Nationals in Australia and South Africa with 17.000 ft. and 179 km./h in 15 m.!!! !

Aussie Nationals for club, sports-open and sports-15m

Part of the pilot’s and crew’s. Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures

They flew 2 days, in club when I left you and 1 in the other 2 classes. They had “poor/nasty weather”, rain and low clouds.
It needs a competition for rain, as the drought is terrible there and they had not seen rain for a while.So that was good!
October 3 was a flying day for all classes again and a good one, so here we go;
club; Task 3…350 km; On task 1 and 2 Jim Crowhurst was runner up,… on this day he was the daily winner, in his ASW 20. Speed ….131 km./h!!!
By the way 3 ASW 20’s in the top 3 this day.
Only Brett [Hunter] from NZ was out BUT, after 249 km!!! He nearly made it in his Discus; only 295 points on an 865 points-day.
open; Task 2 …405 km; All 14 who started …finished. Best for the day , Adam, who really puts a lot of effort in his flying which shows.
He was one of the last to start and won the day with a speed of 143 km./h!!! Better speed by young Ailsa in the JS 1 C/18m. ,a glider which is at her disposal this season , as I heard, also during the WWGC and the combination is good!!! She flew around with 149 km./h. !!!!
Here is Adam;” I won today & have moved up to 1st overall at the Sports Open Class Nationals, with 3 days to go. The weather was better than forcast, 143kph for the day – very pleased! Had great pace & decision making today, slowed up a little at the end to coast on home – bring on the challenge of tomorrow!Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures
And here is Bruce;
” ” Today I felt much more like I was back in the groove again. It was a pretty fast day, with speeds off the stick at close to 150kph, and some nice little cu at around 9,500 – 10,000 feet out on track. I didn’t make too many mistakes, stayed high and generally only worked good strong climbs.
It has been really interesting to feel my way back into competition mode – amazing how much of the edge you lose after a couple of years out of the scene. That being said, it is so good to see the young pilots right up there pushing hard, working at getting everything in place to put up a good performance. Shame we have only flown two days so far, but hopefully we can get the next three days in a row to finish up.
Taylor’s Gliding Page
15 m.;Task 2…405 km; A 1000 points-day in this class and those points were for Peter [Trotter] in his LS 8. Speed 130 km./h As fast as David Jansen in his ASW 20B.
The girls did well too, as Lisa and Claire were 3 and 4 and Akemi 7th, all 3 in LS 8.

Another day… Kingaroy Soaring Club

October 4; A real good day!!!All classes flying!!!
club;Task 4 ….412 km;A 1000 points-day and all those points were for Jim. He flew around with a speed of 136 km./h. Not bad for the good old ASW 20.
NZ pilot Brett was 3d with 127 km./h in his Discus.
open; Task 3….447 km; As said, Adam puts a lot of effort in his soaring. He traveled the world to find out about weather and other situations. He talks and talks AND listens and it pays off. He won again and with a great speed of 152.46 km./h.
Bruce in his ASG 29e was even faster with 156.82 km./h.
The girls did extremely well . Ailsa was 5th with 154 km./h. and Lisa [Turner] who is an instructor at Kingaroy, with 150 km./h.
15m; task 3…417 km; Trotter-day , as Peter and Lisa were the first for the day with a speed of 139.69 and 136.83 km./h
Good speed also for Claire Scutter [Matthew’s sister] ;136.57 km./h.|The 3 started and finished together.

Lisa and Claire Kingaroy Soaring Club

October 5; Another pretty good …blue…day with 3 classes up in the air.
club; task 5 ….3 hour AAT; He flies WGC’s , so travels enough and knows about all kind of different situations. This time, Brett Hunter from N.Z. traveled with a few mates to Australia . During the first day’s he had to get used to the Kingaroy circumstances, did n’t make the top 10.
On Task 3 he was the only one “out”. Now on the one but last day ,he is at the top with a daily win. Good on him!!! He flew 371 km. in time 3.02 in the Discus.
Milan Petkovic, who was “out” on day 1 , was runner up. [DG 100 G]
So with one day to go Jim still leads comfortable and the rest of the top 5 is within 100 points of each other.
open;task 4…..417 km; When you read Adam’s blog, it’s clear that with ALL his flying he feels more and more confident, that he is on the right way and flies according to his thoughts and experience.
It shows as he won the 3d day in a row!! With 136 km./h he beat his a bit older mates as Andrew, Butch and Bruce.
That it is not “an easy job” ….a child’s play….also not for Adam you can read in his report;
What a day! What a tough day, exhausting day, technical day, there were no parts to it that were easy – for me at least.
I started later than I wanted to, as I couldn’t find a climb pre-start. It was important to start quickly I feel because the CU was receeding & there was predicted to be a sharp cut off in the day. It almost caught a few people out I think.
I started from FL110 & took my first turn 90km down track, 6kts. It soon became evident that a fast centered 6kt climb was work its weight in gold.
I’m tired now, so will leave my post here & get some shut eye, but least to say, I was very surprised to win the day today!!

Adam’s new gadget as try out for one of the ladies flying the WWGC in Lake Keepit in January.
” Today’s advances, working well so far! Looks a good day here, 450 odd kilometers finishing in a hopeful 230km convergence run?! “

15 m; Task 4…417 m; David Jansen was the man of the day. Very experienced pilot at both WGC’s and Nationals. In his ASW 20b, he flew around with a speed of 127 km./h.
The ASW 27, from Michael Codling followed and then the 6 LS 8’s.

Weather on task 4 for open,…pretty BLUE!!! Taylor’s Gliding Page

October 6;LAST DAY!!!! A low blue day!!
Club; Task 6…2 hour AAT; And a new face at the podium; Ray Stewart from Kingaroy. He was just a tad better than Jim. A tad???? Bit more 108 km./h over 219 km. for 98 km./h .over 203 km.
Tough day for the young guy’s Andy and Ben. Ben was on spot 3 overall when he started the day , but both were out. Ben dropped to 5.Andy from 6 to 10.
A pity I know both are good pilots.4 Out in total and 4 did not fly . Jo, who was runner up on the last day was “out” dropping to 6.Such a pity, she just missed one climb!!!!

Lisa Turner  and Maddog Composites.
As shared by Kingaroy Soaring Club

FINAL SCORES in club class;
1. Jim Crowhurst in ASW 20 with 4.676 points.
2.Mark Dalton in ASW 20 with 4.304 p.
coming from 4.
3. Michael Keller in Mosquito with 4.284 p

Open; Task 5 ….2 hour AAT; Butch won the day with Bruce at his heels and Adam on his!
Butch flew 245 km. in time 2.09. Bruce flew 237 km. in time 2.01 and Adam 224 km. in time 1.59.
As they were at the top already overall when they started the day, the results did not change.
FINAL SCORES in sports- open class;
1. Adam Woolley in Ventus 2 A with 4528 points.
2. John “Butch” Buchanan in JS 3 /15m. with 4.418 p.
3. Bruce Taylor in ASG 29 E with 4.366 p
Bit of an off-day for the girls. Ailsa was 10th and dropped from 4 to 6. Lisa [Turner] was 12th and dropped from 7 to 10 and Kerrie was 10th for the day and moved up from 14 to 13.

15 m;task 5…2 hour AAT; Trotter-day again with Lisa upfront 229 km. in time 2.09 and Peter with 220 km. in time 2.05 as runner up.
Claire was 3d and David 4th.
FINAL SCORES in sports-15m;
1. Peter Trotter in LS 8 with 4.543 points.
2. Lisa Trotter in LS 8 with 4.498 p.
3. David Jansen in ASW 20 B with 4.230 p

Jim, Peter and Adam, the proud winners from each class.So they should!!!
as shared by Kingaroy Soaring Club

Congratulations to all.A lot of his mates were very proud on Adam. Also his club:” Well done Adam, to fly is one thing, to fly and contribute is the true Kingaroy way 👏
To see your dedication, passion and professionalism paying off is rewarding for all of us at Kingaroy
. “
I agree.
For all scores

Straight after the Comps Adam flew to Germany. Why? Beer at Octoberfest?? Buying Ventus 3? Have a look!!!
He certainly “lives his life”!!!!

BOTH !!!!!
” Win a nationals, fly to Germany, buy a Ventus, drink some beer on the house!”
As shared by Adam. Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures


South African Nationals in 3 classes;
October 4-12-2019.

They started on October 4 at Potchefstroom, straight away with a real good practice day, though I could not find any results.
A good day but with a seriously strong cross wind, so a few interesting take-offs. A number of pilots are still to arrive and will hopefully be ready in the morning.”
15 m; 416 km.…with 15 participants among them, Laurens and Oscar ,Attie and Uys and Sven.#Of them fly HC.
club; 373 km.…with 7 pilots in this class one of them John Coutts in a Libelle 201.Later he changed to JS 1 in 15 m. class.
2 seaters; 373 km….only 2 in this class a DG 500 e from with Schaap Denner and Nathalie Luebben in the ASG 32 MI.

OCTOBER 5 ; this is what they wrote;
Good morning – day 1 and after briefing, safety briefing and other essential information we are set for a good-looking flying day for the pilots. The 15m. class have a 501,2 km. task with the Club & 2-seater classes 399,6 km. task. Conditions out to the west could see up to 17 000 ft by about 14.30. Thankfully the winds are a lot lighter than yesterday. There could be some sheer wind with a convergence line to the NW and there might be a 30% chance of some local over-development. All in all it sounds like it should be a great day for the pilots.
15m; Task 1….501 km.;What-a-day!!!!! 17.000 ft. and Oscar flew around with 179 km./h. A new speed-record ????
Brother Laurens , who started at 13.01, which was 22 minutes earlier than brother Oscar, with 169 km./h.
In between the Jonker-brothers, Uys with 174.77 km./h and Attie with 174.01 km./h.
The slowest speed was 144 km./h!!!!!
According to Oscar a ” Leisurely Saturday cruise .”
Club; task 1….399 km;Phillip Jonker , yes a member of the Jonker dynasty as oldest son from Uys, flew in the ASW 19 around with 127 km./h quite a bit faster than the runner up,Jason Adriaan, with 118 km./h.
6 from 7 finished.
2-seaters; task 1 ….399 km;with 160 km./h Nathalie was fast. Great effort.
Her handicap is 116 against 104 for the DG 505. They arrived back with 126 km./h. Nearly 200 points difference, but no worries.

A great day and indeed, a great start of the new season, as from Orient a task from 767 km. was flown by Mike Barenbrug in Ventus 2CM/18m.

OCTOBER 6. A new day with another long task, what will the speed be today? BUT,……
15m…..task 2….550 k; Later changed in 3 hour AAT;
AND ….EVEN WITH A 3 HOUR AAT THEY FLY OVER 500 KM.!!!!6 pilots did!!!!
Uys flew 508 km. in time 2.55 and won the day in the 15m. JS 3!!! Speed 169.54 km./h!!!!
Oscar was runner up with 511 km. in time 2.57. Speed 170 km./h.!!!
Also Laurens,[168 km./h] Attie[169 km./h.] and John [167 km./h] flew over 500 km.
club…task 2….460 km.;Later changed in 2.30 AAT;

329 km in time 2.41 was the best result for the day by Wilhelm Mosehuus.
3 Pilots had an airspace violation.
2-seaters…task 2…460 km;Later changed in 3 hour AAT;
Natalie won again but not with huge margin.She flew 435 km. in time 301 for 1000 points and the DG 505 flew 405 km. in time 3.31.
Another fast and furious day!!!

October 7; with trickier weather , hence shorter tasks.
Interesting weather conditions today with a line lying NW/SE, as well as cold air moving in from the south, as well as dry air from the W and S. Winds are also expected to be quite strong and lift although strong will be broken, and by 16.30 p.m. no lift at all. Depending where the pilots are in relation to the NW/SE line will determine the wind strengths, which could be as much as 25 – 30 kts. They also expect higher cloud bases to the east, but the drier air to the west should push them further east. There is also a lot of subsidence which is preventing over-development. As a result, the task setter has set speed tasks A & B but with a back-up C AAT task. ” by the organizers
 Pilots were advised to be careful if needing to out-land and to make sure of the wind direction when selecting their field. Hopefully there will no outlandings. “
15 m.; Task 3 ……398 km;Later seriously changed in 140 km.Due to the distance and speed the points were worth “nothing”.;141 points for Oscar and Sven in his ASW 27. Both number 1 for the day.
Oscar won with a speed of 166 km./h.and started at 15.12 and Sven at 15.15 with 164 km./h and they arrived with the same difference of 3 minutes.
Uys as number 10 only “got” 77 points!
Club; Task 3….307 km; Task was cancelled.
2 2-seaters; 398 km
;Later changed in 140 km. Nathalie flew the short distance with 142 km. /h AND the DG 505 with 139 km./h, so Riaan Denner won the day on handicap.

Grid on day 5. As shared by South African Nationals

October 8; After some relights in club class, tasks were changed to B.
15 m; 398 km….changed in 377 km…brothers-day!!!First Uys and Attie, then Oscar and Laurens …difference in speed between Uys and Laurens….1 km./h…so they came in together. Difference in points 1000 fore Uys and 985 for Laurens with the brothers in between.Speed;121.44…121.06…120.49 and 120.47 km./h!!!!
After 4 tasks the overall scores are; Oscar 3.027 p,…Attie 2.980 p…Uys 2.947 p and Laurens 2.930.
The last couple of days they will “fight” for the best spot,..luckily they are great mates!!!!
club; 344 km….changed in 307 km
….Family-day as well, as Uys oldest son ,Phillip, …is he 16 or 17?????…at least VERY young won the day with a speed of 97.55 km./h .With a relative late start at 13.30 [others started at 13.06] he passed them all for 1000 points.
2-seaters; 398 km….changed in 377 km
….Nathalie has not a lot of concurrence , but we know she is a great pilot! She won the day with a speed of 120 km./ her ASG 32 MI. The DG 505 unfortunately was “out” after 321 km.

More about the last couple of day’s next week, as scores are close in the top and a lot can still happen.
Tasks for today: 15 m….426 km….club 348 km,…..2-seaters 348 km.
Greetings to those following the Nationals. Another clear day this morning with bright sunshine already, no cloud and little to no wind.
As one can see from the results
[from yesterday] when not rounding the control point, one loses quite a lot of points, so pilots weigh up gaining points or having to outland and preferred to land back on the airfield.
South African Nationals


Interesting news from ;
,..the shipping of the gliders from the ladies. Different than I noticed over the years in other containers,… room enough and looking good!

As shared by Pôle France Planeur

Happy team France. Pôle France Planeur

DG shared this news;
Paul Dudey
19 y., started his apprenticeship as light aircraft constructor at DG in 2018.
His parental home in Muenster is right next to a small airfield for rc-models. So he started rc-model flying at the age of five. At the age of eight, he took part in the club’s championship for the first time and won some years later in 2014.
His biggest success is the 3rd place at the indoor aerobatic world championships (F3P-A). Since 2019 Paul is one of the official team members of Multiplex, a well known rc-model manufacturer.
This year, he was able to catch lots of applause for performances with his Yak-54 with 2,8-metre span. Soon a 3,2-metre P47 Thunderbolt will join his squadron of round about 30 model aircraft.
He likes to experiment with the power train, aerodynamics or new construction materials.
However, his big passion is building the models, especially with fiber reinforced plastics. His apprenticeship at DG helps him a lot to successfully conduct his projects.
We are proud to have such a passionate and talented (rc-)pilot in
our team!

Brad Edwards, a longtime friend, who won the 1991 Uvalde WGC, owns an aviation business and shared this news;
Edwards Aviation would like to thank Drought Aid for the opportunity to donate a flight to assist with the transportation of donated items to the New England region.
It is humbling to see the generosity and kindness of so many othersARE YOU WANTING TO HELP? Maybe you could try one of the following.
Visit the drought aid Facebook page.

Make a donation at:
When travelling stop in drought affected towns, buy lunch in the pub, have a coffee at the local cafe, grab some vegies from the local green grocer, stay in the local caravan park or motel, support local small town farmers and business, every little bit helps.
Despite recent rains. Many communities are still suffering severe drought with dwindling or non existent water supply’s.
Special thanks to
 Skymed Aeromedical for coordinating the flight

GREAT JOB!!!!!! Edwards Aviation

The Netherlands;
Last Monday it was 100 years ago that KLM started their airline. It’s the oldest airline in the world. Lot’s of festivities this week for the blue birds and their employees.


And to finish a great picture from Arjan Vrieze as proof that autumn has arrived here, also at Terlet.

Arjan Vrieze

CU next Wednesday. Cheers Ritz feeling a bit better.

Autumn has arrived here!Spring down under!

Autumn now has arrived with rain,wind and lower temperatures! Started the central heating in my house last Sunday and that’s still late in the season.
Though there still will be a bit of soaring, [my granddaughter joins the autumn soaring week from the Gelderse at Terlet,] we can call the season CLOSED! And it was a long and pretty good one.

Down under it all starts now and also Africa has had some comps already.
5 Youngsters flew in Potchefstroom for the Junior Title.
They had 6 out of 7 day’s between September 22 and 28.
Austrian pilot Lukas Kirchberger flew well, though he missed a day , but also won 2 day’s was runner up on 2 and once at spot 3.
This “kid” from Mariazell, finished in his LS 1d as the best, with a score of 2.810 points.The runner up Dick Daly in St. Cirrus had 2.587 points.

“The boy’s” ,….they are REALLY Young!!!!
Soaring Society of South Africa


The OLC, finished her year 2019 on September 23 with 44 starts from different parts of the world. A lot already from Australia, as they flew the Queensland State comps.
The year 2020 started on September 24 and the highest flight that day was 650 km from Brasil.
Then of course it’s looking straight away at the stats world wide.

Busiest Club; 2 from Holland ,2 from Germany and 1 from Australia in the top 5 from 2019.
1. Koenigsdorf in Germany had 372.025,32 km. flown in 985 flights by 95 pilots.
2. The Gelderse Gliding Club in Holland with 343.521,63 km. flown in 1028 flights by 98 pilots.
3. Gliding Club of Victoria in Australia with 280.163,80 km. km. flown in 773 flights by 68 pilots.
4. Amsterdamsche Club for Soaring in Holland with 279.574,62 km. flown in 749 flights by 85 pilots.
5. Unterwoessen in Germany with 259.250,85 km. flown in 777 flights by 66 pilots.

Busiest airport; 3 in France 1 and 2 in Namibia in the top 5 from 2019;
1. Puimoisson in France with 749.316,15 km. flown during 1,780 flights by 277 pilots.
2. Bitterwasser in Namibia with 605.197,51 km. flown during 783 flights by 134 pilots.
3. Vinon in France with 435.111,44 km. flown during 1.173 flights by 184 pilots.
4. Veronica in Namibia with 385.920,36 km. flown during 508 flights 82 pilots.
5. Serres La Batie in France with 382.521,96 km. flown during 1.080 flights by 160 pilots.

Looking at all flights world wide: ONE pilot is clearly the best.
KEITH ESSEX from the USA with 90.057,89 km in 128 flights.
Runner up,…with 53.158,73 km in 85 flights; Axel Nuss from Germany.

Looking at the BEST FLIGHT world wide;
1. Morgan Sandercock from Australia flew from Chos Malal in Argentina 2.321,54 km with a speed of 219 km./h. in the Perlan Project ARCUS J.
2. Jean-Marc Perrin from France flew from Jose De San Mart in Argentina
1.717,86 km with a speed of 132,29 km./h. in the DG 808/15m.!!!
3. Klaus Ohlmann flew from Serres in France 1.856,51 km with a speed of 123,60 km./h. in the Stemme S10 / S10-VT .

1. Klaus Ohlmann with 8844.03 points.
2. Jean Marc Perrin with 8705.10 points.
3. Keith Essex with 8381,13 points.

The SPEED CHAMPION 2019 world wide;
1. Keith Essex with 1074,11 points
2. Reinhard Schramme with 993,41 points.
3. Lukas Blattmann with 979,78 points.

Congratulations to ALL.
Of course each country has his own champion as well, here are a few from Europe;
Holland; Steven Raimond with 4839,72 points.
Belgium; Tijl Schmelzer with 4984,58 points.
Germany; Bernd Goretzki with 6656,21 points.
Denmark; Mads Lykke with 3428,57 points

Australian’s champion is Mac Ichikawa with 6427,80 points.
South African champion is Philip Goralski with 7050,42 points. The first South African is on spot 13; Mike Barenbrug.
Namibian champion is Keith Essex with 7677,11 points.
ALL South American champion is Jean-Marc Perrin with 8705,10 points.
ALL North American champion; Keith with 7832,41 points.
and many more!!!


30 September 2019 – 6 October 2019

Taylor’s Gliding Page

Last Sunday the sports [open and 15 m.] and club class Nationals 2019 started in Kingaroy. The first Nationals for the new season. In December the next Nationals are in Tocumwal, where they flew today in LS 4’s nearly 300 km..
49 Competitors in 3 classes now.
And for early spring they started with good weather and nice tasks!
Day 1;
Club; 325 km....from 24 in this class 3 out-landed and the best for the day was Andy Maddocks, flying around with a speed of 102 km./h in the good old HORNET.
Open ; 404 km….16 in this class and John Buchanan ” Butch” ,won day 1 in his JS 3/15 m. with a speed of 127.84 km./h.
His young mate Adam[ Woolley] flew around with 126 km./h in the Ventus 2A. Best speed,131.63 km./h., was by Andrew Georgeson in JS 1C /18m.
15 m; 404 this class 7 participants and Lisa Trotter is practicing well for the WWGC in January in Lake Keepit. She won the day, just ahead of her husband Peter. Both fly LS 8 and their speed was 124.40 for 122.76 km./h.
2 More “girls” practicing in this class Claire Scutter and Akemi Ichikawa.

Day 2 ; Cancelled.

shared by Taylor’s Gliding Page

Day 3;
; 1.30 AAT....All 24 pilots finished. Best for the day,…Michael Keller in a Mosquito;170 km. in time 1.30 at the dot. Nearly as good with also 170 km but 1.28 as time was Jim Crowhurst in his ASW 20. He had 9 points less [400 and 391] Day 1’s winner Andy was 15th.
Practice for the WWGC for Jo and Jenny in this class.
15 m.;cancelled

As seen by Kerrie Claffey, who flies in open in the ASG 29 and is also practicing for the WWGC.

Still not the fittest person on earth, hence a not so long blog.


Operation Market Garden!

As I wrote before , we here in the south of Holland celebrate in September the end of the second world war. The North of Holland only on Mai 5.
Holland welcomed the American, British, Polish and Canadian soldiers . Here, where I live, THE day was; September 17.
Eindhoven the first big town the “allies” found after leaving Belgium ,was freed on the 18th of September. But after joy their world collapsed again, as German bombers hit the heart of town and thinking they were free, ….227 people died!!!!

Valkenswaard ;the town square with the church I married in.

It wasn’t that easy to liberate my town. It’s surrounded by forest and the road from Lommel in Belgium was narrow. The Irish Guard with Sherman tanks were the first to arrive here in the South, but were hit by German snipers hidden in the forest.
Several tanks caught fire and young men , when still possible, had to run for their lives. Help was asked and the only help they believed in were the Typhoons. They came and so they arrived, late in the evening at the market square.
As it was dark and they had to travel over another narrow road with forest to the left and right, between Valkenswaard and Eindhoven, they decided to spend the night in their car’s and tanks and some tents at the market place.

Collaborators with the Germans were showed to the people from town.
Both pictures are from the foundation 40/45 keeping documentary on the war in this region.

I visited the American cemetery last week, as because of health reasons, I couldn’t be there on the 17th. On the cemetery are 2 UK, pilots laying beside each other, just in their early 20-ties. Their Dakota was shot down by German fighters near the Belgian/Dutch border a few kilometers from here. I placed a Dutch flag at each of their graves , as they remind me at my son Dennis, who died age 18, in his small plane as well. Luckily he NEVER had to fight in a war.
A bit further is private Johnson only 18 years old, whose grave I attended already as a teenager. He got flowers.

Our former queen princess Beatrix with prince Charles after laying down their wreath.
picture ANP.

Last Saturday I was touched, when a 98 year old parachutist from the UK, jumped again in a duo-para- jump, after 75 years over the Ginkelse Heide near to the town of Ede.
About 50 veterans had traveled with their wheel- chair, stick and family members to attend the day as well as around 100.000 Dutch admirers who wanted to show their respect.
Also our former queen Beatrix was there with the future king of the UK, Charles.
They both placed wreath’s, one with poppies the other one with Dutch flowers.
All the delegations from Canada the USA and and the UK placed wreath’s. The delegate from Poland got the most applause . I wondered why. Did n’t know too much about the Polish allied contribution, till I read about their young heroes defending the Rhine at Arnhem.
They had little plastic boats and used car tubes to reach the other site of the Rhine,….. BUT most SWUM!!!!!! Unbelievable!!!!

US and UK troopers side by side. Picture from Reuters.

8 Planes ,  Hercules, Transall and one Dakota dropped over 1000 para-troopers over the heath, from the UK and USA, but also from the NATO countries. The biggest para-drop after the one from September 1944. Very impressive!!!!

Courtesy Henriette.

The goal that day was to reach Arnhem, but the bridge there after “winning” on so many other bridges ,was one too far. A drama, as now they couldn’t go East into Germany’s RUHR area to end the war quickly.
The Germans caused more trouble in Luxembourg as well, which led to the battle of the bulge. A terrible fight under awful circumstances. The allied progress was held up and the northern part of Holland was only freed on Mai 5 1945. Lot’s of people in the North of Holland died from starvation during that final “hunger” winter.

Also there celebrations.
Courtesy Caroline.

Though Market Garden was seen as a military “failure”, it’s reminded by all Dutch as a great feat eventually leading to our freedom. All American, British, Polish, Canadians and other allies, fought and died for our freedom. Most of them were JUST young!!! With a whole life in front of them. They had that courage of young men and just did what was expected from them or/and even more. HEROES!!!!

My life in Tocumwal was between 1984, [when we visited every winter ] and 2006. From 1996 we lived in Tocumwal and there I got the most exciting and “wild” stories from the war in Europe from Bill Riley. The founder of Sportavia in 1969. He flew Sunderland flying boats as a young man far from home in the UK.
I met “old George” a German guy who worked in Peenemunde in Germany at the V1 (sort of the first cruise missile) and V2 rocket’s!!!

“Our” WW2 hangar was full of history. Bob Brown, who has devoted part of his life to preserve the history of the Tocumwal aerodrome (formerly McIntyre Airfield) has told so many stories to the many many guests who visited the hangar and the airfield. I have written in the past many stories about it.
There are still more as I noticed.
A great article written by Geoff Goodall on part of the history of Tocumwal airfield.
If only few of these aircraft were still sitting in our big hangar

As shared by
Sportavia Tocumwal


A still not fit Ritz.

Another 13.5 m. WGC over! Containers on their way!


As shared by the organizers World Gliding Championship 2019

It’s a pity, ……so less gliders are flying in this class and…at a WGC; only 10!!
But those who flew now or flew this competition, in the past, love it. So I hope it will “grow” in the future. And the question of course is….will there be a future?
Last Wednesday the task was not yet set, but later it was , so we continue with the last couple of days.
September 11…2.30 AAT;
203 km. in time 2.38 was the winning combination and flown by Stefano who might well be on his way to his 2d title.
7 Out of 11 day’s now.
Vittorio flew 312 km. but needed 2.49 hour. Uli was 5th, loosing more than 200 points, which means that Stefano is number 1 overall now, with a bit more than 100 points on Uli.
Vittorio and Thomas have 31 points between each other so exciting as well .

September 12….2.30 AAT;
5 from 10 finished on this day. Uli flew 174 km. in time 2.33 ,good for a first place. Stefano was 3d , loosing 40 points on Uli. Meaning….a 66 points difference in favor of Stefano…overall. Vittorio was”out” and Thomas in ….so Thomas is 3d now, with 2 day’s to go.

Thomas is in, shared by World Gliding Championship 2019

September 13. another 2.30 AAT, later changed in 2 hour AAT.:
Whilst keeping an eye on it ,3 pilots [Vytautas , Peter and Christoph] were out after 54 , 95 and 75 km. after a start just before 3 AM.
BUT,….Stefano finished!!!! After he started at 2.51 he finished at 4.51 , so 2 hours at the dot,….with 162 km under his belt.
Uli ,who started tactically, 1 minute behind him, was in too, but had not enough points to make the change, as 5th for the day, so he remains runner up, whilst Stefano is still on spot 1!!! Good on him.
Daily winner;Vittorio….185 km. in time 2.13. Thomas was runner up…165 km. in time 2 hours at the dot!!!

Vittorio to the r. with a bag full of goodies. Cheese?

September 14; VERY LAST DAY!!!!
Here is the weather by meteo man Sarti.

as shared by the organizers.

First start was expected at 12.45!! Task C ; 2.25 AAT. a bit longer than the earlier task from 2.10 km.
It nearly looked like a regatta start as most left around 14.17.

Ready for the last [blue] day, as shared by World Gliding Championship 2019


First back at 16.36 was Polish pilot Christoph. He was 3d for the day.
Thomas won with 154 km. in time 2.21 and runner up with 152 km. in time 2.20 was Stefano. NO DOUBT; the new 13.5 CHAMPION!!!!
He won the first edition, then Sebastian the 2d and now he wins the 3d as well. Good on him.

September 14 in the evening ;PRIZE GIVING , Closing ceremony and DINNER, on the central Square of Pavullo.

With Thomas , Stefano and Vittorio, all with their arms folded.

With 10 out of 14 day’s, the CHAMPION and winners of this 3d WGC are :
1. Stefano Ghiorzo in Diana VersVS with 5.405 points.
2. Uli Schwenk in Mini Lak with 5.301 points.
3. Thomas Gostner in Diana VersVS with 5.028 points.

The only 3 in the 5000 points-range.

Great looking Prizes!!! With a proud straight-up-standing president of the jury Bob.
as shared by World Gliding Championship 2019



Interesting news;

From Finland.
Date for Rayskala Masters.

Rayskala Masters between June 6 and 15 in 2020.

Last week I got the next news;
Greetings from El Calafate!
The Airbus Perlan Mission II team has just launched another flight!
Our weather team has spotted some conditions today that may give us a chance to soar to some higher altitudes.  While the weather conditions have been challenging for wave, we are going up today to see if there are any elements of strong high altitude wave and lift that we can leverage. During the flight, we will also be collecting important engineering and weather data. 

Due to the rare weather phenomenon started last week called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming, opportunities for high level wave have diminished. So this could be one of the last high level flight attempts for Perlan 2 of this season. 

Virtual Cockpit

From Canada and France;
In the last 2 months I heard of 2 collisions from gliders and tow planes after release!!!! Not good!!! There are strict rules for both,… it just should NOT happen.
In France the pilots from the glider were OK , the tuggy badly injured.
In Canada both glider pilots died, the student was only 18.
Very sad!!!Both accidents are under investigation.

From TOCUMWAL [Australia];
Last Saturday the 14th of September, the huge Tocumwal airshow at “our former” WW2 airfield took place with great planes and lot’s of visitors.
A super day with good weather and all happy faces.

” Absolutely an awesome day at the Tocumwal Airshow, and what a line up.
The WX gods looked after us and great day was had by all.
Two examples of the only flying aircraft of their type on show and display. “
As shared by Tocumwal Soaring Centre
as shared by Tocumwal Soaring Centre

Here is a link to the line up of planes with great pictures
For the VERY BEST pictures from flying planes you can click on Mayday Photography
Just fabulous!!!!!

Lot’s of spectators arrived by plane and had first class views.

“Three and a half rows of planes, about 48 last count, all parked on the hard stand beside Sportavia ready to watch the Tocumwal Airshow. Magnificent sight.
Sportavia Tocumwal

From Holland;
At Venlo, 2 containers were packed , last weekend and they are now on their way to Melbourne with as final destination Corowa.
Of course Francesco and Grietje were there ,to co-ordinate the packing.
In it also Diana’s brand new JS 3 with the jet engine. She had only ONE day to try her glider out at Malden, last Friday ,before it was packed for the Nationals in Tocumwal and the WWGC in Lake Keepit in January.
The brand new ARCUS from William and Evelien was in too, ready for a new Narromine season.

Ready for the “down under season”
As shared by George.

From Kiripotib;
What a lovely room.

As shared by Guest Farm Kiripotib

And to finish this lovely picture shared by Bruce Wilson from his plane Lil Dot in his hangar, with in it his grand son Wil on the day of the AIRSHOW.

” Think I need a cushion  ” as shared by Bruce.

Cu next week . Still struggling from concussion. Even went to hospital to the neurologist…they indeed found a brain ….and it was undamaged.
Cheers Ritz

Not the best soaring weather anymore!13.5 m. WGC !

At the grid…ready to go… As shared by organizers.

The 3d WGC for 13.5 m. gliders in co-operation , during the first week, with the e-glider class showed all pretty small tasks for the gliders.
September 4;
13.5 m; 2 hour AAT...won by Uli in the Mini Lak, followed by Thomas in Diana VersVS ; 131 km. in time 2.02 for 145 km. in time 2.27.
5 From 10 out-landed and after 2 flying day’s Uli leads for Peter ; 955 for 925.
e-Glide;167 km…4 day’s and 4 flights in this class; best speed 80 km./h. for German pilot Markus Uhlig in HpH 304 eS , followed by Luka Znidarsic in Ventus 3 FES /18m. with 79 km./h.
After 4 days this Ventus 3 and HpH lead ,but still no scores!!!

Uli in his LAK,…no covers on now, in the evening YES.
Jaxida Cover Uli Schwenk

September 5;
13.5 m….1.40 AAT; won by Ukraine pilot Vytautas Maciulis in his MINI LAK; 160 km. in time 1.56. Alberto and Peter were runners up all in MINI LAK.
E-Glide…167 km; won by Tilo in his Discus 2C FES, followed by the Schempp-Hirth Ventus 3 with FES , both 18m, with 97 and 99 km./h.
In both classes …2 OUT.

Tilo ready to go,
As shared by the organizers.

September 6;
No task in both classes but a picture from day 5.

As shared by the organizers, on September 5

September 7;
13.5 m…208 km...NO finishers. Vittorio flew 184 km and the runners up , Thomas and Alexander flew 140 km.
E-Glide; 216 km….and YES here we noticed finishers on THEIR very last day. Except for one they all finished!!!! HpH 304 eS with young German pilot Markus did well with 77 km./h. The runner up Luka in the Ventus 3 flew around with 74 km./h.

Next week more prizes will be handed over for the 13.5 winners.champions.

E-Glide stops now ;” This evening at 7.30pm we had the prizegiving ceremony of the e-Gliding competition at the flagpoles. All the competitors were very happy and satisfied about these days in Pavullo with good weather conditions on six race days, excellent food and beautiful landscapes.
The Contest director, Aldo Cernezzi, would like to thank all the staff and all the participants. The President of the Aeroclub, Roberto Gianaroli, awarded the winners on the podium. After giving the awards pictures were taken of the podium with all the magnificent cups and the big group of all the people involved in the competition.
A very good dinner with “tagliatelle” and finger food was served to conclude the last day of e-Glide! Tomorrow the pilots will leave and return to their countries but the WGC will go on till the 14th September.

Number 1;Luka in Ventus 3FES/18m.
Number 2;Markus in HpH 304 eS
Number 3; Tilo in Discus 2 c FES 18m .

The story on Luka as shared by the WGC 2019;
From early youth Luka was passionate builder and designer of many free flying models. Soon he become the winner of his first nationals as the youngest competitor. Luka participated on many international gliding competitions, including three World gliding championships. He achieved 1000km diploma, 3000 flying hours, on more than 30 different sailplane types. He is today the WINNER of e-Glide in Pavullo flying Ventus 3 FES “LZ”. Many congratulations Luka! “

September 8;NO TASK!!!!
No compulsory briefing. No task today due meteo conditions .

September 9;
318 km....Finally a good day and 8 from 10 flew it on the first 1000 points-day. Alberto [Sironi] was one of the out-landers, unfortunately, [after 277 km.] loosing over 500 points.3 Italian pilots in the top Vittorio,Thomas and Stefano. Best speed 103 km./h.

September 10 yesterday;
2.50 AAT;

It turned out a” terrible” day for most. Not for Stefano and Uli , however, as they both finished,…all others were OUT!!!
Stefano got 700 points ,the last one, number 10 …zero as he started his engine before start; so a virtual outlanding on starting engine.OUCH.
Uli leads overall with 3.358 points and Stefano is runner up with 3.225 p.

Not yet tasks for today! More next Wednesday.

Sebastian Kawa never entered these comps in Pavullo, due to damage on his glider during the practice week. As more and more pilots fly with all types of engines here is his story to learn from; as shared by Easy Memory Item
Atterriaggio duro – Hard landing!
For the first time in his career Sebastian Kawa damaged a glider in a hard landing. An investigation of the events should help to avoid such events in the future!
“What happened was very surprising to me. For the first time in my career, I damaged a glider on a hard landing. A very unpleasant experience with the new GP14 on the steep slope of Puvallo! The terrain in the Apennines is not exactly inviting for landing in many areas. Almost every suitable, flat area is urbanized, the valleys are V-shaped and in the middle there is a narrow brook. Fields, if available, are on steep slopes. Thus, it is very difficult to find a suitable landing site.

What happened?
About 30 km from the finish line, I was still at high altitude and made the decision not to take any risks and start the engine. It was just a training day, where no points had to be collected. After the start with electric engine some hours ago, still 75% of the electric power was available. I could easily come home with that. I thought about how to use the remaining energy most effectively and turned knob to start the engine. Nothing happened!
I still had enough time. After a short look around, I saw no less than 10 possible landing fields – all in mountainous terrain, all on the steep slope! So I took off my sunglasses and tried to get the engine running. At first I thought I did not have enough energy to extend the pylon and turned off the navigation display. I rebooted the system and tried cranking again. Nothing happened

Picture from Sebastian. As shared by Easy Memory Item

My options dwindled ..
After another 15 km, only two suitable fields were in sight. Very steep, but slightly larger than the previous ones. Since the further course of the valley was not visible, I decided to land on one of the two yellow-brown fields next to a farm and a paved road. Unfortunately, it turned out in retrospect that this field was bumpy, which added to the other difficulties!
I’ve landed on similar steep hills before. On some glider sites such as Jeżów Sudecki (Grunau) or in Bieszczady there are streeps with slopes up to 11%. Even with an ASH 25 I landed (in Bieszczady) on a slope as steep as this one in Apenines. However, it was prepared landing site with smooth grass! In Italy the situation was different. The surface of the field was rough and there were trees in the approach sector. In order to land in such a field, you must be approach even with a light glider at a speed of 130 km/h in order to be able to fly uphill parallel to the ground
. Fast airplanes need even more speed! I have dumped all water already so I crossed the line of trees with exactly 130 km/h and felt a hard bump just before I expected to fly for a while uphill to loose speed. The plane jumped at a steep angle loosing speed almost in seconds.

With no speed it was not possible to change anything in the situation, I saw the treetops below me again. You wait ! The next moment I was back on the ground and sliding several meters on the fuselage after glider lost it’s undercarriage. Amazingly no more damages were seen. Later I found out that instrument panel pulled two screws from the floor and belly was cracked. Very little for such landing.
Not recommendable!
My situation was worse. The same moment I hit the ground I felt a strong backache and had big difficulty getting out of the cockpit. I lied down on the wing to ease it off few minutes, a bit of relief occurred, fortunately I was able to move and feel all my limbs. Actually, this action was not right, because in such a situation, I would advise anyone not to move that much – unless you’re sure the spine is intact.

I consider it unlucky to hit such an uneven slope what was invisible till last moment. Looking from above waves, if have same colour are indistinguishable. Fortunately, the GP14 is a light and very strong glider, so it helped to get away with only a small damage.
Most important finding: even if the engine still worked at the start, it can fail at any time. It was the case with my landing in the Apennines. After the engine cooled, it did not start again because the pylon did not touch the limit switch.

Never rely 100% on the engine! Electric or digital systems fail instantly without any prior signs of wear or malfunction so it would be better to have two sets of electronic gear. We use two loggers. Don’t we?”

Happy Landings
Sebastian Kawa

Picture shared by Easy Memory Item

Outlandings in mountainous areas / Outlandings with (turbo) engines – what is important?
After a hard landing in the Apennines Sebastian Kawa worked up his experiences and shared with us!

Decide early and have more options ready
Must land in mountainous terrain, it is usually very fast due to lack of options. Faulty starts of auxiliary engines worsen the situation dramatically. Therefore decide early, because: landing out with engine always need more height than without!

Upslope landings can be trained!
There are gliding schools that fly regularly on places with inclined landing strips. Uphill landing can be trained.

You need more speed!
A gradual reduction of the speed a few meters above the ground, which is often seen on flat airfields, does not work when approaching the steep slope. For pull up, to intercept path parallel to the ground, you have to keep your speed until last moment and flare with more energy to fly about 1m above the ground uphill. When practicing on moderate uphill strips if you have speed sufficient to hover about 0.5-1m above the ground for about 50-100m, than it is a good approach. We have very often windy conditions so more speed is required also to avoid sudden drop of speed and as a consequence falling dawn from few meters.

Use the entire length of the field.
The speed reduction when flying uphill is fast. So it is not necessary to be fixed on the lowest meters of the field because it is more dangerous to catch obstacles in the approach than roll on some at the end. In most cases there should be no problem to slow down and stop when going uphill.

Airbrakes – carefully!
Adjust altitude, the point where you want to stop. Then: set the flaps, retract the airbrakes, accelerate – to be able to pull up in front of the rising slope. Many gliders tend to sink a lot even when the airbrakes are only slightly opened. They loose speed instead of zooming up. With less flap, I would not use L -flaps for such approach as they produce more drag than lift, and a higher approach speed, this problem can be avoided ! There are planes, for example PZL 104, which can not flare enough to end parallel to any uphill slope without help of the engine.

Curved landing!
The last part of roll should be used for a 90° turn to avoid rolling back. In the worst case, you would have to remain in the cockpit squeezing wheel brake until help arrives.

Avoid obstacles!
Each approach over obstacles is more demanding than on a flat plane, as the interception angle increases further.

Green in front of brown – and not mixed!
In the mountainous areas it’s better to choose GREEN fields. Green means it’s re-cultivated at least once a year, and probably neither corn nor other tall plants will grow on it. In addition, in a re-cultivated field, the probability of encountering invisible trenches, hills and stones is reduced. Plowed fields are good too but brownish grass means it was not used for a long time and there are tall weeds.

The competition rules should allow for a short test of the engine even if you used it for take-off.

As always with turbo’s – fly as without engine!
Even if an engine was used to start, he may well refuse service on the next attempt.

It was the same with my landing in the Apennines. After the engine cooled, it did not start again because the pylon did not touch the limit switch! Never rely 100% on the engine!

Happy Landings
Sebastian Kawa

As shared by Sebastian’s dad Tomasz.


ABOYNE in Scotland.

The yearly height and CC- event in the Scottish mountains, the 22d version, was not blessed with good weather. After I left you they continued with small tasks, mostly with no finishers, but the last valid task number 3 had one.
Winner Bob Bromwich in DG 500mb with 605 TOTAL points. That say’s enough is n’t it? A pity!!!!
On one day they reached 19.280 ft.


Interesting news!

From Holland;
For ALL those who love the EUROGLIDE; here are the estimated data for this big event; June 22 till July 4 2020, with the prize giving included in this day. That’s new.

From Austria;
Preparing for gliding season in Namibia / Kiripotib 😎😎
15 gliders placed in 3 containers. Then lorry to train station Vienna, train to Hamburg, ship to Walvis Bay Namibia, and then last leg, lorry to Kiripotib Soaring lodge. End of January return trip!
Complicated logistic, hat of for 
Ludwig StarklChristian Hynek and Wolfgang Janowitsch to get this organized 👍👍⛅️⛅️

As shared by Thomas Jobs.

Also Bitterwasser sends a lot of gliders via Germany.
For almost 30 self launcher loadmaster Sascha Costabel had created space in one of the large steel boxes. On the first weekend in September they were packed with sophisticated suspension systems. Just six 18-meter single-seaters fit into a container thanks to good planning.
Via Hamburg and Antwerp the journey of the seven containers starts to Walvis Bay. The freighter is expected there at the beginning of October – in time for the new flying season in Namibia.

As shared by Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Centre

From …..Australia on September 6 2019;
“On behalf of the GFA board and staff we extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Harry Schneider who died earlier today, with many family and friends by his bedside.
The Schneider family were very influential in developing the sport of gliding in Australia over two generations. Harry was a life member of the GFA and will definitely be missed

From Japan;
Nice soaring weather last week in Japan and they used it.
Takeshi shared some pictures from the weather and the field. Most airfield in Japan are situated along a river on the other side of a dyke. I have been in the past at 3 of them, one was Itakura .

Nice weather as shared by Takeshi.
Grid behind the shared by Takeshi.

From the UK;
Dave Masson [together with Nigel Mallender] flew last Sunday from Lasham a great over 300 km. flight in an ASK 13 !!!!!!!!They flew 328 from the set 340 km and had to land in a paddock rather late, but loved every minute.Pretty good autumn weather there!!!!
You can see the flight on

The good old ASK 13!!! As shared by British Gliding Association
Also from the UK , the packing of the gliders [WH, 51 and L7,] for the WWGC;
Max who spends a lot of time in Benalla helped the girls with packing.This container travels to Sydney for the WWGC in LAKE KEEPIT.
Courtesy Claudia’s Gliding Page

That’s it for now. CU next Wednesday!
Cheers Ritz [with a light brain concussion and a dizzy head ….hit it in the kitchen on a point of a marble plate laying on an antic cupboard.!!]

13.5 m. WGC !ASK 13 and KA 6 meetings !

The summer is nearly over here in Europe, though we still will have some good day’s for soaring, but of course shorter.
Fuente still has 750 km. flights in a Duo Discus and on September 1 the beginning of the meteorological autumn, Denis Flamant flew 897 km. from La Roche in an ASH 26.
On the last day of summer the Levin brothers enjoyed a good day of soaring in their EB’s [29 R and 28] ;950/939 km.from Homberg Ohm.
In September containers are leaving again for Africa and Australia, for those who love to fly the year around.
Both parts from Africa and Australia have been suffering from immense drought. NOT GOOD!!!!!
Still some comps NOW as well.


3d FAI 13.5 m. World Gliding Champion ship
1. September 2019 – 14. September 2019
from Pavullo in Italy.

Ready to go…as shared by World Gliding Championship 2019

Parallel with this WGC, they fly the E-Glide with 7 pilots from 3 different countries in gliders as Ventus 3 FES /18m. [x 2] or Discus 2C FES/18m.,LS 8 eNEO, GP 15 SE JETA , Silent 2 Electro and HpH 304 eS.
It’s the first competition of this kind, specially created for electrically powered sailplanes.  Interesting to see how this works out.
In 13.5 m. 6 x a Mini Lak , 2x a GP 14 SE VELO and Silent 2 Electro and 2x a Diana VersVS ,one flown by the very first 13.5 m. champion Stefano Ghiorzo and one by Thomas Gostner.
11 Pilots in this class with also Peter Hartmann, Sebastian Kawa and Uli Schwenk.
The official opening was on the 31 st.
By the way, THEN, it was still 30 dgr. C here. Now we “enjoy” autumn with rain ,wind [BFT. 5] and 16 to 19 dgr. C.
During the practice on the last day Sebastian’s engine from the GP 14 did not start and he had to land hill-up and damaged his wheel.

A nap, whilst waiting, but that’s not what he wanted.
Shared by Sebastian.

Flying in the Apennines is always exciting “stuff”. And after the mandatory briefing from the President of the Jury, Bob Bickers, the chief steward Brian Spreckley and their assistants, Angel Casado and Marina Galetto, the WGC could start. But first the official opening at the town square at 4PM.
Bob opened with ;” special and grateful words to the organization and wishing to all the competitors “strong thermals in the tasking area, for the next fifteen days”

” Today at 5pm it was, unfortunately, raining heavily so that, the opening ceremony took place in the City Hall of Pavullo, only for authorities. In the main square we couldn’t do the ceremony for all people there with their umbrellas “
AND…2 potential winners together;Tilo and Peter.
as shared by World Gliding Championship 2019

First flying day ; FAI flag was hoisted at 10 in the morning.
September 1…day 1…task 1;
Only flying in the E -glide-class ,where task 1 was 131 km. flown by 6 from 7.
September 2;
The weather forecast was not “flash” .”Today’s weather forecast announced thunderstorms and lightning around. However, a task was given to both classes .”
13.5 m. task 1 ; 118 km…Day was cancelled, because 7 out of 9 could not find any thermal-activity.
E -glide ..task 2; 126 km….They flew and Tilo showed he is not only good in GP- flying ,but also in this e-glide class. He won the day with 94 km./ his “own” Schempp-Hirth glider;Discus 2C FES/18m.
German pilot Stefan Langer who flies the LS 8e NEO /15m. [ DG Flugzeugbau GmbH] was runner up.[87 km./h.]
September 3;
Day 3…task 1…in 13.5 m.191 km….changed in 1.35 AAT ; won by Peter who flew 171 km. in his Mini Lak in time 1.45. That “gave” him 504 points. Runner up was Uli , also in Mini Lak with 159 km. in time 1.41 .[476 p.]
Day 3 ..task 3 …in e-glide.157 km…. Luka Znidarsic in the Ventus 3 FES/18 m. was the best with 111 km./h.
Tilo in the Discus 2C FES /18 m. was runner up with 108 km./h.
No scores yet in this class.
September 4 today;
Day 4..tasks 2/4; no tasks yet.


59th Nationals in Romania ,
August 16 and 31, including 2 practice day’s.
Airport-to-be ;Balta Verde.

Flown in 2 classes;
Club class had 12 participants and the mixed class 13.
Mixed class;
They had 11 day’s out of 14 with pretty good soaring weather.
Several 3 hour AAT’s , but also a 425 and 456 km set task .
In this class it was all about Alex Pop and Norbert Scarlat, both flying Discus 2A. Norbert had the best speed of the comps..132 km./h. on task 6. Alex won 2 day’s Norbert 6!! But,… He did not fly on task 3.
On the last flying day August 30 , [the 31st was cancelled] Alex won the 2.30 AAT with 337 km. in time in time 2.49. Norbert lost a few points by being 7th. And, points between him and Ionut TUDOR were close, Ionut passed him overall with 27 points.
1. Alex with 10.077 points.
2. Ionut with 9.388 points.
3. Norbert with 9.361 points

In club class it was between Sorin CHISU in LS 1 d and Robert Alin SIMION, BUT Robert did not fly the first day in his IS 29 D2. He was runner up on 5 days.
Sorin won 8 day’s and had a huge lead in the end.
1. Sorin with 9.108 points.
2. Robert with 7.971 p


30 August 2019 – 1 September 2019

Several nice colored KA 6 gliders in great condition.
Courtesy George

With 16 real -pure-gliders,the KA 6 happening was flown from Malden. That gives me a great nostalgic feeling.
The Vintage Glider Club of the Netherlands was the organizer.
Distances, of course were not very long, but it’s all about the feeling and,…on day 1, 2 pilots flew the task from around 35 km. Chapeau as the weather was nice but not very high.
Also some out-landings.
Over the 3 day’s no tasks were set for the Rally ,but local flying was for sure possible.

A yellow “cheesy” one from Belgium.
Courtesy George
a nice grey one
Weather was OK, but more for local soaring.
Picture courtesy George.

and another nice one.

Vintage KA 6 ‘ gliders mix good with other newer gliders in the huge Malden hangar.
Courtesy George


1 September 2019 – 7 September 2019

23 pilots gathered in Aboyne in Scotland for the annual get-together to find out who is the best in gaining height and or distance in cross country soaring.
September 1 ;had only height as possibility as after rain the cc flying was not on. 135 km. was set but not flown.
Best height gain was ;3.307 ft.
September 2; no cc flying but height gain was possible.
September 3;…the morning message did not sound good:
We have woken to pea soup this morning.
No task.
AND, task yet for today. Yes autumn has announced it self.



The new September/October issue is on line and I looked already for you at the highlights.
—-As said we here in the South celebrated our freedom on September 18 in 1944. The rest from Holland after terrible times with NO food, on Mai 1945.
I live in freedom all my life which I find a huge privilege.
Gliding International looks back at the war as well. And,…specially on the gliding site!!!
A time with 6000 volunteer aviators flying gliders …one way…to fly deep in the “enemy zone with infantry and vital supplies”.
About 25 pages of touching stories to honor who “dared” to do this job!!!
Amazing stories.
—- BIRDY…..The self-launch capable motor glider, in the 120 kg class -carbon fibre construction with a Geiger HPD -E- Drive.
—–“AUSTRALIA is big, bigger than you could ever appreciate”… a warm welcome to new and “old” guests to fly in Australia.
—- Airbus promotes a new wing concept….
—- CAA’s grant on airspace in the UK is not in favor of Lasham but Farnborough…not good…It will start in 2020!! You can read the LASHAM statement in G.I.
—- AND,….Lot’s of news in “International news for glider pilots“.


Some interesting news;

From Germany;
PURE PLANES.Got an invitation to be “friends” of PURE PLANES. Had a look, found it very interesting and share it with you.
As shared by Pure Planes

From Kiripotib Soaring;
Rent a glider from Ludwig and Wolfgang shared the next news:
Today our new Arcus M Nr.6, had its maiden flight. After the prototype its the first one delivered from the new type and it will be allready the 8th Arcus operated in our fleet. Thanks to the crew from Schempp-Hirth, who made it possible to get the glider ready in time, to be packed in the containers for Namibia. It will be this year the first and only Arcus M new type to explore the southern sky over the Kalahari.
Wolfgang and Ludwig are looking forward to fly this beautiful glider down there, and I’m sure they will fill it up with water to 850kilos to get maximum gliding performance
And,..maybe they are still available..
Due to a cancellation, a new Ventus 3M is available to rent between 23. and 29. Dec. 2019 and 11. to 17. Jan. 2020, and an Arcus M between 15. Dec. 2019 and 17. Jan. 2020 in Kiripotib/Namibia.
If you are interested, or know somebody who is interested, let us know.
Thanks, Rent-a-Glider Team

Bitterwasser is also a place for youngsters. With the Europe-wide Bitterwasser Cup and a success at German Gliding Championships, juniors have the chance to be invited to the Gliding Center. Two winners have already been announced: Lukas Blattmann from the Charlottenburg Flying Sports Club Berlin and Mike Bauer from the Eichstätt Flying Club have won the ticket to the 1000 km camp of Wilfried Großkinsky in Zwickau as the best juniors of the German Club Class Championship (fourth and fifth overall). Simon Briel from LSV Homberg Ohm, this year’s best junior in the standard class and second at the Junior World Championship in Szeged, was already in the camp last season. He receives a special invitation, which Wilfried Großkinsky and Rainer Hog and Bitterwasser AG take over.
The Bitterwasser Cup is still running and the winners of the OLC Junior Challenge have not yet been determined. The award ceremony for them will take place on 5 October at the OLC Symposium at the Rhön/Germany.

From France;
More about vintage planes:
There seems to be an eccentric 87 year old gentleman ,who bought a Castle in France , in the Burgundy area, with enough acres around it to “store” his private collection of 110 fighter jets and a Hovercraft!!!!!!
His goal in life as pilot was ; avoiding the destroying of vintage planes.

as shared by Mail on line.

From OLC;
Boulder in the USA had a superb high wave day and Pedja Bogdanovich used that for a nice long flight; 1.272 km. in a Ventus 2ax/15m. and a speed of 151 km./h.
One of the Boulder pilots mentioned he missed this great weather in July.
And,..another great flight that same day [September 2] this time from Germany where an LS 8 flew 825 km. using cold autumn air combined with still warm “soil” mainly under 2000 m. [ from Neresheim.]
AND,…yesterday a 1.016 by Keith Essex from good old Minden-Tahoe in his JS 3. Speed 148 km./h .
I liked his comment and share it with you ;
On the first leg it was obvious the best route was down the Whites. Because I’m a non conformist I took the Sierras and regretted it. Got flushed off the Sierras with rain and ended up on the Whites anyway. Good but pretty overdeveloped until off the Whites. The glider got a good washing. Didn’t work very well in the east. Longish glide with no climbs into the Minden valley, once back up it was straight forward. “

And to finish this great picture from ASK 13, yes… I flew one last week. Every year they have a get-together in France in Grenoble. This time from August 24 till the last day August 31, from the aerodrome de St. Crepin.
Last Thursday they had a task with a distance between 39 and 50 km.

6 ASK 13’s and 1 Janus
as shared by Grenoble Vol à Voile.

As you can see they are all friends/mates, help each other and have a week of great fun together. They make fabulous pictures as well from this event ,I shared a few in the past.

And they still make great pictures have a look at their site on August 27.

As shared by Rencontre ASK-13 – Aerodrome de St Crepin
This is one of 45 great pictures!

CU next Wednesday

Lesno Cup ; wrap up open class. UK and French junior Nationals. CCR.

Leszno Strzyzewi, Poland
15 August 2019 – 25 August 2019

” Looks like a nice day, 400km racing task” on Friday ; shared by Adam.

When I left you last Wednesday , no task was set, but there was one later and the OPEN class had to fly 296 km. on day 7 with task 5!
Later changed in 206 km. And,…The ASG 32MI flown by an Aussie/finish combination combined well,as they were the daily best ;nice speed as well…135 km./h.
UK pilot Rory was runner up with 132.49 km./h .
Karol Staryszak was the 3d for the day and for a chance the first Polish pilot;132.42 km./h.
All pilots finished and all flew over 100 km./h.

Thursday August 22…day 8 …task 6;
A 3 hour AAT was set, so the pilots could make their own choices within “borders”. Nearly 400 km. was flown in time 3.13, so a nice speed of 124.24 km./h by Jakub Barszcz . Łukasz Wójcik was tiny little bit behind; 124.00. They started and finished more or less together.
3 were out.

Friday August 9…task 7;
411 km.…was set and the slowest speed was 111 km./h. The best speed 137 km./h!! Flown by Łukasz Wójcik in his JS 3. The ASG 32[132 km./h] was runner up with Karol as number 3.[134 km./h.

Saturday August 24 and last day 10 …task 8!!!
375 km. was set!!!so a nice day of flying , but not for all as Rory and Adam belonged to the out-landers on the last day. Team Adam dropped for 4 to spot 16. A good day again for the leaders overall Lucasz and Jakub winning the day with respectively 1000, 998 points. 94 km./h was the best speed for the 2 mates flying this competition together in different gliders, a great team performance. Surely they know now which one is the best under whatever circumstance.

Final results in open class and National Champion;
1. Łukasz Wójcik in JS 3 with 5.342 points.
2. Jakub Barszcz in ASG 29 with 5.201 p.
3. Karol Staryszak in ASG 29 E with 4.914 p. He lost on the last day nearly 200 points.

Paweł Wojciechowski won the standard class in St Jantar 2, during the Leszno Cup 2019 and
Maciej Adamski the 15m/18m. class in LAK 19T/18 m.

Adam was not too sad but he mentioned :“my third poor result of the EU Summer .  I am going back to Australia happy, I know with what I’ve seen, what I’ve dealt with (regarding not my own gear & the usual challenges we face by being away from home), I feel that I’m flying at a high standard & at this comp, at the top 5 standard. “

Not to sad either because he was honored with the Kronfeld Cup.
“It’s with great pleasure & also with respect, that I receive the Kronfeld Cup off Zdzislaw Bednarczuk – who was originally awarded this trophy at the Hosin WGC. The trophy is for the fastest speed over the longest task, hence the handover. So thank you for your understanding Zdzislaw!
Zdzislaw flew a magnificent flight of 522km at 136kph, myself 541km at 141kph in the Ventus 3

As shared by Adam


Bristol and Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
17 August 2019 – 25 August 2019

” Always an impressive sight when they all come back together “
As shared by Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club

They continued from the airport of Nympsfield with
day 5, task 3 and 170 km. to fly.
Former junior and JWGC participant, Mat Davis, yes son from Andy, won HC the day, but Finn was in the right groove again and won the comps-day; 88 km./h. Jake was 3d
Day 6,task 4 and 85 fly. BUT,…day was scrubbed.
Day 7 task 4 ;210 km…later changed in 174 and that still was TOO much for many of the youngsters as only 3 from 35 finished.
Good day for Finn who started at the same time as HC pilot Mat, but they did not finish together. Mat was back 17 minutes earlier.Jake was out but not too bad; 4th for the day.
Day 8 task 5; 2 hour AAT in the blue ….with 184 km. Jake won the day before 4 HC pilots who help/coach and lead and follow. 9 Finishers and Finn was one of them having an off-day and nearly lost 400 points , so not really consistent flying by him.

Indeed very blue!!!
” There’s something a little haunting about a grid with no pilots. 
Day 8 of the UK Junior Nationals is here “
As shared by Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club

Day 9 task 6; 132 km. on the very last day!!! BUT,…the day was scrubbed, so the overall winners from day 8 are the WINNERS and CHAMPION Jake was a REAL champion. AND,…for the 3d time so we are going to hear more from him in the future. Look at the difference in points.

“Congratulations to Jake Brattle for his 3rd and final win of the UK Junior Nationals. This trophy could not be better deserved! 

Well done Jake
! 🏆 “
As shared by Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club

1. Jake with 3.870.
2. Tom Pavis in LS 6 WL with 3.652 p.
3. Peter Carter in Mini Nimbus with 3.635 p

13 from 36 had over 3000 points. Some good juniors there in the UK and under supervision of CD Andy Davis a lot of toppers helped the young ones out in the air, during the flights.

A shout out to the #bga 2 seater coaches that gave up their time (and gliders) to fly pre-silver pilots in the Junior Nationals. This coaching program is crucial in developing future gliding talent. We hope to see them all competing next year!  “
as shared by Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club


Romorantin Pruniers, France
17 August 2019 – 24 August 2019

Courtesy Erwan Garel.

Club class;
August 5…task 3; 271 km….ALL 19 pilots flew the task.Best speed 90 km./h. All scores still very close so it remains exciting for the “young ones”.
August 6..task 4; 212 km….18 started and finished and the best speed was 81 km./h. First 12 gliders today all Pegases.
August 7….task 5; 2 hour AAT. 7 Pilots flew just under 200 km. and only 2 from 19 were out. The current top 3 was in the top 6.
August 8…task 6; 167 km.…very last day!! With 1 day to go Aurélien Doriat was in the lead with less than 50 points on  Edgar Lagorio, who was 6 points ahead of Timoté Gard.
What would the last day bring?? Timote was the fastest with 93 km. /h., [496 p] Edgar was runner up [468 p] and Aurelien was 4th.397 p.]So after 6 flying days, the new FRENCH JUNIOR CHAMPION in this class is;
1. Timote Gard with 4.061 points.
2. Edgar Lagorio with 4.039 p.
3. Aurelien Doariat with 4.013

As shared by Philippe de Pechy who has 2 sons Anton and Clement who participated. Great soaring family.

Mixed class;
August 5..task 3; 307 km. The local Duo Discus flew HC but was the best for the day. The only one just over 100 km./h. Some finished a bit low and got penalty points.
August 6..task 5; 260 km…All 11, who started 9, finished.Best speed 89 km./h by Celestin in Pegase.
August 7..task 5; 229 km….2 Local Duo Discus pilots flying HC were the best with 87 km./h.
August 8..task 6; 2 hour AAT and again Paul and Patrick Blanc won the day.
No secret they won the comps but HC [4.638 p.]does n’t count for the title so
1. Florian Labatut in ASW 27 with 4.552 points and JUNIOR CHAMPION.
2. Hugo Roche in LS 4 WL with 4.437 p.
3. Kevin Faur in Discus 2B with 4.401


All over now!!! Courtesy Erwan Garel.


CCR 2019 in Rieti.
Rieti, Italy
17 August 2019 – 24 August 2019

 Ezio Sarti Meteowind. The meteo man busy with last minute updates.
as shared by Aero Club Rieti “Alberto Bianchetti”

The Coppa Citta di Rieti was in the past, in my eyes, less important than the CIM, nowadays it seems the other way around.
Several top pilots fly in 2 classes ; one class , group 1, with handicap under 116.5 the other above.
Then there is some kind of class for rookie/future competition pilots; promozione.

They, there in Italy, had the good weather and flew every day except for 1.
Group 1 ;
Started with 16 pilots and one name was mostly above on the daily list. Martin Pirker from Austria in a Ventus CM /17.5 m.. They had 381 as set task and several smaller and bigger AAT’s.
Stefano Ghiorzo and Alberto Sironi flew in this class in VersVS 350kg and LAK 19/18m and Vittorio Pinni in a GP 14 SE VELO 350kg .
Best speed was on a 3 hour AAT when Mattia Costa [Discus 2A] flew 434 km. with a speed of 143 km./h.
On Thursday evening there were only 12 gliders left.
On Friday they did not fly …weather relating and on Saturday it looked “marginal”. But a 2 hour AAT was squeezed out and only 2 pilots finished!!! One of them Martin. So he added a few more points to his overall total.
Alberto [7th] was “less far ” than Mattia, [4th] so he lost a spot.
Final scores in group 1;
1. Martin Pirker from Austria with 5.847 points.
2. Stefano Ghiorzo from Italy with 5.528 p.
3. Mattia Costa from Italy with 5.174 p. That was just 11 points more than Alberto.[5.163 p]

Group 2;
Started with 29 pilots, among them, Peter Hartmann and Werner Aman from Austria, Giorgio, Alvaro and from the UK father and son Gatfield and Peter Wells.
task 1, a 3.15 hour AAT, straight away showed speed; 132 km./h by Peter H. in the Antares 23 T.
Task 2,..The next day Werner [ASG 29] flew around with 145 km./h over a set task from 395 km.
Task 3 was for Peter and Werner, 417 km. with 152 km./h by Peter and 142 km./h by Werner.
Task 4 with 420 was for for the same 2 Austrian pilots who frequently fly in Rieti; Peter Hartmann flew around with 165 km./h over 420 km!!!!
That was furiously- fast!!! The runner up, Werner in his ASG 29 flew the distance with 156 km./h .The 2 slowest in their class from 29 pilots , flew with 117 and 131 km./h. Great day!!!

Austrian Peter , a frequent flyer in Rieti, as seen by Il

Task 5 showed a 2.15 AAT and this time the ARCUS M won on handicap. Only 20 from 29 finished. Several violated the Perugia CTR and out landed were they entered.
Task 6 with a 2 hour AAT and best used by Werner who flew 307 km. in time 2.04 so great speed of 148 km./h.
Task 7…no task.. no flying as the weather “resigned”. IF they fly on the last day, Saturday was not sure either . And with 2 pilots on spot 2 , Werner and Roberto, flying would be good to see who would be on the 2d highest spot. AND YES ..also here they squeezed a day out.
Task 7….1.30 AAT. 10 flew the task and Peter won again. And with a nice speed of 138 km./h over 225 km. Werner was 6th and Roberto 9th so it was clear Werner was runner up and Roberto 3d.
Total scores;
1. Peter Hartmann from Austria with 5.362 points.
2. Werner Amann from Austria with 5.247 p.
3. Roberto Istel from Italy with 5.195 p

The promozione was won by Pietro Silveri [ASH 26E] with 3.379 points.


Interesting news!
From Belgium;
Hasselt, not too far from the Keiheuvel, this time the place to be for the club the Kiewit, now even Royal and the oldest airfield in Belgium as I heard, had an open day last Saturday to introduce their new 50.000 E winch. Less towing-by-tug, so less noise for the neighbors and more environmental friendly.

From Holland;
This year we remember 75 years of FREEDOM. A spectacular show from vintage planes even , and this for the first time, with German planes. Arjan Vrieze was there to make , as always, great pictures.

Both pictures courtesy and shared by Arjan.

We also remember the war close by, at our cemetery for British soldiers and 2 pilots .This grave I visited already as a 12 year old girl. We more or less adopted this young man.

still bring flowers and visit also the 2 pilots.

Takeshi shared some pictures from an open day with military planes and equipment but also gliding was a topic;

Fighter on the horizon, glider up front.


From the OLC:
Still some 1000 km. flights , to be honest in “fancy” gliders . It’s rather late in the season , which was a pretty GOOD one.
Michael Sommer flew one from Puimoisson in the EB29R, Timo Nurminen in ASG 32 and Alvaro Jimenez Aguayo in ASH 31/21m. from Fuente .

That’s it for now.
Cu next Wednesday
AND, I published a more private KEIHEUVEL diary last Sunday……. just to let you know when you missed it.
AND,..not everybody straight away seems to be able to read the blog, so most comps are over and blogs will be shorter,…maybe that helps.
Our 2d official heatwave in Holland is a fact…never happened so late in the season.The 3d one here in the South.
Cheers Ritz

The “KEIHEUVEL” diary 2019.

41 Gliders ready for a nice but difficult blue day.

No “news” for the die-hard readers as they expect it , but ….every year I visit one of my favorite soaring fields, this one close by in Belgium; the KEIHEUVEL. This weekend they fly there for the FLANDERS SOARING CUP 2019. This is a competition over 2 days here at the Keiheuvel , and from 3 different airfields in 3 different time frames.
These regional comps have been flown already as the Kempen Cup [ 4 day’s in Mai] , Kiewit Cup [ weekend of June 8,9 and 10] and always as last one the KEIHEUVEL CUP in August.[24/25]
It’s a feast of meeting new and long time friends, with long and short talks and to hear the latest from pilots and friends back from everywhere during this summer.
It was a hot day, blue and for the first time in my life I “felt” the 30 dgr. C on an open field.

The lovely Libelle was one of the “early-birds”at the grid [in the end runner up for these comps]and on the back ground the restaurant DE KEI,
owned by Jeroen Jennens parents, were we had great mussels in white wine and superb cooked meat in red-wine-sauce. Great spot.

As Diana was there to fly her Discus 2T/18m. …which by the way is for sale as she bought a JS 3… and George to crew for her , I had an easy drive and was in time for the briefing. It’s just half an hour of driving.
41 Pilots were ready to listen what their task would be for the day;198 km. for the open transponder planes….149 for the sport transponder gliders and for those without transponder a flight from 97 km within Belgium.

Diana does n’t look totally ready yet, but she was before the launch.
There were 3 tuggies.

30 dgr. C does n’t mean start and straight up in the air as you know. So a sniffer was send to see what the conditions were.
Eddie [Huybreckx] came to me to ask if I wanted to fly the sniffer flight…eheh, when,…eheh now….eheh with whom…with me was his answer and I straight said” yes I come.” NO time to think, as it was more around 25 years ago that I had been in a glider and more than 50 years ago that I had been flying myself.
That flight then was in a Blanik with good old Bill Harvie. He had to ferry the glider back from a Sportavia-camp at Mount Beauty behind the Scout VH- SFO.
A picture from that Scout by the way is put by grandson Dexter in my blog, so you see it every time you open it. Yesterday I flew in an ASK 13.

Behind Eddie in the ASK 13…such a smooth flight I loved every minute!!
Courtesy Pieter Daems.
Strepped in by Pieter , flown by Eddie and picture courtesy George.

Unfortunately there were no thermals at that time so the launches were postponed to 13.45.
Then the temperature was reached and,…. it was “booming” ,up to 1700 m. BUT,…it was also a day from up, with great thermals and down with nearly “nothing”. Not very reliable clouds.
So out-landings as well.
16 from 28 in open class were back, the rest was out somewhere in a paddock or back “on steam” .
Diana was the last one in this class to make it home.
Best were father and son Rudy and Jeroen Jennen in the Duo Discus; 93 km./h. As son Jeroen proudly mentioned; “My dad still knows how to do it!”
I guess Rudy was in a hurry, as he knew he had to cook for us and not only for us !!! Ha ha.
Jeroen flew with dad as Wim Akkermans was “on duty’ as scorer.

The Keiheuvel from above , that’s what I saw!!
As shared by Sofie.

Robin Smit was runner up and he did well in the LS 8 from his club. He had good news!!!
From October till April he will be based in NEW ZEALAND at OMARAMA. He has been “hired” as ground crew. I guess he will love it there in the wave paradise and they will “love” him as he is just such a nice young guy.

Not long and he will experience the wave in Omarama.

4 Pilots in the sport class and 2 finished and 8 in the “friendly” class and also here 2 finishers. Tijl Schmelzer ,who flew himself in open, had offered to “help/support” as coach in this class.

In between time to talk and catch up on news:

George and Bert sr. who know each other already since Angers in the 70thies.

Enough news as I was surprised to hear that during the JWGC , teams seem to have used a ground team as in the Formula 1 car races , to check data and that way send their pilots to the best lift.
Not my idea of soaring. think more people as.., won’t happen next time I heard, as rules will be changed.
And sad news as one of the better female Dutch competition pilots in the past, Lia de Jong died age 85. Lovely lady!
Johan Lemmens was at the Keiheuvel for the 37th time!!
He flew the BENELUX comps in the past and nowadays the KEIHEUVEL Cup.

Frans as crew for Francois [Ventus 17.6 m] and Leon who flew his Nimbus 3/25.5 m.

After the flights and retrieves there was a BBQ for over 100 friends and between 10 and 11 PM “Happy hour” in the KEI.
As we wanted to go home in time, we had a great meal in the Kei and had left before they all went there.

day 2 ;
Briefing at 10.30 so very relaxed.

From briefing on day 1

Today they have to fly ; 77 km in the friendly class, 208 in the sport class and in open 203 km.
I stayed home and OUT of the sun. We have the 3d heatwave here in Holland in the 2019 summer and we have never had one so late in the season.

What happened in open class?
Bert and Tijl left together at 15. 22 which was rather late and finished together at 5 PM. . Bert was faster, but with the handicap for his Ventus 3 he has to fly fast and furious and 125 km./h was only 2 km./h better than Tijl.
Daan Spruyt flew both days very good in his ASW 27 , 8th on day 1 and 2 on day 2.
Diana did well, flying both day’s for a ” consistent middle” spot [17 and 16 from 28.
All today starting pilots [26] finished, as it turned out a real nice day with better thermals.
Final scores for this weekends Keiheuvel Cup in open class :
1. Bert Schmelzer in Ventus 3 with 1.024 points.
2. Daan Spruyt in ASW 27 with 1.017 p.
3. Tijl Schmelzer in Ventus 2CT/18 m. and
Robin Smit in the LS 8 with 1009 p. so equal points for . Good on him as he still is a junior.
All points very close but luckily not ONE point.

Very familiar faces!
Courtesy George.

In the sport class Peter Bertels and Frederic de Groote both in the nice little Libelle were on both day’s number 1 and 2.
So also in the final scores;
1. Peter with 1.271 points.
2. Frederic with 1.260 p.

Courtesy George

In the” friendly ” class day 1 was won by Bernand Botman in LS 4 and the second day by Team van den Bosch/Derre in G 103 TwinII.
1. Van den Bosch/Derre with 166 points.
2. Gert Jan Andries in LS 4 with 157 p.
3. Nand Geuens with 144 in DG 400
4. Bernand with 143 p.

Well done guy’s!!!
Courtesy George

Mind you; these are NOT the final scores from the Flanders Soaring Cup 2019 . All scores from the 3 events together will be the final score and I do not have them now. When I have them I will share them.

EXTRA prizes;
THE ALBERT SCHMELZER MEMORY TROPHY is for Robin, as best junior.

Albert Schmelzer is Bert sr’s father and the granddad from Tijl and Bert jr. He was very important for soaring at the Keiheuvel.
With Bert sr. Robin and in the back CD Robbie Seton.
Courtesy George

for his 37th participation Johan Lemmens was put in the center of attention as well.

As always a great day out to catch up and a good weekend for all who were there in tents and caravans.Will be there again next year. With another diary-story!

Cheers Ritz

And another one because it was so NICE and so long ago!!
As shared by Pieter.

Leszno CUP 2019 in Poland!

Leszno Cup 2019.
15 August 2019 – 25 August 2019

With 73 competitors in 3 classes , The LESZNO CUP, is one of the last big events in soaring here in Europe.
Highlight of these comps the POLISH NATIONALS in OPEN CLASS.
A lot of difficult East European names and not a lot of pilots I know, but a few are familiar from comps in the past, as Stanislaw Wujczak , Janusz Centka both from Poland and Adam Woolley from Australia, flying an ASG 32 with a Finish mate.
They started on Thursday August 15, in 3 classes.
standard class..…33 in this class but no flying on day 2 and 3. Day 1 showed a 279 km. task flown as best by Szymon Rawecki and Bartosz Orchel , but they both fly HC in their SZD 55 ; 117 and 116 km./h.
Winner from day 1 task 1 was Witold Czarnik in St Jantar 3. His speed ; 110 km./h.
Only 2 were “out”. AND,…you see,…difficult names!!!
On August 18 was finally the 2d flying-day with a 1.45 AAT flown by only 12 pilots and the best pilot in ASW 20 “got” 197 points for his effort of 137 km in time 1.41.

15m/18m. …..295 km. on day 1 task 1;
9 In this class 1 out. Maciej Adamski [LAK 19 T] was far ahead of Swiss pilot Robert Gwadera[Discus 2CT] ; 125 km./h and 118 km./h
Day 2 …task 2 had a 2 hour AAT and was flown by only 2 pilots.
Day 3 …task 3 was even shorter; 1.30 and flown by 7 from 8.
Day 4…task 4; 1.30 AAT, flown by 4 of the pilots. Best result 138 km. in time 1.43.

open class:
with 25 participants among them Adam from Australia and Rory Ellis from the UK.
Day 1 …task ...390 km. showed Zdzislaw Bednarczuk , who’s name I remember from other comps because it is such a difficult name.With his JS 3 he flew 151 km./h!!! Karol Staryszak in ASG 29 was runner up with also a nice speed of 149 km./h .
Adam was 3d with 143 km./h. in ASG 32.
Part of his comment in Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures:
“They’re using the P.E.V. marker starts here in a nice method, worked today, only saw three gliders all day. We had a positive start, waited for the line, got high, rolled on through.
The second leg was fun too, look deep, choose your line, stop & turn in the best lift.
3rd leg, the downwind leg gave some concern, but 20km from the TP we get rewarded with 8kts.
4th leg, just go home with some caution.
Overall, we cruised at 170-180kph all day & only stopped when we felt that it was a sure climb.

Adam flying the Finish ASG 32 MI in Poland.
As shared by Adam.

Day 2…task 2, 2.30 AAT; was for one of the Lucaszes, this time  Łukasz Wójcik ,in JS 3 with 127 km./h.over 326 km.
21 from 24 finished one of the out-pilots was Joanna Biedermann, a pity.
Day 3 …task 3 ;1.45 AAT… Karol Staryszak in an ASG 29, flew 232 km. in time 1.44.46 good for a speed of 132 km./h
Łukasz was runner up with 235 km. in time 1.50; speed of 128 km./h.
Day 4 …1.20 AAT,…but not flown. The day was scrubbed.
Adam;” Unfortunately, the unsoarable hour that SS predicted came through the local area, which was unlucky timing for the Open Class – we scrubbed as a result. “

So we start with the new week and hopefully nicer weather.
BUT,….no tasks on Monday!!!
So we continue with Tuesday August 20;BUT…no task.
No task yet for today, so more next Wednesday.
But we get summer back with temperatures up to 30 dgr. C. , so they might have the same “luck”.


Bristol and Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, 
 17 August 2019 – 25 August 2019

As shared by Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club

With the brand-new World Champion Jake and the runner up Finn .In total 36 participants in one class.
August 17; day 1 …..137 km.…and with all the Hungarian experience Jake and Finn raced to their 1 and 2 spot as if nothing/no time had been in between. Interesting to see that Jon Pring was about that fast as those 2 with 112 km./h. He started at 13.35 , early, whilst Jake and Finn started at 14.15.; 608, 607 and 606 points.
To share more experience …4 teams fly as well in Duo Discus and DG 1000 M, but they fly HC.
Unlucky young pilots as well, their dream was stuffed up by an outlanding as only 10 from 34 finished.
August 18; CANCELED.
Sadly today’s competition flying is scrubbed due to strong wind warnings. “

Best dressed glider”!!!As shared by Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club

The new week started with a “careful” set task from 148 km. which,…I am sad to say… was invalid. Jake showed his class ,flew 146 km. but the rest was not able to reach 100 km. so no points.

Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club
Sunshine after the rain! Great photos making the most of local soaring at Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club for the Junior National Championship after the day”s racing was scrubbed.

So looking then at Tuesday
August 20; 241 km….with AGAIN Jake as the best for the day!A class apart!!! 27 Finished and not sure about the Sleighs as there is an Ollie, who was 3d today in an LS 3 ,must be family …and by now well known Fin was 9th, loosing 200 points on his JWGC mate Jake, dropping from 2 to 4, but it ain’t over yet.
There are 2 Ollies , 1 Olly and one Oliver, popular name in the UK.

Today they fly 170 km. , so more next week.


Romorantin Pruniers
17 August 2019 – 24 August 2019

Briefing for flying day 1 as shared by Aéroclub de Sologne

And in France 32 juniors are going to find out, who is the best from them in France. Club class with 20 participants and the other class is a mix from Standard, 15 m. and 2 seaters; 12 in this class.
One practice day which was flown by 2 in the mixed class and 4 in club class.Lot’s of the French designed PEGASE in this class.
2 day’s cancelled before they could start the comps. But then the weather had really improved.
August 19;
Club class….263 km;
94 km./h was the best result by Edgar in the PEGASE after a rather early start; 911 points.
11 From 18 finished, but they did all well flying between over 100 to 251 km….which is nearly “home”.
Mixed class….334; a 1000 points-day in this class with a speed of 101 km./h for daily winner Alexandre in ASW 20.
9 From 11 finished!!

Flying day 1 weather as shared by Aéroclub de Sologne

Tuesday August 20;
Club; 2.15 AAT…. All 19 pilots flew the task one further and faterthan the other. Aurélien Doriat in her PEGASE won the day with 230 2.15 at the dot!!!!Well deserved points for the day; 702…speed 102 km./h.
mixed; 2.30 AAT….ALL 11 in this class finished as well,so a happy day for all young ones.Daily winner with 324 km. in time 2.44 was Hugo Roche in an LS 4 with winglets. Best speed for the day 124 km./h in an ASW 27 for place 2.

Today they have to fly 271 km. in club class and 307 in the mixed class.
More next week.


Other News.

From Australia;
Ingo  was presented” the Instructor of the year award, for his ongoing dedication and services in our sport, a very worthy recipient, at the VSA AGM ,which was held last weekend at Bacchus Marsh Gliding Club ” .
Congratulations Ingo.
That day Lumpy Paterson from Sportavia Tocumwal got a reward as well.

Ingo already on his way to 80 and still going strong even with some health problems.
As shared by Tocumwal Soaring Centre

From the UK;
We are delighted to confirm that Ed Downham has set a new national record for the UK Open Class Triangle Distance and Free Triangle Distance by flying an EB28 around an 837.5km task on the 12th May 2019 after taking off from London GC. “
a 600 k declared adding a “few” OLC km.on August 13.
Flown by Andy Aveling and Garry Coppin.
During task prep I thought this declaration may have been a bit ambitious. As we pulled off tow, it was apparent that conditions were better than forecast. And it got better still. At Framlingham, I was wondering what we were going to do with the 3 hours of soaring that would be available after our LX predicted finish time. Fortunately, we decided to add O/R Birdlip to make an 800K day of it. Another great day out for Garry & I. “

From New Zealand;
It’s official! Sabrina has set a new NZ female record for speed over a 100km out-and-return task, making two laps of the course with a best speed of 171.77 km/h.
The flight took place on 7th August and the record was confirmed today by Gliding New Zealand.

From Russia;
The pilot from the by a bird strike hit Airbus 321 from Ural Airlines in Russia MUST have been a glider pilot. Landing his plane after the start in a grass paddock was more or less an “out-landing”. He had no power anymore , could not pull the wheels {maybe better!!!!} and showed his class with a good belly landing.
He saved ALL passengers 233 [ 23 were injured] and the crew. Great stuff, ..
Putin straight away made them HERO’S with a high award, which was well deserved. Indeed great job!!!

As shared on FB by

From Rietie;
How Jonker Sailplanes looked back at the CIM in Rietie.
Ten great contests days had a mix of everything – strong fast stuff but also weak blue conditions and the odd sea breeze – a nice challenge for the 50 pilots.
In the 18 m class Arne Boye-Møller flying his JS3 participated for the first time in Rieti and finished third place behind the local mountain GURU, Giorgio Galetto (Ventus 3) and Bert Schmelzer in his 29.
Ronald Termaat won the open class followed by Eric Bernard both flying their JS1C in 21m configuration. Alberto Sironi unfortunately got a wrong task sheet and then turned a turnpoint too early and fell back on third place overall in his Quintus.
In the mixed class Louis “PINK” Bouderlique and his father Jean-Louis in their ARCUS M showed everyone how it should be done. Mauro Brunazzo finished in 2nd place in front of the SA-Dutch “Dream Team” with 15 year old Annouk Termaat flying with her senior first officer, veteran 
Laurens Goudriaan. They were leading for most of the competition, and probably would have won wasn’t it for their “bad day”, when (according to Annouk) it was Lauren’s turn to fly.
Rieti is such a fun competition with such great people, food and weather. This should be on every pilot’s bucket list.
.. “

From the OLC;
Several over 700 km. flights this time of the year from Rieti and yesterday even over 800 km. Also places in France show nice long flights.
Michael Sommer nearly flew a 1000 , in his EB 29 R, from Puimoisson; 962 km.
It looks we might be in for a nice after-summer-period.

Well, your up to date again.
When the blog from a week ago shows up on Wednesday morning, just refresh and the latest blog shows up or go to August [to th r.] click and the last one is there.
More next Wednesday.
Cheers Ritz

3d FAI Pan American Gliding Championship..CIM..updated with last day…And more…

3d FAI Pan American Gliding Championship.
29 July 2019 – 14 August 2019

Like a painting!!! Finishes from task 6 last Friday.
As shared by US Soaring Teams
And the airfield from above below!!
The pic is of the beautiful SOSA field from above.
As shared by US Soaring Teams

August 11; day 10…task 8;
15m./St; 348 km.…4 US pilots in the top today with Phil in the Discus 2 as the best;95 km./h.and Tim Francois and Sarah following.
8 From 12 finished.
18 m;368 km....Here 4 Canadian pilots in the top 4. Best speed by Jerzy 103 km./h. followed by Joerg, Sergei and Dave.
3 out including Gary……
open; 303 km….nice mix of pilots from Argentina, USA and Canada in the top 3; Matias, Greg and Sylvain.

A beautiful day to fly in Canada 🇨🇦!
That is really the Canadian shoreline on Lake Erie
Courtesy Sean Fidler Sean’s Soaring Page

August 12; Day 11..task 9. No tasks !!!

August 13; Day 12 …task 9. LAST DAY!!!!!
15 m/st…264 km.; A good last day but bringing no significant changes in the top. Sergio Reinaudo [ASW 27] won with a speed of 90 km./h. Tim was 2d Sarah 3d. She always has a good “endsprint”. So the final scores are;
1. Luke Szczepaniak from Canada in ASW 27 B with 4.708 points.
2. Tim Taylor from the US in Ventus 2 with 4.405 p.
3. Sarah Arnold from the US in Ventus 2AX with 4.195 p. She was 8th overall after task 3.

mixed ….278 km.;5 pilots between 93 and 96 km./h. Winner US pilot Bob Fletcher. Runners up 3 pilots from Canada. Sergei, Jerzy and Joerg.
1. Jerzy Szemplinski ,from Canada in ASG 29 with 6.935 points.
2. Sergei Morozov from Canada in ASG 29 with 6.830 p.
3.  Joerg Stieber from Canada in ASG 29 with 6.760.p
A Canadian “clean sweep”.

open…215 km.;No not the Argentinians in the daily top 3 on the last day, but Sylvain from Canada [speed 82 km./h] Greg from the US and Krzys Wiercioch from Canada. Final results;
1. Carlos Iucci from Argentina in ASW 20 with 6.609 points.
2. Matias Pasztor from Argentina in St Cirrus with 6.498 p.
3. Rafael Bravo from Canada in LS 4 with 5.990 p.


4 August 2019 – 14 August 2019

Aero Club Rieti “Alberto Bianchetti”

I guess there was a lot of talking after the mid air last Saturday and the cancellation of the day ,even with top results from some pilots.
Good however, they cancelled , as normally when this happens, other pilots help out or stay over the spot, or if possible, even land close by, to help. AND, everybody should have the same chances this is the way to do it.
As everybody was OK and safe I publish the picture from the glider as a memory to fly safe!!!

Glider from Alois after he had bailed out.
Courtesy IL MASSAGGERO via FB.

So they continued on Sunday;
August 11…day 7…task 6;
18 m…405 km; Bert jr. from Belgium, who flew so good at the cancelled day now got the 1000 points for a speed of 134 km./h!!!!
As the gliders from Alois ,who bailed out and Thomas who brought the VENTUS 3T home to Rietie, can’t fly anymore there are 17 participants now, and 2 of them were “out”.
Very glad only the gliders had damage!!!!!
Giorgio still leads but Bert has reached him nearly; 5.250 for 5.229.
mixed ….387;The Bouderliques drove their ARCUS M with a speed of 129 km./h through the Italian skies for 983 points. Laurens now mostly flying with Anouk , daughter from Ronald and Caroline, was runner up. What an experience for Anouk who started gliding at Terlet not that long ago.
open…411 km; Ronald would have won the cancelled day, now he flew the new task with 140 km./g about 5 k. faster than the runner up Alberto .

August 12…Day 9….Task 7;

CD Aldo with assistant in the tower. I have been waiting there for fishes many times.
Aero Club Rieti “Alberto Bianchetti”

18 m….3.15 AAT; On The first day he belonged to the last finishers. On day 2 he was “out” and lost nearly 700 points, so not a strong start for Giuseppe Dal Grande in the Ventus 2CXM. After he flew more consistent and won day which was cancelled and today he won again, just ahead of Bert jr.; both 371 km. but in time 3.24 and 3.47.
Only 10 from the 16 who started finished.
Mixed….2.40 AAT; The Bouderliques with an early start, won the day;320 km. in time 2.38.
Only 5 from 10 finished.
open….3.15 AAT
: 367 km. in time 3.24 was the best and Ronald got the daily prize. 3 were out, Pierre and Arnaud after 145 km. , Bruno after 107 and Davide after 88 km.
A pretty difficult day.
Landing in Rieti day 8 after a tricky day with weak climbing conditions specially in valle Gialla where some gliders turned on their engine and another landed. “

As shared by Aero Club Rieti “Alberto Bianchetti”

August 13…Day 10…Task 8; Not really predictable weather for the last 2 day’s.
18 m….2.10 AAT; They had another tough day and 14 from 17 finished. Another win for Guiseppe who keeps the best for lest.
Bit of an off day for Bert, loosing nearly 200 points[442 p.] and a better day for Giorgio ,[629 p.] so they changed places in the overall top.
With 1 day to go it’s Giorgio, Bert and Arne. With a real good day for him he can over come the 87 points to the top 3 spot.
mixed. …1.50 AAT;
Team Brunazzo in the ARCUS T was the best 227 km. in time 1.53.
From 10 , 8 finished.
The final top 3 is nearly “clear; The Bouderliques, Team Brunazzo and Team Laurens /Anouk. The rest is too far behind.
open…1.50 AAT
; On the first scores Ronald won and Alberto was out, but then the scores disappeared.NO scores!!
The next day the scores were there,and indeed Ronald wonbut the news for the day was the unfortunate out landing from overall number 1 Alberto, who dropped from 1 to 3.

I think they fly today, Wednesday, as well. Not always clear in Italy what’s the last day till the 14th or including the 14th.
So when they fly I add the news and final scores later.
For now the top spots are for Giorgio in 18 m. The Bouderliques in the mixed class and Ronald in open.

What fun it is spending precious time with international gliding friends in RIETI! Having nice dinner talks, coffee morning bike rides, gliding together, laughing and having fun……this evening we are wearing PINK…..because it is Louis Bouderliques favorite color…. “
Text and picture by Katrin Senne.

AND,…they flew,.. on a nice looking day with ” Beautiful and high cumulus over Terminillo.
August 14…Day 11 …task 9;

As shared by Aero Club Rieti “Alberto Bianchetti”

18 m….1.50 AAT; He won the first day and the last one; Alvaro. Today with 125 km./h over 234 km. , quite some faster than runner up Bert with 121 km./h.over 258 km. for 516 points.
Giorgio was 5th but with the 463 daily points he could stay number 1.
Final results in 18 m. class;
1. Giorgio Galetto in Ventus 3 with 7.135 points.
2. Bert Schmelzer jr. in ASG 29 with 7.008 p.
3. Arne Boye Moeller in JS 3 with 6.849 p

Mixed class…1.40 AAT; Team Brunazzo flew 242 km. but in time 2.21. [ 353 points]
The winner team Istel flew 196 km. in time 1.40 at the dot!!! For 470 points.
Final results in the mixed class;
1. The Bouderliques in Arcus M. with 6.414 points.
2. Team Brunazzo in Arcus T with 6.315 p.
3. Team Laurens Goudriaan /Anouk Termaat in ASG 32 MI, with 6.173 p.

open…1.40 AAT; 216 km in in time 1.52 for 521 points, not enough to climb in the cores, for the THE Broquevilles. They stay at 4.
Final results in open class;
1. Ronald Termaat in JS 1 C /21 m. with 6.839 points.
2. Eric Bernard in JS 1C /21 m. with 6.715 p.
3. Alberto Sironi in Quintus M with 6.640 p.

Party time and prize giving followed at 8 in the evening.


Some pictures , before, from and after the JWGC prize giving including the WORLD CUP WINNERS.
The 11th FAI JWGC is over and out,..”Done and dusted”!!!!
Great show!!!

Number 3 in the WORLD CUP, great flying specially in the last week, winning MANY day’s.
With Thijs, Robin, Jelmer, Sjoerd, Sjors and Lars and TC Nick, former junior pilot! He did well with his team.
As shared by the Dutch team at the opening.
WORLD CHAMPION Jake and “Aussie” UK TC Matthew and RUNNER UP Finn. Huge job!!
As shared by British Gliding Team

Here is what Matthew shared in Matthew Scutter’s Gliding
Last year I was asked if I’d defect to be the team captain for Team GB for the Junior World Championships. I wouldn’t have agreed to it had it not been for these four great blokes with a lot of potential, for which I now feel vindicated in my judgement! It wasn’t an easy competition, club class brought the right gliders for the expected conditions but reality delivered weather more favourable to lower handicap gliders preventing them from stretching the legs of their ASW20’s. Despite this they flew a careful and tactical competition to a 1-2 Gold and Silver overall. Standard class had less a problem of having the right gliders but rather a problem of low bum-in-seat time with their gliders, but flew respectably to a good result overall, winning us the Silver medal in the team cup. It was much busier on the ground than I imagined with four pilots in the air but we had a dream team of cooks, crews and coders making sure every obstacle that might stop the pilots achieved their full potential was managed and mitigated.
I look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future! Congratulations guys!

German standard class Champion Simon S. and runner up Simon B. and 2 Polish mates Tomasz and Juliusz on 3 and 4 and again Germany with unlucky Robin on 5.
Shared by
Szybowcowa Kadra Narodowa – Polish National Gliding Team
The German team
As shared by German Junior Gliding Team

And I finish with the Dutch again, these 3 countries had the highest result in the WORLD CUP.

They were better and better every day, won several daily prizes and even had a clean sweep one day . Proud on our young guy’s.!!!
Shared by Lars Groot who looked back on the comps in a very good wrap up.
Great effort from the TC from Germany, the UK and Holland!!!
As shared by junior team Germany.

Enough for today CU next week on Wednesday!
A huge thank you again to Bill, for his help and today also for my 13 year old grandson Dexter, who customized the site . Those young ones are so much more clever than I am. It seems you see everything in the right format on your smart phone now???!!!

Cheers Ritz, CU later when they fly in Rietie today and otherwise next Wednesday.