After writing my last post I started to feel less well. I tried a “thousand” times before to call the” corona street”, all in vain. BUT,….When I called last Thursday I had somebody on the line straight away and was more than surprised!!!! I could come on Saturday and within 48 hours I knew. NO CORONA……NEGATIVE!!!! BUT,…I had a bad flu, so no words today but only pictures from Arjan Vrieze and Marloes Wolff, sharing that, during an autumn camp, on a cloudy, foggy day soaring can be still fun also for the youngsters.
Starting with a great picture from Marloes and a few from Arjan.
Thank you for sharing Marloes and Arjan.
I get the flu and pneumococci injection tomorrow, for what it is worth, as I had the flu injection last year too and now really got sick!!! Let’s wait and see. In this corona time it seems smart to protect against all lung infections. We might still go in a lockdown, but the measures taken 10 days ago seem to work. HURRAY, for Melbourne, my mates over there heard this morning that their lockdown is lifted!!! Keep going!!!!
And to finish the all female crew from TRANSAVIA in September 1989 and now with the last flight yesterday after 32 years ,from captain Liz, co pilot then. Liz is/was the longest flying pilot in Holland. The captain then was Cocky who I then knew well too, as she was often at Terlet. She was the first female captain at Transavia .
AND…..Final rankings and statistics OnLine Contest (OLC) Netherlands 2020…as shared by ZWEEFPORTAAL. Very interesting!!!!
——-A nearly 1000 km. flight from Kingaroy in Australia on October 14??!!! Flown by Adam [15 m. Ventus] and David [LS 8] , who were still there and declared a task on a strong day ,….only the last bit was “off”. Mind you, it’s still early spring and the days are not yet long in Queensland. Here is part of his story; “Close, but not close enough! Achieved 956 km of the declared 1004 km 4 TPtask, strangely enough still quite a satisfying feeling after such a long day in the saddle! David Jansen & I landed at Rosevale ALA around 6am, greeted by a lovely farm couple, an offer of bed & beer. Conditions just rule us out like a light switch, which is what happens in my part of the world, then the wind was up to 23 kts making it not feasible to get home. Still, great fun & I am now back in the family home, safe and sound. “ The rest of his story in Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures Top job by both pilots, Adam’s 1000 will be soon flown, this was his 4th attempt…no doubt and no worries!!! I believe David has it already. It could have happened already one day later…look at the skies. ONLY 1 year waiting and Adam gets his Ventus 3!!!!
——South Africa “waking up“! Whilst they now fly over 700k in an ASH 31/21m. in Australia’s spring, South Africa had some over 500 k flights in their spring as well. Oscar flew over 500 in the JS 3/18m. from Potchefstroom; “At last -summer has arrived. “Hope for them it will be as good as last season or even better!!!.
One day later Oscar flew a triangle of 823 km from Potsch with a speed of 159 km./h….YES…now we talk….. Same place different glider; 831 km in a JS 1;”First 750km declared FAI triangle @ 142kph” by Jason Adriaan. From Orient great flights as well, as 772 km triangle by Hanno Du Toit in JS 3/18m. with a speed of 162 km./h. His comment; “What a day” And the season only just started…. First day that Africa topped the OLC for the 2020/21 season. A pity that all those glorious flights from Namibia cannot be flown, as gliders were not send, but maybe a few good flights will be on the OLC by pilots flying gliders which are already there.
——an update on the Aussie Nationals... The Club Class Nationals (Tocumwal) and the MultiClass Nationals (Kingaroy) have both had to be cancelled due to Covid-19-related issues and limited participation.
The last ditch effort to hold a Nationals at the end of the Season is proposed for Goondiwindi 13-20 March being run by DDSC. The weather will be awesome at that time. If Covid-19 prevents members from any state from participating, the Nationals will not go ahead. However, at this stage early ar rangements have commenced. In order to be viable we would need at least 25 entrants.
——Europe still active with soaring in autumn! Eric [Napoleon] shared some nice pictures from a flight with one of the other soaring families , this time in France, The Clements.
And talking about the Clements,…I do not know them, at least I never met them but read and write about them . Philippe must have the same feelings for his sons as we do for our grand children. Here they are on their way to St. Gaudens, where great wave- flights were flown yesterday:
Look at this: Philippe Clement with son Anton;1.166 km. in the ARCUS!!! Speed 163 km./h! AND Pierre de Broqueville, …yes I do know him,….He flew in his EB 29D a distance of 1.281 km with a speed of 167 km./h!!! And not to forget Robert Prat who flew in his ASG 29 a distance of 1.096 km. and who shares his know-how about soaring in wave from St Gauden. He did so many SUPER flights already!! Very high wave as I noticed but the day could have been better according to Pierre when there would have been less humidity!!!
To finish a fabulous picture shared by Richard Gouble in the STAMPE!!!!An open 2 seat plane…just beautiful!!!
And one of a stearman, another open 2-seater, flown by a young Belgium mate Pieter.
Well….this was a hectic morning, with a too long post, so I had to copy and paste in word to create this blog. I hope however you liked the family post.
All who know me , know as well that when I am sad, happy or proud I have to write. And that already for more than 40 years. In my posts,… that’s mainly about soaring,…… normally I do not write about my family, otherwise than when it fits in a story. So only FOR ONCE,…here is a bit of our history with permission of all mentioned.
First about last week….When our grandson…… Dexter who is 14 went SOLO during the autumn camp from the Gelderse [www.gezc.org] at Terlet last week, that triggered writing and sharing. After grand daughter Indya went solo last year, now the total family has flown solo!!!! Grand pa George and his wife Diana, Grand ma [me, only 4 solo flights no big achievement due to lack of orientation feeling,, BUT, I got another soaring achievement, you might remember, THE PELAGIA MAJEWSKA MEDAL in 2015], mum Inge and dad Rodger, who went solo in Tocumwal after a course during his holiday and last season sister Indya. As said before,…a family affair!!! It’s so great to see the 3d generation so much involved with what I love so much too. “The circle of life” as one of my Aussie mates mentioned!!!
Granddad and Diana were so kind to give them last week, the key’s/use of their camper. With ZERO at the ground it was “chilly”,….. in their words “bloody cold”!!!!!
They started more interest in gliding during our holidays in Tocumwal, one way or another we ALL seem to love Toc. You can’t do anything else when you see a big WW2 hangar full of gliders!!!Impressive!!! Indya was there already when she was 2 years old, proudly walking with her doll- pram between the gliders in the WW2 hangar. As said a very proud grandparents and parents!!!!
Our family-soaring-history!! Some nostalgic moments of our family-soaring- past. In the past I wrote regularly about soaring families, now there is not a lot of international soaring news, so I look at my own family .
Our children; Our kids , Dennis and Inge, have been involved in soaring from the moment they were born. Cold or hot outside ,in a pram or just walking, they were always at our site. First at the club either the ZES or EAC, later they came along to comps. In 1976 they went with us to Malden, where the Summer-competition was flown. I believe it was the first competition we attended as family.
Talking about the Wolff family,…Joost’ wife Marloes and their children Marit [now 19 and 18 on the picture below] and Thijmen  fly as well . They are together at the field with my grand children now!!! Another 3d generation, with granddad Dirk and grandma Franny, …we know them already for years…. , son Joost married Marloes…also from a soaring family…. and their children….the entire family has their license now. Joost was a good mate from our Dennis as well.
Here is a nice anecdote shared by Marloes. Through all those years, Grand ma Franny has NEVER flown with her husband, or son, BUT,….last September she hopped in the glider behind her grand daughter and off they went!!! TOP!!!!
Already in 1978 our kids went “international” to France, to the 21 CUP d’ Europe! Dennis won the jeu de boule competition and got a beautiful set as prize. We still have it!!!!
That year Inge kept notes at the briefing. Good practice as many years later she was the Dutch TC at a European competition.
Granddad was 3d and the kids VERY proud!!!
Dennis knew already at kinder garten, that he wanted to be pilot. BUT…gliding first…He even started his competition flying the same way as his dad, with the Summer Competition at Malden. Later he flew the KEIHEUVEL CUP in Belgium , being first on the last day, with quite a few really good pilots, he lost some points on a 300 k.[to Terlet] on a day with bad visibility. He was 3d in the end! And flew the brand new DISCUS from his dad! Then he started his flight education in Tocumwal where he got his PPL with John Williams. In Holland he finished the NLS and as a present from “opa” he was allowed to travel down under to fly in Tocumwal as a tuggie, to make “hours”. The rest of the story you know, he never came back and is buried in Tocumwal.
Inge did a bit of soaring both in Holland and Australia. She did a lot of towing in Tocumwal and as her brother her PPL with John. Whilst young she never wanted to be a pilot, but IS one now. For years already a proud Transavia captain, following up her dad. She also has a bachelor degree in law and master of science degree in human factors in aviation.
The grand children; For our grand kids it really all started in Tocumwal as well. Though they liked playing at Terlet when we visited. AND,…later at Bailleau, they were for the first time crew for Diana and they felt/tasted the friendship and camaraderie for the sport. Like all children hanging around at a field with their parents, they sometimes were allowed to fly with somebody as well. Indya and Dexter were introduced to flying on a holiday in Tocumwal a few years ago. George asked his friend Simon [Holding] if he would fly with them to see if there was any interest. A Christmas present!!!They liked it!!! At that stage,….Not more not less, but the seed was planted. Good on you Simon!!!!
Last year when Indya was 15 and Dexie 13, Indya became a member of the Gelderse , the club were mum Inge and uncle Dennis [RIP] flew as well. Like in the past when Dennis flew , Inge came along, but had no interest in the beginning. Now Indya flew and once in a while Dexter came along. She went solo that year and moved on to the LS 4.
Indya is very sportive , easily goes with Inge for a 50 km. long skeeler trip through the fields and plays competition-volley ball with the seniors [she turned 17 last September]and seems to be , already for a few years, a real good “teacher” for 5/6 year old, who want to learn volley ball. She studies at the university of Amsterdam [ started by the way at 16] and in February 2021 she starts at the hogere hotel school, where she really looks forward to the compulsory dormitory -life.
This year with COVID-19 , life became a bit more pleasant for them by the summer camp/ holiday at Terlet. All of course in a “corona-bubble’ following the COVID-19 rules!!!!So no drinks after his solo, for Dexter and his mates…as they did with Indya’s solo.
Dexter got more interest and started his course, but he is a keen cyclist as well, so time was precious with study [high school] , a job in a supermarket and soaring. Now both love their holidays at Terlet, get along with the same young enthusiast’s for soaring and….. most of their instructors, we know as grand parents or parents, too. AND,….there are more interesting things to do as…driving a golf cart to pick up gliders. Life is good,…even in fighting and beating “the bloody corona virus”!!!The young ones live in a difficult time too.
Our last soaring-family- holiday with 4, was in Benalla during the WGC in 1987. George flew in 1981 his first WGC, but we stayed home,..Gretha [Musters] and I ,only visited for a weekend. Down under, George and Dennis flew in the Nimbus 3D as the first ever father and son combination during a WGC. On a no-soaring-day we went sight seeing. One day to Mount Buffalo to see the rosella’s and to climb to the top where hang-glider pilots jump down. Climbing took over half an hour over huge rocks and between very small caves!!!
Flying this WGC was very special. Meeting all those international pilots, crews and organizers in a country we started to love straight after our arrival I guess in 1985!!!!It was our first WGC as a family. George had flown as practice already Austraglide and a few times in Tocumwal. In older posts I have remembered this WGC with pictures fro many of the participants!!!
After the prize giving Mike Young and Dennis shared some thoughts in their team clothes.
To finish this family affair,….a nice picture from Kees Musters [RIP]and Theo Hagenberg [RIP March 2020],who both with George were building in, the instruments for their new bought CIRRUS 75. As you see in our sitting room. A lot of Irish coffee helped them!!!
I had to make a new blog as I could not save the pictures anymore,…post was TOO long! So cu later again….with the regular blog.
Back in the NOW….55.000 covid-19 cases here in Holland in one week!!!! Not good…I am fit again ,..but not yet tested, that system is not yet up to date here in my area. Cheers Ritz
—-Kingaroy October Grand Prix. Continued on Thursday October 8… all pilots fly in one ballasted class, running the F1GP tracking software. Distance is handicapped, so the bigger planes have to fly longer distances. It was interesting to read what Adam had to say about this type of soaring; “This was just a fun club comp, we used the handicapped distance style format. In AUS we are struggling for numbers, & people are seemingly generally enjoying the GP format more these days – especially at the entry level. I think the regionals will become GP’s always now & the nationals will stay traditional. At least I sure hope so!!”
On task 4 Butch got the 10 points for the best performance….113 km./h!!! Task 5 was a prey for Ray [Stewart] …126 km./h. After 5 days of soaring Ray has 42 points…Butch 38 and David 31. With 2 days to go , Ray in his JS 3 was 6th and first. His 3d number 1 spot. Enough to make him the winner of this GP with 58 points! Well done!!!! “The final day was a corker. Perfect JS3 weather in fact, whereas most of the week had been blue. It was a fun way to finish the week. Shame we didn’t get a nationals in to share with interstate and kiwi visitors. Hopefully next year.“ Runner up with 54 points and 2 daily wins was Butch [ also on task 6] in Adams glider. Adam flew the Duo Discus and was 7th!!! At spot 3 it was David [Jansen] with 40 points. Adam finished his Kingaroy blog with : “Congratulations to Ray Stewart for winning his first entered comp in the Jonker Sailplanes JS3 in 15m config! We held a fun GP comp out of Kingaroy Soaring Club in place of the Multi-Class Nationals this year – so it was hotly contested John Buchanan was all smiles finishing in 2nd place in #GliderONE, David Jansen in 3rd with his LS8 – great fun, thanks Greg & everyone for a top week “
—–We stay in Australia for news about Joeyglide, The Australian Junior Gliding Club is proceeding in the hope of running a COVID-normal JoeyGlide this coming season. JoeyGlide is the annual Junior Nationals and Junior Coaching program. It’s the place to be for young glider pilots in Australia, and a great place to meet like-minded people, learn lots and have some laughs. I am afraid it will not be possible for young Europeans or Kiwi’s to travel then to Aus. Nevertheless; Site: Leeton, NSW Dates: 7-15 January 2021 Website: https://www.joeyglide.juniorsoaring.org/
—-the October issue of GLIDING INTERNATIONAL has, as always interesting news… old and new. Love the history of soaring ,so I started reading straight away. They start with the success story about Schemmp-Hirth, how Martin Schempp, founder and aircraft engineer who died in 1984 and Wolfram “Wolf” Hirth, gliding pioneer and sailplane designer [1900-1959] met through soaring and built up a big business still known as one of the best gliding manufacturers!!! By relocating the business to Kircheim Teck, Klaus Holighaus was asked to help them into the” composite-sailplane -era.” The wife from Klaus, Brigitte and his sons Tilo and Ralf with help from long time well respected employees, still run the business. Don’t have to mention how many great gliders “rolled” out of their factory. We had a few types ourselves. Editor John Roake writes already for over 50 years and has a huge library full of interesting books and articles. For this issue he found an article called; ” Herr Hirth gives a lecture” , that was in London in 1931. Loved it! Also news about Klaus life and his sad death after a crash in the mountains in 2004. I knew Klaus and know Brigitte and the boy’s don’t see them often, but consider them as my friends. Back to the G.I. —-Hanger fire- foam- systems.. news for clubs . —-history of gliding height records …currently 22.657 as absolute altitude by Jim Payne in 2018. —–Electrifly-In in Grenchen in Switzerland …becomes a permanent feature from 2020 onwards. —-Paul Schweizer is the gliding personality this month. —–5 G and it’s influence on comps…..Forbidden or new rules by IGC?????? —-lot’s of International Aviation news for glider pilots and MORE……
—–When Klaus Ohlmann flies you mostly expect great weather for a good task. That was correct !!!!! He flew 1.150 km in a STYEMME S10 last Sunday. One day later he nearly flew a 1000 “Second day of northern wave. A bit tricky, nearly blue.. My friend Gil shows his experience of “local” knowledge. Flying high and knowing personally the wave location. great day to learn and explore“. Gil [Souviron] indeed showed his local experience by starting in the Stemme S12; 1.402 km. on Sunday. One day later it was 1. 032 km. “Interesting days with wind coming from North with a wave not very strong and decreasing in the afternoon. The day before the waves was stronger but very cloudy due to more west direction of the wind, and Klaus joined us coming from the Alps, finding unlikely waves over a near overcast ceiling.” They flew all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Have a look at the OLC flight. There is a link too, ” of 11 October some photo and one video of the start over the waves of the Alberes always fantastic, first mountain at Mediterranean Sea.” A good day “out”.
That’s it for now. Not a lot happening at the moment….. Though,…I was in some kind of voluntary quarantine. I had a bad cold and then you have to stay inside. I did for more than 2 weeks. The last week I tried to reach the health institute for a corona test. I could not get through,…too busy!!!! Not good!!! Try next week again, but in between I am “fresh and new again”. This virus is terrible. In The Netherlands we had a pretty good run during the first wave in March. All country fellowmen /women obeyed the rules, so in a short time it was nearly under control, but after the summer holiday the obedience was gone, we had people reacting fiercely on the strict new rules and now Holland belongs to the worst places in Europe. Yesterday we had over 7000 new tested cases!!! NOT GOOD!! At my age I am very careful, even downloaded the corona app. Stay safe friends!!!!!!
To finish 2 great autumn pictures by Arjan Vrieze. He makes fabulous pictures and is also one of the instructors from my grand children at Terlet.
—-I start with the picture of these 4 young men, according to Kingaroy “the future of soaring”. And,…I believe them.
—–The Darling Downs Soaring Club, continued with the Queensland StateComps and last Wednesday the club class indeed did not fly. Later I read the news from Lisa Turner, as you know they flew and I do understand why the clubbies stayed home “Well we had it all today, 8/8 mid level cloud, rain, freezing cold and fire/smoke. Thank goodness for the fire! Just happy to be home today.”
So with 2 more days to go the hope was for better weather again. It turned out to be one day in club! It was a 214 km. task won by a “new “face.. David Nash in a Discus. Jo was 3d and is the winner of the State comps in club class with 40 points, 2 more than Peter Brunton. In the sports class 2 more day’s . Task 6 was won by David Jansen and Adam had some kind of off day and lost 4 points. He won the last task again …342 km…with a speed of 122 km./h. In the end he was the winner with 28 points, 2 more than David. He finished the comps with: “Had a ripper flight today, finishing off with a day win by around 20mins, to take the #1 spot for the comp! Congratulations to Jo Davis who won Club Class & Peter Brunton, a 15 year old who came in 2nd & obviously with the best placed junior trophy – simply awesome!!“ What a TALENT this number 2 Peter!!!!!! Talking about Future of soaring….!!!!!
——I missed a great flight last week flown in France in wave in the Pyrenees in a STEMME S12;1.1456,76 km!!!!! “Sunday, September 27, Gil Souviron and Baptiste Innocent broke a French record from Perpignan airport ! They have realized the largest flight in France ever, with a take-off and landing at the same airport.”
——Egon Otto Rehn is still at Luis Magalhaes and had another top day; 1.018 km. in a QuintusM!!Also on September 27!!! So the last days of September showed great weather in different parts of the world. AND..talking about Brazil…..last Sunday Henrique Navarro flew from Bebedouro a new record; “..and we did it. Brazilian gliding speed record on a 100km FAI triangle at 168kph.The current record was mine at a 160kph speed, but I reached it on a 500km FAI triangle some years ago. And I always though the 100km FAI triangle record deserved a special attemp, as it is so special, so small, so full of details, so fast! We are talking about a bit more than half an hour…Today the day was good for a short period of time, in a hotspot around 50km away from Bebedouro, and with the risk of a very low visibility – actually the start and mainly the finish line were crossed on IFR conditions due to strong smoke. So, perfect for a 100km tentative. And we did it, even though I am confident it is possible to do it above 180kph in Bebedouro. Maybe on next try?“
——We are in October now and the first day, looking at soaring, was average but then it was BOOMING!!!! On October 2 ….Föhn….and the Alps had it! 3x Over 1000 km flights from Switzerland an Koenigsdorf. Yves Gerster flew from Thun in Switzerland with a “student” who learned how to fly in wave, during a wave workshop. This was the last day and it was successful as they flew 1.155 km. in the ARCUS T. Koenigsdorf ,a well know ski resort as well and the German spot to start long wave flights over the Alps, when you fly South first, showed a QUINTUS flight by Matthias Schunk from 5.830 m. MSL was the highest he reached rather in the beginning if the flight and then it was more ridge flying;1.122 km. Nicolai Wolf went to the airport as well and prepared his Ventus 3 M ; 1.017 km!! Both found it a “super, super interesting day!!!” Unterwoessen, more to the East of Koenigsdorf had great October weather as well. When you can fly 530 km in a KA 6, that say’s enough of the weather and the pilot Jan Lyczywek. When I was in Unterwoessen, I enjoyed seeing pilots on the slope of the mountain on a “hang wind” . BUT.…..it was not over yet, the föhn a strong dry wind on the Nord side of the Alps, kept going and on October 3 a few more long flights. One again by Matthias in the Quintus M, this time 1.126 km. “The best föhn day I ever had!“ Young Benjamin Bachmaier , who likes blogging like I do, flew in the ARCUS T over 1.122 km. Both did not land back at the field of departure but anyhow loved their interesting flight with different weather situations!!!
Weather which was NOT good for many little towns on the Alps in France and Italy. Some just disappeared by wild water and sand/mud slides and stones from the mountains. At least 10 people were killed and around 20 still missing. The other side of the weather-medal!!!!!
–—-Porta Westfalica, loved also by Dutch pilots, was the place to be for them last Sunday on October 4. A great day with thermals, wave and ridge soaring over the slopes. Busy place to be as many were trying to start at the slope and race rather low over tree tops and slopes. Great distances as well; 511 km in LS 4….508 in St Cirrus WL…507 in St Libelle WL…502 in LS 8. This type of soaring on the slope is sometimes done here at the Nord Sea tooover the dunes. Long ago I got some pictures and I found them again.
Porta Westfalica was good too. 48 Pilots from different countries lined up on October 4 on the 250 m. high slope. A real soaring traffic jam!!!! “Good weather, but good timing was crucial in the ever-changing weather conditions.” Robin Smit…runner up at the Naromine JWGC …wrote a nice picture story about the day. Have a look!!! Great pictures!!!! “Great day once again at Porta! Woke up to early today at 04:15 to drive the 3.5hours to Portages together with Marissa. Arrived at the airfield and quick assembled the glider and put it in tow grid, good to be on time with the 35 glider who came to Porta. Always a interesting tow with a rope what looks like a bungee… The ridge was very good straight away with also a bit of thermal influence. The first time at the Suentel did not have the guts to go to the Ith without ant gliders there, so turned around and flew back quite far west. Later the Ith was good doable and even some wave in the end to 6500ft, to bad there was 8/8 cloud cover…. Good day out again with some good company!”
——-On October 4 [till October 11] the KINGAROY OCTOBER GRAND PRIX started with 19 pilots. A lot of names we remember from the Queensland State Comps. They arrived at Kingaroy with good practice!!!! The 293 km. task  was flown with a speed of 118 km./h by David Jansen [LS8/ 15 m.] who turned out to be the daily winner with John..Butch.. Buchanan [Ventus 2/15 m.] as runner up. Adam was on spot 13…he flies the Duo Discus. Task 2 was flown under “blue” skies. 281 km. was set and flown best by Ray Stewart in the JS3/15 m;121 km./h. David was runner up , Butch 3d and Lisa [Trotter] 4th in LS8 /15m. Today was task 3 [289 km.] with many penalty seconds or warnings for starting to high or finishing too low. The Trotter family did well. Peter won the day in his LS 8 and his wife Lisa , same 15 m. conversion glider, was runner up. Ray was 3d so 10, 8 and 7 points were given.
After 3 days they are halfway and Ray in the JS 3 leads with 24 points, followed by David with 21 and Butch with 20. Peter and Lisa are next with 16 and 14 points.
—–We are really having autumn weather now. We went from 37dgr. C. 2 weeks ago …hottest day ever in autumn…to 14 in the weekend with wind and lot’s of rain.
—–The weather in Brazil was still good , also after the comps. On September 23, the pilots who stayed, flew nice long distances, Claudio and Egon who were still there flew both in an ARCUS M, 940 km[886 FAI triangle] , topping with another great flight the OLC on last Wednesday.
—–In between they flew the Gauteng Regionals in Orient, [September 16-26], so talking about S.A. In 3 classes they had 10 days to define the winners in club, [6 pilots] 15 m. [13 pilots one of them HC] and open class. [15 pilots]. Not the very best spring-weather over there, as they only could fly on 2 days and 1 day was pretty marginal. Task 1 with 186 km. showed no finishers in club and a max of 41 points for the winner. Their task 2 had 165 km and 4 finishers and 434 points for the daily winner. Task 3 on Saturday had 182 km. but was changed in NO TASK. Winner in club; Philip Leach in Janus CM RG, leading with ONE point; 434 points after 2 days. Dave Maver was the runner up. Philip won task 1 with no finishers but,…he flew 133 km. whilst the runner up flew 41!!! Task 2 was won by Dave Maver in the ASW 20. Philip lost “only” 40 points; so he had 1 point left for the overall win!!!
Task 1 for 15 m. had 257 km as task but also here nobody finished. Mark Holliday flew 141 km and was clearly the best in ASW 27 for 19 points!!!! Task 2 was a set 328 km, but only flown by 2 pilots. Bennie Du Plessis 818 points for daily winner in ASW 20 and runner up Mike Tiffin in ASW 27 was in too for 790 points. Task 3 was 271 km. but changed in NO TASK. Winner in 15 m after 2 days; Bennie Du Plessies with 828 points. Runner up Mike Tiffin with 790.
In open class task 1 was 356 km and flown by 2 pilots from the 14 who started; John Coutts , as the daily best, with 309 points in the JS 3 and Nico Le Roux in JS 1 with 304 points. Task 2 was a set task from 438 km. flown by 12 pilots. Riaan Denner , in JS 1, “got” the 1000 points!! Unfortunately he was out on day 1. 3 More pilots were between 900 and 1000 points…Jason Adriaan and Oscar and Laurens [Goudriaan] Speed was around 105 km./h for them. All pilots fly JS 1 or JS 3 except for 2x a Ventus CM and an ARCUS. Mike Barenbrug is 1 of the Ventus pilots and on this day he topped the OLC with his flight! Task 3 and the last day, had a set 348 km. task. And yes, ..also changed in NO TASK!!! Overall results after 2 flying days; 1;Nico Le Roux 1.194 points. 2; John Coutts 1.163 p.
For sure their great South African weather will start soon,…only spring now. Heard it will be an El Nina year ,…will that bring more rain.. in Australia and also in SA ???
——There might be now still a short Bitterwasser Season; Here is their news! “There is still a chance for a gliding season in Bitterwasser! Even if it can only be a short one. Namibia has opened and flights to Windhoek can bebooked again. The first flights have already reached Namibia. So the traffic light is green. After this good news, at the Bitterwasser General Assembly in mid-September the desire arose to take the opportunity and organize a small season. If the containers are dispatched at the beginning of October, the fist flights could take off in Bitterwasser at the end of November. If you want to be there and take your glider with you, please contact Executive Director Rainer Hog ( email@example.com). And this is what the conditions for staying in Namibia look like now: Anyone who enters the country with a negative corona test which is not older than 72 hours can travel to Bitterwasser without quarantine. Another test is necessary after five days. If the result is negative, the country may be freely traveled There is a new board behind the “small season” campaign. Ilka Elster-Back and Jürgen Dörrie were elected to the board of directors by the general assembly to join Rainer Hog and Ralph Bürklin. Wolf-Dietrich Bornholdt made room for them after ten years of work for gliding in Namibia, Dirk Reich had already retired before that.”
—–The Queensland State Comps will be flown between September 26 and October 2. Practice was on Friday September 25. They are flown from Jondaryan at the Darling Downs Soaring Club. On livegliding.com you can follow all the action! They have a GP scoring system. Adam Woolley and David Jansen lead after 2 tasks, [ 285 km. and 410 km] with 10 points in the sports class. Speed from task 2….147 [Adam] and 137 km./h. Adam mentioned in his Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures “Awesome day, awesome flight, first past the post at 148kph !! Nailed the start, height, speed & line of energy out. First climb of 7kts took me to base, then it was run at 110kts all dayI linked up the energy lines well today & stopped in 6kts to top up only when I had to. Was always looking for 8-10kts though! Picked up over 3000 ‘on glide, typically slow in the areas of lift & 100kts otherwise all the way in. Great fun!“ Task 3 was 325 km. and yes…Adam was with a speed of 136 km./h again the daily winner. He got the 6 points. Lisa 4 and David 3. Lisa Turner in her ASW 27 was runner up with a speed of 133 km./h and David in the LS 8 3d with 126 km./h. 2 More pilots in this class Jenny Thompson [ASG 29/18m] with a speed of 129 km./h for 2 points and Mike Codling in ASW 27 got 1 point for 108 km./h. Adam…..From a young boy organizing already with other young chaps JoeyGlide , from tuggie also for a short time with us in Tocumwal, from an eager competition pilot flying comps all over the world, he is a very accomplished pilot now. His mum and dad [ a good pilot himself] have stimulated him through the years. 16 Points in total for him now.14 for David. Adams daily comment; “Another cracking day, very pleased with how I’m flying atm. I feel like I have my go-get-em attitude back, no fear of failure & willingness to learn. Special points for the day…Maximizing the glide out of the gate through the over development & generally poorer conditions, saw me able to core the first booming climb soonest (albeit from lower down).I was attacked by an eagle in my final glide climb of 8kts, so I rolled out 1800′ below glide on a 6.7kt MC (my average climb rate for the day) & tried to hold 110kts all the way in & pick it up. 80% of it worked as I’d hoped, so I feel that my final glides are getting faster (ie, steady & constant speed all the way in) now, with confidence – happy!” AND…..”Easily a 1000km day out of DDSC yesterday I think.”
Day 5 and task 4 showed a shorter task from 169 km and Adam won again,….this time with 118 km./h. His 3d win in a row. His daily news at Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures David as runner up flew around with 100 km./h. Total scores at this stage; Adam 21 …David 16..Lisa Turner 10.
14 pilots in club and after 2 tasks [237 km. and 309 km] it ‘s Jo Davis leading  ahead of Peter Brunton,  both in ASW 27, each winning a day. Task 3was 294 km and won by Jo, flying 114 km./h which was quite a bit faster than the runner up, Peter who had a speed of 108 km./h .On top of that he got a 30 s. penalty for a too fast max speed at start[ 6 knots x5] So 12 points for Jo and 10 for Peter. Overall Jo has now 31 points after 3 tasks and Peter 28. No scores or task for today.[yet] Swiss Chris shared a picture from the weather during task 2….GOOD!!!!!!
—–Looked at the first debate between Trump and Biden…at 3 in the morning,….BUT only 3 minutes…shouting and accusing each other is not my cup-of-tea!!!!! And that for a president from the USA and maybe the upcoming president. Later I heard that I missed NOTHING!!!
—–Bill has worked hard and the blog is working fine again. THANKS again to Bill, who had to spend some time on it. So with less doubt than the last couple of weeks I can say…CU next week Cheers Ritz
The comps in Brazil, to select the new National Champion 2020 in 3 classes ,continued…….so I continue too. And what fabulous soaring weather they had!!!! Have a look…..SUPERB!!!! Even the pilots used superlatives for what happened. They even topped the world- wide -OLC on several days and that during a competition. 7 out of 7 days for 15 m., open and 6 for Club. Club; task 4…4 hour AAT!!!!Another pffff…..Won by Andre with 302 km. in time 3.55. Task 5..set task of 306 km; Won by Andre with 82 km./h. Task 6…set task from 321 km; YES…won by Andre in his PW 5.Speed 72 km./h. over the set 321 km!!!NOT bad!!! Task 7…252 km...but no valid flight by one of the pilots.1Pilot started and flew 15 km. Great results and magic weather for the 4 pilots in this class. 6 out of 7 flying-day’s Final scores ; 1.Andre Goldenstein in PW 5 AND CHAMPION with 4538 points. 2.Antonio Marinho Jr in KW 1 with 1.871 p. 3.Cassiano Corazza in PW 5 with 1.091 p.
15 m; task 4…4.30 hour AAT !!!! BIG day for them as well. Luis Affonso flew in his St. Jantar a distance of 481 km. in time 4.39. task 5…set task of 426 km; a “new” face in the top this time Fabio Pimenta in a Discus B, as Luis was “only” 11th, loosing nearly 300 points. But now worries he could “have” it. task 6…504 km; and again Fabio won the day ..speed 127.58 km./h. 3 Pilots were out. task 7…418 km; LAST DAY… speed 132 km by the winner in a St. Jantar. Luis was 3d. No real fight, for spot 1, but GREAT SOARING in unbelievable weather. Final scores after 7 days of magic soaring; 1.Luis Affonso in St. Jantar AND CHAMPION with 6.411 points. 2.Ricardo Raupp in St. Jantar with 6.254 p. 3.Ben-Hur Silveira in Duo Discus XL with 6.019 p. Some flew their first 500 FAI triangle and 3000 m. height!!! ” realmente é fantástico!!!”
open; task 4….641 km !!!There are 7 pilots in this class but it’s ALL between 3 of them, pretty well-known too. Winner today….Henrique Navarro in his Nimbus 4T with 137 km./h. Runner up Claudio Schmidt with 131 ,74 km./h in ARCUS and Egon Rehn in QUINTUS M was on spot 3 with 132 km./h. task 5…653 km.;140 km./h for Henrique, 132 km.h for Claudio and 136 for Egon. task 6…526.26 AAT; flown by Henrique with a speed of 153.82 km./h over 836.89 km. “Today I flew the longest task ever flown in a Brazilian gliding championship – 837 km at 154 kph.” Good on him. Claudio was runner up with 806 km in time 531, so a nice speed from 146 km./h. Egon was 4th with 148.72 km./h over 822 km!! task 7…531 km; LAST DAY….. Enrique flew around with 173.49 km./h!!!!!! “…and today I flew the fastest task ever flown in Brazil: 174 kph in a 500km FAI triangle…5 day wins out of 7. Claudio with 162.69 km/h and Egon with 166.36 km./h. Henrique had to travel 1800 km. to attend the nationals!!!! Fabulous speed, weather AND pilots!!!!!! Final scores; 1. Claudio Schmidt in ARCUS M, and Champion with 6.878 points. 2. Henrique Navarro in Nimbus 4T with 6.786 p. 3. Egon Rehn in QUINTUS M with 6.426 p. Except for day 1 Caudio was number- 1- overall ,every day. Great job!!!!
On September 9 the French championships for 2021 have been defined after all the COVID influences and changes from this year. Hopefully they can be flown at the next dates; —General category and Women’s category Standard + 15 m + Biplace 20 m: at Bailleau from May 30 to June 5 —General category Class 18 m and Free Class: in Buno-Bonnevaux from 20 to 26 June —General category Club class: in Lille from 11 to 17 July —Category Junior Club Class and Standard + Class 15 m + Biplace 20 m: in Fontenay-le-Graaf from 25 to 31 July Pre-registrations are open and will last until January 31, 2021
This new season Lake Keepit is the host of many pilots who fly a GRANDPRIX type of competition there. The first has been and was won by Mac Ichikawa .There will be four rounds, the next one is on the first weekend in October, then January and over Easter. The best 4 pilots at the first GP, were very close ; Mac Ichikawa had 29 points ,Jay Anderson 28, Bruce Taylor 26 and Brad Edwards 25.
Talking about Lake Keepit….. that fantastic WWGC comes straight up in my mind. SUCH A PITY it finished the way it did. A lot of people ask me if I have heard already about the appeal from the WWGC. I kept you very much involved over all the different situations, already when I was in Lake Keepit and later, but nowadays it’s very quiet…no news. It can’t be TOO difficult. Here is a mail, I received, from somebody who was there and who is waiting as well. I share it with you, as I don’t know much about appeals and the way they should be handled. “The last WWGC in Lake Keepit ended 8 month ago in January 2020.Three months later two appeals were lodged against the outcome by two very large gliding nations. Since then there has been complete silence; what on earth is going on? Appeals need to be transparent and handled in a timely fashion and not in secrecy. It is completely unacceptable for the appeals board not to give regular updates to the gliding community about its processes, meeting calendar and persons heard in relation to the WWGC scandal. Not doing so creates suspicion. Is a back room quiet deal being pursued? Who is talking to the appeals board? Why don’t we hear anything? “ Well, that person is clearly not happy!!!
Talking about Australia,…the Queensland State Comps are about to begin. Here is the news; “The competition starts on Sat 26th Sept and runs to Friday 2nd October. Sports and Club classes. Practice day Fri 25th. Format is GP and using the F1.0 trackers. Watch live on livegliding.com 21 Entrants incl 3 Hors de Concours (2 x Duo and 1 x DG1001Club in Club Class). Sport Class looks very competitive and the tasks may reflect that. (But don’t tell the competitors!). Bob Flood CD
Good , no great news from Tocumwal. Finally they start to build the MUSEUM for ALL memorabilia from WW2 . They have been moved several times p.e. to the briefing room at the SSC,[Sportavia Soaring Center] the Bowling Club , the tourist office and now they will be finally home where they belong in their OWN MUSEUM. In our time we had busloads of people coming to see the hangar , the small exposition in the briefing room and they were with “open mouth” listening to the fabulous stories from Bob Brown and to see in the vitrines all what has been collected over the years. Uniforms on dress ‘dummies’ were very old but kept in good order. We even had people who brought AND gave pictures and memorabilia to show in the exposition!!! We had people who had lived in Tocumwal in that WW2 time,…they had unbelievable stories. Now history will be shared for ALL who have interest. I remember an evening where there were still a few “oldies” attending. The ” Andrew Sisters” local “girls” did a real good job and the Glenn Miller music had a fantastic acoustic . It was a night to never forget. For those who have visited SSC in the past and now visit Sportavia Tocumwal,…and wonder where it is,…..the museum is just around the corner when you can go in a straight line to the WW2 hangar and to Sportavia.
And to finish this blog ….Congratulations to HpH sailplanes on the successful maiden flight of Twin Shark No.4.
Still struggling with my blog!!! VERY FRUSTRATING!!! ” Poor ” Bill is still helping out!!! THANK YOU Bill !!!!!!!!! I nearly gave up writing, but I continue for a little while. One day there is not enough “connection anymore with the soaring world” and then it is really time to stop. That time might not be too far away. Just to let you know already.
Working via another system is NOT easy, at least for me, but it seems to work which is good.
News from the FAI on September 9; “Gliding pilot Mélanie Gadoulet from France has been awarded the IGC Champion Pilot of the Year 2019 earlier this year Mélanie was selected from the Champions in all classes of the qualifying competitions of the 2019 season. “
And a great picture by Pierre [de Broqueville] who flew in the Pyrenees.
UK Mountain Soaring Championship 2020 from Aboyne; The news on Thursday was “There is no cross country task today, launches are available for the height gain until 18:00 this evening”. And they gained height;” R1 is leading the height gain with 45,942 ft, followed by 8Q with 39,974 and FCB in third with 37,543” So who are they? R 1 is team Naylor and Tait in the Duo Discus, 8Q is Graham Paul in a JS 1 and FCB is Martin Philimore in a Pegase101 A. On Friday a CC task ; 2 hour AAT…..But scrubbed because of the gusty conditions. At 5 PM the evening wave started and so did the tuggies to bring those who wanted to be “HIGH” up in the air. They had three late launches with 8Q getting to 17,150 feet, XX to 16,744 and R1 landed out. Saturday was supposed to be the last day but “we are going to scrub today due to the wind strength”. At 12 they had a prize giving for both CC flying and height. “Prize giving is over. Congratulations to Robert Tait and Stuart Naylor in R1 for winning the 23rd UKMSC. The Height Gain was won Graham Paul in 8Q. We must give a special mention to Team DGC flying the Perkoz who scored the most points this week but were flying hors concours.” By the way I checked for you; Indeed 2 pilots with the same name John Williams and as often ,one get’s the nick name….BIG JOHN flies Z7 the ANTARES and is based in Portmoak. He was 3d in the comps. John flying the LS 8 was 5th.
Brasil had the 62d Championships Region Mid West, flown in one class from Luis between September 5 and 11, which was good practice for the Nationals straight after.
14 Pilots in gliders between Libelle/St Jantar and Nimbus 4/ASW 22BLE. 2 day’s with 4 hour AAT’s , 1 with 4.30 and 2 with 3.30 AAT’s , meaning 5 days of great soaring weather and only day 1 had to be cancelled/ no task. Distances on the 4 hour days up to 552 km in the ASW 22 BLE and a speed of 137,98 km./h.. All days were 1000 points day and in the end Claudio Schmidt in the ARCUS was the winner with 4.903 points. He won 3 days. Followed by Henrique Navarro in the Nimbus 4T with 4.883 p. At spot 3 Egon Rehn in the ASW 22BLE with 4.571 p.
Straight after the BRASILIAN NATIONALS [September 12-19 ] were flown in 3 classes; Club, racing  and open,  with on Saturday the 12th a practice day for the 26 pilots! On Sunday “the real thing started”. Club; Task 1; 3 hour AAT…The Libelle did not compete so only 2 PW 5’s and a KW 1 in this class. Task 2; 3.30 AAT…pfff …many k’s for the little ones!!!! Andre Goldenstein in the PW 5 flew 307 km,in time 4.16 ..great effort!!! In fact he is the only one in this class who flew well. Task 3; 3.30 AAT… Andre “got”the 1000 points, for 285 km. Speed 81 km. /h not bad for the PW 5.
15 m; Task 1 ;3.30 AAT….1000 points…431 km…speed 123.39 km./h in a DG 1001 M flown by Renato Stefanuto..3 out. Task 2; 3.30 AAT…445 km. in this class in time 3.46 in a St Jantar by Luis Affonso for 1000 points. 5 From 14 finished. Task 3; 3.30 AAT… 2 St. Jantars with 385/388 km. in time 3.32/3.34 and a Duo with 419 km. in 3.33.
Open; Task 1; 4 hour AAT….1000 points for 597 km…speed 149 km./h…in Nimbus 4T flown by Henrique Navarro. All 7 finished , 6 flew over 500 km. Task 2; 5 hour AAT….5 from 7 flew over 600 km!!! Claudio Schmidt in the ARCUS M flew 673 km. in time 5.03 , so a nice speed of 133 km./h.[703 OLC km’s] Runner up was Henrique. He and Egon Rehn [ at spot 3] in the QUINTUS topped the world wide OLC last Monday. Task 3; 439 km……All 7 pilots flew the task. Best on handicap  was Claudio with a speed of 149 km. /h. Egon had 154 km./h in the Quintus.[ Handicap 124]
Varese continued on Friday with the last 2 / 3days of the Coppa Citta di Varese…./ Trofeo Walter Vergani. A 2 hour AAT was set. Alberto [Sironi] in the ARCUS was the best with 194km , but only 4 [Stefano Ghiorzo, Ugo Pavese and Austrian pilot Thomas Hynek ] flew over 100 km, so a zero- points –day! Another small task for the last day; 2.10 AAT. Alberto won again , this time for 603 points. 16 from 19 flew the task. They added on Sunday the reserve day to make it 3 valid days and to define the winner of the Coppa AND the 15 m. NATIONAL CHAMPION. A 2.20 AAT was set. 153 km. was the best result and won by….Alberto and only 7 flew the task. So winner of the Coppa …. Alberto Sironi in the ARCUS T with after 3 valid days 1.264 points. Only one other pilot flew over the 1000 points line; Luca Castelli in the JS 1 EVO with 1.167 p. NATIONAL CHAMPION in 15 m. after 3 valid tasks is Alfio Lavazza in an LS 8 with 844 points. Runner up was Ugo Pavesi [ASG 29] with 818 points and Stefano Ghiorzo was 3d in the DIANA 2. [816 p].
Severe problems with my blog!! Bill has been busy for a week to recover the log-in on google- chrome but it still shows problems…I can’t get in!!! So I found out that it works now via internet explorer but I am not used to this system, so it took me 3 hours to publish this whilst the text was ready in word. Left the rest of the pictures out . Try to publish now…hopefully it all works perfect next time again. A GREAT THANK YOU to Bill!!!!
September started with around 700 km. flights in the beginning of autumn in Europe [France, Spain and Germany] , and ….not too bad…600 k. in the UK from Lasham in the ARCUS T….and 456 km. Down Under, by our former partner in Tocumwal Grant ,who flew his St. Jantar from Kingaroy on the first spring day. The last comps in Europe are in progress now as well.
Coppa Citta Di Varese. 4 September 2020 – 13 September 2020 Sat 5, Sun 6, Mon 7; then Fri 11, Sat 12 September 2020 13 is a reserve day.
After the CIM and Coppa Citta di Rietie, the pilots fly now in Varese where 20 pilots “fight” to win the CUP from Varese at the airfield of Calcinate del Pesche; “Adele and Giorgio Orsi airport of Varese “. I remember both of them. The 15m. Nationals are part of this last competition in 2020. The CD is the same as in Rietie…Aldo Cernezzi. Day 1 …no task… but day 2 had a small task number 1; 2.45 AAT. Nobody flew more than 100 km…67 km. was the best …and lots had air space violations.So NO points. task 2; 2.20 AAT…and now they could fly a few more kilometres. 205 for Alberto [Sironi] as the best for the day, in the ARCUS T; speed 87 km./h, which says enough of the day. No flying on Monday..cancelled. Then they start again next Friday. I will keep you informed.
—-News from Alexander Schleicher; “First flight of the AS 34 Me – Schleicher’s first electric self-starter in the airAS 34 Me – Schleicher’s first electric self-launcher hasflownhttps://www.alexander-schleicher.de/
—News from E2 glide; ” Congratulations! Matthew Scutter won E2Glide competition with Diana-2! September 2020, Germany. “ With 5 out of 8 day’s at the airfield of Großrückerswalde, Matthew won 3 days and was runner up on 2!!! Number 2 was Florian Heilmann in the SILENT and at 3 Luka Žnidaršič in a Ventus 3. Matthew mentioned ;” E2Glide turned out to be a great event – we had very marginal weather, as you would expect for September in Germany and perhaps 2/8 days were flyable by normal standards. With the whole fleet having electric engines, we were able to launch and even start in marginally soarable conditions and still manage tasks on 6/8 days. “
Another competition which is always nice to follow is the UK Mountain Soaring Championship 2020 from Aboyne in Scotland organized by the Deeside Gliding Club. “Things will be a little different this year, no welcome BBQ on Saturday evening, morning briefings will be held over Zoom and all all pilots, crews and the organizing team are split into 5 separate bubbles.” “But some things will never change, we will still have both the cross-country and height gain competitions running all week, with all the task and scores published on Soaring Spot“
They started on September 6 with a “nice” 3 hour AAT, with 20 pilots and 2 HC pilots/teams. Tasks 1 was for as far as I know one of the best in this discipline..John Williams with 254 km in the 18m. LS 8. Though there are 2 John Williams in this comps , the other one flies the ANTARES 20,….that’s always difficult when you are not there! 10 were out and the runner up Dave Latimer, had 237 km in the Ventus CT/17.5 m. Task 2 after a non flying CC-day [ pilots could fly or practice height that day ] had a 2.30 AAT won by the Duo Discus, with 394 km. mind you , the runner up in Discus 2 CT had 256 km. 12 Pilots were out. You can follow the days action at https://glideandseek.com/?viewport=57.02399,-3.54577,10 A 2 hour task is set for today.
GLIDING INTERNATIONAL SEPTEMBER 2020. It’s getting easier and easier to read the G.I, just perfect NOW!!! It reads so much easier when the lay out is superb, and that is what it is now. More or less an e-reader. Compliments to the G.I. team in New Zealand. What’s in it??? —-An impressive story about “Sailors of the sky” 24 pages of stories , pictures and graphics. It’s a reprint of a 1967 article about gliding, just the time I started soaring. “Finding the story and buying the rights to use it from National Geographic was not a complex affair, but nevertheless gave us all at Gliding International a real sense of purpose.” John Roake the editor. —-nice stories about Klaus Holighaus an Ingo Renner who turned 80 in June. —-has gliding anything to learn from passenger aircraft manufacturers? —–an update…..a sad day for gliding in New Zealand with Omarama closed…. —–Lot’s of news…p.e. the 2020 FAI General Conference edition 114,…will be like most briefings at comps nowadays electronically. —– the August accident report did n’t make me happy….7 deaths recorded. and INTERNATIONAL Aviation news for glider pilots and “things with wings”