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Meeting Points or Pilots Meeting…

… OLC offers an interesting new Feature Before joining our club’s pilots meeting this morning I had a quick look into OLC’s news. No record flights yesterday… but I found an interesting new feature called “MeetingPoints” on their website. Pilot meeting, meeting point? A little confused, I tried to find out more and figured that…

Grand Prix-feeling at OLC’s Glider Race

After four wet days the sun finally dried the thick clouds over the Wasserkuppe. During the 10 am pilots meeting the task was set: 219,8 kilo­me­ters, staging at noon. At 1.30 pm everybody was up above the airfield, first struggling, but the 20-pilot crowd could stay airborne. When I opened my laptop at 6.30 am mountain…

News from OLC’s Glider Race on the Wasserkuppe

The Wasserkuppe has seen some busy days lately: OLC’s first Glider Race started last Saturday. On the hottest day of the German summer 2013 twenty pilots launched and their crews, organizers and spectators could follow a hot race. Two and a half hours after crossing the start line the Standard-Class gliders raced back home from…

OLC Glider Race on the Wasserkuppe

The mountain on which “it all started” is getting really busy these days, preparing for another interesting event: After the huge success of Grand Prix Glider Races in many countries around the world, OLC now launches its first Glider Race – applying Grand-Prix rules. This new contest format was invented several years ago to gain…

Grand Prix Racing for the Rest of Us

This is a cropped but close translation of part of an article published March 27, 2013 in the OLC Magazine in German. “The argument can be made that traditional glider racing rules are such that spectator interest and involvement is near zero. Complex rules that are not relatable by the lay person and technical details that take substantial time to sort out delay daily racing results for hours if not until the next morning. Whoever comes home first from a contest flight is most likely not involved in the decision regarding the day’s winner.”

The Dutch Gliding Club—Why We Fly

The Dutch Gliding Club: “Gelderse Zweefvliegclub” achieved during this year (2012) the unbelievable Top-ranking of : Dutch, European as well as World Club Champion of the OLC contest. 90 Pilots flew over 283.266km X-Country within The Netherlands, Europe, Africa, Australia and the USA.

Of course this major achievement facilitated by the OLC Team, will be celebrated here in Holland. However more important is, that X-Country flying and making this visible for ALL by the use of Internet, will help you to grow as a club, Gliding Nation and as a soaring Community in total. It’s now time to share our thoughts and philosophy, which might help you as well.