Author Archive for Elke Fuglsang-Petersen

Elke Fuglsang-Petersen started soaring after she finished her school and college education and found herself locked into a small office for the next 45 years. In German soaring clubs she met a lot of new friends, enjoyed a great way to get out, could see things from a different angle, and gained a better overview. Meanwhile, she has traveled a bit, flown a lot, and lived in the US. She is happy to now know glider pilots from the US too and says, “they are as amiable as everywhere on the world.” She feels fortunate to have found a temporary soaring home in Boulder, surely one of the best and most scenic places to fly on Earth!

A new Standard Class World Champion 2014

Bert Schmelzer answers Soaring Café’s Questions Bert, you are the first Belgian glider pilot ever to become a World Champion. What a feeling?! Even three weeks after the competition is over, it is still difficult to realize what it exactly means to be World Champion, but I can tell you that crossing the finish line…

Klaus Ohlmann flies 7 World Records with e-Genius

The electric two-seater e-Genius just spent a week in Serres (France) a location which is also known as Klaus Ohlmann’s home airfield. Further evaluation and – if possible – some records were on the to-do-list. Seven records were achieved! As you might remember from former Soaring Café articles the electric glider e-Genius was built by…

Managing Schempp-Hirth and the “-us”

Tilo Holighaus talks about Business, Family and Soaring Following the rainy and cold WGC in Finland was a bit dissappointing, compared to the great Grand Prix in France two months ago… While in Finland the teams were talking about saunas, food and football, I couldn’t help thinking back to the pictures and reports which Tilo…

Hot News from Lithuania – LAK-17B-FES-21M

May 2014 obviously was the month of European maiden flights: On May 30th, the day when Sunseeker Duo first launched in Italy, and just 24 hours before Schleicher rolled out their ASG 32 Mi, another new (powered) glider was introduced to the European skies: In Pociunai, Lithuania the 21 meter wingspan modification of a LAK-17B-FES…

Sunseeker Duo’s first XC-Flight

Three weeks after their maiden dual flight the Raymonds now tried a first cross-country flight in their new machine. On June 21st Eric Raymond sent out an e-mail reporting: “Irena and I just returned from an overnight trip in our new plane, our first experience traveling in it. We set our goal to be easy,…