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.

Flying with Gliding Legend Ingo Renner — by Adam Woolley

Squad week in Narromine . Courtesy Mike Codling. Is n’t it great when young pilots love to fly with an ” old guy”.And,…I say that with respect, as I know Ingo ‘s age but it seems he is one of those who stay ” forever young”! He still loves to jump in a glider, after…

You Need Supportive Friends for Goal Flights!

And no worries—they are available! A great goal flight was made last Wednesday by Tony Condon in the Std. Cirrus, departing from Wellington, OK in the USA: 517 km, and arriving at De Queen, Arkansas and with that he topped the OLC list! As he said,”Spring Go South! ( http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?dsId=3486851 ) Quite a flight today. A cold front…

Spring—Only Smiling Faces at the Airfield

It’s spring here in Holland. As you know, the meteorological spring started on March 1 and I can tell you … it REALLY started. Early spring it is, very early indeed, it even feels and smells like spring! People did not walk in the streets in Amsterdam where I spend a few days,  but they “skipped,” they…

Having fun with Ingo!

March 2;  the meteorological spring has started here and autumn down-under!!! What happened last week in “our” world? Most soaring activities are around this time of the year mainly  in Australia, even when the meteorological autumn has started over there yesterday! The first week on the border of NSW and Victoria has still temperatures in…

Solo at 81! Simultaneous continental records????!!!!!

What a great way of living! Still being fit enough at age 81 ,to start a glider course and still being in good health and tough enough, to go solo!Remarkable! Was, like many others,impressed with this news ,shared by the Chilhowee Gliding Association where Sarah Arnold is with her  husband Jason,the owner,mechanic, instructor and tuggy.…

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,…

” 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…