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!

e-Genius Triumphs at the 2013 Green Speed Cup

The 2013 Green Speed Cup, the third of its kind, was a great coup for the electric-powered e-Genius: Klaus Ohlmann and copilot Ingmar Geiß, Deputy Project Manager of the e-Genius-project, won the Cup, flying the peculiar looking ship. They scored four times more points than the second placed team! Actually Stuttgart’s Institute of Aircraft had…

Impressions from the German Championships in Lüsse

During the past two weeks, Lüsse hosted the German Championships in the Standard- and Club class. The airfield close to the small town of Lüsse southwest of Germany’s capital Berlin is internationally well-known, as it has already hosted a WGC and lots of other big contests. The countryside south of Berlin is flat but famous…

Cool – Soaring in Iceland

Most people would probably not think that Iceland has more to offer than geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, great seafood and a very green landscape? Well, while driving back to Reykjavik on Iceland’s highway No. 1, all of a sudden an ASK 21 launched right next to the road… A sharp left turn and there we…

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…

CloudStreet: Soaring the American West

Two weeks ago I came across a very interesting project which is developed to open our beloved sport to a broad public all across the United States. Mike Abernathy who flies with the Albuquerque Soaring Club invited me to stumble over the TV cables, laid out in his hangar in Moriarty. He pulled one of…

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…

WSPA’s Members enjoyed a fun Week in Moriarty

A wonderful and probably too short seminar week is over. Friday morning Moriarty’s skies still looked fair, but by shortly after noon the clouds grew bigger, some started to rain while others sent down lightning flashes. Was this the final fireworks to garnish our five days of soaring, or was the weather especially brewed to…