Author Archive for Helge Zembold

Helge Zembold has had a passion for flyting since he was little. His father was also a pilot and took Helge with him several times even as a child, so it’s no surprise that he started gliding at the age of 14. As a junior, he took part in various regional competitions and was a member of the German Sports Soldier Gliding Squad in 2001. He then began professional flight training at Lufthansa German Airlines, so gliding had to step back for a while. Helge currently flies the Airbus 330/340 as First Officer and goes gliding whenever his spare time and family (wife, two kids, dog, cat and horse) allows. His second passion is aviation journalism with a focus on general aviation and gliding. Helge started out doing public relations for his gliding club, which led to a job at the local newspaper—a perfect way to finance gliding while a student. In addition, he started writing for special interest magazines such as Aerokurier and Segelfliegen. Between 2010 and 2013, Helge served as chief editor of Segelfliegen, which is the biggest German gliding magazine, serving more than 5000 readers. He covers the European section of Soaring Café.

Skylines: Flight Documentation and Analysis for Everyone

The OLC has established itself worldwide as a useful portal for displaying and analyzing cross-country flights. However, there is also criticism against the platform, especially in Germany. A group of ambitious developers has, therefore, started “Skylines”, a portal that comes pretty close to the OLC functionality and offers even more features.

Vinon Airfield Hit by a Mini-Tornado

It has just been a few weeks that the European Gliding Championships in Vinon took place. Now, the airfield in Southern France has to cope with the results of a mini-tornado that hit the area yesterday around 05:30 in the morning, causing excessive damage to planes and buildings. Local media reports that the wind speed…

No Big Deal?

This report was submitted by Bill Hanson, who flies his Pégase 101 out of Randall Airport, NY. It belongs to those stories that make you think “Oh boy”. Thanks to Bill for sharing his experience and contributing to our mission for more safety in gliding! “Here is what happened to me last weekend: I use…

Share Your Experience

Share Your Experience

Although we enjoy soaring far above the ground, we always have to remember that the earth may come closer much faster than we expect. It is an essential part of good airmanship not only to focus on the nice elements of our sport, but to consider the downsides as well in order to be prepared for the unexpected.

1750 km and a new European record in the Alps

It must have been one of these legendary Foehn days yesterday, May 16th. Do you remember last year, about the same date? Gerd Heidebrecht from Königsdorf flew more than 1000 Miles (1746,3 km, to be precise) in a Discus-2cT along the northern part of the Alps. Yesterday his club mate Mathias Schunk even exceeded that…

News from Schleicher concerning ASK 21

Alexander Schleicher Flugzeugbau has published a new Technical Note (TN) concerning the usage of spin ballast with the ASK 21 and ASK 21 Mi. There have been seldom occasions in the past where it took up to three more turns in the spin until it could be recovered. This situation was a result of wrong…

Impressions from AERO: The Two-Seaters Are Coming

The AERO exhibition at Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany takes place every year. Considering costs, the manufacturers of gliders and equipment decided some years ago to take part only every two years. Although it always was not only a chance to see all the news but also to meet friends, it seems that the number of…