May 10, 2013

Terlet ;a drop of rain and a lot of wind on day 2!

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WELCOME at the CAE Dutch National Championships 2013!
Till Sunday I will spend time with friends at Terlet, staying overnight in the warm-well-coming Postillion Hotel , thanks to a special arrangement between the organisers from the NK and the hotel.
It will be no live story as it is difficult to write at the airfield [very slow!] but from the hotel room it is my pleasure to keep you informed.
Still have some problems with both my blogs , but “help” will be organised!
“Our”  webmaster Ben , who knows [nearly] everything , has had a look already, made a diagnose and new eyes will look later.

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Ben, great web master, great guy!

It ‘s not the best weather for day 2,club class is already cancelled   and the other classes are rigging their gliders now! The expected wind today is 15 to 20 kts. gusting to 33!!!!
But day 1 was a good one. I spend that day at Malden and the pilots there had a great day with , as I heard lift at it’s best up to 4 m., but average 2/  2,5.
It’s only 30 km through the air between Malden [S. from]  and Terlet.

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Terras at Malden yesterday ,……………….. plus the nice clouds!

The pilots at Terlet , I just heard , had up to 4 m. as well. They launched the bunch of 48 pilots  in 3 classes just in an hour, with 4 Pawnees with very experienced pilots.
The participants at Terlet had tasks from over 200 km. in open and combi class and just under in club class.
Winner in club [ 16 pilots] with 520 points was Stefan Telkamp, [ASW 19] with a speed of 102 km./h over 184.2 km.
In the combi class [ 11] Steven Raimond, who needs no introduction , won the day in his ASW 27, with 117 km./h. over 221.6 km.;558 points.

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Steven Raimond by Frans Guise!

In open/18m. [21] Ronald Termaat , no introduction necessary either, won the day in his brand new JS1, which arrived in Holland by ship just a few days earlier .
132.2 km./h. over 219.5 km. is not bad and gave him  464 points!!!

JS 1 arrival for NK

The middle one is XT from Ronald!
Many happy and safe flights in it Ronald!!!!

The first day from the Dutch Nationals is a fact! Now we all hope for good weather, which is , as I heard not a set fact.

Some impressions by Frans Guise from day 1.


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Jelmer before the start on day 1. Courtsey Frans Guise.

The first launches would be at 13.30, but before also the combi class was cancelled!
Also the open class pilots could de-rig again as they could stay at the ground with hot cafe or tea as well.
Day 2 was cancelled in all classes!

What do you do when you not fly?

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Trying to throw over a pile of blocks throwing a little plane!!!!

What happened more since I left home!?
They still fly the Qualifying GP in Sweden and only one day was cancelled till now. Today , day 6  , a small task from 149 km.6 .
Gintautas has 20 points , Gunnar 16 and Uli 14, for the rest it will be difficult!

Hahnweide; 18 m. and standard class are cancelled today. The rest had a task and with optimism they hope to start at 3.15 and even hope for scores!
Hopefully the 5th day for 15m.  class today, 4 days till now for standard and 18 m. and 3 days for the open and 2 seater pilots with hope for them for a day today!

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Different weather circumstances in Hahnweide as well.
Pictures courtesy Hahnweide FB site!

Off to the Thermiekbel for dinner ,  a drink and a “few” words.
Ritz , CU tomorrow.

May 7, 2013

HAHNWEIDE edition 47, “more of this please”! A few nationals!Soaring in Japan.

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Finally a real nice weekend for pilots in most parts of Europe, Japan and the USA. The weekend-off was definitely NOT  a weekend-off for glider pilots.
On Saturday 1468 flights were added on the OLC and on Sunday even more; 2381  amongst them 24/24 from Japan and 121/170 from Holland, which is rather special.
Germany enjoyed the great spring weather with a 500 triangle [extended to 596 km.]  in an LS 3a and lot’s of flights over 600 km. up to 950 in the Nimbus 4M.
In Italy Giorgio [Galetto] flew from Bolzano 708 km.
The USA had on Saturday a 671 km. [625 triangle!] by Danny Sorensen in the Discus. And …Austria the just over 1000 km I mentioned last Sunday from Rainer Chronjäger.
Luxembourg with Guy Bechtold ; 804 km. and 990! He past  S. from Holland .
The 2 Belgium young Libelle pilots Neil and Bert with nearly 700 km!!!! Comment from blogger Neil; “Great flight with Bert! Good weather with strong thermals. The return from Hogeveen to Terlet was in an other airmass with a lot of moist. To finish a looooong final glide love it !”

The message on FB from Swaantje Geyer on her way back home from Klix said it all. She was one of the pilots flying with poor weather circumstances in  KLIX and before she was already unlucky with the weather in Nitra, but what can you do!?
A pity as we had great weather in Holland and the N. of Germany was good as well, but a bit more S. it was n’t .
—”After having waited over a week for flyable weather and getting 2 days with marginal distances and 2 outlandings of course I would love driving home unter a 750km sky !!!!!!!!!”
It was for sure better for Thomas Pflug, who flew the LS 7 WL during the KLIX comps to a nice 4th overall-place during their 2-days-comps. BETTER as in, …..flying home from Klix to Boberg, direction NW a great goal flight from 407 km.

Hahnweide; THE place for one of the oldest comps in the world. Close to the Schempp-Hirth business at the airfield of Kircheim Teck, this competition has started with as tasksetter Marc Puskeiler  on May 3 and continues till May 11.
Day 1 was cancelled in all 5 classes , BUT 2 was a nice one with in the 2 seater class 17 from 24 finishing the task of 352 km. Winners on day 1 Ludwig Starkl from Austria “combined” with Holger Karow from Germany  in the ARCUS E. In this class one DG500/20 m., one Janus b and one c , 8 ARCUS gliders type E,T and M and the rest flies the DUO  DISCUS in the variety “normal” , T, XLT and X.

BIG names in open class with as winner of day 1 young Alexander Späth in the NIMBUS 4, followed by French also still young Killian Walbrou in the NIMBUS 4T and the Belgian , mixed -in -age- couple , Arnaud and Pierre de Broqueville in the EB 28 Edition.
21 Pilots in this class some I remember from YEARS ago as Uli Knauss and Cornelius Voloschuk .

In 18 m. 39 [also international] pilots and 33 finished on soaring day 1. In this class the Belgium brothers Bert jr. and Tijl Schmelzer [spot 6 and 10 for the day] , members from another real Belgium soaring family and there are more , lot’s I do not even know, but of course  the Stouffs family and the Litt family are amongst them. Mark Holden who won day 1 , Steve Jones and Russell Cheetham from the UK, are at the Hahnweide as well.

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Hahnweide after day 1, making Bert jr say;” More of this please”

In 15 m. class with 11 participants day 1 was THE day for the UK pilots they topped the class with Timothy Scott, Phil Jones and Matthew Cook, flying the 384.6 km with over 100 km./h.

In standard class 25 pilots and I told you about the Huybreckx family from Belgium, Dennis finished as number 4 in this class on day 1.

Day 2 , yesterday; before the rain dropped all pilots were back home. Smaller tasks and different winners in each class except for open class where Alexander Späth has his 2d day- win.No too much points to gain and not too much to loose, that is in short day 2.

Today [Tuesday] the 15 , 18 m.  and standard class will fly only and before start the gliders  will be lined up on the taxi way before starting from runway 25, as the grass is still wet from the rain.
You can follow the results on the next link, as I will be gone for a few days. Pretty straight forward results , as always on Hahnweide.

FATRAGLIDE started on May 4 with 52 competitors in 2 classes. In the combi class day 1 only had ONE finisher Lubor Kuvik [648 points] flying the AAT from 2.30 in 3.04 over 249 km.!!!! All other pilots outlanded.
On day 2 , a task was set from 211 km. and this time Lubor was on spot 6 . He flies the ASG 29 e/18m.
In club class 24 from 30 pilots finished their AAT of time 2.30 on day 2 as day 1 was cancelled for this class . Best result; in ASW 15 a time of  2.31 over 197 km. Agnete Olsen from Denmark was on spot 14 for the day flying the Libelle!

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Pictures I got last year!

 In Arnborg in Denmark some friends are participating in the Danish Pre-DM 2013, and one of them won day 1 ; Arne Boye Möller with a speed of over 243 km. 23 Pilots , amongst them Stig Oye, Peter Eriksen , Ole Arndt and Ib Wienberg fly in one mixed handicapped class.
On day 2 they enjoyed the nice weather as well with a 3 hour AAT. Winner of the day; Mogens with 319 km. in 2 .57 in the 15 m. Ventus 2 CT.

The Female French Champions 2013 are on this week as well with 13 ladies and parallel with these comps the 18 m. class is flying in Buno their National Competition as well, with 24 participants, 6 HC as they are from Belgium or the UK.
They can win but of course not be  the French Champion!
In this class 11 ASG 29 gliders, 7x Ventus, 3 x 18m version of LS 6 , 1 JS 1, 1 ASH 31mi and 1 ASW 27.
After 3 days Gilles Navas topped the list with 16 points difference on runner up at this stage, Alain Mazalerat.
THE LADIES had 3 days of soaring as well; Jutta Sturm won day 3 and is at this stage with 1565 points leading the groupe in the Ventus 2A. But ,…only 37 points ahead of Sabine Dieulin in Discus 2A. On day 1 all ladies visited the cows meaning all had to make an outlanding.
In 18 m. 8 pilots went “au vache” that day.
Today [Tuesday] the ladies and the 18 m. pilots have to fly a 3 hour AAT.

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Jutta Sturm was one of the “day-1-outlanders” in her Juliette Charlie!

 I told you already that Japan has like Holland a good spring. Did the pilots fly in 2010 in April 4 times and in the total month of May 32 times, it now looks like a big month of May with already 88 flights between May 1 and 5!!!! Thanks to the OLC a bit of research learns;
in 2011 54 flights in May [ whole month] and in April 43.
In 2012 ; 67 in April and 44 in May[whole month again]
This year April had 66 flights from the different soaring fields in Japan and I am looking forward to the end of May to see the result than. I still have a nice picture from some of our guests in the Sportavia picture. Some still fly , some are too old and only look at gliders now.

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Ken the tallest is still flying and loves old timers [and I am not referring to his mates on the picture, though I know he likes them very much]  even has a few , Hiroko does n’t fly that frequent anymore ,Junzo and Yoghi only “look” at gliders now. Lot’s of young pilots fly of course as well and I noticed the Japan Soaring Club members at Itakura have an ARCUS T . Not bad!!!


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CAE DUTCH NATIONALS Competition Director Natasja on one of the Pawnees. Opening briefing on Wednesday May 8 at 8PM. after the practise day.

CU in a couple of days, till then. It looks we get the showers from Hahnweide this afternoon.

Cheers Ritz     On May 7 2013 , so one day earlier ,as on  Tuesday afternoon I travel to the East of Holland for a 65th birthday party on Wednesday , a day of Leisure on Thursday and 3 days at Terlet on Friday ,Saturday and Sunday.If possible you can follow me there at the spot, that is if the weather will be OK! They , the meteo changes all the time from opinion!

May 5, 2013

It was n’t the year for KLIX, next year can only be better! And …much more,…maybe too much!

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The Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix  started yesterday [May 4]  in Langtora in Sweden and after a few mostly cancelled practise days due to the weather they continue till May 11. Host is the Stockholm Soaring Club and the CD is well known pilot Ake Pettersson. 20 Pilots were allowed,  only 5 showed up / had time,  amongst them Uli Schwenk from Germany and Gintas Zube from Lithuania.  On the picture below from Ake Pettersson you see cloudstreets about 200 km. N. of Langtora during an over 1000 km flight in the past. And the airfield of Langtora seen from the N.W. in the middle of the picture. They were able to  fly on day 1 and 3 from 5 finished after the task from 116.6 km. The 4 points were for Gunnar Karlsson. A day with also 780 penalty points for one of the pilots.

Day 2, today, has no task yet but you might be able to find it later in the day on


 Langtora cloud streets  Langtora airfield


 Klikx, had problems with the weather! A stable front line from about 3000 km from Spain to Russia, seems according to the meteo , the wrong-doer! And Klix is right under this line. Not the first competition this year suffering from weather,  but patience and optimism are good things. Not for all as some left earlier, but,…they missed the last day  as in each class tasks were set between 180 and 280 km. to the pleasure of all who were still there. With 2 day’s in all 5 classes and 3 days in 2 classes [club and 18 m. /open] unfortunately not a lot of flying was possible. On that last day also 33 outlandings. 15 Pilots made it home. That was Klix this year, as they say and I do believe so, statistic seen,  it can only be better next year.

According to meteo-consult this spring here is till now the coldest in 35 years ; instead of an average of 8 dgr. it is only 5. Guess the only people happy with this cool, dry and clear weather are the glider pilots. Certainly those of Holland the N. of Belgium and N. of Germany.
After one less good day on Thursday we were back in great conditions again on Friday. And HOW, with 7 over 400 km. flights up to 646 km.Special! The Gelderse ,last years leading club in the OLC stats,  added with one flight 688.98 points to their total till now , a  flight in the Nimbus 4DT,  from Bas and Etienne; 682 km. [550 triangle ] topping the first- of -May- list.
A total of 44 flights that day and 10 by the Gelderse. It brings them to spot 23, still a way to go back to spot 1 . Bitterwasser , with their excellent past season, will remain on top for a while.
Saturday when I woke up it was blue but around 10 the first good-looking cu’s were a fact.
706 km. was just[not] possible in the Nimbus 4DM, but a great flight from Ronald Termaat and Etienne Dillen  all the way to the Lünenburgerheide in Germany. Coming back the speed was damped  due to overcast but using the” help in the back”, they made it nicely home.
By the way a great  flight in Austria by Rainer Cronjäger ;1.065 in the ASH 31 /21 m. from Feldkirchen.

In Belgium Neil Deijgers and Jeroen Jennen are preparing themselves VERY good for the JWGC in Poland. Neil flew 440 in the St. Libelle and Jeroen flew over 500 km. on May 1, a great beginning  of May, with to start with,  difficult circumstances due to lots of [spring ]- turbulence,  but later it was smoother he mentioned.
He flew this time the LS 8 of  uncle Eddy [Huybreckx ,] member of one of the well known Belgium soaring families. Jeroen is related to Eddy as his sister Chrisje,  is Jeroen’s mum. There you go, it stays in the family . No secret why Jeroen flies so well at this young age; he was brought up on the airfield of Keiheuvel and flew already with family and friends as a toddler. He also visited lot’s of comps when members of the family were flying. To complete the story ,…Dennis, son from Eddy and Tim son from Marc Huybreckx , who is a brother from Eddy, …..are you still with me?…..and only a bit older than Jeroen ,are both good pilots as well.

Belgium Juniors Jeroen  Belgium Juniors Neil Deijgers

Jeroen and Neil preparing hard for the JWGC in Leszno. Neil flew 440 in the St. Libelle on May 1 , as more pilots , he “complained”  about the turbulence as well.

The Teuge- 2 -day-competition -organisers here in Holland, will clap their hands with this weather. It is flown in 3 classes and the winner will have a special prize; a flight in the Extra 300 with aerobatic pilot Ewald Polinder, one of the sponsors, WITH  camera’s IN the cockpit! Tasks from yesterday are on the picture below, shared by the boys from glider tracking. You can follow the pilots today on .
The “boys ” , Frank Hiemstra, Jip van Akker and Jens Bouma, will be on Terlet during the nationals so from Friday onwards you can follow the comps as well.

Glider tracking

Day 1 at Teuge was won in club class by Sander Luimes flying the 272 km. in 3 hours 15 in the LS 4.
In the mixed class Siem Troost won the day preliminary in the LS 8 .

The PRE WORLD ‘s in Leszno started with a few cancelled days but on May 1 pilots finally could go up in the air. … BUT only JUST; a 1.30 AAT was set and Thomas Gostner won the day in 15 m. class in the 15 m. Ventus 2AX. Total daily points for the winner ;159, BUT they flew!!! In open /18 m. same task but more points for the 2 Czech winners in the ASG 29; 432 [Peter Tichy] and 417.[Tomas Rendla.] Zbigniew was on spot 3 for the day with ONE point less than Tomas.
They “squeezed”  a day 2 out; a 3 hour AAT and with 327 3.06 and LAK 19 pilot Tomasz Krok  won the 1000 points in 15 m.
In the mixed class Zbigniew, was the best flying 335 km in 3 .02!!!

In Japan Takeshi is still on a mission! One day he will fly in his Discus b T, the 750 he really would like to fly in wave in Japan. He will succeed,..this time another 706 km. Yesterday Nagano, Itakura and  Sekyado were active even with a 500 k in the duo discus. Good to see that!

He was last week at the AERO in Friedrichshafen,…. on May 1 he flew back from a DEMO in the Zillertal in Austria in his Micro Jet. He announced a technical problem and an emergency landing at Innsbruck Airport. He could not reach it anymore. His attempt ended in tragedy in a paddock . Guido Gehrmann only 38 years old, died. He was a member of the Flying Bulls Team and he  was world champion hang gliding in 1998 and participated in several top comps and several World Games. “Guido was respected for many years with the Flying Bulls not only as an excellent pilot but also for his wonderful personality” I read on their site. Sad very sad for his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed…RIP. I found a picture on internet, Guido on  the cover of the Cross Country Magazine in 1998 and I share it with you as a tribute.


    I told you about the 10 F 16 planes one orange in the middle as final -touch- FLY- BY on our Queens day. Found a 1.35 video put on by Bart [Konings] on FB .  Unique !!! Look at the FB site from the royal airforce; Koninklijke luchtmacht. Here is one picture they added on their FB.

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As shared on FB by the Royal Airforce.

Last but not least, I received the May-June issue of Gliding International yesterday and was impressed with the pictures and story about Gavin Wills and “his” OMARAMA; The Wills dynasty written by veteran journalist Rod Dew. 21 Pages in total of stories and spectacular pictures of Marty Taylor in the back of the Duo Discus flown by 27 year old French Gabriel Briffe, an instructor from St. Auban. A “must-see and must-read”!! Further on articles about
—-the AOS 71 a new side by side 2 seater from Poland
—-an evaluation of the ANTARES ELECTRIC, by Aldo Cernezzi
— Ross [Macintyre ] reports on the IGC meeting in Holland
—-Lot’s of world aviation news
—The Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Glider club and much more.

  That’s it for now, My next week will be full and busy so be patient as I do not know myself whenever I have time. From May 9 I will be at Terlet to cover 3 days of soaring during the Dutch Nationals. A lot of comps started yesterday ,   try to keep keep an eye on them.

In soaringcafe today an exclusive story about Kathrin Wötzel, glider pilot and artist!

Cheers Ritz on Sunday May 5 ,the day we celebrate our FREEDOM. Yesterday we remembered all the people who died for this freedom.

May 1, 2013

Royal Dutch Handover !May 1!Still enough Libelles in the air !

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May 1 today, April went to quick.Day of Labour, certainly for those who are cleaning Amsterdam after the celebrations. What a day it was yesterday, SUNNY AND DRY for all national and international visitors in Amsterdam.
After more than 100 years we have a KING and were/are grateful for what the Queen has done in the 33 years of hard work. Now she is not going to sit behind the geraniums but still will deal with official visits , as princess now.
The International press was here in Amsterdam with over 1500 and EVERYBODY except a handfull of republicans LOVED the Royal Dutch HANDOVER as CNN called it.
Historic and traditional ceremonie first during the morning and afternoon and….than ,…party time with world-best DJ Armin van Buuren ,and Andre Rieu and many other artists, as well as sporters Epke Zonderland with a demonstration and our famous speed skaters.
Before all royals went to dinner , a group of F 16 fighters with one ORANGE F 16 in the middle, “raced” over Amsterdam in a perfect formation and one pilot had a dashcam aboard!!!! A great final of an awesome day!

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Our royal family and the “old” generation Beatrix, the new generation Willem Alexander and Maxima and the furure generation Crown Princess Amalia in the middle.

Not all people looked at the TV all day,[ fabulous presentation  by the way by the NOS] ,  like I did as the weather here was AGAIN , too beautiful to NOT fly!!! Several over 600 km. flights with good lift. Spring is just so good in Holland!

Jeroen Beeke
Flying was more important but the orange feeling was also in the glider.
Courtesy;  Jeroen Beeke.

I wrote you earlier about the 600 km. flights from the N. of Belgium to nearly the N. of Holland [Hoogeveen]  by pilots from Keiheuvel and Diest last Saturday. It happened on Sunday as well !!!!
2 Of them are practising/team flying for the Leszno JWGC; Jeroen Jennen and Niel Deijgers.
Jeroen made some pictures from Neil in the Libelle, while flying the 560 task .

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Courtesy Jeroen Jennen

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What a great , good looking and still perfect performing toy the Libelle is!!!!!
Courtesy; Niel Deijgers at the Airfield AEROCLUB in Belgium[Brasschaat]
Look for Neils story [ in English] at

And more “Libelle-news” this time from a young Dutch pilot. As he shares with us, ” he was not allowed to sleep with his girlfriend when he would not fly over 300 km. ”  To be sure he would not be cold and alone , he flew his first 500 k in a Libelle . Is n’t that a sweet story,….. talking about support!?

In Holland we had 119 flights on Sunday with as best distance 638 km. [509 triangle] from Texel one of the islands up N. in a DG 400/17 m. Not bad, certainly when you see the pilot flies over water and close to the coast, but also S. direction Terlet in the middle of Holland!
On Saturday 107 flights so lot’s of fun for our Dutch pilots in springtime. Yesterday 90 flights were added, 12 over 500km..
Belgium had 17 and 18 mostly in the N of Belgium. On Sunday even 819 km. from Weelde, [Ventus 2ct/18 m] all the way to the N of Holland and even the N. of Germany.

Also on the AERO last week; an Art exhibition by Katrin Wötzl from Pilotessa Desing .com . She was very succesfull and you could even win one of her paintings.


as shared by her on FB.


First flights in Finland with Duo Discus XL(T) OH-1017 “EIK”.” , I read on FB.
Good to see this glider in Finland as well. Schempp-Hirth is pretty active with the ARCUS , QUINTUS , Duo Discus and Discus.

A late day, but a day, at least for 2 classes,  last Sunday in KLIX, as the first pilots left on track around 4!!!!
Pretty marginal flying though in club class with a B task of 123 .7 km. and 5 pilots from 25 managed to finish. The girls, Sabine and Swaantje started together, managed to fly 90 km. and both got 80 points for doing their “job”. The winner must have been happy with 129 points.
In 18 m./open some action as well; 136.44 km. [B task]  and here 16 from 24 finished . With late starts at 16.07 [some left at 17.47!!]  the 2 Swedish pilots one of them well known Börje Erikkson, won the day in their ASG 29;393 and 392 points.
Europe is not THAT big, but you see the difference in weather, with Belgium and Holland on that Sunday.

Some problems with my blog, so I better quit now, more news in the weekend.
Cheers Ritz,….on Wednesday May 1 2013. By the way the first day of May started in the night with MINUS 3. That nice dry, cold but great soaring air is still here.      www.glidinginternational

April 28, 2013

11 out of 13 days with good, to very good soaring at the FCC 2013 in Prievidza! Not bad!?

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With 11 out of 13 days , even 2 days with tasks  over 500 km. you can say it was a GREAT competition there in Prievidza for the 119 pilots flying for the Flight Challenge Cup Gliding 2013 !!!
When I left you on Wednesday , they were ready for over 500 km. flights.
It turned out to be a very challenging day; 14 from 34 in the mixed class managed to finish, with the French ARCUS as the daily 1000- points-winner, nobody [from 46] finished in club class still 1000 points for daily winner Frantisek Sobek for 445 km. and 9 from 33 pilots made it home  in 15 m. class.
Enough outlandings and returns to the field by aborting the task , due to changed weather circumstances, but enough finishes as well!

Prievidza finish  Prievidza finish 2
15 m. class gliders returning home.
XY , Gintas as winner of the 1000 points. AX, Eva, finished as number 6.
Courtesy gallery FCC ; by Lenka Sivakova

On the last but one day , Thursday, long tasks again for soaring day 10, a day with cu’s!
Pilots in the mixed class had to go for 522 km. , in the 15 m. class for 517 and the club pilots after their tough day had to go for 502 km.
In 15 m. class it was a FRENCH  day with Christophe Ruch and JD Barrois both with 1000 points and a speed of 117 km. p/h.
In the club class 3 St. Cirusses topped the list with Jan, Boris and Petr.
In the mixed class the German ARCUS was the best again; 126 km./h. Runner up was a Polish ASG 29 E with 130 km./h., while the French finished on spot 3 and 4, followed by Roman and Sebastian.

Friday ; LAST DAY…day 11 !!!! 300 km. tasks in each class, on a sunny day,  a set racing task for club [ 303 km ] and 15 m. [ 315] and in mixed class [335.7 km.] !
Tension enough on this last day; in 15 m. with only 42 points difference between number 1 Zbigniew and 2, JD Barrois who for sure could count on help from his mate Christophe on spot 3.
The French were always good on a last day, flying together makes them strong!!!
In club class the difference on the last day was 80 points between the Hungaryan Standard Jantar from Ferenc and the ASW 15-b from Czech pilot Karel.
In mixed class it was even “worse” ; ONLY 8 points between number 1, [7812] Pavol in the Ventus and  number 2 [ 7804] Christophe in the JS1 .On spot 3 Sebastian [ASG 29] is only 5 points ahead of the French Arcus on spot 4.[7761 and 7756]

SO…WHAT HAPPENED in the end!!??? To be expected ,….but to be flown first, ….Sebastian won the last day with a speed of 137 km./h. No nerves , just go! Pavol ended on spot 16 and lost 189 points and his first place overall went to SEBASTIAN, you would nearly say,….who else!
Christophe was on a daily spot 9 and finished as runner up , while Pavol ended on spot 3.What a result!

Prievidza Sebastian

A relaxed winner; Sebastian.
Courtesy FCC site gallery.

AND WHAT about the 15 m. pilots. ONE point difference between the winner Zbigniew and the runner up JD Barrois!!!!And Christophe ended on spot 3! The French love Prievidza!!!And for sure they tried HARD to beat Zbigniew. They were better on the last day but just not good enough to win the cup!
But,…for that reason Zbigniew is still the number ONE pilot in the world on the ICG ranking list with Sebastian on his heels. Hurray for Poland!

The club ; 20 points difference between the Cup winner Ferenc and the Swedish pilot Gunnar who won the last day!!! And Karel ended on spot 3.

To see the small margin between the top pilots in each class, you can look again if you have n’t done so before at and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners.

The 2 seater Nationals in Italy flown at Varese had  on Wednesday  their first day with a task of 300 km and the 946 points were for “good old mate” Lucianio Avanzini in the ARCUS, followed by the ARCUS from Alberto Sironi. Not too bad was the 3d place for young Davide in the Duo Discus T!
A 3.00 AAT was set for Thursday and this time they changed places; Alberto was first [278 km. in 3.07] and Luciano 3d [ 266 km. in 3.02] while Stefano Ghiorzo was 4th  and Davide 5th.

The PRE WGC in Leszno in Poland in open, 15m and 18 m. class started yesterday and continues till May 5. More news on Wednesday.

Flat-as-a-pancake- Holland and  Belgium ,at least the N. of Belgium had some nice flights again yesterday, 600 in the Discus by Tijl Schmelzer from Keiheuvel in Belgium and 573 from Woensdrecht in Holland in the ARCUS.
According to Niel, who flew from Diest in N Belgium to far up N. in Holland, there was  “all day a convercence line from Antwerp to Amsterdam.”
Best flight yesterday on the OLC in an ASW 20 from Lanzen Turnau over the mountains from Austria; 901 km.

The AERO finished and I hope that due to the recession still a lot of people will buy gliders and instruments. The boys from NAVITER are OF COURSE in Friedrichshafen as well.
Jelmer from DG is there and they look ahead at a good year 2014 , full of orders!!!
Flying with the champions’ Ludwig and Wolfgang shared a corner from the big Schempp Hirth stand.
For all AERO news you can read the www.soaringcafe  site.

Rene to the l. and Andrej to the r.  ………………………………The DG 1001 2 seater.

Aero Flying with the ..  Aero Schempp Hirth
Flying with the Champion’s corner and the Schempp-Hirth gliders.


Just got some more info via Jo , THANKS Jo, about the multi class Nationals in Kingaroy Australia;
—” The 2013 Multi Class Nationals will be held at Kingaroy from October 14th to October 25th 2013.
The competition website is http:// 
Please enter online using the Entry Form provided on the competition website.

 We will accept up to 60 entries in total, of which 10 are reserved for foreign pilots. If we have received more than 60 entries by 1st September, then entries which are lowest on the current Australian Ranking List (see GFA Website for this list) will be placed on a waiting list and will be the first accepted if there are any cancellations.
Entries received after 1st September 2013 will be accepted strictly in order of receipt.—”

The 21th International Gliding Cup in KLIX  [Germany, South from Berlin] started last Friday with 5 classes  as well the Zrenjanin Soaring Cup in Serbia.
Klix had , like we here in Holland RAIN that day, but they managed to set a task which was flown by many pilots !
In the 2-seater class , 15 from 21 finished the 249.7 km. distance.
In club class a 2 hour AAT was set and the best distance combined with time was 180 km in time 2.06.
In Standard class 25 participants and 15 made it back. 255 km in the 2.30 AAT was flown by the winner in time 2.38!
Baer Selen’s brother Sjaak did well with a 5th place!
In the 15m. class 15 participants and only 5 finished.
In the 18 m./open  class ,22 participants and 16 finished. Another success for a Dutch pilot. Robert Werts won in the Nimbus 3D. Robert flew last year a 1000 k from Holland.
Yesterday was a “soup-day” and today they expect rain, with the smallest possibility of flying. Tomorrow looks better!!

That’s it for now, Holland is under the spell of the chance of CROWN on Tuesday with LOT’S of activities. Last Friday 1.3 million kids had a day -full-of-sport at school, The Kings Games, with a healthy breakfast before sporting all in the same orange t-shirts. The planning is to keep this new idea from former top tennis player Richard Karjicek, for the future.The royal guests ,[ lot's of crown princes and princesses,]  from  Willem Alexander and Maxima, will have their dinner in the new RIJKSMUSEUM on monday evening, which had since it opened again, in less than 2 months time,  already over 100.000 guests/visitors!!!!

cheers Ritz on Sunday April 28

April 24, 2013

…life- is- good- weather! Prievidza after 8 days and today …..a 580 k. task!In MEMORIAM !

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The soccer competition in Alkmaar between AZ and PSV was great fun! Loved it!

AZ  AZ 3 voetballers PSV

“Grabbed”  straight away by the Mascottes…………. and the PSV players warming up for the match.

The Good Better Best day was not in the order I thought, in my last blog,  as the best day last weekend was clearly on SATURDAY , though some pilots still were a bit disappointed with the weather that day. It seems after the forecast they expected MORE!
From Holland pilots  tried to fly to Hamburg, but it ended up around the Bremen area, where it spread out ….still NOT BAD EITHER!
703 km. direction NE from Soesterberg. Thermal activity was good , bit of a tough wind, sometimes blue, sometimes over cast  as high clouds were blocking the sun, but also  good lift.
One of the pilots said to others in the sky,”  I am going to Hamburg , are you coming along?” So a few did!
More great flights from Holland.  In the top 25 from the OLC I counted 8 flights from Holland on Saturday!!!!! All between 600 and 700 km. For Holland this is just good!
Sunday here was a nice 300 k day !

With ” Weak wave, good ridge, great thermals.  Excellent conditions to the south, weaker, lower, and snow showers to the north.”  Michael topped the OLC that Saturday flying from Atlantic in the DISCUS 2 with just over 1000 km. and also flight number 2 on the OLC that day was good as Brian flew 927 km. from Ridge Soaring in a PIK 20 b,   with  “smooth/strong ridge till sunset.”

My LASHAM friends had a good day as well with Roy flying 500 k. in the ASG 29e. The juniors were ready on Sunday , the last day of their training camp at Lasham, with no good weather to start the week with, but building up to a good  finish.

Juniors UK

As shared on FB.

UK junior team  UK junior team in Lasham

The UK junior team [ from l to r]  Luke Dale , Sam Roddie, Charlie Jordan , Oliver Barter and Matt Waters  , without Matt Davis plus TC Pete Masson…………. and flying high!

On Monday it was already day 7 of the Prievidza comps. Zbigniew “found the groove” and won on Saturday and Sunday in the 15 m. class. His mate Sebastian won in the mixed class on Sunday , so with a new week to start ,an “sprint to the finish” to win each in their class had started. Sunday was n’t even a brilliant day , as the weather fore cast was not very optimistic. But during the day it improved!

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As seen on their site on day 8; Look for many more good pictures at this site.
Here are some hard working people there , we should not forget!

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Monday had  good task , not an AAT but a race from 344 in the mixed class and 314 in club and 325 in 15 m.
Though the first launches were postponed to 11.30, pilots had a good day.
In the mixed class the German ARCUS t team won the day with 137 km./h, while the best speed was for Petr Krejcirik with 140 km./h. in the Ventus 2CX /18m.
In the club class 3 Hungarian pilots put their strengths together and were 1-2 and 3.
110 km./h in a Jantar is not bad. 2 Of them started together and the other one joined in and within 10 minutes of each other they finished .
In the 15 m. class 2 Polish pilots bundled their strength and won the day each in LS 8 with 128 km./h.!!!

On Tuesday , day 8, an AAT from 2 hours in the mixed class and Sebastian showed his class by winning the day with 258 km. in 2 .01. He is on his way to the top and moved overall to spot 3 not 100 points behind Pavol who defends his spot 1 by being 2d for the day.[249 km. in 2. 05.]
A bit of an off-day for Roman, who proudly was the number 1 overall for  ALL days except day 1;  he ended on spot 28 loosing more than 200 points. A pity!

Prirevidza 1

Relaxed pilots in sunny conditions in Prievidza as seen on their site, where many more recent pictures are on;

With a 9 AM briefing this morning you could expect long tasks. Today ‘s tasks have been set and for the mixed class it will be 580 km. a day “to separate the boys from the men,” as they say!
In club class  today; 514 km. and in 15 m. they have today 535 k. Looking forward to the results tonight and than only 2 days of soaring to go as Friday will be the last day!

The new ASG 32 from Schleicher will be on display in Friedrichshafen. This is the new flapped 20 m. 2 seater and it will be interesting to see how it compares to the ARCUS.
Here some pictures from the Dutch dealer for Schleicher Rene and I share them for the not-FB-fans!;

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The brand new ASG 32!!!
Courtesy Rene de Dreu.

Love the affiche from the 7 th WWGC in France. REALLY try to be there for a few days. Not sure only how to get there.

WWGC 2013

As shared by Jarislav and the WWGC on FB.

Some news from Australia about future comps; The multi class National will be flown in Kingaroy in October 2013;
And …….specially for the young ones who want to practise in Narromine for the JWGC ;
—-” Please see the below details of this years Joeyglide competition. Joeyglide also provides coaching for young pilots not able to, or ready to fly in the competition. I would encourage you to promote Joeyglide to your junior club members, who are looking to compete with like minded junior pilots, further their cross country skills and meet other junior pilots from around the country.
Furthermore, as this year is the 10th Australian Junior Nationals, we will be having in conjunction with the Final Night Dinner, an informal 10 year reunion, and would like anyone who has participated in Joeyglide in any facet to attend. Please contact me directly to RSVP.
Place: Narromine, NSW – Home of the Junior Worlds
Dates: Saturday 7 December to Saturday 14 December 2013 (Saturday 7 December being the official practice day)
Final Night Dinner: 14 December 2013, venue TBA.
Entries Open: Monday 25 March 2013.
Entry Fees: $150 competition entry, $100 coachee entry (please note that the entry fee’s will increase to $250 and $150 respectively after 1 November 2013).
Over the next few months we will be providing more details and specifics about the competition. For further information and to keep up to date with the day to day developments, please see: and The Aus Junior Gliding Facebook Group
If you have any questions or queries, please contact me directly.
Liam Donald Comp Director Joeyglide 2013

The March-April Newsletter from the Perlan Project is on line! Interesting news about the progress on construction and more is to be read on;

To finish , an IN MEMORIAM for a good friend, fine colleague at Sportavia and true gentleman BOB SMITH. Bob joined us in Tocumwal as a mechanic on our tugs ,  3 Bellanca Scout’s and even built one,  number 4, from  parts of a Tasmanian wreck ;VH-PEV. How proud he was! I was there when tuggy Bill,  made the test flight,…of course with bubbles after AT the field!
He also was the mechanic on the Dove and Albatross and made several flights in them with Bones, Giles and George.
When I was in Tocumwal in January I caught up with him twice. I knew he was terminal ill. Last Sunday afternoon he died. He specially travelled back from Darwin where he lived the last couple of years to work as mechanic on Mallards for Paspaley, to die “at home” . Bones,  flying as Chief Captain on the Mallard at Darwin and knowing Bob’s  experience in Tocumwal on the Albatross introduced him and his wife Margareth to this new life in Darwin and his new job.
It’s getting [too] crowdy at the Tocumwal cemetery as lot’s of friends are already there. May he rest in peace!!

Albatross_pilots and crew  Bob Smith

Bob second to the right……………………………and a recent picture on the boat at Darwin, thanks to Bones!

Ritz …..on April 24 2013

April 20, 2013

First 1000 km. FLIGHT for the season from ST. HUBERT in BELGIUM.

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On my way by train to Eindhoven, I noticed that last Thursday was a splendid -SPRING- soaring day here, BUT,…. yes there was a but, the wind was up to 8 bft. and gusts up to 90 km. A goal flight could have brought a pilot far , but it did not happen , so I am sure it must have been impossible.
Still a great day for a yo-yo , as Belgium pilot Yves Jeanmotte [ASG 29 /18m.] proved with a nice 1000 km. flight from St. Hubert! Great job, as I think this is the first thermal flight over 1000 km. for the season!!!
Correct me when I am wrong.
S.E. from St. Hubert , in Luxembourg, Guy Bechtold tried one as well flying in his Quintus; he flew 934 km. but commented that it was a pity the weather from the W. created overcast too early. He had wind up to over 40 km. /h.
In Holland Tim Kuijpers the JWGC winner from Musbach, was home to fly from Malden in the LS 4 ;370 km. Wind on the way was max. up to 72 km. /h. and under 700 m. it was very bumpy!
Trigger words by Tim ….intensive, spectacular, challenging, turbulent, streets!!!!

The UK Juniors, having their training camp last week and this weekend at Lasham had  not the weather they hoped for;
—”We should’ve brought sailing boats rather than sailplanes to Lasham, but at least we got a bit of soaring yesterday evening. End of the week looking more promising.—”
The weekend is here and the weather too!
On Friday already  David  [ Masson] flew a nice 515 k from Lasham showing the weather was good, better maybe today and hopefully best on Sunday.

Prievidza is over this weekend and had pretty good weather, though day 4 was cancelled, as was day 1.
Soaring day 3 was promising with an AAT of 3 hours for mixed and 15 m. class. Pilots could find their own way to go as far  as they wanted in the sectors. And they did.
In the mixed class Roman Mracek won in his ASG 29, flying over 329 km. in time 3.02!!!
The German ARCUS pilots were 4th [ by the way, they lost their -preliminary-winning- day- 2 -1000 points by- disqualification !!! ]  behind the 2 French WGC pilots , finishing on the dot of 3 hours with 309 km
In  club class Swedish Gunnar Axelsson is doing a great job. Was he 2d on day 1 and 14 on day 2 , he WON day 3! Flying 248 km. in his  Cirrus 75, he arrived back in just 5 minutes after the set 3 hours. One pilot in the top 10 was back 2 minutes before time, all others much later. Gunnar is 2 d overall after 3 days, behind Boris Zorz.
In 15 m. also 3 hours and best result was 316 km. in an LS 8 in 3.19.
The French had a good day 3 , in 15 m. and mixed class!

Soaring Day 4;
Club class…3 Czech pilots started together , finished about in the same time and topped the day list with 228 km. in time 2.03 over a 2 hour AAT in St Cirrus and Ls 1′s.[660, 648 and 645 points]
15 m. class …2 German pilots started together and more or less finished together and won the day, over a 2.15 AAT flying 305 km. in time 2.14 and 2.16 [ 700 and 687 points] They were followed by 4 Czech pilots.
In the mixed class , mixed results with a French, [700] a German and[690] ,…a Polish pilot Sebastian[682]. They flew over the AAT of 2.15 a distance of 314/316 km .

For the last -day- results an AAT of 2 hours  and for club 1 hour 45, I refer to or on Sunday later during the day in, where I will finish the story myself. When looking at the CAFE, please go to the blog from Benjamin as well, about the Mü 31 project, a brand new 15 m. glider for the future, look also at the pictures of the stress test!!! 3 pages of very interesting news!

More comps in Italy ; The Nationals for the 2 seaters flown in Varese with 9 x 2 seaters . 4 ARCUS T gliders , 3 x a DUO DISCUS T and one normal DUO DISCUS and a JANUS C. Good pilots as well, may I mention  Alberto Sironi and Stefano Ghiorzo? And young pilot Davide Schiavotto who flew amongst other comps in the JWGC in Husbos and Vittorio [Pinni] . The other pilots I do not know and I look forward to see how they fly.
They start today Saturday!
On their site  I found a wonderfull picture of the Quintus and I share it with you. Don’t know who made it but is a great picture.


For those who do not know too much about Calcinate – Varese here is what I found as well. Have never been there myself, so I share their text.
“Once again our wonderful airfield wil host an Italian Championship.This year we will host the 20 m double-seater Italian Championship.For those who don’t know Calcinate and have never flown here, we would like to point out that  all the area of the pre-Alps offers amazing possibilities to fly both long distance and speed tasks. It is really easy to get into the Alps and very often you can meet wonderful conditions along all the Alps or in the border between the Alps and the flat area of Pianura Padana. Besides the town, Varese, offers a really big variety of activities and is for sure worth visiting .(!—”

The Junior Nationals in Switzerland are starting today as well with 17 juniors , not bad! They will be flown in combination with the Regionals in Birrfield, with 12 pilots in open class and 16 in 15 m.!
Will keep you informed!
During the next JWGC in Leszno Switzerland will be represented by 6 juniors, all of them participate in these Nationals. Interesting to follow!

In France the Coup du Ventoux will be flown this upcoming week with 15 participants in one mixed class. Carpentras is the place to be!

And the 2013 AZ Cup started last Thursday in the Czech Rep [ Zbraslavice] and continues till the 27th with 81 competitors in 2 classes.

Holland is preparing for THE day in 2013 April 30; the Abdication or Queen Beatrix and the inauguration of the new King Willem Alexander and his Argentinian wife Queen Maxima. The world will look at Holland as it seems EVERYBODY is interested in the future “young monarch”. There will be 18 hours of live-TV here, with rail cams in the church and over the square [at height 300 m.] in front of the Palace. A HUGE JOB, with 115 camera’s in Amsterdam, outside Amsterdam another 45. There will be 13 satellite cars,  a helicopter and a plane involved as well.I believe more than 1000 journalists have been  accredited from ALL over the world.
Hope it all goes without difficulties.

After the sadness for the killed and injured people in Boston, and the intense man- hunt on the 2 young offenders , now West, close to WACO and not too far from Uvalde in Texas, where we all had such a good WGC – time, was breaking news with the fire and explosion of a fertiliser plant killing more than 15, injuring even more still missing arouind 60 and making “pulp” from the houses from at least 50 of the 2700 inhabitants of the small town. More sad people.

As life continues I am off to Amsterdam now to see tonight AZ [Alkmaar] – PSV[Eindhoven] , talking soccer this time and being there live on invitation, never done that before!! That’s why I am one day earlier with my blog.

The cherry- blossom -pictures from my front garden are specially for ALL my JAPANESE friends!!!!
And also for the 2 pilots who flew such a long flight over Japan [up direction NE and back] topping the OLC on Friday and that does n’t happen too often. Good on them,….. flying a Ventus 2 CT/18 m. and DUO DISCUS from Nagano; 715 km. and 603.
I can imagine their happiness!!!
The blue flowers from my back garden are spring-greeting to all of you and specially for Yves for the first 1000 of the season not flown in wave. Spring 2013 is THERE!
Cheers Ritz  …..on April 20 2013.

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April 17, 2013

Disappointing weekend-weather!Flying with the Champions update! Prievidza!

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Last Sunday turned out to be a real off- day. The weather was not good here neither for soaring or to sit in the sun, as that sun only arrived here after 4. I just expected TOO much, I guess and,… believed the meteo-forecast!!
An unlucky day for one of the Eindhoven gliderpilots as well ,as he damaged his glider [ASG 29, pretty badly] and his leg, [minor injury]  with a not too good landing. He returned to the field to land, as he did n’t feel well.
No great results, no top weather, just another day,….and no… definitely not in paradise!! Though,…..
Still a nice mix of good flights worldwide on the OLC, that Sunday.
First of all another good-one from Jim and Dennis from good old Minden flying direction far south and back;1.367 km. of course in their DG 1001 M.
Another nice one , not that far but pretty fast also from Minden and in a DUO DISCUS ;625 km. with 149.12 km./h.
From France some nice ones as well, with Robert Pratt flying his Arcus M. over 860 km. from St Gaudens in blue wave and in the beginning, with wind 210 and 15 kts.

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Courtesy Per Carlin 2006

Prievidza in Slovakia started their Flight Challenge Cup 2013, with 119 participants in 3 classes, mixed club and 15 m..
Unfortunately day 1 , that stupid Sunday, was cancelled but on Monday a 2.45 AAT was set for the mixed class , 2.30 for the club and 15 m.
Quite a bunch of interesting pilots have entered as  the current top pilots, Zbigniew Nieradka and Sebastian Kawa, but also so some great Czech, French and German pilots and more.
What happened that Monday in the mixed class with 35 competitors ???
A few penalty points for flying above the absolute altitude limit, 3 outlandings  and a German winner in an ASG 29 E [920 points-298 km. in 2.48,48]] before Sebastian also in an ASG 29.[887 points -306.1 km. in 2.57,25]
In the club class 48 participants, one did not fly, 6 had to go “au vache”, and an Hungarian winner in a Standard Jantar flying 234 km. in 2.40, [868]  before a Swedish runner up flying the Cirrus 75 over 249 km. in 2.54 [866]
In 15 m. class , 34 participants, 4 outlandings a few penalty points and 2 German pilots on top both flying about the same distance and time;267 km in 2.34.

Yesterday day 2 was a fact with a 3 hour AAT for the “mixed” and 15 m. pilots and  2.35 for the club.
The German ARCUS T was the best in the mixed class, 8 Czech pilots in the top 10 in club class and in 15 m. Radek Krejcirik was the best and could “collect” the 1000 points.

Today tasks have been set for soaring-day 3 ; AAT of 2.30 for the mixed and 2.15 for the 15 m. pilots and 2 hours for the club.
For all results you can go to

One of the pilots flying in Club class in an LS 1f, Per Carlin [Sweden] is not so well known maybe , but he made some great pictures during the Swedish WGC in 2006, that’s why I never forget him.
All today’s 2006-pictures are from Per!
And ,..he was on spot 18 on Monday and 12 yesterday.

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To enlarge you can click on the picture.
Courtesy Per Carlin 2006

Flying with the Champions” is running very well as I heard!
You remember????
Ludwig Starkl and Wolfgang Janowitsch started this new business ,with the glorious text; Do not dream your life, but live your dream!!!
—”from our 14 places we have sold 10 already, there are only two to three in the first (1. – 7. Nov.) and the same in the second block (8. – 14. Nov.) available.
We have five Arcus M, one Arcus  E and two ASH 25 as our training gliders, I am sure there is worldwide no other event with such a big Arcus fleet.

 Our trainees are coming from the whole world, we have one Pilot from Brasil, three from Holland, three from Germany, two from Switzerland and one from Austria. We have pilots who participated at the last WGC in Uvalde and we have pilots with no competition experience. So a wide range of skill, which makes it very interesting, also for the champions. All of us are looking forward to an outstanding event.—”

This is all going to happen in new season in Kiripotib Namibia.AND,…
Wolfgang and Ludwig will be at the aero in Friedrichshafen, April 24-27, where Tilo Holighaus allows them to present “Flying with the Champions” and their  new renting company   “rent-a-glider” on his exhibition stand.
—” So there, all interested pilots can meet us personally and can have any information to our event, or renting a glider out of our fleet. All these, who are not able to come, find us on the internet on—-”

So if you are interested as well, this is your time as,these are the latest details/updates , I got yesterday!!! So very recent!!!

He said already in his OLC comment that he had not a lot of time to write as he had to prepare for another good [long] day of flying.
So he did; Jim Payne flew after his day with 1.367 km on Sunday another long one in wave on Monday; 1.484 km. this time from Rosamount and again with Dennis in the back. What a stamina those boys must have and they are not 25 anymore. Good on them!

In my last blogs both on as on I wrote about the juniors who are going to participate in Leszno. Got some extra info from Frauke Elber who knew more about one of the young men from the French team.
—”One of the first time French pilots will be Antoine Lucas. Antoine is third  generation glider pilot in his family. His grandfather, whom I befriended at the  Dahlemer Binz in Germany in 1962 was a glider instructor. His mother learned to  fly at the Dahlemer Binz and in 1979 spent a year with us here in the US where   she  flew our Ka8.
She later married a French glider pilot who was an instructor at St. Auban. So young Antoine and his brother Christian are continuing the family tradition.
Susanne -the boys mother- and I will be briefly visit the  Women’s World Championship before the family has to get ready for the Poland  trip. I wish Antoine the best of luck.—-”

So you have practised with 27.000 other runners,  every week to be fit for the Boston Marathon, ready to party afterwards and than… 2 bombs…  killing at least 3 and others have to live without feet , an arm or a leg. TOO tragic for words!!!! WHY?

And to finish this blog the last 2 pictures from Per Carlin.
Cheers Ritz

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Eskilstuna 2006
Courtesy Per Carlin.



April 14, 2013

EGC news from Ostrow ! OUTSTANDING ATA ladies! JWGC -2013 -site on line!

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The Alps have given and are still giving pilots great pleasure ! The always active German Sport Soldiers have their training camp in Lienz [Austria] since Wednesday  .
Marco Barth , not long ago flying from the airport of Chaves, is one of “the soldiers” and he  flew already on Wednesday 643 km. in the ASH 25.
After a few off-days,  the weather improved and yesterday and today it should be better , at least that’s what’s expected/hoped for.
Don’t know about today but yesterday they flew around with  500 km. flights
Also around 700 km. flights by other guests flying in Lienz,  as Alexander Müller.

Another  group of German pilots is in Puimoisson and Patrick Gai, JWGC Champion in Rieti in 2007, flew himself to the OLC top with 725 km.[515 FAI triangle] in an ASH 31MI/21 m. last Friday.
And,…knowing that the weather would be good this weekend and seeing with my own eyes great cu’s yesterday, I hoped for fantastic flights ,…..but it is raining this morning with the promise from the meteo, that we should not doubt him; it will be a great spring day/afternoon with up to 22 dgr.
I was also sure that ” good things were happening” yesterday . But it was so-so. It started too late here , pilots still flew 350 with a start at 3 PM and p.e. in Lienz  they struggled in the morning with the aftermath of the thunderstorms in the night, so late starts as well.
Calcinare in Italy had pretty good weather as Luca De Marchi topped the OLC list yesterday with 700 km, a declared 500 FAI triangle in it, [a speed record with 110.6 km.h. starting on a leg] in the 15 m. Ventus 2AX.

Not long ago I mentioned a very interesting movie on TV about the ladies in the RAF, working for ATA. On FB, Sandra shared a message about one of the ladies passing away,on FB,  from the Magazine “Flyer” ;
For that reason I share it with you.
Here is what was written and what a glorious picture;
—-”Maureen Dunlop de Popp, a pioneering female pilot, has passed away aged 91. Dunlop was a pilot with the WWII Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), one of the 164 femal…e pilots who transported planes between factories and military airfields. With the ATA, Dunlop mastered the controls of 28 different single-engine and 10 multi-engine aircraft types, which also included the Hawker Typhoon, Hawker Tempest, Avro Anson, Mustang, Bristol Blenheim and Vickers Wellington. Aside from her flying duties, Dunlop also became a wartime icon in 1944 with this photograph which was featured on the cover of Picture Post magazine, showing Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a Fairey Barracuda. The image is remembered for changing the perception of women who worked for the war effort.–”


Talking about the WW II, I went with my daughter to the musical Soldier of Orange[Soldaat van Oranje] last week, based on the autobiography of Eric Hazelhoff Roelfsema.
He, an aristocratic Dutch student was one of 6 ,who were totally not interested in politics but became heroes in the resistance or sadly lost their lives.
Only ONE word; MAGIC!!!!!!
It was in a hangar at the military airport of Valkenburg.
Can’t believe the guts from those students to help out in the resistance. I saw the movie , read the book but this musical, where we were sitting in the middle with about 1500 people and the audience was turning around on a big round scale, while the decors were firm built around the audience.
That way we “visited” the beach in Scheveningen, the rooms from the students , their society-building and we could look outside , as the doors from the hangar were opened, at a very old DC 3 bringing the former Queen back from London to Holland. Though it was sad  as well, it was too impressive to say in words.

The young pilots will not know him, but it is good when they hear from him. Herbert Frehner died age 84. I met Herbert as the TC for the Swiss in the past and I met him in Anger. A wise and kind person and very down to earth.
He was one of the first European pilots flying in Australia and even visited Tocumwal.
In his later years he flew in Namibia [Bitterwasser] .
One of his close friends said: ”  Today I received the very sad news of the passing of my good  friend Herbert Frehner – 1931 – 2013 – Herb was a very important guy in my life – he invited me to Bitterwasser the first time which had an incredible  positive effect and influence on my life – we flew together in GT  at  Bitterwasser for several years and became the best of friends – we   shared  incredible experiences in the air and on the ground – Herb was a very  tough guy and took me on my first 1000 km flight -”
May he rest in peace!

Back to the present;more news for pilots who are going to fly the 17th EGC in Poland,Ostrow!
Please read through the news on the licence validation:

For those however who do not have their medical certificates according to EASA requirements, some additional exercises are needed.

EGC 2013

As shared by the organisers.


On Mai 2 the new new TMA EHEH above the airport of Eindhoven here in Holland, will be active bringing a lot of changes , also for the glider pilots. On Thursday April 18 there will be an information evening organised by the Royal Air Force to inform everybody about the new rules, to make the change as smooth and safe as possible.[ from the newsletter KNVvL] The Dutch Nationals have been informed by the CD as well.

Yesterday the totally renovated RIJKSMUSEUM in Amsterdam [ ] has been opened for the public. It took TEN  years , instead of the planned 4.5 year and a huge amount of money, [125 million MORE than planned!!!]but according to all who have seen it already it was worth every penny. A guruh-art-journalist from the USA , mentioned that this museum belongs now to the TOP 5 in the world. So when you visit Holland, you know where to go when you like ART.

The Belgium Junior Gliding Team is known; 3 pilots in the 2013 JWGC club class and 2 in standard class. The Dutch have 6 , 3 in each class and the German team has a few very experienced pilots; 4 of the 6 have flown the JWGC before .Young Matthew Scutter represents together with the brothers Mike and Nick Maddocks, Australia.
More news on the very typically -great- Katja -site;
At this stage 85 young pilots from 22 countries, amongst them a few who have made name already in the senior WGC. Something to look ahead to between 28-07 and 10-8- 2013.  AND,…11-08-2013 will be a reserve day if necessary.
By the way, the practical info about this competition is very clear and extensive.
The Preparations for the 9th JWGC in Narromine 2015 are in progress as well and you can enter now for JOEY glide to practise in the end of this year, the first 2 Aussies have entered the list.
Also news about the juniors in my CAFE BLOG today!

Busy day today full of sport on TV, the Formula 1 in China, the Marathon from Rotterdam, the clash between the 2 soccer toppers Ajax and PSV and the one and only BIG race on the bike IN Holland , the Amstel Gold Race in the south of Holland. As the dry nice weather should arrive from the S. they should be OK.

And …….as I heard readers like the pictures I put a few on the top and below from one of my favourite soaring-photographers Kai Monkkonen. I know I have published them before but for the new readers it is nice to show them again.

IMG_9323  IMG_9322


Cheers Ritz

April 10, 2013

Great weekend of soaring; 1248 -plus-flights on Sunday only! HELP !!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:02 pm

After the coldest April-6-night  in history ,here in Holland, 11…. MINUS, SPRING  finally arrived. The cold dry Eastern wind gave great pleasure before already to glider pilots , even those who, like here in Holland or Belgium, are used to flat-land-conditions only, now the nice warm sun on Sunday, was a pleasure for everybody.

Bart konings in Pawnee

Ready to go behind the Pawnee with Bart Konings.
Picture courtesy Arjan Scheffer, who is a member from the ZES and digitalised all my old pictures and from many other friends , from the 50 -year- ZES- past for the lustre not long ago. For sure he knows to make a picture!!!!!

With 89 flights in Holland and 15 from Belgium a lot more pilots world wide added their flight to the OLC; over 1200 is a good number after a long winter here .
Junior pilot Jeroen Jennen topped the Belgium list with a good flight from 615 km. flying direction S.E.  from Keiheuvel in the LS 4.
Several FIRST flights for the season from Keiheuvel and as I have quite a lot of friends there, I was pleased to see them happy.

Kilometer -eaters have ” woken up ” as well and one of them,  Guy Bechthold flew in his brand new QUINTUS , a x-country flight from nearly 1000 km. ;935 [622 km. FAI Triangle] from Useldange in Luxembourg.
And yesterday it was Alexander Müller who flew from Lienz [Austria] the first flight for the summer season 2013 in his ASW 22 BLE;540 km. MANY more kilometers will follow for both pilots.
And more good flights from Sunday,…. 934 in Germany in an ASG 29 from Leverkussen is not bad either., as well as 720 [605 triangle]  in an LS 7 from Mannheim.
Like to mention 665 [500 Fai triangle ] from Aachen close the the Dutch border and Belgium border as well in an LS 1f !!!!
Best distance in Holland was flown by Etienne Dillen and Roland Termaat in the Nimbus 4 DT, as after some fog in the morning the weather started to “boom” and they flew 783 km [ 760 Fai triangle] from Terlet, also in the SE direction.
From the S. of Holland , Venlo, several over 500 k. flights, one  in an ASW 19 and over 600 in a Discus.
Denmark had nice conditions on Saturday and 2 pilots spending their winter in warm Corowa, flew with snowy and cold conditions this time,  from Arnborg, over 300 k. in a DG 808/15m.  and and LS 1 d.
And the first flights from Räyskälä are a fact as well, young Aku Jaakkola flew N. of   the airfield over 130 km. in the LS 8!

No FAI sanctioned comps at the moment, the end of April is close by with the KLIX comps from April 26 till May 4 and a competition in Serbia, called Zrenjanin Soaring Cup starts at the 26th as well going till May 5!
The Dutch Nationals will be flown  starting on May 8 with an official practise day and continue till may 18 [ will be there with my laptop for 3 days!] and HAHNWEIDE is from May 3 till 11.
Also starting on May 4 the Qualifying Sailplane GP in Sweden from Langtora Airfield , the Alpe Adria Cup in Austria , from Feldkirchen and the Italian Nationals from Italy in Thiene.
On may 9 there is the Danish National Competition from Arnborg.

And to finish the Aussie comps-season here a picture from the winner in club class, first time amongst  the seniors ; Adam Woolley on tow.

Adam on tow at Eastercomps

Some news from the 17th EGC in Ostrow, Poland .


Because the minimum number of competitors in the world class wasn’t reached, the registration continues until overall competitors limit is reached or until the 5th of July whichever is first. At the same time, the maximum number of pilots in the world class is increased up to 3 per NAC (change approved by IGC).
The entries will be accepted in order of delivery (up to the overall limit of 120 crews) with priority for the world class pilots. Please remember that the entries are valid only with official entry form confirmed by NAC and with entry fee payment (entries must be sent via

We also ask the Team Captains to enter any possible reserve pilots in all classes.

Talking about Poland, Ard Tielenburg a very enthusiastic young DUTCH glider pilot hopes to fly with 5 of his mates in Poland during the 8 th JWGC in Leszno; 3 in club and 3 in standard class ALL talented young men.
For this event, Ard is trying to find a glider as a Discus 2a, LS8 or ASW 28?
When you can help him, please let me know and I send him the happy news.
Ard is an Apache pilot and flies for the Royal Air Force here in Holland.

Apache by Ard

As shared by Ard on FB.

More help wanted, if you can please let them or me know!
Eskilstuna’s Flying Club are looking for a DuoDiscus T, XT eller XLT after the fire. Any tips?

Found some very nice pictures on FB. One of the Dutch glider pilots , Alexander Venema, participating in the May National Comps, practised last weekend in the beautiful LIBELLE.

Libelle Alexander Venema  Libelle Alexander

As shared by Alexander’s club; The Noord Nederlandse Aeroclub.

That’s it , will finish from now on, with the date etc. as that looks better when they link this blog to SoaringCafe.

cheers Ritz on April 10 2013

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