Alphen aan den Rijn Sunday December 13 2009 email@example.com
Yesterday was the official opening of the great looking Caravan Park in Tocumwal at the airfield. Friends and people living at the Park arrived and most of them have their caravan at the by theirselves choosen spot. I know a few more guests will arrive over Christmas , so it is good to see that they are busy enough !
My friend Daan arrived a couple of days ago in Pokweni and added a nice 1000 km flight to the total of Pokweni for this season. For sure, if the weather is good, he will fly many more . This time he flies a DG 800B /18m.
Another friend[ from Australia by the way! THANKS!], had a look at the OLC from October till now looking at some airfields in Africa and Australia and made some statistics. Though it is still a bit early, as lots of things can still happen and the season is still long, I will give them to you anyway to keep an eye on “overseas soaring”.
2007 2008 2009 2010
Bittwerwasser 402,589 584,385 481,335 238,000
Gariep Dam 365,387 392,946 424,674 84,000
Pokweni 219,286 276,608 235,927 118,000
Kiripotib 61,005 67,000
Corowa 324,295 479,208 496,302 110,000
Tocumwal 19,013 44,218 48,486 17,000
The last colum shows the percentage of kilometers flown in respect to last years OLC list.[ October 2008-October 2009]
|Flights OLC||> 1000km||%|
Bitterwasser 344 52 15%
Gariep Dam 171 0 0%
Pokweni 176 24 14%
Kiripotib 83 24 29%
Corowa 224 0 0%
Tocumwal 50 0 0%
1048 100 10%
According to these statistics, Gariep Dam is flying less then last year as well as Corowa , all ONLY at this stage!!!!!
Bitterwasser and Pokweni are about the same , also ONLY at this stage and Kiripotib has flown already NOW MORE then the total of last year, so they are in the “lift”! Bigger distances set and flown, with even better long distance gliders as ASH25EB have a huge influence on these statistics.
Namibie had till yesterday 100x 1000 km. flights!!!!!!!
Great to see that from the New Tempe Boemfontein -airfield of Dick Bradley also a 1000 km task was flown by UK pilot Edward Downham in a JS 1Revelation; 1017.05 km with a speed of 134,74 km/h.
I expect a lot of this 18 m. glider built in South Africa by the Jonkers. Look for more info at; www.JonkerSailplanes.co.za
After 5 days of flying in Narromine during the Junior Nationals the clear winner is Nathan Johnson with LS 4. Runner up is Andrew Maddock, [ he won day 1-2 and 4 in the LS 8] who flew in Finland during the JWGC and had a ball and 3d was NZ pilot Dane Dickinson in a Discus. Great effort from all.
That’s it for now. Enough fun for most of the pilots , the others are sitting at home looking at their Christmas tree and enjoying the festive season which is about to begin. Not bad either and….we can just “read” what’s happening in the soaring world far away! Thanks to OLC!