferdi and Frauke Kuipers from Holland in Duo Discus XL with 1.348.
2. Team Hagemann/Auen from Germany in Arcus with 5 points less 1.343. “Where did we loose those points“?????
3. Team Habertag /Jurk from Germany in Duo Discis XLT with 1.305.

Frauke warmly dressed in the back seat.
As shared by Frauke.

Club class after 4 day’s;
1. Lukas Brune from Germany in St Cirrus with 1.154 .
2. Casper Fossing from Denmark in LS 1f with 1.079.
3. Sabrina Vogt in LS 4 from Germany with 1.065.

 

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GAUTENG REGIONALS 2019 from ORIENT….continued.

Courtesy Robert Atkinson . GREAT PICTURES!!!!!
As shared by Soaring Society of South Africa

On May 1 an other short task in club class [145 km.] and 1 from 7 finished; Arjan Schaap. He got 328 points for this result.
In 15 m. also 1 finisher from 6 [4 flew] over 145 km. this time Hannu Du Toit. Only 109 poinbts for his brave effort.
In open class 189 k was set and Anders Anderson and John Coutts were the best. 7 From the 9 who started finished as well.
Speed from the finishers between 63 and 89 km./h.

Oscar in his beautiful JS 3 winner of May 2.
Courtesy Robert Atkinson.

May 2  still small tasks;
Club..131 km; not a valid day.
15 m..131 km; 194 points for Wayne Schmidt who managed to fly the distance in his ASW 27 with a speed of 61 km./h.
open..166 km; and also here the speed says it all; Oscar won the day with 89 km./h on the clock.

May 3; no flying.

May 4 ;LAST DAY!!!
Club.. 127 km; 1 finisher for 109 points. Arjan Schaap won the comps with 981 points. No more to say…
15 m. .165 km.;Wayne won again and was overall winner with 1.597 points.
open.. 183 km.;Also here another win for Oscar [133 km./h.] and runner up,in JS 3 as well , Anders.
A total of 2.484 points for Oscar as winner of these regionals in this class. John Coutts was runner up with 2.149 points and Mannie Mclauchlan in the ASG 29 was 3d with 2.122 p.

Oscar get’s another cup.
As shared by Oscar.

Not a lot of long flights on good days but good winners in each class;
Here another great picture by Robert to finish this Regional Competition.

 

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 2019 Italian Club Class Nationals.

Aeroporto di Alzate Brianza. on April 22 a week before the comps.
Courtesy Stefano Balzan

The Italian club class Nationals were flown from Alzate Brianza in the N of Italy with 13 pilots.
April 29…. 211km; daily winner Simone Selvini in St Cirrus ..speed 87 km.
April 30….259 km; Peter Hartmann won in a St. Libelle ..speed 90 km./h
May 1….3 hour AAT ; improvement of the weather and a 1000 points -day. Davide Giovanelli was the winner in St. Cirrus.He flew 377 km. in time 3.38 …speed 103 km./h.
May 2…1.45 AAT; A DG 300 as best glider for the day with Ugo Pavesi.
May 3…no flying.
May 4???????
May 5 last day; no flying.
“Italian” CLUB class champion/winner is Jan Jagiello, who was 2 on 2 day’s runner up and flew consistent in his St Libelle with 2.973. After 4 day’s of flying.[out of 7]
2. Davide Giovanelli in St Cirrus with 2.942, only 31 points less.
3.Peter Hartmann in St.Libelle with 2.937 so missing out on 5 points to be runner up.

As far as I know Jan is a young Austrian pilot and Peter, an a ” tad older ” Austrian. Davide is from Switzerland.
So according to the rules I know, they are winners and Ugo Pavesi on spot 4 will be Italian champion.He had 13 points less than number 3. Ugo flew a DG 300.
Correct me when I am wrong. Thanks.

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Some great pictures from Serres, where Matthew [Scutter] works on updates for his SKYSIGHT.
Great job in all ways.

  

  

Looking good there around Serres.
Courtesy Matthew.

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The GLIDING INTERNATIONAL new ON-LINE issue viewer.

The new Mai/June 2019 issue is on line for those interested. Because of an error [525] I could not read it for you to give you some details. Will try later again.

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Last but for sure not least.

I told you about the wrong corner we are in. On May 3 Christianne de Swart died. She was still the fittest good looking person in the beginning of January this year and she died on MAY 3. UNBELIEVABLE. Bloody cancer!!! International pilots know her as the partner from 2 times WGC champion Baer Selen. She always crewed for him and as TC and friend I had quite a lot to do with them for many, many years.
Only 61 years old.
She was a very outspoken, full of live, sportive ,charismatic and lovely lady. 4 Soaring friends including me said farewell to her on April 22. We had , under the circumstances, a great couple of hours  and at that time ,Chris was still part of it.
She will be sadly missed by many and we all will support Baer in this difficult time.

 

Chris after the briefing in 1991 ,when she crewed for Baer and he became for the 2d time WGC champion.

R.I.P. dear Chris!!!!

11 WGC’s she was on his site. And what great job she did!!!!
Courtesy Baer

 

 

Cheers Ritz

May 1, 2019

Prievida’s FCC gliding 2019 started last Sunday! Klix started as well with 27th Gliding Cup.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:47 pm

Some great flights!!!

On Wednesday April 24 a great flight from a few of the German Juniors flying from Königsdorf  ;
 Last week, German Junior pilots Nikolai Wolf and Johannes Beyer finished phenomenal flights of more than 1000km each on their first rides of the new DAeC Ventus-3 supplied to promote young talented pilots! Congratulations!” Message from Schempp-Hirth.
https://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-…/gliding/flightinfo.html…

https://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-…/gliding/flightinfo.html…

A total of 11 over-1000km-flights that day, with Yves Gerster flying 2 days in a row a 1.082 and a 1.222 km. in a DG 400 /17 m.Place; Courtelary in Switzerland.
Juergen Wernzel even flew that day 1.408 km. from Hilzingen in Germany in an ARCUS M and Gerhard Heidebracht 1.319 km. in a Ventus 2CM/18m. from Koenigsdorf.
Johannes Beyer must have had the day’s of his life flying Ventus 3 as a young lad and flying with Mathias Schunk a distance of 1.222 km. in the ARCUS T. Not bad!!!!

TOP junior…Johannes Beyer. As shared by Schempp-Hirth.

On Thursday the 25th of April, the windy weather created booming conditions in the mountains and 9 over 1000 km. flights were flown, some even over 1.500!!!! A real  foehn-day  with wave and thermals.
Klaus Ohlmann in the Stemme flew from Serres in France; 1.511,64 km.
Guido Achleitner from Sankt Johan in Austria in ASG 32 MI ;1.513,79 km.
Mathias Schunk from Koenigsdorf in Germany in Quintus M;1.654,32 km.
Also the H301 Libelle flight was spectacular. From Niederoeblarn in Austria David Richter-Trummer flew 1.020 km.!!!! Even with 100 km./h. headwind, the little glider stood ground. Amazing!!!
Also Mollis Mil in Switzerland had a few 1000km.’s.

Last Sunday was another good mountain day and from France and Italy pilots “hooked” on in the wave and flew over 1000 km.
Gilles Navas added another long flight to his list with 1.059 km. from Vinon in his ASG 29E/18m.
1.110 was flown by 2 French toppers from St Auban; Francois Hersen and Baptiste Innocent in ASH 30.
The day before they flew also a long flight;1.211,50 km.
From Italy, Calcinate,  it was team Andreas Ferrero and Marco Stefanon in an ARCUS, who flew 1.085 km.
The St. Cirrus flight from from 922 km. by young Swiss pilot Davide Giovanelli, from Alzate Brianza in Italy is worth mentioning as well.
Matthew Scutter mentioned from the French Alps;”Nice first wave XC flight in the French Alps with Jean-Marie Clement, testing SkySight!”

Many comps at the moment and the weather is not co-operating there. Rain, more rain and rain again. AND,…that after the several glorious day’s!!! A pity but it is as it is with the weather.

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PRIBINA CUP at NITRA in Slovakia finished.

Great picture by ELFO on flying-day 3.

After 3 non flying day’s and 3 flying days the scores were all pretty close except for open class, but all was still possible.
On Thursday ,  the weather improved and there was a cheerful message:
Good morning. Finally we are going to race again.”
Day 7 task 5 flying day 4;
Club; had to fly 156 km. and this was best done by 2 German ASW 20 pilots , Felix and Wolli ,the current team coach of the German team, with even a speed of 106 km./h after a later start than the others;14.03. Some , 2 Pegase pilots, even made it later at 15.13. They were 11th for the day.
35 From the 39 who started finished.
15 m.; had 203 km to fly and German pilots Karsten and Philipp in Discus 2B and LS 8 were the daily best with 111/112 km./h. Then…4 Polish pilots.
26 From the 33 who started finished. A pity,…Tibor ,who flew in the past with us in Tocumwal belonged to the out-landers.
20 m.;197 km and 6 from 6 in the top belong to Germany. A real German day there in Nitra. Briel/levin won another day in the Duo Discus X and are proud number 2 in the overall scores behind the ARCUS from Buhlmann & Schlautmann.
open; 224 km and 4 from the best 5 were from Poland with as the best…Sebastian, who started pretty early in his class at 13.57.

Day 8 task 6 was set, but flying day 5 was flown….but only in 20 m. class.
Club;2 hour AAT but the day was cancelled.
15m; 2 hour AAT and Lucasz flew up to 94 km. others from 50 to 78 , but not enough to make it a valid day.
20 m.; 2 hour AAT and flown and completed  by 7 from the 13 teams. Good on them!! Best by Goralski & Tilo Holighaus in the ARCUS. An important win as it brought them in the overall top 3.
open; 2 hour AAT but the task was cancelled.
In the evening, with 1 day to go, the farewell party that started at 8 pm in hangar. There was  live music, free bean goulash and beer.

Day 9 was ,due to bad weather, cancelled.
A pity but that’s how it is.
Prize-giving was earlier at 12 PM.

Prize giving in Nitra.
As shared by ELFO.

So the champions after 3 /4 day’s of flying are;
club
HC. Miroslaw Izydorczak from Poland in ASW 20;3.322.
1. Mark Travner from Slovenia [3.210] winner from the CUP and
2. Aleš Kovač  both from Aeroclub Celje and both in a DG 300.[3.194]
3.  Tobias Pachowsky from Germany in LS 4 [3.158]

 

The proud Club Class Champions.
Courtesy ELFO.

15 m.
1. Tomasz Hornik from Poland in Discus 2A [3.272] Winner from the CUP.
2. Radek Krejčiřík from Czech Rep in Vantus 2A .[3.199]
3. Lukasz Grabowski from Poland in DIANA 2 [ 2.984]

The best 3 as seen by ELFO.

20 m.
1. Simon Briel & Enrique Levin from Germany in DUO DISCUS X [2.997] Winners from the CUP.
2. Weidlich & Moeller from Germany in ARCUS [ 2.905]
3. Goralski & Holighaus from Germany in ARCUS  [2.872]

The German top  as seen by ELFO

open;
1. Sebastian Kawa from Poland in Diana 3 FES [3.406]
2. Karol Staryszak from Poland in ASG 29 [3.403] Only 3 points difference with Sebastian . On the last flying day Sebastian won the day and got 13 points more than Karol. The difference that day was 10.
3. Petr Krejčiřík from Czech Rep in JS1 C EVO [2.573] Good to see father and son at the podium!!!

The cup winner and the rest of the top 3.
As see by ELFO.

Congratulations to all pilots, crew and organizers.
And as every year great pictures by ELFO!!!!

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Klix 2019 ..27th International Gliding Cup.
April 26-Mai 4.

With 35 pilots at this stage in 18m., 21 in club class , 22 teams in 20 m. and 34 in St. Class ,another huge competition.
Day 1 on Friday, was straight away difficult with the weather. Only open and club started, 20 m. was cancelled and St Class was cancelled in the air.
259 k. was set for open/18m. and unfortunately nobody finished, BUT it turned out to be a valid day and Ingo Trentelj nearly flew the task in his ASH 31MI/21m.;257 km for 296 points.
187 km. was set for club and 4 managed to fly over 100 km. not enough to make it a valid day.

Day 2 was cancelled.

Day 3 was cancelled.

Day 4 was cancelled all due to rain all day.

Day 5; After all the rain, they hoped for a window to fly in on Tuesday  and small racing tasks were set, with hope for 4 more good days. In the end the day turned out better than expected and with the LATE starts it was quite exciting to see if pilots dared to play start games.
Club;143 km,…..and a St. Jantar, St. Cirrus and St. Libelle in the top 3.Polish pilot Benedykt Jasik in the Jantar won the day.Only 1 out from 19 and starts between 14.11 and 14.36.
2 seaters; 229 A task and 146 km. as B task….. It was the A task they had to fly and good old Sigi Baumgartl won this day in the ARCUS with a speed of 120 km. /h. They started at 13.56 and all were on track with 8 minutes.19 From 22 finished.
St. Class; 250 [A] or 146 km. [B] ……they were the first to go on track. Raphael Twardowski in an LS 8 won the 250 A task even with 10 penalty points.
28 From 31 finished so reasonable conditions in this class with starts between 13.25 and 13.48.
18m./open; 180 km……..at 16.42 !!!! their line opened and most straight away went on track.!!! The winner of the day flew for 400 points and it was Andreas Kuhl in JS 3 before Rainer Chrohnjaeger [Switzerland] in ASH 31 MI/21 m.
22 from 31 finished!!

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Prievidza in Slovakia started.
April 28-May 9 2019.

With 100 competitors this is another big competition in Slovakia, flown in 3 classes; club, 15m and combi.
Day 1 was on Sunday and a task from 262 km. was set for 15 m. but unfortunately also there the weather was not good enough to fly.CANCELLED.
” Weather for ducks ” as the Aussies say.
More next week.

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Region 5 contest in the USA.

Some famous winners in open class with Karl Striedeck and Sarah on 3 , winner Dick Butler still going strong and  Jerzy Szemplinski from Canada as runner up.
They had 4 out of 6 day’s ,…all blue!!

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Gauteng Regionals 2019 from Orient.

Line up for day 1 .
as seen by AntionetandMark Howse and shared by Soaring Society of South Africa

They started last Sunday in 3 classes with short tasks in club 113 km. and 4 competitors,  15 m. with 144 km and 6 participants and open with 204 km.
10 Pilots in open and 2 pilots did not finish. Best speed was by John Coutts ,123 km.h. in the JS 1.
Oscar was runner up in JS 3 but 10 km./h slower.

No great weather there either as day 2 had short tasks as well and day 3 was cancelled.

More next week.

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I am in the “corner where I am hit hard”. A lot of lovely people are leaving this world.
This time it is Cheryl from Sportaviation in Tocumwal. Eddie ‘s wife and support in life and the business.
” were like two peas in a pod” Eddie mentioned.
A great lady and a real peoples person. I am going to miss her.
Her funeral is on Mai 3  at the Tocumwal Lawn Cemetery, that’s where a lot of my friends are nowadays even our son Dennis. I will be busy bringing flowers next season.
R.I.P. lovely lady!!!

Cheryl and Eddie a great and lovely couple.
As shared by Eddie

CU next week, in which another young friend may die. She is given up by the doctors.
Ritz

April 24, 2019

Warm Easter with some good soaring! PRIBINA cup started with nice weather.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:47 pm

26 dgr.C over Easter,..nobody complaining,here in Holland.
67 Pilots here,  took their glider for a ride on EASTER Sunday, but it was a blue day, nicer with those high temperatures was a drink in the club house overlooking the field.
Other parts of Europe were better as you can read below.
Busy enough with soaring as well.Great conditions , as expected, this season for the

PRIBINA CUP IN NITRA.[SLOVAKIA]

Before start day 2 by ELFO.

They fly in 4 classes;
Club with 44 participants,
TASK 1 with  301 km. Best pilot in a Pegase C101A1,  Pawel Glowacki from Poland with a speed of 80.81 km./h.
Runner up was Miroslaw Izydorczak in an ASW 20 also from Poland [83.29 km./h]and to make the top 3 complete, ALSO from Poland Konrad Partyka in SZD-48-3 Brawo.[79.71 km./h]
22 Finishers so half out.
Reason…. It was not an easy day as it did not turn out exactly as expected and hoped for , with wind and the promised CU’s did not show up, but still cloud bases up to 2300 m.and blue thermals. AND…..Valid in all classes.
TASK 2 with 317 km. was flown in better conditions and the first final glides were announced around 4.20.
Their line opened at 12.39.
3 German Pilots started together at 13.18 and had a perfect day. Uwe ,Markus and Florian were the best 3 for the day in LS 3, and 2 St. Jantars. Speed 105 and 100 km./h.
34 from the 40 who started finished.
TASK 3 with 274 km. with only one pilot who flew over 100 km./h.; 48 year old Polish pilot Miroslaw Izydorczak in ASW 20, who got the 882 points for the best result. Then 3 German pilots in LS 4 with 796/7 points. Also “out-landers” 10 this time, among them Markus who had such a good day , the day before.
TASK 4 with 177 km.with the message “Today the weather in the mountains area does not look as good as yesterday, therefore we will fly to the south directions mostly.”
”  we decided to interrupt the towing and due to the cloud layer, making the thermals from too weak to none, the tasks were finally cancelled for all of the classes. ”
So task 4 was cancelled.
The day after was , due to rain, cancelled as well.

 

15 m. with 37 participants,
TASK 1 with 342.59 km. and 4 strong ladies for Czech Rep. in this class. They did not win as the 1000 points were again for Poland with Tomasz Hornik in a Discus 2a /15m. with 96.22 km./h .
BUT the girls were on spot 2 [Jana Vepřeková in LS 8 ] and 6 Dana Nováková in LS 8,  on 7 with Jana Trešlová in Discus 2 and on spot 8 Hana Trešlová in LS 8.
Only 14 finishers.
TASK 2 with 368 km. they were the first to start at 12.23. Not a German but a Czechia- day in this class with Petr’s son Radek Krejčiřík as daily winner in the Ventus 2A with a nice speed of 116.88 km./h. Quite a bit more than the runners up Jan Pavlik and Dana Nováková both in LS 8 and both with 105 km./h on the clock.
34 Finished!!
TASK 3 with 274 km.and again 3 Polish pilots in the daily top. Tomasz again, but now with Jedrzej Sklodowski in an LS 6 A and one of the well known Lucaszes, this time Lucasz Grabowski. Radek was 4th.
29 From 36 finished!!!
TASK 4 with 236 km. was cancelled.
April 23 was cancelled.

 

Amazing cu’s as seen and shared by Jeppe.

 

DOUBLE SEATERS with 13 teams,
TASK 1 with 344.49 km. and nobody finished but 2 German toppers Briel/Levin fles in their DUO DISCUS X a distance of 290 km. The Dutch team Corporaal was runner up also in Duo Discus.[254 km.] Number 3 was a Duo Discus too, from Poland.
TASK 2 363 km. At 12.35 the line opened for them and this day was an ARCUS-day and a German day as the 4 best were from Germany and flew ARCUS. They went on track at 12.50 and 13.09.
With 109 km./h the winner was slower than the 15 m. class.
TASK 3 with 330 km. with 5 German teams in the top and the Duo Discus X with 2 young toppers Simon Briel only 22 years old flying with  Enrique Levin , was on handicap 1 above the Arcus.
ALL 13 teams finished!!!!
TASK 4 with 234 km. was scrubbed.
No Flying on April 23.

 

Picture courtesy Jeppe de Boer who flies in the 20 m. class.

 

OPEN CLASS with 35 pilots.
TASK 1 with 369 km. and also in this Class Polish success as Karol Staryszak [ASG 29/18m] was the first daily winner for the 1000 points with 113 km./h. Runner up in Diana 3 FES , Sebastian Kawa, with 111 km./h.
22 Finishers and many penalty points in this class.
TASK 2 with 386 km. and pilots could go straight away over the line which opened just after 1 PM.[13.04] But they did n’t. Wolfgang left at 13.28 and Sebastian at 13.30.
The 4 Austrians started about the same time and Sebastian started and finished with his Polish mate Karol Staryszak in ASG 29/18m. They were the best for the day. Wolfgang was 4th behind the EB 28/28.3m. from Pristavec & Avsenek. His mates Heimo [Demmerer] ,Andreas Sandhöfner and Andreas Lutz were 6.7 and 9.
31 Finishers a few out due to altitude infringements.
TASK 3 with 362 km. and 132.53 km./h for Karol with Petr [Czech Rep] in JS 1 /18m.EVO just a tad slower 132.06 km./h a difference of 9 points in the day scores.Sebastian was 3d with 129.80 km./h.
Only 3 from 36 out.
TASK 4 with 261 km. was scrubbed.
No flying due to rain on April 23.

 

The mountain area as see by Jeppe.

TODAY; no grid, no briefing , no flying, but there is hope !!!
Total scores after 3 flying-day’s out of 6.
Club;
1. Tobias Pachowsky  Germany in LS 4 with 2.870.
2. Hauke Schmoranzer Germany in LS 4 with 2.861.
3. Gerrit Feige Germany in LS 4 with 2.861.

15 m.;
1.  Tomasz Hornik Poland in Discus 2A with 2.760.
2.  Radek Krejcirik Czech Rep in Ventus 2A with 2.717.
3. Jan Pavlik Czech Rep. in LS 8A with 2.597.

20m.;
1. Buhlmann & Schlautmann Germany in Arcus with 2.288.
2. Briel & Levin Germany in Duo Discus X with 2.229.
3. Weidlich & Moeller Germany in Arcus with 2.184.

open;
1. Karol Staryszak Poland in ASG 29 with 2.879.
2. Sebastian Kawa Poland in Diana 3 FES with 2.869.
3. Petr Krejčiřík Czech Rep. in JS 1 C EVO with 2.573.

Top in all classes is pretty close except in open class. Just a few day’s to go, as the prize-giving is on the 27th at 8 PM.

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—–On GOOD Friday the 19th it was great soaring weather in the Alps and 4 x a 1000 k was flown in Nimbus 4DM, EB 29 , Nimbus 3DM and an 18 m. DG 808 C. All flights were from Lienz in Austria.
Last Saturday was a top-soaring-day in Italy. Alberto Sironi declared and flew a 1000 FAI triangle from Calcinate in his Quintus and flew it with a speed of 106 km./h.
His very happy comment;”1000 km FAI triangle declared Task….3 Italian record open class.”
Good on him.Congratulations Alberto.
From Thiene 3x just over or under 900 km.
On Easter Monday an “Interesting low-windspeed-wave-day (10-15kph in 4500m).”, by Bert Schmelzer jr, from Hausen am Albis . He flew 1.020 km. in an ASG 29/18m. and topped the OLC list that day. Another interesting flight was from Aigen Mil in Austria, to be honest never heard about the field, but 685 was flown in a St.Libelle.
Yesterday another 1000 k from Switzerland , this time Yves Gerster in a DG 400/17m. [1.082 km.]

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10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships

Over the Easter weekend a lot of pilots visited the Mini Easter Grand-Prix in Lake Keepit, as you know the venue for the 2020 WWGC.
The weather was perfect as you can see and the atmosphere as well.

      

Busy enough!!!

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And only a few more days  and… the EGC starts on Mai 11.

20th FAI European Gliding Championships
(Open,18m and 20m Multi-Seat Class)
11th – 25th May 2019
Stalowa Wola (Poland)

Organizer:
Aeroklub Stalowowolski, ul. Lotników 15, 37-415 Zaleszany
Email:office@egc2019.pl
Tel :+48600335850

And to finish …the BAHIA PARADISE under construction.

As shared by Guilherme Purnhagen

CU next week.
Cheers Ritz

April 17, 2019

Super polar soaring conditions ! JS 3’s arrive in the USA. HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:57 pm

—-First things first!!!! WHAT A DISASTER!!!!! The poor Notre Dame …gone up in flames. I could cry and was frustrated that nobody could do something because it was so high.Helicopters with bambi-buckets might have been the solution!!! But you have to have them close by.
No words can describe the loss of culture and history. SO TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY SAD!!!!!!
HEARTBREAKING!!!!
As I write they have already over 850 million Euro, VERY good in such a short time. If it is realistic I don’t know, but Macron wants tho have the renovations/rebuilding, ready in 5 years, when the Olympic Games are in Paris.

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— Parts of Europe including Belgium and Holland had fantastic super-early-spring-polar-conditions , specially in the weekend starting with Friday ; Belgium from Geraardsbergen with 767 k [695 FAI] in an ASW 27 by Daan Spruyt.
2 Long distance flying friends from Holland, Mark and Alfred Paul flew in their ASG 29 E’s [18m] 769 k from Soesterberg.
They planned to fly to NORMANDIE, which they did and turned 20 k. before Rouen.
At 8 in the evening the engine was started for the last 35 k home.
Great flight and not easy but as I read with top co-operation from the French and Belgium air-traffic- controllers.
21 Dutch pilots noticed this good weather and flew that Friday.

In the night from Friday to Saturday we had minus 4 here!!! All roofs turned white with frost. Luckily I had my pot plants inside.
The weather however on Saturday was booming again. From Keiheuvel in Belgium , just over the border here, Tijl [Schmelzer] flew nearly 1000 km!!904 to be precise and he flew the new VENTUS 3E.
Daan flew another long flight this time 767 in his ASW 27. How cold he must have been!!
Woollies, lot’s of woollies only help and thermo socks.
COLD was the most read comment and yes the snow flocks they saw I saw here too.
Neil [Deijgers] took his St. Libelle out for a flight from 519 km.
Many over 500 k’s that day from Holland and France and even the UK where Roy and Andy flew the the ARCUS T from Lasham over  538 k.;”Nice Polar air in a typical Spring day.”was their comment.
Our Dutch junior Robin Smit flew in his St. Cirrus 582 km. and have a look at the OLC ; an out and return to France with a snowy final. His flight went to the beach in France…and back. He loved it…a dream came true.

There was that day, the very famous flower parade in Holland in the Bollenstreek [in the neighborhood of Haarlem] and even with the cold 800.000 people visited. For the first time in the 72 year history of this famous parade, the cars had to be inside during the night as otherwise the flowers would freeze and turn black. Who had a big stable or hall, opened on request the doors to help the organizers.

Sunday felt a bit better/read less cold and with the knowledge of a forecast for 25 dgr. on the Easter Sunday we all stood this cold, as we knew it would be MUCH better.
Down under from Benalla Tobias [Geiger] still flew nearly 500 k.[497] in the Ventus 2AX /15m.
Europe still had great circumstances but not as good as the day’s before though in Holland flights up to 582 in an LS 8 by one of the juniors and 520 from Tim Kuijpers former JWGC champion in an ASW 20 are worth mentioning.
Still 75 flights that day from Holland only at the OLC.

Yesterday the weather was TOP in the Alps and from Koeningsdorf , Unterwoessen and Lienz pilots flew between 730 and 938 km.

 

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Unfortunately no great soaring conditions in Torino. They started there on April 5 with the 47th City of Torino Throphy 2019.
14 Flying participants some with a “great” name in soaring.
The weather only contributed with 2 AAT’s from 2 and 1.30 hour in the beginning from the comps and the last day on Saturday had a 1.30 AAT, but it was not flyable , 23 k was the best try, so a final party was there for the social moments and the prize giving.
Only 938 points for the winners Peter Hartmann and a mate [Marino] in the ARCUS T.
Aldo [Cernezzi] in the DG 600M was runner up with 908.
On Monday however, Riciardo [Brigliadori] flew 786 [600 FAI triangle] from Alzate, in his 21 m. JS1CTJ.
It looks the Pribina Cup will have much better weather, that is when they have the weather we expect. Their unofficial practice started on Saturday.

With Peter /Marino in the middle and Aldo to the right and Ciancarlo Grinza to the left.
As shared by Aldo.

 

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—One of the former Narromine and Tocumwal Blaniks left after many years to Alice Springs , BUT, for a lease period in the off-season-time ONLY.
Hope they have many safe flights in it. In spring it will be back in Toc.

Safe travelling. LOOOONNNGGG long way.

More news about the good old Blanik at the Friedrichshafen Aero Messe. It seems the A L-13 life extension station may come to USA. As you know many have been grounded over the last years and for a load of money you could make them flyable again , but again for a short period. Hope this works as an extension of 6000 hours sounds OK to me.

as shared by Soaring Society of America

And ….talking about the USA…
Minden Nevada ,was on April 9, the place to unload 4 JS 3 gliders for USA buyers.
Many happy chappies!!!!

as shared by Jonker Sailplanes

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News from SoaringNZ
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Enjoy.”
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—News from France;
Hello ! From July 30th to August 9th this summer, will be held the 45th Bailleau International Gliding Contest, a classic flat-land gliding contest.

And like every year for 22 years now, Bailleau International will be accompanied by the now famous “Amical” Contest, one of the best ways for a pilot to take his first steps in competition …

This year, the new Competition team wishes to improve the admission conditions in the 3 classes of the competition by limiting excessive performance gaps between gliders. We therefore remind you the following principles :

  • Speed Race : This class is optimal for Standard, 15 meter, 18 meer and 20 meter twins
  • Long Flights : This class is optimal for 18m and Open class gliders with a minimum handicap of 117
  • Amical : This class is optimal for Club class gliders and twin gliders with a crew of which at least one pilot has never participated in an IGC approved competition

The website http://2019.planeur-bailleau.org is now open, you will find there all useful information and the online registration form …

 

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—News from Tocumwal;
Attention race fans,
The entry list for the 2019/2020 Australian Multi Class Nations is now open.
Head to out web page to register or to see who will be racing this December.
www.tocumwalsoaring.com
Info and details will be updated regularly !  Tocumwal Soaring Centre

 

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—Some sad news as well this time from the BGA.
April 15 2019.
“We regret to report the very sad news that Mike Bird has passed away. Following a long period of poor health, Mike died peacefully at his home with family present.
As a major figure in British Gliding, a record-holder of distance flights, a frequent entrant to both National and regional comps, a friend to many, and as the perceptive and highly amusing author of the unique Platypus Papers, Mike Bird will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with friends and family.”

A long, long time ago I met Mike as well and loved his Platypus Papers.
R.I.P. Mike.

 

—-News from the WWGC;

As shared by  10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships

Our new website is now live
https://wwgc2019.com/

 

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And to finish the maiden flight from this huge “monster”!!! With a span of 117 m. this jumbojet  flew successfully around with 305 k speed on the “clock” over the USA Mojave desert.
This plane has been designed to launch rockets from 10 k high, instead of from the ground, to make the trip from a satellite cheaper.
Paul Allen , one of the co-founders of Microsoft with Bill Gates and as rich, is a key-person in this project of strato launch systems.
A good man as I see ;” He gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, community services, and more.”
He unfortunately passed away before the plane flew.I heard later Thanks Nick.

As shared by Stratolaunch
With the text;
Today, for the first time in history, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight  Thank you to our partners at Scaled Composites, LLC for their hard work. Learn more about this important milestone herehttps://bit.ly/2VIv49d

 

CU, cheers Ritz,
Just to let you know: TODAY April 17 is the day Kees Musters would have turned 73.
HAPPY EASTER DAY’S. Enjoy.

Spring and soaring. Great picture for Easter.
Courtesy Sophie Mahieu
14 avril 2019 : G-DJAC DUO DISCUS at Sisteron
© Sophie Mahieu
L’album de Mamz’ailes SoFi

April 10, 2019

Easter…start of European competition season and final soaring-day’s down under.

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PRIBINA CUP in Nitra Slovakia
April 19-April 27 2019.

One of those great pictures by ELFO this one from 2018.

Vladimir Voltin has ,as always,  invited pilots to visit one of the early European comps, during the Easter holiday. And the Nitra competition is a great concept with a max of 150 pilots , 50 in each class or 150 in total.
At this stage there are 153 entrees. So a very popular competition.
Club has 54, 15 m. 39, 20 m. 16 and open 44.
They start with the [unofficial] practice on the 13th and “for real” on the 19th till the 27th., with the prize giving and closing ceremony.  Hopefully the weather will be good as it is still early spring.
I like the rewards; “The winners of the Pribina Cup 2019 will be awarded free entry (no entry, aerotow and camping fees) to the next Pribina Cup 2020 event. The daily winners will be awarded small prizes at the briefings. The best junior pilots/crew in each class will be also awarded.”

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More Easter soaring.This time in Lake Keepit in Australia for some practice for the WWGC.
From Aussie Team Captain Terry Cubley: ” The Aussie team is running a training week at Lake Keepit starting on the 14th April, a great chance to better understand the area and develop the team relationships. Useful in case the world comps produces a weak day in January – say only 4 knots to 6000 feet. We will be ready. Other competitors are welcome to join us. 😃.Actually, Japanese pilot Akemi plans to attend.”

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—more news for ladies;
Dear Ladies, as already written, also in 2019 the Fly-Pink Cup competition is organized, I await your registration before April 30th. The dates are 24-25-26-31 May and 1-2 June. All documents are in AVF site and SoaringSpot Best regards COMPETITION DIRECTOR Giampietro

The competition is in Ferrara and all the news is on;http://www.voloavelaferrara.com/index.php

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—Also news ,this time about the EGC and the Dutch team shared this picture with their pilots.

Both Bas and Peter are pilots to keep an eye on and very experienced.

Michael Sommer, Wolfgang Janowitsch are there to defend their title in open , 18 m and in the 2-seater class the winners were Sebastian Kawa /Christoph Matkowski.
BUT,…Sebastian is there, but flies now in 18 m. in a Diana 3 ,so a concurrent for Wolfgang in his Ventus 3T.
Lot’s of JS 3’s in this class as well.
Later more about this EGC.

Already in Mai this EGC ,so also an early spring event in Poland too.
Luckily the gliders from Australia arrived yesterday in good order in Venlo. One of the gliders in the container is  the one in which Diana Schuit will fly this EGC for Luxembourg.

   

Pictures courtesy George.

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Don’t forget the AERO in FRIEDRICHSHAFEN when you have time.
APRIL 10-13.
Lot’s to see there including the VENTUS 3 and the ARCUS ,loved by many!!!

 Hall A1 Stand A1-103 – and checkout the new, enhanced Arcus
As shared by Schempp-Hirth

AND

AND

https://youtu.be/jhm7Vzv2cO4

The JS3 Rapture was born on the 12th of December 2016, exactly ten years after the maiden flight of the JS1 Revelation.

We are extremely excited to share more about the development journey of the JS3 Rapture with you at the #AEROFriedrichshafen!

ONLY ONE DAY TO GO!!!

See you tomorrow in Hall A1, stand 207!

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—-As we get older we loose more and more[ soaring] friends. We were young , in the seventies, when we entered the international gliding-scene and caught up with friends from all over the world, who were sometimes 20 years older than we were.
Many from my age will remember the call sign RR. It was from Dick Reparon ,who flew many nationals and represented Holland also at WGC’s. He also was TC at many comps.
In 1970 he was a member of the team flying in Marfa in Texas in an ASW 15, then with call sign 47!
We spend many years at the same competition in Angers , the unofficial EGC.
Dick died last week , age 86 and I was very happy that I still saw him a few months ago, when I visited him , rather unexpectedly , with Chris and Baer Selen.
R.I.P. Dick, finally reunited with Jo; Jopie as he called her tenderly, who died a few years ago. [2007]LOVELY lady!!!

During the 1978 competition, the 21 Coupe d’Europe,  Dick was runner up behind Marc Schroeder from France. George was 3d in this open class.
A year in which we met, Herbert Frehner and Monsieur Bohli, Basil Obrist and his family ,the Stouffs family and our Belgium friends the Huybreckx family.

  1. With Mr Bohli , yes from the compass, and his crew,2.  with Basil Obrist and Patrick Stouffs and3. Herbert Frehner.

Looking at the book it’s maybe nice to share the other winners in racing and standard class as well.

picture 1; Class course…Francois Hersen. from France 2, Walter Speychiger and 3 .Urs Baumgartner, both from Switzerland

Picture 2;  Classe Standard. …1.Eddy Huybreckx 2. Bruno Pieraerts , both from Belgium 3. Basil Obrist from Switzerland

 

And to finish ….. love this picture shared by John Welsh.

No not at home but it is the VSA Simulator at the Australian Gliding Museum, Bacchus Marsh.

Cheers Ritz

April 3, 2019

Back on track with just a short blog.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:12 pm

—-Back on track, but not yet totally recovered, as it takes between 3 and 6 weeks to be able to do everything again.
Very painful such a torn muscle in the lower back!!!!!!

—-Short blog as sitting too long is not good for a quick recovery. Moving is the word.
Writing goes quick, but good research takes time.

WOW-factor-picture.
Soaring at Terlet in Holland last weekend as seen by top-photographer Arjan Vrieze.

—-Last weekend the skies here in the S. E. of Holland looked great. I heard Malden had 1600 m. so a day to even fly cross country. I had to check. Of course!!
The 24th of March, 2 weeks ago , it really started in Holland with flights up to 346 km. in a Duo Discus WL by Alexander and Martin flying from Veendam. That day specially the N. was blessed with great soaring conditions and for that reason, happy pilots.
Last weekend started slowly on Friday with flights from just under 100 km.
Saturday however was the day, not too cold, sunny and great “cauliflowers” moving on the blue skies.
406 km. in an ASW 19 from Venlo in the S. by Andy and 429 by Steven [Raimond] flying from Terlet in his ASW 29 E.
33 Dutch pilots added their flights on the OLC list.
Sunday was even better, 41 pilots flew cc that day; Jelmer [Vis] flew in a St. Cirrus 481 km. from Hoogeveen. Good on him, one of our junior- squad.
Many junior’s flew on this great spring weekend in which the time changed to 1 hour later.

—-France and Germany had last weekend great weather too with flights up to 606 from Aubenasson in an ASH 31MI/21m. and 900k. from Winzeln in a Ventus 2CT/18m. Also 894 from the Hahnweide is worth mentioning. Flight in a Discus 2 A. As well as 719 in an LS 4 WL from Ludwigshafen.
1149 Flights were added that Sunday to the OLC. Looking at 2018 ; “only” 595 and also the best first spring-day!!!!
SO,…a very good last day of March 2019, a great start of the season.

—-Klaus Ohlmann saw the great soaring conditions as well . He left for Aosta where “our” men flew their height in the past and we went skiing in Pila. He plans to fly over the arch of the Alps, what he tried already before. He says it’s possible to fly 2000 kms in one day over the Alps.

Yes Italy has good spring weather too and flights before last weekend reached already 714 km. in the ARCUS M from Alzate. Last Sunday Giorgio flew in his VENTUS 3 606 km. from Thiene.

—-April 1 was a good day as well with 20 flights OVER 500 km.in Europe,  from Italy, Austria , Switzerland and Slovenia.
The Dolomite’s were booming!!
Even 631 k. in a St. Cirrus from Lesce Bled to Lienz Nikolsdorf and back, ridge soaring at it’s best.

—-As I shared with you a while ago, Terry Cubley got a very high and very deserved award; the Australia Medal AM. At the Victorian  Government House, they had this week, a nice ceremony.

Terry with his wife Vicky and their 2 daughters Tegan and Erin. I always forget from which one Vicky was pregnant when we met in Rieti in 1984 for the first time. As I wanted to give her a glass of Dutch Jenever , celebrating the friendship between Australian and Dutch glider pilotsat the Pre Worlds, practicing for the WGC 1 year later, she refused and confessed she was pregnant, so no strong booze for her.
This time there are bubbles. Good on them and not only deserved for Terry but for the entire very lovely family!!! I like Terry’s tie.
Picture shared by Terry.

—-The Dutch juniors are preparing for their JWGC in Hungary at Szeged and as they say themselves they form a dream squad.
Milan Kmetovics is the competition director for the #jwgc2019
He is , as I read, a glide instructor in Omarama as well.Nice life style!!

The “dream team” , with Sjors van Loon, current JWGC Champion Sjoerd van Engelen, Lars Groot , Jelmer Vis and laying Robin Smit, JWGC runner up in Benalla at the JWGC.
Shared by Dutch Junior Gliding Team

—–Next weekend is the AERO in Friedrichshafen ; April 10 to 13 2019.Enjoy.

Cheers Ritz hopefully more news next Wednesday.

To finish this great picture shared by Justin de Reuck

Every now and then a unique opportunity comes along. We were out in Potchefstroom yesterday shooting an amazing stunt with the Puma Flying Lions for Smoke on Go when we and the guys from Jonker Sailplanes decided to put together something unique. 
Jonker Sailplanes have just recently celebrated their 50th JS3 Rapture glider off the production line, so JS test pilot, AP Kotze put one of their Raptures up in formation with The Flying Lions Harvards as we departed for Rand yesterday afternoon… Not an easy formo at all, but so well flown by the guys.

Bose Aviation
Jonker Sailplanes
Creative Space Media

March 26, 2019

No blog today……sorry!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 11:37 pm

Due to a torn muscle in my lower back , thanks to gardening,writing is impossible, as I am in great pain.
Fysio is helping but it goes slow.

CU next week.
Sorry Ritz

March 20, 2019

Seniors active at their annual championship in Florida!Christchurch and Utrecht.

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—With the terrorist attack on innocent people in their mosque, New Zealand sadly found out ,that their till now relative safe country , [Christchurch had of course terrible earth quakes], lost it’s innocence as well, due to a fanatic weirdo.
50 People dead and a lot injured. TOO tragic for words. The HAKA-tribute  brought tears to many eyes.
In Utrecht , the travel hub from Holland , we had an attack as well; 3 people dead ,3 very badly injured and 2 more injured.
In a tram on their way to school, work or just having a coffee with mum. Our innocence is gone too.
Holland is part of Europe and several European countries had to deal with this  violence already earlier, whilst we “escaped”.
A Turkish weirdo born in Turkey ,but living in Holland, with a past of violence, took our Dutch innocence.
If it was a terrorist attack or a relational attack , maybe a psychopath, or a “crack-related” one, maybe even a reaction on Christchurch, [ I hope they find out in the end] , that does n’t matter for the families , their husband [49] son [29]and daughter [19] will be gone forever;  this guy ruined their lives.
Now sadly enough, it was our turn , but compliments for the police and other instances, they did a great job.

New Zealand and The Netherlands share their grief. The world shares with them.

—We were not the only ones, 2 weeks ago, with the very bad spring storm. Also Germany and Belgium SUFFERED!!!!
With this weird heavy weather, it must be , that insurances are going to raise their prices.
Only Holland had a damage bill from several millions. 2 Injured people luckily, no fatal accidents here in Holland.
It’s sometimes unbelievable to see how people crawl out of their by a tree,totally smashed car, with only a blue eye!! Great guardian angels.

—Last week I could not remember the name of the president of the jury later at the WWGC in Lake Keepit. Lilian, who flies WWGC’s for Holland straight away updated me. Thanks.
Gisela Weinreich. Of course I know her name and her input in female soaring, even met her, but a long time ago.
Lilian shared some info about her;
“She has been more often steward at WWGC’s. She is one of those champions and heroes in female gliding.
Here is a link to a documentary about the history of “women in gliding”, from the WWGC in Klix in 2005.Lot’s of history and the foundation of the WWGC. Deep respect for the ladies from the “past“.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjq9xx09fMk

 

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29 th Senior championship from Seminole Lake Gliderport.

courtesy Bozena Michalowski

The oldies, with respect, are still going strong,  at their senior championship as always at Seminole Lake Gliderport.
The contest management decided to “only” have 55 entrees for safety reasons.
Those 55 started on March 9 and continued till Friday the 15th.
What happened?
On contest day 1 Karl Striedeck showed his great soaring experience in a Duo Discus X, winning the first 1000 points,after an early start . Jim Lee in a 15m version JS 3 was runner up. Ron Ridenour in an ASW 27 was 3d.
A day with nice temperatures and a few clouds as well, but conditions seem to have been not as good as expected/hoped for.

Karl Striedeck with to the r. his brother.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski.

Contest day 2 was for Jim, starting with a bunch of his mates, using [convergence-] cloud streets as much as possible. He straight away took over the first overall spot. Karl was 15th so moved to an overall spot 3. Not bad either!!Ron was 6th and stayed on 2.
Today’s task is a 2 hr. area task. Weather forecasted similar to yesterday, but more moisture and encroaching clouds from a system along the gulf. Grid time was delayed and a slight change of task with the gate opening 14:20ish. Cu began to form in the airport area near launch time and bases rose to 4000+. All appear to be on course at this time.” by Kathy Lee.

1 of the pilots Pete Alexander with his “co”. I met Pete in Uvalde, [2012] where he mostly did the sniffer flight’s.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski

“One special part of the Seniors Contest is the support that the competitors, crews, & friends give to help the next generation of pilots, particularly the junior team. Pete Alexander, chair of us team committee shared progress in preparing our Juniors for the upcoming contest in Hungary. The seniors stepped up with generous donations, back seat rides, etc. to help our 2019. it’s encouraging to see so much support for Juniors. Great job Seniors.”
US Soaring Teams

Contest day 3 , was the 2d daily win for Jim, so he was strongly on top with a relative late start at 3 PM. Karl was 3d and moved to spot 2 overall. Ron had a less good day, finished as 17th and dropped overall to spot 6.

Gary Carter and his lovely wife Christine, who I met in Uvalde as well. They were crewing for Bill Elliott that year and as I wrote for their Soaring Cafe, I met them a lot.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowksi

THEN …..NO flying,….but a CREW day!!!! Rick writes;
At the Seniors, it is traditional to call the Rest Day the “Crew Day.”  This is because, at this event, the day is chosen by the crews, in consultation with the Competition Manager.  The CD doesn’t get a say in it.
The Crew Day is chosen well in advance, to allow the pilots and crews a full day to enjoy the Florida attractions.
This year it was a good call; we’ve had a solid overcast all day.”

Contest day 4 on March 13. After the overcast ,some cirrus stayed and made it not an easy day for some.  Lee is still on spot 1 overall, but was 8th for the day and Karl only 20thiest, but he stayed on his spot 3 as well. In between ,  Ron in his ASW 27, who is back in the top, with a relative early start at 2.04 PM and daily winner, so he returned to spot 2 overall.  Jim started 15 minutes later.

The tuggies, “you guys are the greatest. Such an incredible & efficient routine launching so many planes in such a short time!”
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski

Contest day 5; Leigh writes about the weather;
Roughly 4000 ft. cloud bases, cu, light winds from SE.  Possible horizontal spread out, no cirrus.”
So a 2.5 hour area task was set.
The day even turned out better than expected but some kind of seabreeze interrupted some good flights.
Leigh writes about it;
About halfway thru the course- 5-6 knot thermals.  Unfortunately for some competitors, a lake wind shadow set up approx. 15 miles west of last turn and as a result those returned home for a finish short of minimum time.”
Daily winner;Billy Kerns in an LS 8 /15 m. Ron was 2d and Lee 3d. Karl 5th, so no changes to the overall top;Jim, Ron and Karl.

with Doug Jacobs and his crew.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski.

Contest day 6 last day!with good weather up to 5000 ft and 9 knot climbs!!!
Not a great day for Jim , finishing as number 21 for the day, but he was so far ahead he could fly defensibly.
Al Simmons in the ARCUS M won the day , the best day of the contest and with that he took over spot 3 overall from Karl.
FINAL RESULTS;
1. Jim Lee with 5.703 points.
2. Ron Ridenour with 5600 p.
3. Al Simmons with 5548 p.
4. Karl Striedeck with 5528 p.
5. Rich Owen with 5505 p. [in LS 8 /15 m.]
6. Doug Jacobs with 5477 p. [in Duo Discus X]

The older ones under my readers know of course names as Karl Striedeck and Doug Jacobs. I met them at several comps in the past. Karl was honored and here is what ,I guess looking at the style, Rick wrote about him;
“The awards ceremony opened with a special presentation. Karl Striedieck received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Diploma, in honor of his 50+ years of accident-free flying in everything from F-86s to the Duo Discus he now flies. In his remarks after the presentation, Karl, who has flown gliders all over the world, reminded us how lucky we are to have the freedom to fly in this country without the restrictions most other glider pilots endure.”

This was the 29th version of the Seniors Contest so we are looking ahead of a great 30thiest contest next year.

Booming Weather.
All pictures Bo Michalowski

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SKYSIGHT.

News;
Today we are announcing the launch of the first revision of our User Manual.
We have a comprehensive manual in English, and a Quickstart guide available in German and English.

Manual (EN): http://static.skysight.io/Manual-v1.pdf
Quickstart (EN): http://static.skysight.io/Quickstart-v1.en.pdf
Quickstart (DE): http://static.skysight.io/Quickstart-v1.de.pdf

Interested supporters are welcome to contribute improvements via Github – https://github.com/skysightsoaringweather/skysight-manual

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UPPSALA MASTERS
UPDATE:

An important update about some changes;
the Official Comp starts 8th of June and ends 16th of June. 9th of June is a non-flying day.”
Why?? “our second competition day must be cancelled due to a verdict in our court of appeal some years ago, that prevents us from performing glider towing at Withsunday.”

 

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Some nice long flights last week;
March 14; In an ASH 25 Baptiste Innocent flew 1.065 km. from Fayance.
March 15; Kilometer eater Klaus Ohlman took his Stemme out the hangar from Serres for a long “ride” 1.612 km. with 166,95 km./h!!!!
730 in a Ventus 1 by Gerard Lherm from St Martin, is good too.
March 16 ;1.121 km. mostly ridge soaring by Dan Reagan in an ASH31/18m. from Grant County.
“Good day. A little of everything, wave, ridge, thermals, show showers, etc., etc. Lots of fun.”
March 19; 722 [600 FAI triangle] by 2 pilots flying an ARCUS from Alzate in Italy. And,…756 km. by 2 German pilots  flying from Bad Neustadt in an ASG 32 MI.

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And to finish;
Enough “troubles” again with the BREXIT. Love this cartoon shared by Peter Tutuarima. To be honest I do not understand some of the British people.

By Peter Tutuarima.

 

AND…..to finish once more this great sunset in South Africa.

after the roll out, from the 50thiest JS 3, owned by Katrin Senne, she made a few pictures.
So courtesy Katrin Senne
What a happy day. Being able to join the roll out party of the 50 JS3 of Jonker Sailplanes in Potchefstroom SA today. And having the possibility to take the first pictures of my new BK glider was even better,”

March 13, 2019

IGC meeting in Istanbul with interesting conclusions, awards and new WGC-venues!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:04 pm

Had a week in Amsterdam with my grand children. Very rewarding!!!
Worst ever storm here in this part of Holland,  with lot’s of damage, several millions!!!!
I live very much in-land, in the SE of Holland, so such a storm is very weird . People had to walk their bikes and had to be careful to not go with the wind, even with the bike in their hands. Unbelievable.
SNOW in the east of Holland and hail and thunder and lightning here, PLUS those up to 124 km. wind gusts.
March brings gales!!!!

2 Horror crashes with planes in Colombia and Ethiopia last weekend, killing nearly 200 passengers . Not good!!!! VERY SAD!!! On top of that heavy turbulence in a 777 from Turkish airlines during landing in New York with several injured passengers.

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IGC meeting in Istanbul.

As always in the first week of March the IGC plenary meeting was on;  this time in Istanbul on March 8 and 9.
A lot of reactions on one of the statements, both pro and contra.
—-they announced “We have voted to disallow tactical tracking… by making it technically difficult, and by declaring that workarounds (i.e. codebreaking etc.) are unsporting. We further voted to preserve delayed tracking for spectators.”
And;
Afternoon session begins with a very interesting presentation about the Open Glider Network. For our competitions, we are committed to disallowing tactical glider tracking while preserving collision avoidance technology.”
A few reactions;
Hearing from the IGC Plenary meeting in Turkey that the that tactical use of OGN is going to be banned by agreement that looking at the OGN data would be unsporting. I hope this is not true. This is not a solution.”

Interesting to see HOW they are going to do this.Glad and important they look into this matter, as there seem to be 2 “camps” ,but how they are going to implement this ……….??????? The sport should be safe , innovation is important but it should be fair and attainable for all.

Here are a few tweets.
—“From a late proposal: we have approved a modification to the Designated Start rule, adding a 5 minute option.”
—“The Lilienthal Medal is awarded to Dick Bradley.”CONGRATULATIONS DICK!!!!
— “The Pirat Gehriger Diploma is awarded to Dr. Angel Casado.” CONGRATULATIONS ANGEL!!!!
— “We have voted to experiment with a place scoring in our WGCs. Details to be developed for next year’s meeting.”
— “We have voted to experiment with a bonus for early starters. Details to be developed for next year’s meeting.”
— “We have voted to experiment with handicapping by adjustment to turn point radius, with distance credit to the center of the circle. Details to be developed for next year’s meeting.”
— “The 37th World Gliding Championships in the Club, Standard, and 15 Metre classes will be held in Australia at the end of 2022 (or early 2023).” It seems this will be Narromine. Great spot.
— “We have introduced two new trophies this year. The first “IGC Champion Pilot of the Year” trophy was awarded to Michael Sommer. The new “Göran Ax Memorial” trophy will be given for the greatest cumulative distance in the Open Class WGC, beginning in 2020.”

AND it is official!!!!All 3 2018 world records from the Perlan Project are approved by the FAI.

GPS altitudes Aug 26 Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock 18,503 m 60,705 ft
Aug 28 Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi 19,449 m 63,809 ft
Sept 2 Jim Payne and Tim Gardner 22,657 m 74,334 ft

All the tweets on https://twitter.com/FAI_IGC

 

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LAKE KEEPIT…….10th WWGC info

The weather is still good in Lake Keepit. Last Sunday Attila Bertok flew in his St. Cirrus 529 km. You might remember that he did his conversion from hang-gliding to gliding with us in the past. Great to see he still flies gliders.

The CD , Chief steward and president of the jury for the 2020 WWGC, have been announced at the IGC meeting in Istanbul. Here they are.

 Steward, Contest Director and Jury Chair. Frauke, Mandy and Gisela [Weinreich].

More news; As far as I know ,Luxembourg will attend a WWGC for the very first time. Diana Schuit , a Dutch citizen but living in Luxembourg already for a few years, will represent them. She practiced already a lot down under , where she lived in the past and is ready to go for it in open class in her brand-new JS 3.
Diana flew with us in the Sportavia period as tuggie and is a well respected co pilot at Cargolux nowadays.
She is married to George , who will be her crew and TC. Both live partly in Tocumwal as well.

And talking about tuggies this is the tug master in Lake Keepit in 2020.

 They have a very significant group of highly qualified staff completely ready for the Competition and its Lead-Up. This  is Val Phillips, Val will look after Tugs and Tug Operations.
10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships

After the early January 2020 WWGC there will be the European 11th WWGC in summer [August]  of 2021 in Husbos in the UK. Their PR started already as well.

British Gliding Association

And the next one is known now too since the IGC meeting;
“The date of the 12th Women’s World Gliding Championships in Fuentemilanos, Spain will be August 2022.”

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—-Tocumwal; 8th of March, Bi Annual Hot Rods, Market and Gliding.

  

as shared by Sportavia Tocumwal

As seen and shared by Mary Anne.

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Those who are interested in flying the Uppsala Masters in Sweden; here is the latest.

Dear Uppsala Masters competitors and Teams!
We will within days publish Local Procedures and some other relevant documents such as price list and good to know info. Final day to register your self is 31st of March. This is also final day of payment. Payment and registration after this date is possible however will cost you 750 sek extra. At this moment we have some 40 gliding ships on the list. Amongst Swedish pilots we are happy to see that our Finnish gliding friends will visit us with a big team. This year we also have visitors from Norway and Germany, and not to forget our new world champion in 18m class from Austria mr. Wolfgang Janowitsch, this time flying with his mate Andreas Lutz in an Arcus. Last but not least we are glad to see that a competitor all the way from Canada has found his way to Uppsala, very welcome Jean Yves Germain.
So, stay tuned and we will return soon with updates!
www.uppsalamasters.se

as shared by Uppsala Masters

AND,…..some additional travel news
“Dear Friends,
For those of you that will travel over water to reach the beautiful country of Sweden I would suggest to have a look at the great offer our sponsor partner Finnlines have given us.

Route: KAPELLSKÄR – NÅDENDAL and return 
Travel period: 5th June to 18th of June
Latest booking date: 30th April
Promo code: MASTERS
Discount: -50% discount on morning departures and -35% discount on evening departures (deduction from std price list)

If you are traveling from Germany on the route Travemunde to Malmö, please send us a note and we will do what we can to support you.

Book at: 
https://www.finnlines.com/ferry-trips

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And to finish another GREAT soaring family, this time from France; the de Péchy family. Very successful in 2018!!!! Well done and congratulations.

From left to right;Anton de Péchy, winner of the Coupe Jacque Gomy 2018, then the very well known French TC, Eric Napoleon, then dad Philippe de Péchy , holder of a French record and National champion, and last but not least Clément de Péchy, runner up in the race for the Coupe Jacques Gomy 2018.

 

Enough news, so CU next week. By the Way the Namibia containers have arrived already ‘Home’ in good condition.

Cheers Ritz

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