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Ventus-2cxa marries FES!

Luka Znidarsic, the Slovenian Schempp-Hirth representative and CEO of LZ Design has successfully added an engine to his Ventus 2: His company had been working on electric propulsion systems for several types of gliders. So far some LAK gliders have received a front electric sustainer, and they are already flying in different countries. FES is…

Passengers at the Airport

Soaring has always been a myth for a lot of people – for example most of them don’t know how winch works or the details of aerotow are unknown.The biggest mystery is that a glider can fly a few hours without engine and even without strong wind! Naturally it’s hard to make a sweeping statement…

VGC Rallye – Vintage Gliders are gathering in Europe

On August 2nd the 42nd Vintage Glider Club (VGC) International Rally 2014 started in Arnborg, Denmark, right in the middle of the small northern European country. More than 170 pilots from 15 different countries will be flying vintage gliders over the countryside around Arnborg. The area is flat, so thermal flying will be the best…

CONCORDIA’s perfect landing in 35 kts. storm!

    Leszno with it’s huge airfield. Back from Leszno after 2 VERY interesting full days.Specially the landings on the short overshoot -runway -15 , last Sunday , were at the least spectacular as the decor for this landing was a dark, very dark sky to the NW of the airfield with flashes-of lightning “from…

A new Standard Class World Champion 2014

Bert Schmelzer answers Soaring Café’s Questions Bert, you are the first Belgian glider pilot ever to become a World Champion. What a feeling?! Even three weeks after the competition is over, it is still difficult to realize what it exactly means to be World Champion, but I can tell you that crossing the finish line…

Klaus Ohlmann flies 7 World Records with e-Genius

The electric two-seater e-Genius just spent a week in Serres (France) a location which is also known as Klaus Ohlmann’s home airfield. Further evaluation and – if possible – some records were on the to-do-list. Seven records were achieved! As you might remember from former Soaring Café articles the electric glider e-Genius was built by…

Women pilots

I confess that when I was a beginner I was a bit afraid of my application to the aeroclub. No surprise–there were not any women pilots. It was not easy to fight against stereotypes: men tend to believe that women just want to find a boyfriend or they think that a woman pilot cannot have a successful career. So…