Author Archive for Ritz

Since before the word “blog” was created, Ritz wrote about her experiences every day after flying at the Sportavia Soaring Center in Australia, where she helped run a successful business from 1996 to 2005. Her first blogs on soaring.eu date from June 2006, and she has been blogging ever since, joining Soaring Café in January 2011. She says her experience as columnist for Gliding International and blogger for Soaring Café has enriched her world more than she can say and that her soaring friends keep her young and ”going”. Read Ritz' full bio under the menu item About -> Our Contributors.

German Sport Soldiers…First Aussie 1000 km for the Season!

“It sure was a great achievement to get Australia’s first 1000 k flight this season to Stonefield Base.” — Sportsoldier Benjamin Bachmeier. And… “it was the prefield of an outstanding trough line wich brought the first 1000k day.” As well as  “The flying in Australia, the exploring of almost unknown soaring terrain and the preparation of the long-distance…

Dune Running and…SSC: The Last Memories !

Before I finish the story about the SSC, I want to call your attention to Dune Running; a phenomenon requiring a tough westerly wind hitting the dunes on the coast of the Nordsea in Holland last weekend and creating up-wind! Go to  www.soaring.eu  for 60 pictures and a video. [Wednesday blog!] Sunday November 27. What a way to…

Memories…SSC Part 2!

  Memories….SSC….part 2. After the pilots landed we were welcomed like long-lost-friends! The weather was good, George straight away flew a 750K and every evening we had a ball. Didn’t want to go home anymore!! George got the Ventus from Peter Griffiths and his car. After the comps we went to Tocumwal. Behind Bruce, with…

Memories of Sportavia Soaring Center (SSC)…Part 1

The cooperation with Soaring Café, has given more readers from the USA the possibility to read www.soaring.eu . In my blog I do look back regularly on the quality time we had at the SSC [ Sportavia Soaring Center ] in Tocumwal Australia. I refer on a lot of names from pilots/guests/friends from this period. For those who wonder….here is…

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana!

www.soaring.eu More places in Africa welcome overseas guests to enjoy great soaring circumstances! From Potchefstroom in SA  another great flight last week from well known pilot Oscar Goudriaan.Here is the news I received and share with you. “Oscar declared a 1000 km FAI triangle: Potchefstroom-Dealsville-Pomfret-Potchefstroom, and came close, landing out nears Klerksdorp some 60 km…

The Weather…is the Weather!

Sunday November 6 2011            www.soaring.eu Tough wind! Picture; courtesy Joop Everse. The weather is the weather and as a [glider] pilot you have to live with it…we all know! The weather can also be a topic when there is nothing else to say any more! The weather can be damaging, creating a lot of sadness, but…

Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Fund!

When I checked the new FAI site, which is still under construction, I noticed under the title awards, a Fund I had not yet heard of–the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Fund.It says, …The Trustees of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Fund for Technical Advances in the field of Sporting Aviation (including Simulated Flying) invite nominations from any source for high-calibre candidates who may be suitable recipients of prizes from the Fund….

Early 1000 km O&R in South Africa!

An early new blog today on www.soaring.eu  with —first 1000 km. flight in 2012 season from Potchefstroom —OLC, what a great “tool” —video with a glider ….made in Greece! —Dash 8 crash on PNG —last landings on former airport Perth and more Cheers…Ritz