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?

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

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

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

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

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

Entrance to the old city of Dresden

XTC inbound for landing

entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp.

semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen

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

very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

a drink to the witches..

interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz

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

lovers fountain in Dresden palace

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

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

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

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

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

18 meter class competitors

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

Hello, Bart Renckens is back again!

The restored Dresden church from the outside

Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000

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

finishes past the church of Klix

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

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

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

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

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

Entrance to the old city of Dresden

XTC inbound for landing

entrance to Colditz POW WW-2 camp.

semetary in the ancient city named Bautzen

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

very familiar atmosphere everywhere during the competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

a drink to the witches..

interiour of the old church in G+¦rlitz

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

lovers fountain in Dresden palace

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

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

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

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

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

18 meter class competitors

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

Hello, Bart Renckens is back again!

The restored Dresden church from the outside

Bart Renckens programming his LX-9000

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

finishes past the church of Klix

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

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.;-)

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