Yearly Archives: 2014

The Art of Flying on Silent Wings: An Essay by Bob Buck

You play with a silent, invisible and illusive force. You try hard to do what the birds do easily. It is completely absorbing, commands all your attention and skill. You work, but in a calm, peaceful and rewarding way detached from the material world in an almost dreamlike environment. Kings may have their sport, but soaring is a sport of the gods and they kindly allow us mortals to share in it.

Flying the FES-equipped Silent 2 Electro

A while back, I had read that a nearly 700 lb (315 Kg) sailplane equipped with an all-electric FES (Front Electric Self-launching) system had demonstrated serious climb rates (around 400 fpm, or 2 m/s) as well as multiple launches on a single charge; and I remember thinking at the time: “This is the future: All the advantages of self-launching and self-retrieving without any of the drawbacks of retractable pylon-mounted propellers or IC (Internal Combustion) engines.”

Solo above the Roof of the World

On February 1st Klaus Ohlmann reported the first solo soaring flight above Mount Everest. In an e-mail that was quickly distributed around the world he explains: “In a measurement flight near Lukla I stopped the motor. Nearly no wind below 6000 m, difficult thermals. Between Pumori and the entrance of the Khumbu Glacier smooth lift…

Finland, venue of the 2014 WGC !

Time to look ahead at the 33d WGC for club, standard and 2 seater [20m] class. After spending a few { working-}holidays in Finland at Rayskala, as TC [EGC], steward [EGC], editor [JWGC] and crew, I think it is nice to share with you some moments from our visits, to bring you in the mood,…

Witches meet in Dachau

Translated from a German article by Katharina Milke Oh, no! This is nothing to be scared of. The “German Witches” are neither mean nor dangerous… They simply love to fly. On their brooms? No, they are using sailplanes, just like you and me! Two weeks ago the German women glider pilots held their 40th annual…

Excel Logging Spreadsheet for Gliders

A friend of mine commented the other day that he couldn’t find a decent logging application that could create log entries from IGC files.  I have a fair bit of experience with automating Excel spreadsheets using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), and I was bored out of my skull (it’s winter, don’t you know), so…

” There are years life is like honey, other years are like hell!”

Today,…weather…. related to sport/ soaring and our soaring mates . I was very much impressed with the devastating conditions one of our soaring mates is dealing with cause of the terrible drought in the Southern part of Queensland in Australia.Sharing what Bruce Taylor and his wife Anita and a lot of other farmers are getting…

Video “Flight to Mount Everest”

Klaus Ohlmann is back in the Himalayas: On January 28th 2014 he and his copilot Jona Keimer found breezy but perfect conditions to cruise along the highest mountain on Earth. Using wave and ridge lift the Stemme S 10 climbed up to 29,000 feet msl and soared into the heart of the Himalayas. Equipped with…