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March 18, 2015

Solar Impulse !Results hang gliding worlds! WSPA News!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:52 pm

Oh, has just been such great weather most of last week. A bit of rain here in the weekend, but who cares after such early lovely days, certainly when you could sit outside of the Easterly wind. After the 300 k by Bas [Schellenberg from Lemelerveld]on Tuesday,  it was on Wednesday another 166 km. Cross Country from Hoogeveen and mind you …..over flat as a pancake Holland and with a tough Easterly.[Ventus 2ct/18 m.]
On Friday , using his  LX 9070  pilot Maurits [Dortu] flew east into Germany  and back ; 237 km. in an ASG 29/18 m.
Also, in such a Ventus, a lovely flight in Germany from Burg Feuerstein; 431 km.[400 triangle]
Very nice to see that one of our former Sportavia guests Klaus [Warnke] had his first season -flight as well,  from his home-field Boberg. After Gariep Dam his first European flight again.
Many German pilots are in France [Serres , Puimoisson or St Auban] and the French mountains were good for up to 500 km. and not even with the best wave on Wednesday.And 401 km. in an LS 1 f by Benjamin is just good , I like the way he calls the south of France ” a wind museum”.He is not only good in soaring but also with words/blogs.
In the US Tony [Condon] had a lovely beginning of his season 255 km. in the St Cirrus;” Blue day, fun flight. ”
Down under,  George Lee still flies 500 km. from the field with his name  in his Nimbus 4DM,  whilst a bit more to the SE,  Alan Barnes flew 772 km [500 km. FAI triangle] from Mc Caffery Field in his LS 8 following a good convergence line.[March 14]
On March 16 another great day for him ;627 km.
“Always someone better” …….yes,…. also last week; A good wave flight from Minden [Nevada] 1.336 km. mainly between 4000 and 5000 m. AGL.
Young Bert Schmelzer is enjoying flying from Tswalo in SA in an JS 1;509 km. Flying at this resort is on invitation only this week and top-pilots as WGC champions get an invitation for it, as well as family and crew. Oscar [Goudriaan] and Michael [Sommer] are there as well

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First official flying day at Tswalu. Cloud base estimated 15000 ft with just over 500 km task set. 36 degrees @13h00.



Around the world in a solar plane; The SOLAR IMPULSE 2 left last week from Muscat (Oman), piloted by Bertrand Piccard in the direction of Ahmedabad (India).
It was a provisional world record for distance traveled in a solar plane.
Bertrand is a descendant from a very well known and famous  family. He himself, was the pilot from the first around-the-world balloon flight in 1999. His dad helped with the design of the submarine that was the first ever to hit the earth surface and his grand father piloted the first air balloon into the stratosphere in 1931!!!
More on


As shared on FB by Kiki.


One of the icons of British Gliding , Wally Kahn, died last Sunday. Here is the news from  the BGA ;
-It is with great sadness that we report the death of Wally Kahn MBE, who passed away earlier today. Wally served on the BGA Council from 1954-1990, was a member of the Royal Aero Club committee and received the Club’s Silver Medal in 1995. In 2011, he was awarded an MBE for services to gliding and, in 2014, was presented with a BGA Gold Medal.  Wally first soloed in 1946 and earned his Silver C in 1947 (number 85 on the UK register) and Diamond Badge number 50 in 1975. Having created the Lasham Trust in 1983, he was instrumental in securing the purchase of the airfield from the MoD.  More recently, along with the late Peter Redshaw, Wally was the driving force behind the creation of the Wally Kahn Library, a digital collection of UK gliding books.—



courtesy ; BGA.


The Victorian Aerobatic Championships were flown at Tocumwal Aerodrome on the 12th till the 15th of March. Every morning there was a briefing of the gliding activity and runways in use by the Toc. gliders and they operated within their box except when joining the circuit.So ALL had fun.

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Courtesy Tocumwal Residential Park.


News about our hang-gliding mates:
Sport: Hang Gliding class 1
Title: 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship
Type : World
Date:  28.02 – 13.03.2015
Location: Valle de Bravo (Mexico)

Final Results :

1st : Christian Ciech           ITA
2nd : Antoine Boisselier        FRA
3rd : Christian Voiblet         SUI

1st : Italy
2nd : France
3rd : Australia

The full results can be found at the following address :


Got this news from Frauke Elber and I share it with you.
Dear WSPA members and friends,

It is my pleasure to announce that the registration for the 2015 Annual WSPA Seminar is open.  As you know, the Seminar is going to be hosted by SoaringNV in Minden from June 15-19, 2015.  It is not necessary to describe this famous soaring site to our community, as most of you already know quite a lot about it.  WSPA is very fortunate that one of our most esteemed members, Laurie Harden, has offered to host the Seminar through her soaring business, which is located at Minden Airport.  This seminar is going to be one of the best WSPA Seminars ever!!! Please, read the announcement of the Seminar on our website for an in depth description of this site:

At the bottom of the webpage you will find the link to register online for the Seminar.  If you prefer to print and mail your registration, you can download the pdf of the form, fill it out, and mail it in.  There are two options for payments: a check or a payment via PayPal.  The registration fee includes the usual items: Seminar Materials package, T-shirt, donation to the Briegleb Scholarship Fund for a young person to attend the Seminar the following year, and the food.  This year the entire meal package, all three meals for five days, is provided and paid for through the registration.  Do-it-yourself breakfast and lunch will be provided on the field every day.  Two dinners will be also on the field in the Taildragger Café.  One evening there will be a picnic which has been organized in a lovely neighboring town of Genoa, thanks to Phyllis Wells.  On Friday night our Annual WSPA Banquet with Awards will be held at the JT’s Basque family restaurant, where the food is delicious and plentiful, and we know you will have an excellent time!

Early in the week, there will be a special night and a special announcement made that will make soaring history!  WSPA is honored that the hosts have chosen to make that announcement during our seminar week.  It is still a surprise, so stay tuned!

Lodging information will be available online in the next few days: lists of local hotels and motels and RV parks will be provided where we have already booked blocks of rooms.  If you are bringing a glider, please follow all the instruction in the registration form, as well as on on what is needed.  As a courtesy, the Douglas County Airport will waive tie-down fees for us that week.

International WSPA members who are interested in participating, please let us know of your intentions as soon as possible, and whether you have applied for a USA pilot’s license before.  Mark Montague has spoken with the local FSDO office in Reno to facilitate the issuance of USA licenses, if needed.  Mary Rust, WSPA Treasurer, has further details regarding the temporary US licensing also:

The glider and tow-plane fleet is already fantastic and still growing.  Soaring NV already has an outstanding fleet, but neighboring clubs and private owners are gathering their own gliders to add to the fun during the WSPA Seminar.  So far we have: LS4, Duo Discus, Duo Discus X, two ASK 21’s, 2-32, Discus B, Grob 103 Twin III, Grob 103 Twin II, and SGS 1-26. We are working hard to increase the list of available gliders, both dual- and single- seaters.  The list of gliders and tow-planes will be posted online shortly, along with prices.  Stay tuned!

Finally, if you know an eligible female pilot or you are one yourself, please consider applying for one of the WSPA Scholarships that are awarded during the Seminar.  All the relevant information is on the WSPA website:

Join us for some epic fun this summer!

On behalf of the entire WSPA Board,
Maja, WSPA Vice President/Seminar Coordinator


Enough for today cu next week,
Cheers Ritz

March 11, 2015

Spring is in the air! Air Force Cadets! 2016 SGP news!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:55 pm

Spring is in the air  and …..nature is about 14 days ahead of what we in fact should have here now. The weekend, with up to 18 dgr. C. , was so inviting to go outdoors ,   that we nearly all did here in Holland, eating ice-cream, walking along the beach or sitting on one of the so many terraces or in our own garden.
Also a lot of pilots went to the field, all over Europe for their first flight of the year.
Look at the airport of Malden. Frouwke shared some pictures from the activities there .Not yet cross country weather ,but to be in the air after winter is already an awesome moment for many and on Sunday it was already “thermisch”.
BUT…yesterday Dutch pilots COULD fly cross country with some Cirrus, but also working cloud streets; 306 km. in a DG 800/18 m. from Lemelerveld in the East of Holland. It really has started now!

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It will be a very interesting , active and busy season for the juniors with the JWGC end of this year in Naromine and maybe the future looks even brighter for young Australian pilots with the high quality gliders they nowadays use .
I told you in the past about the programs in Australia for Air Force Cadets and now they received most of their new self-launching gliders.

zzzzCadetsAs shared on FB by the Royal Australian Air Force, here at the AVALON air show.

“The new gliders are a great initiative which will help expose Air Force cadets to aviation training and flying skills.”
“The Air Force Cadets will receive 22 new gliders to be used throughout Australia, including 11 ASK-21 Mi self-launching gliders and 11 DG 1001 Club soaring gliders.”
” The Australian Air Force Cadets is a youth development program, supported by Air Force. There is a strong emphasis on gliding and aeronautical skills. I am delighted that Air Force can provide these new gliders to support AAFC flying activities,” AIRMSHL Brown said.
“Over 66 gliding scholarships are awarded to our young cadets throughout Australia each year.” 

Currently seven of the ASK-21 Mi self-launching gliders have been delivered to cadet units in Stonefield, South Australia, Bathurst, NSW, and Warwick in Queensland, with four more to be delivered in mid-2015 to units in to Point Cook in Victoria and Charters Towers in Queensland.
Eight DG 1001 Club gliders are also already being flown by cadet units in Bathurst, Warwick, Narrogin in Western Australia and Stonefield SA.


New Zealand topped several days the OLC  and the flight from Hans Peter Ueblacker from 743 km. in the 18 m. Discus 2 from Omarama, was a good one.
Pilots in Lake Keepit were very busy with their Lake Keepit Regatta flying every day.Even “rippers of a day” with wave, but also days with only 3 finishers!!!
28 Pilots started on the 28th in a mixed class with several 2 and 3 hour AAT’s. A combination of ARCUS and PW 5 and all in between.
With a total of 7 days the winner was Jacques Graells flying an LS 6, followed by the ARCUS [Harry Medlicott] and DUO DISCUS [Morgan Sandercock]. Jacques got in the ” right groove” , winning the last 3 days !! Good on him!

France topped the OLC list last Sunday, with a great wave-flight by topper Robert Prat in the ARCUS: 1.102,42 km. with a speed of 126 km./h. from St. Gaudens.

Yesterday the Seminole Lake- friends in the US had a good day of soaring, their season started as well with 500 km. by former CD of the Uvalde 2012 WGC Ken Sorenson in his Ventus 2ax /15 m.
And in Australia they fly with quite a lot pilots , club members as well as guests, from Mount Beauty the MOUNTAIN FLYING WEEK!

Also Norway [Freya] is active and had some great wave. Arne Martin mentioned :
”  I had my first thermal of the year, and it was a nice 800 m climb, averaging more then 3 m/s during the best part!”


Still a lot of snow on the mountains.
Courtesy Arne Martin Guettler.

As said it’s all happening!


I remember one year in Rieti 2 busy days, when SAR tried to find an Austrian pilot.Days I prefer to forget!
Last week it happened in France {Saint Auban }, but with a more happy end, they found the pilot alive ; As it is important to fly with FLARM here is the news I found on the OLC;
 We are pleased that the pilot of ASW27 F-CLCC who took off in St Auban on March 3 and was missing in the evening was found alive after helicopters could not fly due to bad weather during the night. And we are a little bit proud that – once again – FLARM was the source for the position where nearby, the aircraft was found. Read about the process at, don’t forget to register your unit at, and always allow tracking even despite privacy concerns.” 


AND,….I copied and pasted as well for you the latest on the
so you are all up to date!

7th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series announced

At the annual meeting of the International Gliding Commission in Lausanne the venues for the 7th series of the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix were announced. The 7th series will start in Chile in January 2016 with nine qualifying events and culminating with the world final in South Africa in October 2016.

There will be a qualifying SGP event in USA for the first time in the SGP, this will take place at Ionia in Michigan and we look forward to welcoming the US pilots into the competition series.

There are many new developments in the SGP organisation which we hope will engage a wider audience in these exciting competitions.

News of the events the pilots and the options to follow the racing will be regularly issued via the Sailplane Grand Prix event portal

FAI sailplane Grand Prix 7th series event calendar

Country Dates Venue Class
Chile 23 to 30 January2016 Vitacura 15m
Spain 17 to 24 April 2016 Cerdanya 15m
Russia 01 to 08 May 2016 Usman Mono
Italy 14 to 21 May 2016 Varese 18m
France 04 to 11 June 2016 Rennes 15m
Austria 18 to 25 June 2016 Niederöblarn 15/18?
UK 02 to 09 July 2016 Bicester 18m
USA 24 to 31 July 2016 Ionia 15m
Germany 13 to 20 August 2016 Musbach 18m
8th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix World Final
South Africa 5 to 12 November 2016 Potchefstroom 18m


Last but not least, the Gliding International, issue March/April 2015, with a fabulous picture on the cover and an ” AAAH-moment” looking at the picture of the center spread with  1000 km.clouds in Tocumwal.
Not only great pictures also great stories as :
—tracking developments  …..a ” world” radar for sailplanes by Aldo
—the Mysteries of the AKAFLIEGS  [designing, building and flying new gliders]  by Elke
—David [Jansen] looks back on his longest flight
—a glider [Antares] used / tested as observant of crime [ transferring live images via microwave data link] .
—ADS-B a broadcast surveillance system with air to ground and air to air applications, a story  by Myles.
—and much more news as the first ever Pan American Gliding Championships. Glider pilots from North and South America gather at Sarah’s airfield at Chilhowee between April 6-17 in a handicapped 15 m. class . 
Also about  the first 13.5 m. championships, flown from Ponciunai starting at August 1-August 15 2015.:


March 8 it was :

To finish this great colorful picture from an all female crew with the message :
On this International Women Day….Air India operates it’s first ever long haul All women crew flight B787…Delhi to Melbourne.

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As shared by Nevedita Bhassin -Institute for women of aviation worldwide.

Cu you next week
Cheers Ritz

March 4, 2015

Soaring/medals and more! 36.000 hours of gliding for Ingo! The ” IT desk ” in your glider/office !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:48 pm

AND THEN,…..they call from Lausanne!!! Our Dutch delegate Frouwke!!! I was amazed and said “you are in Lausanne or not” ?
” Yes I am”  she said ,” and I have good news”.
Here you are , have to share it with you as well: I ” won” ,  the prestigious Pelagia Majewska Medal , a medal specially for women who have done ” something”  in/for our soaring world.
I was and still am STUNNED, even lost the plot for a few moments deciding to continue with my ironing!!!!!!!!!! BUT,…..What an honor.The first woman in Holland to receive this prestigious award. AND ,….totally unexpected!!!!
What a huge honor for Holland to even win the Otto Lilienthal Medal as well; Loek Boermans , SO deserved. More a bit further in this blog.

Pelagia Majewska Medal

Thanks for the many reactions!!!!! Phone calls, SMS, MAILS and FB messages!!!! Unbelievable!I am still sitting on my pink cloud.
One of the delegates mentioned:
 In the discussion before the vote, the Delegates realized that nearly all of us know you personally.  You are an international person of distinction, and we are fortunate to have a way to recognize you for your many contributions to our sport.

I noticed that a lot of people did not know about the Polish top pilot behind the name of this award . She was a true champion.
” This Medal was created by the FAI in 1989, following a proposal by the Aero Club of Poland, in memory of Madame Pelagia Majewska, eminent Polish glider pilot awarded the Lilienthal Medal for 1960, and holder of 17 world gliding records, who lost her life in an air accident in 1988. The Medal is offered to the FAI by the Aero Club of Poland.
It may be awarded annually, on recommendation by the FAI Gliding Commission, to a female glider pilot to reward: a particularly remarkable performance in gliding during the past year, or eminent services to gliding over a long period of time.” 
The last part of course fits me …they thought.Very proud to have brought her name on the map again!!!!


The meteorological spring started on March 1 and straight away last Saturday the soaring-season started for a few clubs in Holland [ some start next week, all of course weather-permitting] and [most] private gliders AND club gliders are ready for this new upcoming season.A few  are still on their way back home, from their overseas season .
Last weekend was rather nice with some local showers , a fresh tough wind,8 dgr. C.  but also CLOUDS and STREETS !!!!!Not usable now,  but it gives a great feeling that the season is about to begin.

On the last day of February Tom Gilbert from Temora topped the OLC with a 493 km. flight in his DG 400/17m.
That same day I heard that he and his wife Jane are visiting Holland in May and drop in to see me. Great!
On the other hand the speed skating season more or less finished with the World Champion-sprint titles in Astana last weekend and the All round World championships at Calgary next weekend
AND …the new European cycle season started in Belgium in Gent.



Quite a difference , those club gliders from the past and now. I know Ingo loves as less instruments as possible, only the ones he needs, but in out fast-world instruments are part of top soaring.
Look at this: the ASK 23 ‘s from the Amsterdam Club for Soaring the ACVZ have or will have all an LX 9050. Before the start of the season the cross country pilots got a workshop to get to know and how to deal with this LX 9050. A real good way to fly safe  and accurate as one of the pilots mentioned AND if necessary you can avoid mistakes as accidentally entering TMA’s now, by an early call  .
Here is the message from the GLIDER PILOT SHOP from Dutch glider pilots Maurits Dortu and former European champion Rene de Dreu;
The first of two LX 9050’s has been installed in an ASK23 of the Amsterdam Gliding Club. Flying season (finally) starts this saturday. With this ASK-23 the beginning (cross-country) pilots can start the new OLC-season well-equipped! But before that, on Friday, a workshop on flying with the LX9050 by Glider Pilot Shop. Good luck and have fun! ”
 A very active business : “ Over the past weeks the Glider Pilot Shop team was present at several events. Last weekend we gave a presentation about Next Generation Soaring Computers and a hands-on workshop at TABOE (an initiative to train glider pilots further in XC flying after obtaining their license). Two weeks ago LXNAV joined us to give a small presentation at the Dutch gliding IT day and to exchange thoughts with IT minded people in the gliding community.” 

These pictures are shared by Sikko ;

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Very spiffy!!!


Talking about instruments and Instrument panels, here is the latest from DG:
LX9000 Instrument Panel for DG-1000T/M available now

We have developed a new instrument panel which allows installation of large glide computers such as the LX9000 in our powered DG-1000 versions. A retrofit is possible. Please be aware, that the new front panel requires a new cover. The rear instrument panel cover does not require any modification.

You can order your new panel and cover via:

Here are 2 pictures as shared by DG Flugzeugbau.


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Tocumwal is already fueled up and ready  for the Australian Aerobatic Club Victorian Aerobatic Championships March 13 – 15. Just to let you know.
And the weather looks promising as you can see on the picture shared by the Tocumwal Residential Airpark.

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And talking about Tocumwal, Ingo, just passed the 36.000 hours-gliding-mark!!!! THAT is something!!!! The Southern Riverina Gliding Club, thought it would be a nice surprise “ if we honored him with a presentation at a BBQ in the hangar after flying ” and that happened last Saturday. Ingo is at the moment the CFI and the president of the club, busy, busy!!!
And as Judy [Renner] mentioned;” We would also like to farewell some of our members who have been such a wonderful support to the club over the past months but now have to head back to their homelands overseas.”
People like Joergen ,[ who p.e. polished the club-ASTIR and Ingo did the check flight last Friday] , and Birgitte and Dieter ” Dundee” , [always helping out at the field] , as well as the Chinese guests and George.


Copyright Anton Wildberger and shared by the SRGC.


Dieter ” Dundee” Albrecht on his way home today, afte nearly 6 months.
Courtesy Southern Riverina Gliding Club.


Last weekend the IGC meeting was in Lausanne, as you know by now. Some more news !!!
A special one ,…as after 37 years of being involved in the OSTIV and many years as president, Loek Boermans said ”  thank you and goodbye” . I knew already in Leszno,as he told me then,  but I was not allowed to tell you, so now I can. Here is a picture from Loek, as shared by our Dutch IGC delegate  Frouwke.


Loek; winner of the Otto Lilienthal Medal!!!
Congratulations and THANK you for all those years!!!!

President of the IGC Herbie Moser, mentioned in his report to the 2015 IGC plenary-delegates, from January 2015;
”  I am proud to work with the incredibly capable and devoted volunteers that makeup the International Gliding Commission. These generous people work on behalf of glider pilots worldwide that strive to set records or aspire to fly in International Competitions. I wish everyone safe and enjoyable soaring in 2015!”

Can only agree on that!

Here is the latest on the IGC meeting, that is,…. what I think is important for all of us to know. Got all the news as ALWAYS from Rick [Sheppe] THANKS RICK!!!!!

UNOFFICIAL Summary of Decisions of the 2015 IGC Plenary

2 March 2015


The IGC Plenary meeting took place in Lausanne (CH) on 27 – 28 February 2015.  There were 33 countries represented.  As usual, it was an opportunity to renew international friendships as well as to do the business of the Commission.  The social highlight was an elegant dinner on Friday night, generously provided by a retiring member, whose identity was kept secret until the dinner itself.


IGC has begun its third formal study of the structure of World and Continental Gliding Championships.  A group has been formed that will make recommendations for the number and frequency of Championships, and the number of Classes supported.  Earliest change to the championships calendar would be in 2020, and the earliest that new class definitions would take effect would be 2021.


At the request of FAI, the sport of Gliding will be represented at the next World Air Games in Dubai (UAE), in December 2015.  This will be particularly challenging for IGC because there are no soaring conditions expected, and the competition area is restricted to a 5 km box!


Loek Boermanns presented his final report as President of OSTIV, the only scientific organization within FAI.  At a special meeting of OSTIV members, Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Radespiel was elected as new President of OSTIV.

Badge and Record Rules

The following changes were made to the main section of Sporting Code Section 3:

  • Only the Start Line will be used (no more OZ starts).
  • Barographs will no longer be used at all.
  • The 10 km Turn Point separation rule has been deleted.
  • A Silver Distance claim will require a fix at least 50 km from home.
  • The World Class record category is replaced by the 13.5 Meter Class record category.
Competition Rules

These changes were made to Sporting Code Section 3, Annex A:

  • The Finish must stay open until sunset.
  • Club Class handicaps will be adjusted for very lightweight pilots.
  • For scoring, the optimum (not necessarily last) Start will be used.
  • The distinction between primary and backup Flight Recorder is deleted.


And these proposals will return for voting next year:

  • Increased maximum takeoff mass in the 20 Meter Multiseat Class
  • Devaluation of “distance” days
  • Changes to Team Cup calculation
  • Legibility of Contest ID on gliders
Future Competitions

The 2018 World Gliding Championships were awarded to Czech Republic [Pribram] in the Open, 18 Meter and 20 Meter Multiseat Classes; and to Poland [ Ostrow] in the 15 Meter, Standard, and Club Classes.  There was no discussion of whether this re-grouping of classes will be temporary or permanent.


Lilienthal Gliding Medal:    Loek Boermanns (NED)

Pirat Gehriger Diploma:       Antonio Martinez-Moneo Rico (ESP)

Pelagia Majewska Medal:    Ritz de Luy (NED)


President:                    Eric Mozer

First Vice-President:   Brian Spreckley

Vice-Presidents:          Terry Cubley, Christof Geissler, Rene Vidal, Marina Vigorito, Alexander Georgas

Secretary of Honour:  Peter Eriksen

Congratulations of course as well to Antonio from Spain for his AWARD.


Just to let you know as I just got the message ; the 41 st. International Gliding Competition in Bailleau is from August 4 till 14 2015. You can find the news on 


That’s it for now.
Cu next Wednesday
Cheers Ritz,…. still looking around from my pink cloud!!!!

February 25, 2015

Spring is around the corner !Aussie juniors seem to be ready for “their” JWGC.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:41 pm

Z Tulips in Holland keukenhof.

Not yet open de KEUKENHOF, but it does n’t take that long anymore.

With a few very sunny, though  fresh days and little tops of plants popping up, it feels like spring is around the corner, even with wet snow and hail.
Last Sunday the first cross-country flights from German airfields and not long and they start here as well.
From Bad Neuenahr Ahr, direction NW Aachen, which is close to the Dutch border , a flight in an HPH 304 “SHARK’ from 317 km. and from Grosses Moor in an LS 8/18 m.  351 km. That’s SO early serious flying!!!

And France is active as well. From Bruno a flight on February 22 with up to 2.5 m. lift , up to 1200 m.
With only 8 flights on the OLC , the day before yesterday,and 7 yesterday [1 from Benalla; 460 km.]  it’s really an ” in- between-period” now.


As shared by the Association Aeronautique du Val  d’Essonne.


After the many great , long,  fast, distance flights during the season, in Namibia and South Africa, dominating the OLC …..a few less but also long and exciting and fast in Australia, the Aussies and there guests continue the season a bit longer and are dominating now;700 km. from Stonefield in the Nimbus 4DM on Thursday February 19.
Kilometer-eater Terry Bellair flew last Saturday 856 km. [645 FAI triangle]  in his DG 400/17 m. from his home field Raywood and from Ararat, 792 was flown in a Discus by Gary Stevenson.[734 FAI triangle]
Tocumwal had 662 in the ASH 26 by Terry Ryan [ 557 FAI triangle] and Benalla ‘s Tobias Geiger in his LS 4 602 km. [440 FAI triangle] All these pilots you can qualify as kilometer-eaters, they LOVE their distances.
Most flying in Victoria and the SW part of NSW due to storms else where.
So Sunday’s best flights were from these areas;Pipers Field 622 in Ventus 2 c/18m., Tocumwal 572 in ASH 26 e, Temora 500 in LS 8 and 563 from Ararat in a Discus 2.
Australia was  confronted last week,  with 2 cyclones one in the top end and the [N]E, causing quite some damage.



After 5 days the SQUAD week in Narromine had close scores.Looking at club class the difference between number 1 Bryan Hayhow [Discus] and number 2 Lisa Trotter [ASW 20] was 6 points. Mind you there were 2 over 400 km. days , the rest over 300, till then!
And in Standard Class between Peter Trotter [LS 8] and John Buchanan [ASG 29/15 m.] 3 points with over 500 km. days.

With only 2 days to go an interesting event,”  between”  the ” seniors and juniors”!
During this squad week the juniors get some extra training on high level, it’s practice in many ways [ avoiding all kind of penalties, making speed against toppers and flying in time with an AAT] .
The AUSSIE team for Narromine 2015 exists out of  Matthew Scutter , Ailsa McMillan,  Dylan Lampard in Std.Class.
Club class pilots; Joe O’Donnell ,James Nugent and Eric Stauss.

I ” know ”  3 members of the Aussie junior team in these classes; Matthew and Ailsa in Standard class  and Eric in club class.
James Nugent was doing a great job, whole week. He won 3 from 6 days , so a promise for the JWGC. From Mandy I heard he is only 16 years old!!!!!!What a talent.
He won day 6 , a 4 hour AAT in club class, in his LS 3 with 479.7 km. in time 4.10 , [speed 115 km./h.] taking away the 1000 points, whilst “senior” Bryan lost nearly 200 points.
Day 7 was won by Eric Stauss,  so the young ones also had their win  and Joe was always in the daily top 4 however on day 7 on 5.
That day a 3.30 AAT was set and Eric flew 371 km. in time 3.30 at the dot!!!! Good on him!!!
The final scores show a junior on top, James with 6683 points and Lisa on 2 with 6638 points.

Day 6 was a 4 hour AAT in standard class. Tom [Claffey] won with 560 km. in time 3.56, so a speed of 140 km./h.!!!Day 7 was won by Butch; 471 km. in time 3.20.11.
The “fight”  between the seniors and juniors was tougher in this class. Butch won 3 days, Peter Trotter 2 x, Pete Temple 1 and Tom Claffey 1.
Butch won with 6862 points, Peter had 6833 and Tom 7588, but Tom did not fly the last day.
Matthew ,[DISCUS 2a-4920] Dylan [3780 LS 8-] and Ailsa [LS 8-4506] trained hard, but after 7 days ended on the bottom side of the overall scores. No worries, it’s ALL about the training.

Latest news and GREAT news for the Aussie  juniors, indeed it’s a lot of things  helping to create a champion;
A big thank you to Shinzo who has offered his office, briefing room and hangar to the Australian Junior Team for the Junior World Gliding Championships in December this year. THANK YOU SHINZO!!!”
By the way last Monday Shinzo flew 784 km.[600 FIA triangle] in his Nimbus 4DM.

I know Corowa helps out with their containers for our Dutch juniors and in another hangar at Narromine, from a Dutch couple  William Stalenburg and Evelien Nijland, running a gliding school there during the season, they can place/park their gliders.NOT bad, not bad at all.It ALL helps, also the factor LUCK!!!!!!
Our Dutch juniors are and think positive too, though it is far away ” that place Narromine” . But I know they are going to love it.
They shared this picture from the GLIDING BIBLE and I share it with you.


It’s going to be a great event!  I heard and read of so many potential champions. Try to be there for the last week!


Looking ahead at Europe’s soaring; Calcinate [Italy] organizes a HIGH PERFORMANCE STAGE. It’s a bit later than usual, but that gives them a  chance to ” devote special attention  to long flights and distance and speed records.”
The organizer is Alberto Sironi and he co-operates with Giorgio Ballarati . The week is from March 24 til 29!
Lot’s of skilled coaches, a lot of them members of the Italian team, will take one or 2 participants by the hand.

—–Pilots participants should have a good experience of mountain flying, full control and effectiveness of the techniques of centering and climbing in thermals (even along the ridge), good mental and physical form and a keen interest in the objectives of the SAP”

—-The fee for the days of flying and towing are free for junior national team pilots, that will then pay only the registration fee of € 120.00.—-

All info at ;


A picture from another year with Alberto in the middle.
Courtesy ACAO site.


One of the first big comps is always the Easter competition at Nitra, [Slovakia] where they fly for the Pribina Cup from April 3 till 11. At this stage they have already 100 pilots who have registered  in 4 classes and they come from 15 different countries. A total at this stage from 33 from Germany and 18 from Poland.
Interesting as well; ” In case of more than 10 entries of FAI 13,5m class gliders, a separate class could be created for them in order to promote this class and allow to pilots to test their performance and equipment before the 1st FAI World Gliding Championship 2015 in this class. ”

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As shared on FB by the organizers!

 And to finish this blog a nice picture shared by DG.
DG-1000T and DG-808C Competition formation flight.

Cheers Ritz

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February 18, 2015

Europe slowly awakes!Looking back; 5 Aussie destinations in OLC-World-wide-top 11.

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Did you have a happy and pleasant VALENTINES day?
I had the flu, did not do TOO much,…. but feel slowly better again.

The season is about over and it’s waiting now for gliders to come back and for the spring season to begin here in Europe!
Last Thursday only 24 flights were added to the the OLC list.
On Friday the 13th , not everybody hided….30 pilots took the opportunity to fly.

Last Sunday we had early SPRING weather; blue skies, 10 dgr C. and and a full sun. I guess everybody here went out walking , biking or visiting the beaches for a long good walk with the doggies.
SPRING is on it’s way!!!!!

Looking at the stats of world wide airfields on the OLC from Australian destinations on February 15 ,4 ended in the top 10.
Mind you most places fly till Easter and the East Coast can fly through winter as well, so some more flights will be added ;
Benalla on spot 6 with 69 guests , 563 flights and a total of  208.000.08.
Benalla will be busy over the next 2 seasons with the pre worlds and worlds.

Benalla night 002

Corowa on 8 with 29 guests mostly staying for the full 3 months so they do not have to fly every day, but still made 339 flights and a total of  192.707,08 km. WHEN they fly, they really fly big distances!
They added to their list; 80 briefings and 114 tows AND 2097 hours.
Their containers are on the way home now !

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Leaving with such nice soaring-weather is not always easy.
Picture from their site at ;

Narromine on 9; Their squad week started last Sunday so they will add a few more flights. With 83 guests and 446 flights they flew a total of 171.990, 89 km. The SQUAD week delivered yesterday a nice distance by Matthew Scutter in his Discus 2 a; 628 km. Other toppers as Mat [Cage] and Tom [Claffey]  participate in this week as well.
Today was according to Morgan Sandercock a ripping day with thermals up to 11 kts . He even had too much lift to get down and that when it is nearly autumn!!!! 420 [300 FAI triangle] in the Duo Discus and the day before 480 [400 FAI triangle]
Tom flew 512 k. with the next message; “ Task too short for AAT timing. 147kph, cannot change start times?
And Brian Hayhow flying the Discus 2 mentioned:
” Great day out at Narromine… 123kph task speed for a 369km task a maxed out AAT… good streeting on second leg really helped and everything just lined up beautifully… my fastest speed dry!” 
Narromine will be extra busy end of this year with the JWGC.

Narromine skies

Tocumwal on 10; 73 guests flew a total of 129.289,76 km. during 343 flights. They will be busy till Easter and had during the last few weeks several Japanese pilots. Toc was always a very popular place for Japanese pilots but also for the Chinese pilots. All willing to learn or improve their skills, in the quiet period .Again several declared FIRST  300 and 500 km. tasks were flown. A few of the happy chappies as shared by Sportaviation. CAMPAI !!!!!

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Lake Keepit on 11;with 59 guests they had  332 flights with a total of 116.824, 07

Lake Keepit finish over Lake

A great finish over the LAKE.

Looking at the stats for Australia only, these places are on 1-2-3-4-and 5 and Waikirie proud on 6.
Looking at the top 5 from the OLC Aussie CHAMPIONS till now 2 Dutch pilots Bart and Max are on top , then a German pilot Hans-Juergen and a Spanish Pepe and Mac from Japan.
The first 3 ONLY flew from Corowa, Pepe used mainly Narromine and Corowa and Mac flew from everywhere.[Narromine, Temora, Tocumwal, Waikirie and Gawler.]

Looking at the best flight in Australia according to the OLC, David Jansen is the top ONE with his 1.582 flight from Kingaroy to Benalla in his ASG 29e/18m..
Pete Temple follows with 1.121 km from Waikirie in the ASG 29/18 m. and
Mac on 3, flew 1.061 km. from Tocumwal in his LS 8.
Within this TOP 10, 3 flights from Tocumwal, 2 from Corowa , 2 from Waikirie , 1 from Kingaroy, 1 from Pipers Field and one from Benalla.

Looking at all flights in Australia; Benalla had 2 pilots with Nick Woods [55 flights] and Bob Nichols [48]  flying over 25 000 km. each.
Pepe had 1000 km. less in 39 flights.
You are up to date again.



Day 3 at Horsham week had a 3 hour AAT, but unfortunately the front arrived earlier than expected and the early starters were lucky to get away, though most of them did not arrive “home”  .
412 km. was the best distance , flown in 18m./open in an ASG 29 by Craig, his second win that week and a nice speed of 113.4 km.
Peter Busser was runner up with 332 km. [110.8 km./h.] and Morgen Sandercock, yes the one from the Perlan Project was 3d in the Duo Discus from the Hunter Valley.[255 km. in time 3.01]
In club class only the JANUS d finished ;223 km. in 2.56. All other pilots did not start [ 5] or did not come home [9]
In st. class [2.30 AAT] nobody made it back and in 15 m. one pilot tried at 3 and one at 4 but they decided to go back.

Day 4 was cancelled at the strip ,maybe as well,as you look that it was Friday the 13th!!!!…..for some a day to ” stay in bed” and what’s worse they have 2 more this year!!!!!
On Valentines-day , a much more happy day, they had the last briefing from this Horsham week and squeezed out another day 4.
As I heard the weather was not as good as hoped for that week;
” Only 4 flying days and not good conditions despite a booming forecast the week before.
It is, as you know,…as it is.
This last day with a 3 hour AAT in 18m./open and a 2 hour AAT in  club  and even 3.30 in standard class and 15 m., they can look back at another good Horsham Week.
Rolf Buelter in his LS 8 won the last day in St Class .He trained with his Geelong club 2 weeks during their summer camp in Tocumwal in December/January, so he had some hours of cross country flying under his belt.
With just under 100 km./h. he flew 345 km.
Winner in this class was John Orton, flying the SDZ 55 to a total of 3751 points, more than 800 points on the runner up.

Peter Buskens won the 18m/open class . Great to see Bernie Sizer from the Southern Riverina Gliding Club from Toc win the last day and overall he finished on spot 2 in the PIK 20 b.In 15 m. another PIK 20 b , moving up from 3 to 1 overall, won the week.

My friends Tony and Jo were there for the week as Tony [TT] had to defend his title as Victorian State Champion but he did not succeed , this time, though he tried hard.On the first days he was in the race like any other of the competitors being 3d and 6th  ,but on day 3 the winner of the day had 1000 points and Tony ” out-landed ” and had only 424 and you can’t make up that loss in one day, even being third on that last day.Mind you Tony is 78 and still very active !!!!! Compliments!


Looking at Soaring in Europe in February, you can say it’s slowly , very slowly starting in the mountain-wave- areas. The UK had some good flights in Scotland from Kinross in the beginning of February,even  one from 655 in the Antares. On February 6 , an ASW 20 flew 667 km.from Offenburg Baden in Germany.
Ocana in Spain had a glorious spring day on Friday the 13 th ,used for a 200 km. flight.


The 50thiest open military championship in Holland will be flown only in June, to be precise from June 1 till 5 and you could register from last February 1. In NO time , 24 hours, they had 50 pilots and now more than 60. SOARING IS ALIVE!!!!!


To finish;
David Ferguson who died unexpectedly , age 78. David was an excellent guy and a great pilot and glider pilot.He lived and worked in Australia [Ansett 1963/1989 based in Melbourne ] and Singapore as a captain 747.

CU next week.
cheers Ritz

February 11, 2015

Back on track after laptop-crash!Great February-soaring-conditions in Australia!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:34 pm

The ” die-hards ” must have missed my Wednesday blog on February 4 , as in years I did not miss one un- announced.
REASON; My laptop crashed!
But it is in good order now thanks to Inge and Diana!!!
Luckily I published a blog on  Sunday February 1 as well, to be up-to-date with the final scores from the QSGP in Chile over the gorgeous Andes-area and the club class nationals in Drury NZ.

So here we go again, laptop in good order, me too!

Australia has/had some fantastic February weather. Though the days are shorter and launching starts later, pilots flew great tasks and nearly every day! Look at this and when you are interested ……at the OLC for February.
NARROMINE ; had 2 x a 1000 km. flight. Gerrit flew one on February 1 [800 km. FAI triangle]  …..and a 1000 out and return on February 4 in his Quintus M.This even is a record and send to the GFA.
The claim is in open class for an Australian and Continental FREE Out and return distance 1063.12 Km. , Australian Out and Return Distance 1054.91 Km.

Also his wife Pam had a new record on the same day in her ASH 31 MI;
Australian and Continental Feminine Out and Return Distance 904.04 Km,
Australian Feminine FREE Out and Return distance 918.47 Km.

Both flew up to the NW from Narromine. Congratulations!
On Monday February 9 Gerrit flew 941 km., and his mate John “Butch” Buchanan 874 km. in an ASW 27…..the weather was still good!!!!

On the 8th Shinzo flew in the NIMBUS 4DM , also from Narromine , where he runs a soaring-center, a good 924 km. task [858 FAI triangle]

GAWLER; another 1032 km. flight for Pete Temple  with 136 km./h. in the ASG 29 on February 7.
This flight has been send to the GFA as an Australian_and Continental Oceanian Initial Record Claim Notification :out and return distance in 18m/open and free out and return distance in 18m./open.
His 3d 1000 km. flight this season, 2 from Gawler….. 1 from Waikirie.

COROWA;had several over 800 km. flights and the last 2 weeks before they are packing,  the pilots enjoyed the great weather.They start packing the last European gliders on the 19th.

TOCUMWAL with temperatures up to 40 dgr. C. in the weekend had up to 700 in an ASH 26 e and 765 in the ARCUS and 937 in an LS 8 flown by MAC on February 8.He just could not reach Toc , due to a strong incoming South Westerly.Unfortunately that spoiled the day.
Today Terry flew 626 in his ASH 26.

BENALLA up to 620 in a 15 m. Ventus BT.

WAIKIRIE had up to 860 in an ASH 31/21m. 795 km. task

STONEFIELD had 720 in a PIK 20D!!! Still all February -flights.

TEMORA with a great flight by Nathan [Johnson] in the St Cirrus ;795 km.!!! And also on the 8th in the LS 10/18 m. 905 km. by Brian Du Rieu.

WEST WYALONG added a 1000 on February 8.A very special one , flown by Ed Marel in his ASH 31/21 m.
His first 1000 km. and flight number 1000 in his logbook. That IS special!!!!

Talking about Tocumwal;When you are FAMOUS, even ” only ” in our small word you are spoiled. As you can see on the picture below where Ingo got a present with the information of his Discus with call sign XX and registration VH- XXA on it.


Special present to Ingo Renner from “Balkan Boys Band”! Handcrafted by master of gliding accessories Darko Gagula!
“Deluxe By Gagula
as shared on FB by the SRGC.



You can call Horsham WEEK the end of the Australian season. They started their week on February 7 and run it till February 13. It’s a competition ,  combined with competition-coaching. As they say:
Horsham Week is a fun, relaxed comp ideal for early XC pilots almost entirely flown over large, grain-stubble fields of the Wimmera. To encourage coaching, Victorian Soaring Association  pays the entry fees for aircraft used for coaching. So the only expenses are the tow fees (about $50) and glider hire ($48/hr, Max $198/day).
 If you’ve ever wanted to try competition soaring or improve your XC speed and confidence, you can start in the VMFG Duo Discus XT VH-ZRD this year.”
All details on ;
The CD is Ian Grant and between March 8 and 14,  he organizes also an ALPINE-coaching-week in the mountains at Mount Beauty.Great to see all these activities in Victoria, the Southern part of Australia.

33 Pilots compete in this week in 3 classes;18m/open, 15m/standard and club class.
On February 6 it was good practice weather ;679 km. in a DISCUS.A day with a cloud base at 10.000 ft.

Day 1 was cancelled, day 2 a very blue day as well.They tried hard, a 2 hour AAT was set but it did not work out well and the day was cancelled on the grid.
On Monday they had their day 1, with a small task.A 2 hour AAT for 3 classes and 2.30 for club.
In 18m./open the best distance was 185.4 km. in an ASG 29, about 35 km. more than the next pilot. 10 Pilots in this class.1000 points for Craig from Waikirie.
In 15 m. 6 pilots and the best Bruce Cowan, flew 180.8 km. in the Ventus b. and got the 1000 points.
In standard class the best pilot flew 190 km. !!!! in an SZD 55.1000 points for John Orton.
In club class, they had half an hour more and 2 PIK 20-thies were the best here.For over 200 km. those pilots got 1000 and 989 points.

On day 2 a 300 km. task was set for the 18m./open pilots and another 1000 points day , this time the winner was Peter Buskens in the JS 1. Still pretty difficult as you can see on the speed , 99.7 km./h.
In 15 m. a task of 306 km. and with 2 out-landings , the rest finished wuith 1000 points for the Mini Nimbus pilot.
In standard class the SZD 55 won again and John leads in this class with 2000 points , 500 points ahead of the runner up.
In club class a KA 6 was the best with a Twin Astir as runner up.

They had a 10 o’clock-briefing today, noticed at least one task at this stage in standard class; 2.30 AAT.

A nice mix of gliders and pilots!!!!


Europe had a nice wave flight in Scotland from the famous field of Kinross.As John [Williams ], who flew the triangle in his ANTARES mentioned in his comment:
After a 14 month wave famine in Scotland this should be a new 500 km Fai triangle UK speed record at 121 kph.Much blue, much overcast, but it did work from really down.” 

In Argentina, {Los Antiquos} Jean Marc flew a 1000 in the 15 m. DG 800 yesterday.


And to finish a link to a sport-TV -program [in Dutch] with world champion Bert Schmelzer jr. Enjoy!

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Bert jr. to the left with brother Tijl and Dad Bert sr. after being “crowned”  as the new world champion in Rayskala.

Cheers Ritz

February 1, 2015

South Africa’ season….Chile’s QSGP winners…..9 days at Drury…1000 km. from Narromine on February 1!

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Looking back at South Africa’s season; It ‘s getting pretty quiet now on the soaring-scene with Namibia and most South African destinations closed till next season. Talking about South Africa , more of my friends than other years, visited South Africa. A very enthusiastic Max shared his Nimbus 4DM with other pilots when he had to work and flew himself a lot of new Dutch overseas records, with several pilots , as Jeppe ,Herman and Edo. All 22 flights were from Douglas Backhouse in November and January. He shared this interesting picture on FB, from all his impressive flights.

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  Looking at the OLC statistics for South Africa ,we see that Gariep Dam was very busy and 4th on the list under the 3 Namibian destinations. Gariep had 62 pilots flying a total of 296.499,63 km. during 514 flights.
Douglas Backhouse had 57 pilots as guests, they flew a total of 225.915,38 during 360 flights.
Bloemfontein had 31 pilots flying 89.771,57 during 215 flights.They have lots of UK guests, but also from Holland, the USA  and France . They continued till the end of January and still had some very nice flights on January 29;860 km. in an ASG 29.
Kuruman Johan Pi had 13 guests, mainly German families as the Wiesenthals and the Kalisch’ with their friends,  but also Dutch guests. Together they flew 78.564,59 km. during 98 logged flights.
Worcester ,Potchefstroom  and Welkom had under 50.000 km. .They had great comps , Worcester that interesting QSGP, but are not really called ” big “-overseas destinations.


This last week Australia still had some great flights, their season continues a bit longer.
had on January 28 still 8000 ft. for their tasks and pilots flew up to 850 km. [800 FAI triangle] in the ARCUS M. On the 29th a 900 km. was still possible and flown in the Ventus 2 CM/18 m. Some pilots are ready to prepare the glider for the way back home in February so for them it was their last flight for the season and they all sound HAPPY.Some continue till February 19 when they are starting to pack their containers . Their estimated time of unpacking in Holland should be then April 11.
From Tocumwal Stephan flew 560 km. in his LS 4  and earlier in the week over 600 km. On the one but last day from January he even flew 641 km. A great day with clouds and Tery [Ryan] flew in his ASH 26 e a distance of 773.7 km.
February started with a 1000 km. task[ 800 FAI triangle]  by Gerrit Kurstjens in his Quintus, flying from Narromine]  Speed 133 km./h. VERY good for February , but still possible as we can see and have seen in the past . His wife Pam flew in her ASH 31/21 m.  922 km. A nice day out for my friends!!!


Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago/Chile 24-1-2015 – 31-1-2015 Club de Planeadores de Vitacura


Day 5´s task consist of 397,8 km. with the Northern point at Pelambres Mine! As shared by the organizers.

After day 4 they easily continued with day 5 [397.8 km.] and Thomas who was already 2d on day 4 was now in the right CHILE-grove  and won the day with a speed of 140 km./h.;8 points for him, as a few did not finish!!
Day 6 had another 356 km. task, but it was difficult. The toppers managed to finish , the rest did not and that showed in the points; 5 for Carlos , 3 for Juergen, 2 for Thomas and 1 for Rene. The organizers:” Today´s race was full of tricky areas, it appeared to be a simple task but the results show it otherwise. Only 4 pilots finished the race in an intricate ¨fierce battle¨ for positions today,a fierce head to head race till the end!”  On this picture shared by the organizers you see they great environment the pilots fly over and this is one of the TP ‘s on day 6 Inca Lake, deep inside the Andes and close to the Aconcagua. WOW!!!!!

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Last Saturday at 3 they started for  day 7, but also this day some pilots choose to abandon the task from 356 km. 5 Of them finished and Thomas and Rene arrived about the same time;speed 123.5 for Thomas and 123.3 for Rene, but, shows again in the points 6 and 4. All the way Thomas was a bit higher than Rene , but all the way they stayed together. Only in the end Thomas passed and won the day.As the SGP team  wrote :  ” Today´s race was full of surprises and by far was the most breathtaking race we´ve seen on all these days!” 

After 7 days and with ONLY one to go the scores overall are as follows; Carlos 38, Thomas 35 and Rene 30.Pretty exciting!!! A lot is possible! NO ROOM FOR MISTAKES!!!! Which pilots could qualify for the finals in Varese. What happened? This is how the organizers described it and they WERE there!!! What an amazing breathtaking race we had today! Sometimes Vidal leaded then Gostner took the first position, finally Wenzel passed them all from high up above (5400m) with one magical lucky thermal which helped him mark the southern turnpoint from a straight line and also the northern one after recharging a little bit of altitude in the same thermal!” You will ask what happened to Carlos? It was a 7 points day. Carlos did finish got 4 points for this race over 217.4 km. which brought his total on 42!!! Congratulations. Thomas did well got 3 points for the day, and Rene did a bit better , he got 5. Not enough to be the final runner up as Thomas [38 points] got that place and Rene [35 points ]was third. Juergen Wenzel won the day. A great pity he got during the races several penalty points , maybe he COULD HAVE EVEN WON.Now he was 4th with 32 points. As I read it was great fun over there , here in Holland it was fun too , to follow it. Next QSGP is in the Czech Republic.Looking forward to that race. After it will be Poland and then the FINAL in VARESE.


Line up at the grid.As shared by the SGP team.


The Club Class Nationals at the airport of  Drury on New Zealand’ Nord Island 20-1-2015 – 31-1-2015

With a low cloud base, as I read it was NOT supposed so be so low, the pilots were send for a 2.45 AAT on already DAY 9. For some it was difficult ; only 7 from 17 finished Best in club class again,…Steve Wallace in the Mosquito. His 5th daily win!!!! Michael [Strathern] in the ASW 20 was runner up and this was his 4th runner- up -spot,on top of that  he won 2 days as well. Both top the overall scores on the last day but with a small margin of 45 points.

The MSC Contest 2015 parallel on these comps but starting later, have 6 days now and PAT DRIESSEN [Ventus ct 17.6 m] ] won each of them; 6000 points!!! On day 5 Pat and Nigel [Mc Phee in ASW 27] were the only 2 finishers [ from 7] and with that they topped the overall scores as well. That day was a REAL struggle as I read!!!

Day 9 and day 6 were the last days as the very last one had to be scrubbed. No tactics anymore as the game was played. After 9 days it was Steve Wallace [Mosquito] who won the club class nationals and he is the new club class CHAMPION.[7405 points] Runner up with 7360 points was Michael Strathern in the ASW 20. The MSC contest had a very clear WINNER; Pat Driessen, 6 days ,6000 points what do you want more!!!


For those who live in the USA and with interest in the 13.5 gliders and comps and WGC, here is some news from the Soaring Society of America. One of the participating pilots at the first 13.5 WGC in Lithuania this year will be Sebastian Kawa: Team EY (USA), myself (Tim McAllister) and my wife Susan McAllister, are proud to announce that the GP Series of 13.5 meter span gliders from the manufacturer Peszke S.C. of Krosno, Poland, are now on offer to the North American gliding community.
As the exclusive North American sales broker, more information and requests for more details may be accessed at
The rollout of the product line is a work in progress, as is our website, but you may expect to see and be able to receive more detailed product specifications, photos and product renderings, calculated performance numbers, blog posts, as well as pricing details, including special promotion pricing for the first 15 units (any model) of the GP Series sold wordwide (11 positions still available). It is our pleasure to introduce you to the gliders that we feel offer performance minded pilots, of all means and aspirations, terrific value in today’s glider marketplace. Say Hello to the Evolution of Performance. Sincerely, Tim McAllister EY (USA) GP Gliders USA Dallas, TX”  

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GP 11 Pulse  Proto Type


And to finish 2 pictures I found interesting on FB this week. About…the weather . A MICRO BURST as shared by Gary Adams

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And thunderstorm this week over Perth as shared by my friend Vanessa who lives there [Perth Now Sunday Magazine]  more on

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Cheers Ritz

January 28, 2015

Bitterwasser….QSGP in Chile…..Club class Nationals in Drury …2 seat Nationals in Narromine.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 8:23 pm

They had absolutely fabulous weather this year in Bitterwasser and now …...the season is over. It runs from November till nearly the end of January.
Also in Kiripotib and Pokweni the gliders will be packed and send home for European soaring again.
Namibia showed itself for glider pilots from its best site [AGAIN] .
The beginning of November was not as good as last year but after,  it went on and on and on. Even January had some great 1000 km. flights.
The last flights were on January 20 with even still a 1.236.47  from Reinhard Schramme.
It’s quiet now again till next season when, due to all great soaring maybe even more pilots visit this MECCA of soaring.

Looking at the statistics of Bitterwasser on the OLC on January 27 [yesterday], it is clear that they were the best with 105 pilots,  making 804 flights and flying 618.425, 02 km. Congratulations to the Bitterwasser-team.
Kiripotib had 84 guests ,making 553 flights and 402.191,30 km. Also in Kiripotib the last flights were on January 20 and WHAT FLIGHTS!!!! 1.214 and 1.246 km. by Bernd Dolba and Janusz Centka.
Pokweni  was good for 55 pilots , making 482 flights and 375.574,43 km. They finished their season on the 19th with a 734 km. flight in a Nimbus 3DM.
Look at South Africa next week, as they still fly a bit , they still had 3 x a 1000 km. flights on the 24th and Australia continues as well with still over 800 km. flights from Corowa,[ARCUS]  over 600 in Tocumwal [ASH 26 e] and over 400 from Benalla.[LS 6 /17.5 m.]


Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago/Chile
24-1-2015 – 31-1-2015
Club de Planeadores de Vitacura


Day 2 briefing as shared by the organizers.

Day 2 was a 10 points-day . Set task; 287 km. and regatta start at 15.15. Better conditions up to 3100 m., but a lot of wind.
After day 1 with only 4 finishers , spectators at day 2, saw them finish ALL.
The 10 points , VERY welcome after the “out-landing/abortion” after 149 km. on day 1, were for Carlos Rocca Vidal and the 8 for Juergen Wenzel.
Juergen lost yesterday his first spot to some mistakes,[still got 3 points as runner up].This day he did not make ONE ; 8 points for him  and leading on Carlos with one point after 2 days.
Quite some difference in speed on that day;Carlos flew around with 118 km./h. Phil Sturley from the UK with 80 km./h.


Rocca landing after a good flight again. As shared on FB.

Day 3 even a bit better weather again and a 320.9 km. task was set for the men, though 5 from 11  [virtual]-landed.A 2d successive win for Carlos who leads now with 17 points on Alejandro Chanes, the winner from day 1, who has 13 and Juergen with 12. Only 1 point behind are Thomas and Rene.
Carlos won the day with the smallest margin on Rene;111.7 and 111.3 km./h. and that shows bigger in points;7 for 5.
Poor Phil, out-landed after 300 km. SO close, and only got zero points.


And Rene landing as well after completing the task.
As shared on FB by the QSGP organizers.

Day 4 was today.294.6 km. to fly. Rene got the 10 points today with Thomas Gostner as runner up with 8 points. Carlos was 3d with 7, all scores preliminary.


2 Seat-National-Championships at Narromine in Australia
20-1-2015 – 28-1-2015

A tough day on the 26th of January….AUSTRALIA DAY…., with a 2 hour AAT. In both classes father and son Rowe were the winners.
A philosophical message from the editor of the blogs my friend Chris Stephens on the 25th;
Under the GFA Nationals Rules one of the next three must be a rest day as five consecutive contest days have now been flown. The weather may change during that time. A compulsory rest day and a no-fly day means tomorrow could be the last contest day. With scores so close tomorrow may as well be Day 1 as these championships end on Wednesday, 28 January.” 

Day 7 was as expected scrubbed, due to thunderstorms but they needed the compulsory rest day as well.

But they squeezed out another day 7 with a 2.30 AAT , won by the I guess oldest team available there; Harry and Wendy Medlicott in their ARCUS M. Good on them!!!!!!
For Terry[Cubley]  and Brian [Rau] it was a less good day as they out-landed and the Georgesons finished, meaning they lost their 3d spot overall.
After 7 days of flying the total scores showed the next preliminary final scores;
Open 2 seat;
1. The Manders [Paul and Henry] with 5396 points in their ASH 25.
2. Pete Temple and Graham Rau in the DG 1000 S with 5308 points .
3. The  Rowes in the DUO DISCUS 5292. As you see all pretty close!

20 m. 2 seat;
1. Pete Temple and Graham  Rau in the DG 1000 S with 5408 points.
2. Mark and John Rowe in the DUO DISCUS with 5394 points
3. The Georgesons [Andrew and Danny] in the DUO DISCUS X with 5222 points.


The Club Class Nationals at the airport of  Drury on New Zealand’ Nord Island
20-1-2015 – 31-1-2015

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” No close up ridge soaring”
Was the message with this picture.It’s so good that pilots take the opportunity to make pictures when thy have time high up. Here is such a picture from an area you can’t fly low or land but interesting enough when you are high; the RAGLAN WIND FARM.
As shared by the organizers .

On the 27 th of January the club class pilots started on their day 7. Tim [Bromhead] in his LS 1f won for the 2d time this competition the daily prize.Task was a 2.30 AAT.
Same distance in the MSC contest where Pat Driessen had his 4th win over 4 days!!! 4000 points are his!!!! Tony is nearly 800 points behind.
They continue till the 31st. Unfortunately today had to be scrubbed.


For those who interested in the results from the 14th  WORLD PARA GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS in Roldanillo in Columbia, here they are;
1st : Honorin Hamard    FRA
2nd : Michael Maurer    SUI
3rd : Torsten Siegel    GER

1st: Seiko Fukuoka Naville      FRA
2nd: Keiko Hiraki               JPN
3rd: Nicole Fedele              ITA

1st: Germany
2nd: Slovenia
3rd: Spain

The full results can be found at the following address :


Ever heard of the very FAMOUS X Games???  They were last week in Aspen Colorado and I know,.. because Belle, the daughter of one of my good Aussie soaring-friends Bruce, did remarkable well there, by being 4th, just off the podium, during her first visit to these GAMES, something she dreamed of when she was young.So one of her dreams already came true.
The other one, being an Olympic Champion ; in Sotchi she showed already, that she is on the way.
Being on spot 4 as a ROOKIE at these X Games, is a great result.
As the AUSTRALIAN from January 26 mentioned;
Snowboard cross specialist Belle Brockhoff scored one of her best international results when fourth in her event.”


Have a good week.
Cheers Ritz

January 26, 2015

David’s records ratified!”Old ” ASW 17 from Dick Butler flies now in Australia.QSGP in Chile.

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Another EXTRA BLOG, enough news , as otherwise they get TOO long!

We got indeed a bit of winter. Not much but frost up to minus 5 and 0 during the day, snow at some places and freezing rain here. Hope the spring flowers who were popping up already due to the mild weather, survive after this ” hick-up”.


Good news for David Jansen . Pam Kurstjens-Hawkins , the record officer from the GFA, has done her job already. Compliments to her as not everybody handles records so quickly.
Here is the one from David Jansen, the epic flight!

GFA has ratified the following records from David Jansen’s flight on 2 January 2015.

The Free Distance Record is also a Continental Record claim in the Oceania Region and has been submitted to the FAI for ratification.

Australian National Records Open Class and 18m Class

Free Distance – D.G.Jansen – 02/01/15 – ASG29E – 1308.12 km

Australian National Records Open Class and 18m Class

Free three TP Distance – D.G.Jansen – 02/01/15 – ASG29E – 1532.61 km

Australian National Records Open Class and 18m Class

Three TP Distance – D.G.Jansen – 02/01/15 – ASG29E – 1342.90 km

Australian National Records Open Class and 18m Class

Straight Distance to Goal – D.G.Jansen – 02/01/15 – ASG29E – 1252.91 km

And to make it even better,…..the GFA has ratified the following record claimed by David Jansen from his 750 km triangle flight on 20 December 2014 as well;

Australian National Record 18m Class

750 Km triangle speed – D.G.Jansen – 20/12/14 – ASG29E – 136.63 kph

So again CONGRATULATIONS to David!!!!


In a race against the clock as they mentioned it their selves, Dutch record-chasers Max and Jeppe got his time , January 22, a VERY special one.
Did they improve their last 600 km. record with another 14 minutes,a couple of days ago,  this time they set a BIG one in the NIMBUS 4DM  with call sign UFO;
a declared 1.250 km FAI triangle .an exciting flight.
As they said ALL has to go well when you try it. Start should be as the fore-casted 10 o’ clock and on each leg they need the calculated speed.With 9.30 and for that reason a speed of 130 km./h. it would work.
They did it!!!!! 133.56 km./h.over a total of 1.270,55 km.
Though parts were slower over the first 437 km.[102 km./h.]  they managed to speed up and be back before sunset.
Yes days are getting longer here, they get shorter there!Congratulations with 2 new Dutch records and the longest flight world wide till now for the Baron Hilton Cup 2015 rules.
They topped the OLC list world wide on January 22.

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As shared by Max and Jeppe!


Pan American Gliding Championships

They very first PAGC will be held in Chilhowee in Tennessee from April 3 till 17.
” The pilots would like to thank the Members and the Board Of Directors of the Soaring Association of Canada, for providing the funds that will cover the entry fees for the contest.This is a great show of support for the team in particular and soaring competition in Canada as a whole.
4 Canadian pilots will enter the handicapped class and 1 reserve pilot is nominated and in 15 m. class 3 among them Jerzy [Szemplinski]

The local procedures have been approved and you can find them at the documents section;


News for pilots who are preparing already for the 2017 WGC in Benalla.
Tim Shirley will be the CD at this next event and here is his news:
” For information of all who may wish to attend, the next Multiclass Nationals – incorporating the pre-worlds – will be held at Benalla from Monday 4th (official practice) to Friday 15th Jan, 2016.  The event is now on the GFA Calendar. 

I will be the contest director, and other team members will be advised as planning progresses.

The event will be generally as for an Australian Multiclass Nationals and will be held in the usual 4 classes (Standard, 15M, 18M and Open).  There will be some changes to accommodate a larger number of foreign entrants, and where possible we will treat this as a dress rehearsal for the Worlds and run as closely as we can to a WGC format and approach.  Expect challenging tasks :)

A website and entry details will be published shortly, however this will give you a chance to start planning and arranging accommodation etc.  Note that Benalla is a full time operation throughout the season (November to March) and pilots wishing to prepare and practice are welcome at any time.” 


zzzzz Dick

The CONCORDIA on tow.
As shared by Gary Adams.

Some nostalgia. Once upon a time ,long, long ago CONCORDIA owner DICK BUTLER, owned and flew a 23 m. ASW 17.After having a few other owners ,this glider is bought by George Schuit a couple of years ago. Being in Tocumwal, George got it after the annual inspection , out of the hangar and with help of some mates, as the bloody thing is REALLY heavy, Ingo did the first test flight again and Bill [Harvey] got the honor of the first flight, that is, since a few years , as Georges wife Diana flew the Nationals in it at Benalla, then. Here some pictures as shared by Bruce Wilson.[Southern Riverina Gliding Club]

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One of those special famous Tocumwal -cloud-days and the ASW 17, with Ingo, Bill, Raff and more.

And talking about Tocumwal, one of the pilots Uwe, flying at Sportaviation,  was very happy .He achieved on one day his silver badge and the other his gold and diamond.
First day Silver “C” 100 km. Second day Gold distance & Diamond Goal 300 Km.” 


UWE,…A happy chappie.
Courtesy Sportaviation.


Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago/Chile
24-1-2015 – 31-1-2015

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Ready for the practice day with GT from Thomas Gostner nicely in line.

After the training day, won by Rene Vidal,  the real game started in Chile and the 11 pilots in 15 m. class , among them 2  Italian , 1 German , 1 UK, 1 Argentinian, 1 Lithuanian and 5 pilots from Chile,straight away had a DIFFICULT one.
300 km. Was set , but most pilots did not finish and aborted the task , 4 however went ON!!! The winner of the day with a speed of 93 km./h. ,which says it all, was Alejandro Chanes flying the Ventus 2CT/15 m.
In fact Juergen Wenzel won the day but penalty points cost him that first place, the other 2 determined ” heroes” were Thomas Gostner and Javier Gaude.
10 Ventus gliders in 5 configurations [2 x a Ventus 2 CT/15 m…4 x a Ventus 2 ax…2 x a Ventus b/15 m…..1 x Ventus 2….1x a Ventus cm/15 m.]  and one Mini Nimbus, so all Schempp Hirth gliders performing there.

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Carlos Rocca and Rene Vidal preparing for their flight.
Courtesy QSGP site


2 Seat-National-Championships at Narromine in Australia
20-1-2015 – 28-1-2015

11 Gliders, so 22 pilots are busy enough in Narromine to see who is the best in 2 classes one open 20-seat- lass, with in fact one open class glider and the 20 m. 2 seat class.
They started on the 20thiest for the 4th 2 Seat Nationals, with a practice day and flew straight away 5 days in a row.The Mander’s in their ASH 25 were doing a great job in open class and after 5 days they topped with a marge of 100 points the list.
The other class was more interesting to follow.
The Georgesons won day 1, a 2 hour AAT , and 2 , a set 429 km…… but then it was Terry Cubley with an Adelaide mate Brian Rau who won in the ARCUS M the 4 hour AAT, followed by an other Adelaide team Pete Temple and G Rau in the DG 1000 s.
Day 4 , a 2.30 AAT was for Pete and G.Rau and day 5 for 2 pilots from the Hunter Valley flying the Duo Discus.
2 Collegues from my daughter at Transavia are flying in this competition as well. They spent our winter in Narromine and even run their own business there at Narromine.Evelien [Nijland] and William [Stalenburg] were on spot 6  flying  the Duo Discus after 5 days.

Great to see also Mark and John Rowe [Duo Discus] in this competition as well as Harry and Wendy Medlicott.[ARCUS M]
After 5 days Pete is leading the pact before the Rowe’s.


The Rowe’s as shared on the site:



The Club Class Nationals at the airport of  Drury on New Zealand’ Nord Island
20-1-2015 – 31-1-2015

The Auckland Gliding Club organized this competition on the foot of the Drury Hills.30 Pilots were allowed due to the size of the field. They flew in 2 classes Club and open.
Day 1 was difficult with only 4 from 17 finishers, so was day 2 with 3 finishers, both days were won by Steve Wallace in the MOSQUITO.
Day 3 with good weather and a 3.30 AAT was again a prey for Steve.
Day 4 however was not for him, the LS 1f with Tim Bromhead was faster but Steve finished as runner up; task 3.30 AAT and a speed for Tim 92.6 km./h. over 375 km. Good on him. Steve flew 333 km. in 3.45.
Day 5 with again great weather and a 3.30 AAT, had 2 WINNERS both 1000 points; Michael Strathern in the ASW 20 [handicap 98] flew 366.2 time 3.49 whilst Marl Wilson in the St. Libelle flew 351.4 km. in time 3.40[handicap 89]

A combined -open class , the MSC Contest 2015, had till now 2 days and the 7 participants in this class enjoyed a 3 hour AAT yesterday won by Pat Driessen in the Ventus ct /17.6 m. [ 1 out-landing] and today a 3.15 AAT won by Pat as well. [3 out-landings]; 2000 points.
Other well known pilots in this class Tony Van Dyk , Nigel McPhee and Lindsey Stephens.


To finish this extra blog,  a “special”   outlanding as seen by Marcelo Navarro  and shared by Guilherme Purnhagen .

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 Back next Wednesday

Cheers Ritz

January 21, 2015

MILVUS ! Award ! Dutch records in Africa ! Sponsoring for UK juniors !

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So,…the year 2015 started with some great soaring and I tried to bring it more or less to you , IN your house.One QSGP [South Africa, by the way Sven Olivier flew a good 972 km. distance with a speed of  150 km./h. from Worcester on the 18th!]]  , 3 National Competitions [Australia, New Zealand …fabulous picture above with Alex Mc Caw and picture courtesy to his dad John….and Argentina] and the Andes Open in Chile,[ they run from Sunday till tomorrow a club class competition with 9 pilots flying 5 x a Mini Nimbus [handicap 107 ]and  a Pilatus B4…[handicap 88]]  .
It was just great fun to follow it.
We can look ahead at several comps in Mai one of them, the Open French Nationals in Buno for 18 m. and open class , with pilots from Holland, Belgium , Germany and Italy as well.
Nice to see that the USA [Iona County Airport in the state Michigan] waits for approval on their bid for the QSGP in 2016.That will be the first ever QSGP in the US.

Now it is a bit more quiet again, and I can focus on other soaring news or soaring related.


I have written a full story on MILVUS,in my soaringcafe blog [] a while ago and it is good to see that pilots straight away bought the functional clothes/pants and even more …love them. Here is a story from one of our Aussie mates/ users.

By the way on the 31st they are promoting their soaring clothes here in Holland at the Millen Air -LX Navigation OPEN DAY at  Teuge.

” I have flown with the BRAVO pants twice now in the week since they arrived, one flight being almost 8 hours and I can say they are very very good. They met all my expectations, are comfortable, fit perfectly, and all your good design ideas work great.

 was taking notes during the flight and the window-pockets worked very well too. perfect size, being A6.


I spent a fair amount of time thinking of what else you could add to the BRAVO to make them even better, and I could not come up with a single thing. The attention to detail is first class. Like the little zipper levers that don’t get in the way when your hand rests across them. The little tags that cannot catch in anything…Pen pockets on both sides in just the right position.

The long center main zip works brilliantly, I did test it, it’s even better than expected. Releasing ballast has never been so easy.

In the 40°C heat and high humidity, they were still comfortable. The grey color did not get hot and also did not create glare or reflections. Just right ! They breathed pretty well too. I rolled the pants up to just under my knees, in the shade of the instrument panel and they were comfortable and not tight. 

The velcro strap and clip at the foot end are excellent for keeping the grass seeds out of your socks too, when walking around before take-off. Nice to see the elastic shoe loops are removable. I probably won’t need to use these. The side pockets worked great, are the right size and in just the correct position.

I like everything about them ! 10/10 !”


Last Sunday I wrote a bit about the preparations from the Juniore teams on their way to the JWGC in Narromine. Here is the latest on the UK team.GREAT news!!!!
“We are delighted to welcome on board one of our first sponsors of the year, Lasham Gliding Society, who are sponsoring the Junior Team through the 2015 season.

This generous sponsorship will allow Matt, Mike, Sam and Tom to train together at Lasham throughout the season, alongside some of the country’s top glider pilots.

A huge thank you to Lasham – we’re looking forward to joining the club and seeing plenty more finishes like this through the season!”

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Picture from – Junior- Gliding-Site.


Lot’s of kilometer-eaters in Africa and yesterday was an excellent day in both Namibia and South Africa.
Some love record chasing as I mentioned before and Max [Leenders] flew a few again, on a day he said that everything came together; Cloud base up to  5000 m. , lift with 5 m. per sec,  speed up to 300 km./h. on legs and just in time  to avoid the thunderstorms.
” Totally insane! 03:35 op 600 km is 167.76km/h.”
So a declared 600 km together with Jeppe, who one year ran the Dutch Nationals.
Before Max flew another Dutch record over 800 km. with 144 km./h.also with Jeppe. Both are airline pilots.
Max lost track on how many he has now,….. sounds good!


Nearly 1250 for Janus Centka  in the ARCUS M from Kiripotib, and 1.214 for Bernd Dolba and Wolfgang Janowitsch [1000 FAI triangle in ARCUS M] as well as for Reinhard [Schramme …1000 FAI triangle] in EB 28, from Bitterwasser.It’s a nice long season.All with a speed betwen 145 and 1540 km./h. Still 8x a 1000 , pretty late in their season.GOOD!!!!


Last but not least.We can give a boost to Bert Schmelzer jr. to win an AWARD.
Would n’t it be great to see a glider pilot win the AWARD.Here is what it is all about!

Dear friends,

To the ones I haven’t seen or heard in the new year, I wish you first of all a very happy new year !

Due to last years success at the World Gliding Championships I recently got nominated for a sports award which is called the Säuliämtler Sports Awards.

The winner of this election is the one who gets the most votes on the website and everyone can vote until January 25th, 2015.
You can probably already guess what my question is ….: Would you please take a few minutes to vote for me? This would be greatly appreciated!

It is very easy to give your vote on this website: .
They ask you to enter an event code. This code is: Sportaward
Then just enter your email address and you can vote for me.
Your email address will not be saved, thus no spam afterwards.

If it doesn’t work (It is of course all in German) and you would still like to vote, then just let me know your email address, and I’ll vote in your name.

Thank you for your vote !
Best regards and I hope to see you soon,


CU next week
Cheers Ritz 

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