Yearly Archives: 2014

Ventus-2cxa marries FES!

Luka Znidarsic, the Slovenian Schempp-Hirth representative and CEO of LZ Design has successfully added an engine to his Ventus 2: His company had been working on electric propulsion systems for several types of gliders. So far some LAK gliders have received a front electric sustainer, and they are already flying in different countries. FES is…

Passengers at the Airport

Soaring has always been a myth for a lot of people – for example most of them don’t know how winch works or the details of aerotow are unknown.The biggest mystery is that a glider can fly a few hours without engine and even without strong wind! Naturally it’s hard to make a sweeping statement…

2014 WGC in Leszno, Day 7

At pilot meeting today, MikeYoung of the UK seemed to speak for many when he asked, “Did you set the tasks last night?” Perhaps because the organizers did not want to face the wrath of those who believed that canceling Tuesday, 5 August, was a mistake, there was no captains’ meeting scheduled this morning. Several…

CONCORDIA’s perfect landing in 35 kts. storm!

    Leszno with it’s huge airfield. Back from Leszno after 2 VERY interesting full days.Specially the landings on the short overshoot -runway -15 , last Sunday , were at the least spectacular as the decor for this landing was a dark, very dark sky to the NW of the airfield with flashes-of lightning “from…

2014 WGC: How to Avoid a Mid-Air Collision

Today’s pilot meeting included a safety talk about mid-air collisions from the competition Chief Steward Robert Danewid. From 1974 to 2013, there have been 58 mid-air collisions involving gliders. Gaggle flying seems to be the culprit for many of these collisions. Some possible solutions to reducing such collisions include: 1) Giving a bonus to pilots…

WGC 2014 Leszno Day 4 & 5

30 July, Day 4For the fourth day, all three classes will fly area tasks. Each class today will fly with 3 areas with a Minimum Time of 2 hours. Fear of late afternoon thunderstorms drives this decision, which makes for a short day of flying and a de-valued day, pointswise. Rain is predictedtomorrow, although the…

Ascendance — A Beautiful New Video

Ascendance from Julien Jauffret PLUS 1 day ago ALL AUDIENCES Les jours de beau temps à l’aérodrome de BUNO sont synonymes de planeur. Une bande de passionnés s’en vont toucher les nuages à bord de leurs machines. Un mot d’ordre, le plaisir de voler. Translated: The good weather at the aerodrome BUNO is synonymous with gliding. A band of enthusiasts…

Morning Routine

The sun rises in Leszno about 4:00. We sleep a little later than that, but SS and DB are usually on the airfield between 6:30 and 7:00. By7:30, the entire U.S. team has arrived and is assembling. It is to the advantage of the big-winged planes to weave through the trailers and to the scales sooner rather…