Some Photos from Klix … and the Surrounding Area

For the last few decades the soaring team of Klix has been organizing a competition for all gliding classes. As the WGC takes place this summer at Leszno in Poland, which is near by, a lot of pilots participated in the competition also for training reasons.

XTC inbound for landing

XTC inbound for landing

For years this competition has been known for its good organisation, familiar atmosphere and good gliding conditions. It always attracts over 100 competitors, and has good camping facilities and an amazingly good meteo man (really: WHOOOOWWWW!!)

If, though, the weather is a little against us glider pilots, there are also a lot of things to do in the immediate surroundings:

  • Visit the city of Dresden.
  • Go fishing, sailing or canoeing on the lakes near by.
  • Even a trip to Berlin or Prague is do-able very well in one day.
A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

I was impressed when visiting "Oflag IV C" situated in the castle of Colditz. During WW-2 POW's (mostly officers) with escape abilities were held here. You can find the complete history on the Internet. The most astonishing thing is that they built a glider to escape—and it could really fly! There was a replica built and flown in 2013 as reported in this article, and so was proven after the war.

I know it's a long way from the States to Europe, but gliders can easily be rented (on Klix airfield or elswhere in Germany / Europe)—and why don't combine your competition with a trip through Europe?

1 person POW WW-2 prison cell at the castle Colditz thumbnail
The bridge at G+¦rlitz- Germany to Poland. Now a free walk, but only 20 years ago hard to get over.. thumbnail
entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp. thumbnail
A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet) thumbnail
lovers fountain in Dresden palace thumbnail
Jeroen Verkuil with his rented Ventus CAXJ. There was a lot off fuzz some years ago about the Call Sign..... thumbnail
semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen thumbnail
Entrance to the old city of Dresden thumbnail
the black stones are original, the other are new..... thumbnail
18 meter class competitors thumbnail
Somethings the Red Cross sended to the POW WW-2 prisoners at Colditz castle thumbnail
Main square and building at Colditz  castle POW WW-2 camp thumbnail
What you learn young........... thumbnail
Jeroen Verkuil won the 18 meter class. He's also competing at the WGC in Leszno this summer. thumbnail
old governement building at the -right side- of the river Elbe thumbnail
interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz thumbnail
Lot's of things to do with family and children to if the weather is not ok for gliding thumbnail
Interiour of the completely destroyed in WW-2 and restored church in Dresden centre thumbnail
Jeroen Verkuil in his Ventus. In dayly life he is a commercial pilot for Lufthansa allthough he is a Dutchie thumbnail
Hadriaan van Nes, chairman of the Dutch competion commission who selects the pilots fot international competitions. thumbnail
XTC inbound for landing thumbnail
Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000 thumbnail
Ingo Trentelj, AKA kartoffel 8 (potatoe 8). Still performing very well with his old ASW-17 thumbnail
Hello, Bart Renckens is back again! thumbnail
finishes past the church of Klix thumbnail
Jaap Vis, member of the board  Dutch gliding Accociation- KNvVL. thumbnail
very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition thumbnail
a drink to the witches.. thumbnail
-burning witches- an ancient habbit in this part of Germany. Now a days the witches are made of carton. thumbnail
The restored Dresden church from the outside thumbnail
Palace of Dresden, every where you can still see the wounds of WW-2 (look at the deep black parts..) thumbnail
Frouwke Kuipers, flying a ASW-20 with Jet engine. Also the Dutch Top Sport Co+¦rdinator. thumbnail
In a cave at Colditz castle. On the background the entrance of a hand digged escape tunnel thumbnail

1 person POW WW-2 prison cell at the castle Colditz

The bridge at G+¦rlitz- Germany to Poland. Now a free walk, but only 20 years ago hard to get over..

entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp.

A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

lovers fountain in Dresden palace

Jeroen Verkuil with his rented Ventus CAXJ. There was a lot off fuzz some years ago about the Call Sign.....

semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen

Entrance to the old city of Dresden

the black stones are original, the other are new.....

18 meter class competitors

Somethings the Red Cross sended to the POW WW-2 prisoners at Colditz castle

Main square and building at Colditz  castle POW WW-2 camp

What you learn young...........

Jeroen Verkuil won the 18 meter class. He's also competing at the WGC in Leszno this summer.

old governement building at the -right side- of the river Elbe

interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz

Lot's of things to do with family and children to if the weather is not ok for gliding

Interiour of the completely destroyed in WW-2 and restored church in Dresden centre

Jeroen Verkuil in his Ventus. In dayly life he is a commercial pilot for Lufthansa allthough he is a Dutchie

Hadriaan van Nes, chairman of the Dutch competion commission who selects the pilots fot international competitions.

XTC inbound for landing

Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000

Ingo Trentelj, AKA kartoffel 8 (potatoe 8). Still performing very well with his old ASW-17

Hello, Bart Renckens is back again!

finishes past the church of Klix

Jaap Vis, member of the board  Dutch gliding Accociation- KNvVL.

very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition

a drink to the witches..

-burning witches- an ancient habbit in this part of Germany. Now a days the witches are made of carton.

The restored Dresden church from the outside

Palace of Dresden, every where you can still see the wounds of WW-2 (look at the deep black parts..)

Frouwke Kuipers, flying a ASW-20 with Jet engine. Also the Dutch Top Sport Co+¦rdinator.

In a cave at Colditz castle. On the background the entrance of a hand digged escape tunnel

1 person POW WW-2 prison cell at the castle Colditz

The bridge at G+¦rlitz- Germany to Poland. Now a free walk, but only 20 years ago hard to get over..

entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp.

A copy of the drawing of the Colditz glider- It actually flies pretty well (see internet)

lovers fountain in Dresden palace

Jeroen Verkuil with his rented Ventus CAXJ. There was a lot off fuzz some years ago about the Call Sign.....

semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen

Entrance to the old city of Dresden

the black stones are original, the other are new.....

18 meter class competitors

Somethings the Red Cross sended to the POW WW-2 prisoners at Colditz castle

Main square and building at Colditz castle POW WW-2 camp

What you learn young...........

Jeroen Verkuil won the 18 meter class. He's also competing at the WGC in Leszno this summer.

old governement building at the -right side- of the river Elbe

interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz

Lot's of things to do with family and children to if the weather is not ok for gliding

Interiour of the completely destroyed in WW-2 and restored church in Dresden centre

Jeroen Verkuil in his Ventus. In dayly life he is a commercial pilot for Lufthansa allthough he is a Dutchie

Hadriaan van Nes, chairman of the Dutch competion commission who selects the pilots fot international competitions.

XTC inbound for landing

Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000

Ingo Trentelj, AKA kartoffel 8 (potatoe 8). Still performing very well with his old ASW-17

Hello, Bart Renckens is back again!

finishes past the church of Klix

Jaap Vis, member of the board Dutch gliding Accociation- KNvVL.

very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition

a drink to the witches..

-burning witches- an ancient habbit in this part of Germany. Now a days the witches are made of carton.

The restored Dresden church from the outside

Palace of Dresden, every where you can still see the wounds of WW-2 (look at the deep black parts..)

Frouwke Kuipers, flying a ASW-20 with Jet engine. Also the Dutch Top Sport Co+¦rdinator.

In a cave at Colditz castle. On the background the entrance of a hand digged escape tunnel

Frans Guise

I started flying gliders in 1984 at “Vliegclub Haamstede,” very near to the sea in the province of Zeeland (most gliding in Holland is done in a club environment.) After years of flying around the coastal lighthouse, I flew my first 300K during a glider camp in Issoudun, France.

Since then I have embraced cross-country flying and flying expeditions, including flying in the (French) Alps. As of now, I have made around 250 cross country flights, 3,800 flights, with a total of 1,500 hours, launched by winch and aerotow.

I’m also a crew member off the Dutch gliding team and always carry one of my (Canon) camera’s.

The more you fly, the more you can learn.;-)

Latest posts by Frans Guise (see all)