Eleven Teams will be launching today at the Green Speed Cup on Strausberg’s airfield, east of the German capital Berlin. The Green Speed Cup's jury is looking for the pilot and the glider which uses the least amount of energy to fly the fastest. The 2013 Cup is already the third competition of this kind, and it’ll take place during the coming three days from September 6th to 9th. So far, this contest format is unique in the world of soaring.
The competition hosts a number of different gliders and planes like the microlight SD-1, an electric-powered e-Genius and also the diesel-engine equipped four-seater DA-40. One of the latest designs, a CTLSi (bell-m-air) has signed up to compete as well. To determine the winner the absolute energy use of each ship will be compared with its average speed during cross-country flights of 200 to 500 km.
Some well-known competitors like Klaus Ohlmann and Markus Scherdel will be trying to squeeze the best performance out of their gliders / planes. This weekend’s weather will hopefully be a good partner! The most challenging part of the Green Speed Cup is the combined use of soaring skills and engine knowledge. Pilots are supposed to connect gliding and powered flight in a new and thoughtful way.
The forecast for the next few days looks promising: Soaring Café wishes good luck to the competitors and teams. Of course we’ll keep our fingers crossed for some great SOARING! For further information please click here.