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September 14, 2011

Digital soaring magazines!

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Alphen aan den Rijn     Wednesday   September 14 2011

The 3 pictures are from the finish from one of the gliders during the Dutch Nationals at the beautiful airfield of Terlet. Pictures courtesy Bert Kuijper.

 Yesterday I received in the mail, a pretty thin Dutch Soaring Magazine “Thermiek”.  But through the plastic cover you could already read that  more articles could be found on the web publication of this magazine. So for all Dutch and Belgium readers here is the link;
When I read it again, I was proud on the article I wrote myself over the Dutch Nationals, 4 pages including good pictures from Frans, Jeroen and Frits, but a bit “annoyed” that somebody else added the wrong company for Maurits, who was runner up on the last day, but lost that position due to the fact he had to work/fly for his boss and left for Mexico. He is NOT  flying for Transavia!!!! 
But with my name above it , I will say sorry to Maurits.
When you prefer to read the Thermiek off-line, no worries you can download the PDF. You can find the PDF at


Restaurant the “Thermiekbel “and service center from Terlet.

The latest issue of Gliding International  dropped on my doormat on the same day. You have heard and read about the Helli Lasch Challenge by Iain Baker, but the way John { Roake, editor of G I. } shows it in the Magazine is TOP!!!! There is Soaring-product-news, a story about Hanna Reitsch, the “sad story of a heroine of the Third Reich”, the new electric flying machine; eGenius and much more; 63 pages of great reading and looking.


 Pictures from Helli Lasch Challenge [some again] courtesy Iain Baker.

 Flights nowadays are shorter as well as the days. Slowly we move to winter and down under and Africa  move to summer, but there is still some nice soaring here in Europe. I specially liked the ridge-soaring-flight [ on the hang!] with 35 up to 60 km/h wind from the S. and great looking lenties, from Porta Westfalica in Germany in a Standard Libelle ;554 km. German top pilot Reinhard Schramme flew there as well and ,”raced the ridges” with a speed of 139km/h in the ARCUS/M. What I read a SUPER day!

Dick Bradley, Reb Rebbeck and Claire Durston and Jennifer Bradley , yes daughter from…are preparing for the 2011/2012 season at Bloemfontein in S.A. The core of the season will be their Summer Performance Camp commencing on Sunday October 30 till February 18 2012. Look for all their info on ; .
Also Gariep Dam is gearing up for a new season. I know some of my friends fly over there sharing an ASH 25 which is shipped to Africa already now, as I heard.For more news;
Of course Namibia is in full swing as well. Could not find the Bitterwasser site as it seems to be out and busy with renewal. Will keep you updated, as it is still early, but…when you want to hire a good gliders to fly in the overseas season , you should be in time to do so!
Australia’s more well known places to go to are Corowa [ ] and Narromine with several schools. I gave you already the sites from Tocumwal.

Got an invitation from Jutta to attend the first Rassemblement des Femmes de l’air;  A meeting for women at the airport of Niort. It is free and starts on Friday September 16 at 9.30 till Sunday September 18 .30. Must be a great weekend, a bit far for me and I have something else on already but….enjoy it when you are there!!!Enough women in soaring at the moment. A huge difference when I started in 1967. I was the one and only girl in my club at that stage.

And….when your glider needs new jaxida-covers for this upcoming winter;  just reived the new email adress from Uli Schwenk to reach him as a friend or business partner;

Will be back on Sunday evening, first a weekend with the family! cheers Ritz


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