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Lights out! Spot on! The flying musicians from Stoelln!

Note: The entire interview in German can be found HERE! The following interview has been roughly translated into English to preserve the meaning of the artists. A little thing, which first started off as a little joke on Stoelln airfield (Brandenburg/Germany) has finally evolved into a truly serious hype throughout the German-speaking soaring community. What I am talking about is not some…

Grandpa Wolf’s spot-sledding contest

The early sunsets and the brown leafs are painting a fail-safe picture: Autumn is coming and the number of reaming soaring days is limited. But even though, or maybe just because of that a number of pilots is gathering especially in that time of the year to celebrate and compete in a very special and…

It’s time to learn Aerotow

For some time past I was thinking about the aerotow course but as I had a surgery I have just started to learn it at the end of July. This was the beginning of the summer camp in our aero club. Unfortunately the weather was bad here as it rained almost every day. Saturday was the…

Bill Batesole reports on the VGC Rally 2014 in Arnborg, Denmark

One sunny Wednesday-afternoon, right when the Northern German record summer of 2014 had started, Bill Batesole, his wife Annie and dog Roscoe randomly picked an airfield north of Hamburg to start their trip which ended after four sunny weeks in Arnborg, Denmark at the 42nd Vintage Glider Club Rally. Bill, who had just volunteered to…

Ascendance — A Beautiful New Video

Ascendance from Julien Jauffret PLUS 1 day ago ALL AUDIENCES Les jours de beau temps à l’aérodrome de BUNO sont synonymes de planeur. Une bande de passionnés s’en vont toucher les nuages à bord de leurs machines. Un mot d’ordre, le plaisir de voler. Translated: The good weather at the aerodrome BUNO is synonymous with gliding. A band of enthusiasts…

U.S. Team WGC 2014, Opening Ceremonies

At the 2012 World Gliding Championship in Uvalde, the U.S. team contrived to be first in the parade by walking under the sign “America.” This year, the U.S. team was last, strangely, behind team Uruguay. One hundred thirty two pilots, and many more crew members, marched down Ulitza ? to the Rynek, or Town Square.…

On the Fly — WGC 24 July 2014: Team USA

Today is the third of four official practice days, and the rain is relentless. Captain Dennis Linnekin took advantage of the weather to call a complete Team USA meeting: all six pilots, full crew, and interpreter Greg Swiderski. Then he made a few observations and exhortations. The runway situation is great. There is a well-marked…

Ireland’s First 500km Flight by Kevin Houlihan

My mother always claims that June 22nd is really the longest day. It certainly was for her in 1954 because on that day in that year I, her firstborn, arrived. I’m not sure if she has recovered yet. June 22nd this year was, for me, the longest day ever – in a glider.  I pedaled…