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May 16, 2018

Hahnweide ! Eskilstuna ! French Nationals in Bailleau ! Danish Nationals ! SORIA …the latest!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:56 pm

——-HAHNWEIDE continued!

Hahnweide last Wednesday as seen by Philippe de Pechy.

On Wednesday the weather was sunny and pretty good again, in the end it turned out extremely good and high. So 4 more day’s to go !
Daily weather; “Finally clouds! The weather forecast looks great. We are expecting cloud bases up to 2800m in the afternoon. But we also have some spread outs during the day.”
Task 5 was set a 3.30 AAT for ALL classes !!!;
15 m.;1000 points for Howard Jones; 407,96 km. in time 3.29,43 in the Discus 2A!!!speed 116.56 km./
18 m; 478 km for Russell Cheetham in the JS 3 in time 3.35, so a nice speed of 133,13 km./h. At this stage 3 UK pilots in the overall top 3.Steve,[3.927]  Russell [3.926] and Phil [3.920]  !!!!!!!!!.
open; FAST speed by winner Markus Frank in his EB 29;141.99 km./h over 434,81 km ., that was remarkable faster than the runner Eric Bernard JS1c evo 21M]who flew around with 127.56. km./h. over 399.07 km.
2-seater;Great job from Katrin Senne;440.39 km in time 329.22. speed 125.83 km.h.

The number 1 overall on day 2 and 3 in the 2-seaterclass is the one involved in the midair. Glad all 3 survived!! One way or another parachutes are more and more important!!!!!

    

Katrin  in the 2-seater after her win  and Marcus in open after his win.

As shared by the organizers.

Thursday was a well-deserved day-off. RESTDAY !!!The weather was “crap”  for flying anyhow, though some flew local ,just for fun .
Also good for all kind of visit’s as the MERCEDES BENZ museum and the SCHEMPP-HIRTH business.

On Friday the tactical games were on again,..at least that’s what they hoped for. AAT’s were set and they waited….But in vain …a pity. The day was cancelled.

So Saturday turned out to be the last day:
We are expecting good weather conditions with cloudbase up to 2400m. In some areas of south west local showers and thunderstorms possible in the late afternoon.”
15 m;3.30 AAT;
383 km. was flown in time 3.30 at the dot. Good on you Maximilian Schaefer.
They did not start together did not finish together , but both had 1000 points; good on you Howard Jones [372 km in time 3.26] !!
Maximilian moved from a shared 3d place to a ” shared” runner up spot !!!So did Howard both had 4.936 points!!!
WHO WON ????? Robin Sittmann, who won day 2 and 4. Congratulations!!!
Tim Scott dropped from 2 to 4 and he still was 5th for the day.[4.910 ]

The HAHNWEIDE 15 m. WINNERS !!!

18 m; 3.30 AAT;
NEVER underestimate Russell, the reigning world champion in open class !! He flew on the last day the most kilometers 445 ,but he ran a bit out of time;3.46,50. But in the NEW JS  3,  he still gained 955 daily points , so he stayed on spot 1 overall with 4.882 points. GOOD !!!
The French pilots Denis Geurin [4.815] and Jean Denis Barrois [4.793] followed on spot 2 and 3. both in JS 1.
The  New VENTUS 3 with Boerje [4.779] , Steve [4.775]  and Phil Jones did well too. [4.754]

The HAHNWEIDE 2018 WINNERS.

open;3.30 AAT;
The last day was an ETA- day. Uli won with 440.90 km in time 3.38. Not enough points to win the Hahnweide but spot 6 is just GOOD!!!
Except for day 1 when Pierre and Arnaud topped the overall list, Marcus Frank [EB 29] topped the next days,  as well as the last one; so the winner with 4.995 points. Well done!!!
Also in this class he was surrounded by 2 French pilots Eric Bernard [4.718] and Phillippe de Pechy [4.716 !!] both in the JS1c evo 21M.

THE HAHNWEIDE OPEN CLASS TOPPERS.

dosi; 3 hour AAT;
Former WGC Champion Holger Karow won the last day[ 366 km.in time 3.03 ] in the ARCUS M. A day earlier he and his team mate were 2d behind Martin Theisinger overall and  now they moved to spot ONE.[5.110]
Martin lost nearly 200 points by being 14th so “dropped ” from 1 to 3 .[ 4.921] As Belgium pilot Yves Jeanmotte [ASG 32MI] was runner up on the last day he moved from a shared 6th place to spot 2. Good on him!!![4.950]
On a very good 4th place team KATRIN SENNE.

A happy bunch of 2018-WINNERS.

Next year for sure will be exciting again.Always great fun that HAHNWEIDE competition, also to follow from home.
By the way all pictures from the CHAMPIONS credit HAHNWEIDE ORGANISATION.

 

——-Bailleau NATIONALS;
The French Nationals for 15 m. standard and 2 seaters in ONE handicapped class continued.
Task 4 out of 4 was set on Wednesday ;276 km. It turned out a tough day with many air-space infringements and a total of 3 [LS 8, Ventus 2AX and ASW 27 ] of 49 finished. Winner was Adrien Henry .
Alexandre Boillot was the runner up and leads overall now after 4 day’s.
Some must have seen the airfield but could not reach it; they flew 272 km.
Thursday ;345 km. 45 from 48 pilots finished!!! Good day!!! Winner;Christope Ruch in the Ventus 2ax. He flew around with a speed of 120.44 km./h. Runner up Frederic Hoyau had a speed of 116.90 km./h.
Friday; 280,61 km. and this time not Adrien but Julien Henry was the best in the LS 8;81.03 km./h. AND,..the 2d day with 1000 points so good business for Julien who moved up overall from 36 to 28 .
As there was no task on Saturday,…. the last day was not flown anymore so the Friday final scores overall remained as the scores for the CHAMPIONS.
He won NOT one day but was always somewhere in the daily top;Meric.
So a consistent winner; 1. Meric Morel in the ASW 27 4.373 points….2. Christophe Ruch 4.218  [Ventus 2ax] and 2 pilots on spot 3 .Alexandre Boillot [Ventus 2ax 4.212] and Louis Bouderlique [Discus 2a] .
Only 5 points less for Freddy Barthelemy [ASW 27]

 

—–Danish Nationals;
53 Competitors in 5 classes are flying in a period between May 10 and 19 from Arnborg to be the DANISH CHAMPION in each of those classes.
No flying on the 10th but then 5 day’s in a row and good, better, the best weather!!!!.
Here a review about those first 5 days.
standard; 9 pilots in this class started with a 267 km. task [2] and 8 flew it. Then 2 smaller tasks[3 and  4]  and several out-landings.
On Monday the new week started with
Task 5; 347 km.and flown by 6 out of 9. Best speed 98 km./h in LS 8. AND,…a 1000 points-day.
Task 6 ;304 km….A tough day in the office in this class. Only 4 finished with a speed between 80 and 90 km./h. Best was Filip Bojanowski .[Discus 2A]
In this class after 5 day’s the overall scores are; Poul Kim Larsen in Discus 2 with  3.755 points and runner up Filip Bojanowski in Discus 2A with 3.657 p.

club;13 pilots among them Jan Andersen in ASW 20 WL [I am used to see him in open class] and Rasmus Ørskov.[Discus]  A 248 km set task[2]  was their first day, followed by 2 smaller tasks both won by Jan.
Task 5; 274 km. All pilots finished but 3 went into a forbidden area and got virtual stuck on 34 km. Unfortunately Jan was one of them so a lot of points lost.
Winner; Rasmus, a young father now , but  still time to fly well; 98 km./h. Rasmus , by the way, is the son from Brigitte who spends with Joergen [Thomsen] half a year in Tocumwal.  I met Rasmus already years ago at JWGC’s and found him then,…a TALENT.
Task 6 ; 255 km. ALL pilots flew the task and yes,yes, Jan was the best;89 km./h. A pity from task 4.
Overall results after 5 flying day’s ; Sviatoslav Roublev in Discus [3.362] and Rasmus as runner up with 3.228 p.

15 m; 11 pilots among them Stig Øye.[Ventus 2ct] 267 km was set for them and ALL pilots flew the task. Also here 2 less good days with small tasks and Stig won task 4. EVERYBODY out-landed ,but his skills brought him to spot 1 for the day, with 126 km. flown from the 141 km. set.
task 5; 347 km.A day with 1000 points and they were for Stig. Good on him.Speed 97 km./h .6 From 11 finished.
task 6; 258 km.Yes Yes again !!! Stig won another day with a speed of 99 km./h. Only one out-landing 30 k. out. A pity!
Overall scores after 5 day’s; Johnny Jensen in ASW 27 b;4.651 points and Stig as runner up with 3.440 p.

18 m.; 9 in this class among them Arne [ Boye Moeller] Peter [Eriksen]and Henrik [Breidahl] The first flying day with 263 km. was won by Arne , followed by Henrik. 5 Finished the rest out-landed also Peter. No worries,…he won the next day [task 3] whilst Henrik was the only one “out”. AND Peter was runner up behind Arne on the next day.[task4]
Task 5 ; 302 km. A new name on the daily top; Svend Andersen in the ASG 29e. 113.64 km./h just a tad faster than Peter [113,31] and Arne [109.70 ]and Henrik.[109.05]
task 6; 304 km. A 1000 points-day in this class and those points were for Morten Hugo Bennick in the Ventus 2ct; 98 km./h. Henrik was runner up.
After 5 day’s it looks like this ;Arne 3.558 p. and Henrik 3.181 p. and 3.144 for Peter.

2-seaters;11 participants flying 1 DG 1000 T and the rest Duo Discus or Arcus M or T. The first 3 flying day’s [task 2/3 and 4] had each a different winner. A duo Discus T, then an ARCUS M and Duo Discus XLT.
Task 5; 302 km.Only one team flew over 100 km./h; Hoelgaard and Andersen [ARCUS T] . All 11 teams finished!!!
Task 6; 258 km. and in ONLY this class they managed to fly just over 100 km./h. GOOD  from team Hoeck & Nielsen. ARCUS T.
The overall scores after 5 day’s; Hoelgaard & Andersen with 3.457 points and not too far behind the Duo Discus T from Larsen & Pedersen with 3.437 !!!! Only 20 points!!!
Still 3 day’s to go and 4 when they include the 19th.

The last day’s you can, if you wish, follow them on ; http://www.livetrack24.com

 

—–Eskilstuna MASTERS;

Eskilstuna ready to go on Wednesday.
Picture courtesy Per Carlin, daily winner.

Small tasks for the 3 classes on Wednesday and a tough day for quite a few [13] who did not manage to finish.
Daily winners as well; Owe Engström ,in openracing in the ASH 25 EB, Magnus Hyllander in racing and Per Carlin [ LS 1f] was the best in club class.
Unfortunately the last 3 day’s had to be cancelled!!
Winners after 3 days of flying in racing open; 1. Gunnar Karlsson in Ventus 2cxa 1.666 points and runner up from Norway Erlend Sørbye with 1.622 in Nimbus 4DM.
In racing; 1. Ronny Lindell 1.346 points[Discus 2T] followed by Richard Swanström and Jan-Ola Nordh with 1.318 and 1.316 points !!!
In Club Per Carlin won 2 of the 3 day’s and is the winner in Club Class.[1.685] follwed by 4 German pilots , 2 of them pretty close ;1.526 and 1.516

 

——–SORIA;

 

   
Kiki [Jacky Clairbaux] had a first guest to welcome in Soria in Spain;Ricky Brigliadori from Italy.
as shared by Kiki.

SORIA; New Gliding Center in Spain, here is the latest!!!
As you, I was interested when Kiki [Jacky Clerbaux] mentioned a new adventure in Spain.
So I checked for you and got answers.
When you want to know more you can reach Kiki at jackclairbsoria@gmail.com

I know Kiki pretty well and met him again in Uvalde in 2012 and heard he had some health issues but ,”I’m happy to inform you that my health is stable.”

After living in Ukraine  [2.5 years] ,he moved since the beginning of April  to Spain for a new gliding project.
Not as an instructor[ because he has lost all his licenses for medical reasons] but as adviser .
“This gliding center is managed by a private aviation academy : Airpull.
Their school ( from beginner to commercial pilot license) is located in Requenna near Valencia..
But they manage also another airfield located in Soria in the North of Madrid (200 kms ) . This flight area is one of the best in Europe . It’s the central Spain where a lot of 1000 kms were made in the past .
It’s a large airfield with a long runway ( 1700 m ) with 1350 m of concrete .
The airspace is free and the possibilities to out land are good . So the pilots we would like to have as guest are from the beginners to the champions. 
The area around is very beautiful with a natural landscape very interesting . The region is well known in Spain for the outdoor sports. It means than the pilots can come with their family and everybody will be happy . 
Our projects :
 To develop our local club for Spanish members . We are thinking also to make a link with the aviation school and to use gliding as ab -initio teaching method. 
We are going to bid for the organisation of the national championship next year. 
But I am also very happy to inform you that next year we are going to organize a master championship /: MASTER 1000 . Our goal will be to propose tasks of 1000 kms when the weather will be favorable . The dates are not yet definitly decided but it will be in June or July. 
We have also met our IGC delegate : Angel Cassado and already announced our wish to organize a FAI championship in 2022 . 
Next year I would like to organize two weeks in the spirit of : Fly with the champions . We invite 5 to 10 champions for teaching 30 pilots to reach the highest level . With courses , conferences , exchanges of experiences and a lot of fun . No flags . No nationality . Just the sharing of our passion. 
Our prices are willingly the cheapest on the market in a wish of promotion .
 Entry fees : 150 E per month . Towing : 5 E/min . Winch : 20 E . 
We do discount for the juniors.
We offer special prices to clubs coming together and ready to let the use of their gliders to our members .
Facebook : Soria gliding center
http://www.aerodromo-soria.com

 

—–Well there you are, lot’s of news !!!On top of that , the Belgian[ May 19-27] and Dutch Nationals [May 16-25]will start soon. Only 31 participants in Holland., but a few toppers included; 10 in 18 m, 11 in combi and 10 in open.
They start today whilst yesterday was a HAMMERDAY with over 700 km. in a Duo Discus XLT [without water!]from Hilversum[Best flight in Europe yesterday!!!]and a total of 61 flights …18 over 500 km !!! Good day for Holland!!!
Even a 300 triangle mainly over Holland in a KA 6e. WOW!!!
The next 2 day’s pretty crappy with lot’s of wind and some local showers/thunderstorms, “There must be a competition start” BUT,…. Pentecost will be good again, so no worries!!
Only 30 in Belgium as well including some toppers too;  8 in Standard , 11 in combi and 11 in 18m./open.
Will try to keep an eye on both of them.

 

And to finish ,again the link from the great pictures from Bert jr. [1.500 km. flight] when you missed it in my last blog.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/0PTlpkxkN2IvqDbB2

With the NEW European Security law, it will be nearly impossible to share pictures with people on it with you.
I will more and more ask to publish a picture and till now that really worked SUPER, but I can’t ask ALL people on pictures if they allow me to publish.
See how this in the “real” world is going to work.Still have a week.

Cheers Ritz

May 9, 2018

FATRAGLIDE !!Terlet !Klix ! Hahnweide ! Calcinate !FAI SGP in Poland !1000 k. from Belgium.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:26 pm

as shared by the organizers.

——-Klix;
I left you last Wednesday  with 3 flying day’s in Klix,… but it was not over yet. Unfortunately though, nothing happened till Friday.
As there were only 2 day ‘s left, they carefully prepared tasks for Friday….. a blue day……
All AAT’s were set and Stephan Grunder from Holland in the LS 8 had his 2d win in this competition.He flew the 2.30 AAT in 2.36 and 202 km.
With one day to go he leads with 100 points in standard class.
In 18 m. the same task and another Dutch pilot winning the daily prize; Steven Raimond;223 km. Steven had an off-day in the beginning. A pity.
Helge in the ASH 25 leads overall just ahead of Dutch pilot Bas.[3060 for 3054 …VERY close!!]
A great win for Sigi and Brigitte in the 2-seaters. A 2 hour AAT for them and they flew 156 km. in time 2.07!!
In club a 300 hour AAT and on spot 1 a St Libelle, then a ST Cirrus and an LS 1-0 cd. Best time and distance;193.8 km. in 2.56.Jan and Sabrina are still in the lead!!
Day 4 was a fact.

LAST DAY[5] in KLIX. And a good one, though BLEU, but as I read “higher than the day before”!
Standard; 3 hour AAT, with 223 km. Mogens from Denmark had another winning day and it brought him to spot 3 overall. Stephan from Holland was 8th for the day but won the KLIX COMPS!!!Well done Stephan !!!
18 m.;4 hour AAT, and 1000 points were for Ingo Trentelj in an ASH 31 MI/21 m. with 309 km and a speed of 77.25 km./h showing it was NOT easy.  By the way the ONLY 1000 points, in this competition.!!!!
16 From 28 finished and the KLIX- winner after 4 day’s is BAS SEIJFFERT from Holland in the JS 1, [3.963] followed also in JS 1 his Dutch mate Jeroen Verkuijl. [3.940 ] Unfortunately Helge who was the leader, out-landed.
Dosi’s; 2.30 AAT, 3 ARCUS variations in the top 3. A Topglider!!!!
Club; 3.30 AAT, flying together did not work on the last day for Jan and Sabrina. Starting ,..no worries but after 117 km. Sabrina was OUT and lost points. With a speed of 53 km./h Jan hung in and won the KLIX comps.[3.252 points] In the end only 43 points more than the runner up.

A pity from the weather but ..no worries another nice KLIX competition, where pilots love to go to…AND.. still 5 day’s.

  

18 m. winners  and  standard class winners .
Pictures shared by Frauke Kuijpers who participated as well and finished on 26 in St class in the ASW 20 WL.

 

——FATRAGLIDE:
8/9 flying day’s out of 10 in Martin.
Combi-class had 9 day’s and the 14 pilots in this class had several 3 hout AAT’s but also day’s with only 2 finishers. 2 Day’s with 1000 points.On the last day, Monday, they set a 117.59 km. task and it was flown by the local Duo Discus with a speed of 135.29 km./h .Not bad.
Viliam Kubovcik won this class in the Ventus 2cxt/18m. with 4.486 points.
Juniors had their own class and 7 day’s for them;Ivan Bajana won this class with 6 participants….2.537 points.
8 Day’s for club class and Tibor Noga was a class apart. He won 6 day’s!!!!
On the last day he was the only finishing pilot. 0ver 117 km. he flew around with a speed of 128,86 km./h in his ASW 19 B….. for 69 points!!! The runner up had 28 points for 63 km. Only 3 from 17 “bothered” to fly the last day in this class.

 

——-Calcinate Del Pesce;
The18 m. and open Italian Nationals and the “fight”  for the Coppa Citta di Varese , had 2 day’s and then a weather break but continued on Friday with a small task, but unfortunately no flying….cancelled.
On Saturday and Sunday however, 2.30 AAT’s were set and the pilots for the CUP, had” difficult times” as Peter [Hartmann ANTARES 23] won EVERY day!! Good on him. No secret he won  the CUP with 3.001 points. Good runner up was Alberto [Sironi] 2.716 points in his Quintus M.
Also important the scores from the 18 m and open class Nationals .
Alberto [Sironi] flew in open class with his Quintus M, he won 3 day’s and on one day he was runner up. Pretty clear he is the new Italian OPEN CLASS champion.
In 18 m. Ugo Pavesi won the last 2 day’s and was once 4th and runner up. Ugo in the ASG 29/18 m. won the 18 mNATIONALS with 2.904 points.

 

——Hahnweide:
The annual competition at Hahnweide , the 52th edition, is always popular by pilots from all different countries and from different caliber. With beginners ,but also several former WGC and EGC champions. So a good mix and a nice bunch of INTERNATIONAL people.
They , the 120 pilots ,started in 4 classes, on May 5 and continue till Mai 12.

first briefing on Mai 5.
As shared by the organizers.

The tuggies tried to get all 120 pilots airborne in 1.5 hour!!! They did!! Later even in a shorter time.

  

In the 2-seater class 32 teams and except for 3 ASG 32 MI,  ALL gliders in this class are from Schempp-Hirth.
day 1 with 260 km. was won by Laurent Aboulin in the ARCUS T.
271 for 15 m. and UK pilot Nigel Mallender won in his LS 8. 24 In this class.
300 km for the 18 m. pilots [ 42 in this class !!]  and Swedish pilot Gunar Axelsson flew the distance with a speed of 135.54 ;  only 688 points for the winner.
322 for open and Pierre and Arnaud [Belgium…EB29DR] were the best with 141,95 on the speed -clock!The French pilots Sylvain Gerbaud [JS1c evo 21M] and Philippe de Péchy [ same glider] followed just a tiny tad slower all 3 in the 141 km./h range. 16 Entered in this class.
Must have been a great finish!!!

Day 2, bigger tasks but  less good weather , with less strong thermals than day 1 and a base of 1800 m. but also less wind.
After a Delay the tow planes are just starting their engines . Tilo as sniffer pilot informs us about blue thermals up to 1600m.
306 for the 2 seaters; and the ARCUS T from Christoph Heidemeyer flew with a speed of 119 km./h. for 828 points.
326 for 15 m;110 km./h in the DISCUS 2A from German pilot Robin Sittman. 8 UK pilots in this class and Derren Francis was runner up.
336 for 18 m ;2 VENTUS 3 in the daily top with Mario[Kiessling] and Steve [Jones] 9 UK pilots in this class and an off day for Adam [Woolley] from Australia who out-landed.
368 for open;all 16 open class pilots finished and Markus Frank was the fastest with a speed of 132 km./h. 3 Top French pilots in this class.

“Nearly all planes are back at the airfield, we only have one outlanding of GM. Because of the blue thermals flying in groups was preferred, so even at the landing nearly all planes came in simultaneously.”organizers.

As shared by the organizers.

Day 3; Sunny , blue and hot.
2-seaters; 360,69 km. AND,……FINISHERS!!!!!! 18 from 32 finished whilst in the other classes no finishers were to be seen. Great job from Belgium pilot Yves [Jeanmotte] in the ASG 32MI. Het got the 1000 points for a speed of 101,23 km./h That say’s enough, it was hard work in the office!!!
18 m; 437 km. It seems the problem was in the end and many “motored” home. Quite a few flew over  350 km.
600 Points for Reinhard [Schramme] and Sebastian Huhmann in the Ventus 3 and ASG 29.Russell was 3d with ONE point less.
In open Pierre and Arnaud had 600 points as well. They flew 433 from the 513 set km.
15 m; 352 km; UK pilot Tim Scott, flew 299 km and also for him 600 points. Nils Schlautmann had 600 points as well.

“Today only 16 pilots from the 2-seater class could finish the task. Everybody of 15m, 18m and Open class landed out ore used the engine.”was the message on the site.

Day 4 yesterday; about the same weather.
Depending on the thermal conditions on the “Schwaebische Alb” we may have first arrivals of 15m class very early, starting from 4.45. p.m.” So MORE finishers today!!!
18 m… 446 km; Hanu [Halonen…Ventus 3 T] from Finland was very much motivated. The day before he got zero points for an airspace violation, yesterday …he won the 1000 points; 121,59 km./h.!! Denis Geurin was runner up . 33 Finished and it was not a good day for Werner Amann or Anti Letho,..they both out-landed.
After 4 flying day’s , Denis [JS 1C] leads and Phil [Jones] in the Ventus 3 is runner up and at this stage on spot 3 Jean Denis Barois [JS 1b]
open….479 km; 2 German, 2 French and 1Belgian pilot in the top 5. Uli in the ETA won with a speed of 116,69 km./h. 1000 points for him and Keith. Markus Frank in the EB 29 and Eric Bernard and Philippe de Péchy, both in JS1c evo 21M and Pierre and Arnaud completed the 5.
15 m…348 km; 4 day’s and 2 times a UK pilot and 2 times Robin Sitmann on top!!Robin leads after 4 day’s but is only 41 points ahead of Aussie Owen McCormack who flies till now very consistent!!!
dosi…388 km; Dutch success as Joost and mate Erik [Borgmann] won the day!! Andy [Austria]  was runner up with Wolfgang. Jim [Acketoft] from Sweden who unfortunately was one of the 3 “out-landers” on day 1 was number 3 .
The first 5 spots in this class till now are close, very close;Martin Theisinger in ARCUS M with 3.196 points, Laurent Aboulin [ARCUS T] with 3.165,Anton Sibanc in ARCUS M 3.147 ,Joost Wolff with ARCUS T 3.143 and Holger Karow [ARCUS M] with 3.126.

Less good news from yesterday ;
On the fourth day of the HWW18 an accident occurred near the Lochenstein south of Balingen. At 5.20 p.m. there has been a mid-air between double and single-seater. All three pilots were able to leave the aircraft with the rescue parachute. Afterwards, they were taken to a hospital for observation as a precaution, but they were able to leave already in the early evening.
The competition management decided to let the participants finish their tasks despite the accident to avoid a possible risk due to the expected high approach frequence after the race cancellation.”
Competition Management.

 

Uli Schwenk with Aussie Keith Gately, in the impressive ETA. You can fly with one of both in this majestic glider. [both run Seventy2one]
As shared on the site.

 

——Eskilstuna;
The Eskilstuna Open in 3 classes started last Saturday with 38 participants. Eskilstuna is not a huge field but a very nice one. I was the editor during the WGC over there with Robert Danewid as CD.Had a great time!!
Till now only 2 flyable day’s in racing open and racing class and 1 in club class.[7 pilots]
More next week.

 

——The French Nationals for standard, 15 m and 2 seaters in Bailleau;
With 3 days till now the nationals in Bailleau had in one handicapped class tasks from between 2 and 300km. On day 1 [2 hour AAT] nobody finished so nearly 50 were “out”.
Day 2 was a bit better and 5 managed to finish with Christophe [Ruch] as the best.[Ventus 2AX] The speed say’s enough ;69.9 km./h
Yesterday was better with a set 334 km. task and it was flown by all 48 participants. Winner for the day;Frederic Hoyeau.
After 3 day’s the overall scores are very close so next week we look back on what happened!

 

——–Terlet;
The venue of the Dutch Nationals from Mai 16 till Mai 25.
Last Wednesday after publishing, I traveled to Terlet for some business and I was impressed with the THERMIEKBEL, the restaurant at the airport. Sander who runs the business is doing a great job and ready for the season and the Nationals.
About 120 people were at the field/strips from 6 different clubs, but as the weather was good for soaring, only visitors at the restaurant or terrace.The rest was at the strip or in the air!!
And they mostly flew up to nearly 600 km.!!!
One day later ,..again a TOP-DAY with nearly 700 km. from Soesterberg and over 600 from Terlet.
756 km. from de Voorst in a DG 400 on Thursday, has to be mentioned too.
Hope there is some weather left for the Nationals.

  
Not every gliding centre has such a fabulous terrace!!!

And,…where do you see such a table?

  

Some pictures as Sander did some art-jobs on the normally “boring” tables.

On Mai 5 the Gelderse at Terlet was the host for the Gelderse -One- Day- Competition and many friends entered.55 Gliders in 4 classes and many more pilots as quite a few teams flew in 2 seaters.
The 2-seaters had to go for 192 km. the combi for 173 , club for 165 km and open for 238 km.
It was a very blue day an inversion at 900 m. and very weak thermals and a pretty late start , as I read.
Looking at the 2 seaters; NOBODY from the 11 teams finished. Best was a distance of 170 km. by team Venema .
The 173 km. set for the combi-pilots was to “big” as well and also here no finishers but Simon in the Discus 2 flew 105 km.
Club had 4 finishers !!!Good on them.!!! With a speed between 55 and 61 km./h. they had a tough but satisfying  day. Frank [Hiemstra..St Cirrus…handicap 99] from the Friese Aeroclub won the 411 points, whilst Jelmer [Wassenaar] from DG was runner up in the LS 1 f-neo, a tad faster but a less good handicap from 101.[ 407 p.] junior Sjors van Loon was the number 3 also in St Cirrus and as there were only 4 finishers we mention the number 4 as well; team Konings/Sliedrecht in the DG 505/20 m.
In open no finishers either; Tjeerd Reitsma flew in the LS 8 134,61 from the 238 set kilometers. 6 From 15 flew over 100 km.

An impression by WILLEMIJN de LANGE. TOP serie.

   

  

Tuggies, self launchers and the men from the bully to bring the cables for the winch.AND Frank the winner and one from the 4 finishers.
AND

FANS!!!!!

 

——–What about….Belgium; They  had the same great weather and Jeroen Jennen declared 850 km and flew 905 km. in an LS 8 .Good on you Jeroen!!!!
In the air before 10 AM and back home on the ground at 8 PM and 10 hours of PURE pleasure “Jeroen mentioned in his comment.
Same day same place, KEIHEUVEL, [one of my favorites] a 1000 km, flown by Tijl Schmelzer. The Schmelzer-boy’s both had an exciting week. Tijl , “First 1000k with our V3. What a day.” He motored from and too Keiheuvel and flew in the brand new VENTUS 3, over Holland and Germany to have another 1000 km. in the pocket. Last week his brother, Bert jr. flew 1500 km. from Hausen am Albis in Switzerland.
Great pictures, 37 ,  from the 1.500 km.flight from  Bert jr. at; PHOTOS.GOOGLE.COM [29-04-2018/1.531 km]

Or https://photos.app.goo.gl/0PTlpkxkN2IvqDbB2

 

—-The Polish Sailplane Grand Prix;
finished last Sunday with”6 flyable” day’s . When you look at the scores the first thing you see is DNF , DNC and DNS.
The first day was pretty normal, day 2 had a lot of out-landers and race 3 was pretty normal again, though on each of the day’s thunderstorms bothered the pilots. The rest of the day’s were a struggle or cancelled[ 2 races].
Adam Czeladzki in the JS 1 was the only one flying 5 races !!!!!
The overall winner Gintas won 3 day’s/races and that’s all he flew 24 points. Lucasz Wójcik flew 4 races and had in the end 22 points. As said Adam had 5 day’s and gathered 18 points.

Enough,….you are up to date.
CU next week.
Ritz

May 2, 2018

Gauteng…Klix….Varese, Italian 18m./open Nationals…Polish SGP…The ALPS booming last Sunday !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:29 pm

——Gauteng;
The comps finished and they squeezed out 4 day’s in 15 m and 5 in open class. Best distance on the last flying day; 281 km in open and 253 in 15 m.
Wayne Schmidt [ASW 27] won 3 from 4 day’s, so a deserved winner with 2.051 points.
In open the JS 3 gliders flown by Oscar and Anders, won 2 day’s.The JS 1 , 3 day’s. In the end the experience from Oscar [2.631]  made him win the title of this regional competition. Anders was runner up.[2.272]
Good flying from Dolf Pretorius, [JS 1/21 m.] who won 2 day’s [task 3 and 5] but on task 4 he was OUT and Oscar was IN. Dolf finished on spot 4.

 

—–KLIX 2018;
The 26th edition of this popular competition started on April 27 and they fly till Mai 5 in 4 classes; standard, 18 m.,  2 seaters and club.
In 18 m. 3 Dutch pilots in the top 5 after 2 day’s; Jeroen [Verkuijl 1]  Hans [ Biesters 2]and Bas [ Seijffert4] A total of 28 in this class.
In standard; Stephan Grunder ,yes from Holland on spot 1 after 2 day’s. 29 In this class.
2 seaters;after 2 day’s a Duo Discus on top followed by 3 ARCUS M gliders.[20 teams]
Club; 19 pilots in this class and after 2 day’s Jan [Rothard] in the LS 1-0,c,d on spot 1 and Sabrina Vogt in the St Libelle, as runner up.
Task 3 was cancelled for all classes. Even the meteo-sniffer had to use his engine to stay up.
Task 4 cancelled for 3 classes and Standard got a 3 hour AAT as task.The wind from 60 km./h was too strong for the tuggies so in the end ,all classes were cancelled.

For task 5 it turned out ,a rather good day. B tasks for all and in the end some reached 1600 m .
A 2.30 AAT was set yesterday  for Standard and Mogens Hoelgaard from Denmark won the daily prize in his Discus 2; 227 km. in time 2.41.
Steven Raimond from Holland won in 18 m. class in his ASG 29. A 2.15 AAT with for him 255 km in time 2.21.
In club the 1.30 AAT was flown best AGAIN by Jan and Sabrina starting, flying and finishing together in time 1.42/3 over 136 km .
The “DoSi’s” doppelsitzer=2 seater, with a 2 hour AAT saw 2 ARCUS M gliders on top with 188 and 184 km. in time 1.58 and 1.56.Good to see Sigi Baumgartl still active, flying an ARCUS T LL and gaining a 5th place this day.

As shared by the organizers.

More next week.

 

—-Varese; COPPA CITY DE VARESE and Nationals open and 18 m.

As shared by Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao

It’s cold and rainy in Europe at the moment …. NOT funny and comps suffer as much as people. So also in Varese where from Calcinate Del Pesce,[ Italy ] the Italian Nationals for 18 and open class will be flown between  April 28 and Mai 6.
On top of that they “fight” for in a combined class for the COPPA. Host is the Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao .

The first flying day had a small task from 1.30  and only Peter Hartmann in the Antares 23 T managed to finish. Unfortunately for ZERO points as nobody passed the 100 km. line.
Peter flew 150 km. in time 1.37!!! BUT,…an invalid day.
On Monday they set a bit longer task [2] ; 2.30.And,..no worries for Peter he won again;with a speed of 129 km./h. he flew 332 km. Only one out-landing.16 Pilots in this combined-handicapped-class for the CUP.
Looking at the Nationals;
In 18 m. Sandro Montemaggi flew in 2.29 a distance of  295.65 km in his ASG 29 and was the daily winner. One out-landing and 10 pilots in this class.
Open; Alberto [Sironi] flew 312,63 km. in time 2.36 in his Quintus M and had a speed of 120 km./h. One from 14 did not finish.
Yesterday ;
228 km. was set for ALL pilots and flying day 2 was a fact.
The Coppa -pilots noticed that Peter had his 2d valid win.
In open the daily prize was for team Luciano Avanzini in the ASG 32MI. Alberto was runner up.
In 18 m. the daily prize was for Corrado Costa. Margherita Acquaderni in the 18 m. VENTUS 3 was runner up.

    

As shared by Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao

The next 2 day’s do not look well so in the next blog hopefully the last 3 day’s.

 

—–The Alps;
THEY  were GOOD. Wave enough to please pilots and we are happy with their great flights. We could swim in streets as in one day/night we had as much rain as normal in the whole month of April!!!!
But look at this ;1.531 km. from Haussen am Albis in Switzerland by top pilot Bert Schmelzer jr. in the Discus 2T/18m.
He declared 1.250 flew it !!! and added some more kilometers!!! Brilliant!!! “What a day ” he wrote.
Great wave so to see and a speed of 112 km./h. A total of 17 over 1000 km-flights .A Sunday, so a lot of pilots had fun and over 800 added their flight to the OLC. The first 50 flights were ALL over 500 km.!!! Indeed WHAT A DAY.
Werner Amann flew in his ASG 29 from Hohenems Dornbir in Austria 1.372,6 km. with a speed of 131,6 km/h!!!!

2 Of those 1000 km. were 2 ridge-soaring-flights in the USA; one in a LAK 17B/21 m. and one in an ASG 29.

Talking about Ridge Soaring. Last Monday was the day to do so as 6 pilots cruised over the mountains all with flights over 1000 km.
From Mifflin County, they had the joy of good wave as well. Ridge Soaring from Ridge Soaring was SUPER!!!!They do so in ASW 27, ASW 20, DG 800/18 m. and more have a look at the OLC [ https://www.onlinecontest.org]

 

—–Down under;
It’s Mai and the conditions in several parts of Australia are still good ; Mart ,one of the hang-glider pilots who converted with us in the past to gliding, had a great day flying from Mc Caffery airfield in the East of Australia. In his LS 6 he flew 410 km [365 FAI triangle] with good conditions.
Here is his OLC comment.
The day started of very weak with slow climbs to 5200ft. First turn point was Bunyan Towers. Looked impossible, slowly it got better and I was able to round the turn point. I slowly dribbled towards the second turn point when I ran into 3m thermal to 6500ft. After that I just got better and better with numerous 5m thermals and the highest I got was 8000ft. This at the end of April! super day. The only downside is that the days just don’t last long enough in autumn and at 17:30 it is dark.”

 

——The Polish Sailplane Grand Prix at Kielce.
is in full swing and started on April 27 with a practice day going to Mai 5.
10 Polish pilots and one from Lithuania .
Race 1,2 and 3 have been flown and on each of those day’s Gintas Zube [Lithuania  ASG 29] was the best, so 24 points for him.
Race 2 was “marked by thunderstorms. This resulted in hosting a very short task, spanning only 108 km. The day started as a typical stormy day with poor conditions at first – hot and clear. As soon as the cumulus clouds appeared, the conditions significantly improved for an hour. The contestants reached the finishing line minutes before the storm. Gintas Zube won again. Today his direct comptetitors on the finish line were Adam and Lukasz.”
See full results at http://www.sgp.aero/poland2018/results-sgp/results
Race 4 , yesterday, was not for Gintas as he got some penalty seconds  for starting above max speed 222 km/h. [ Penalty 260 sec] and starting above maximum start altitude 1811 m -[ Penalty 12 sec] BUT,…he still leads with 24 points followed by Lukasz Wojcik with 18 and Adam Czeladzki with 14 points.

More next week.


3 Daily win’s, congratulations.
As shared by the organizers.

That’s it for today. Next week also more news from FatraGlide from Martin in Slovakia, they had already 4 flyable day’s!!!
Cheers Ritz

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