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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…

On Getting What You Deserve

Superstitious and religious folks will often try and find a reason for things to happen the way they do. They insist that not only in the afterlife will your deeds be tallied up and judgment rendered, but also here on Earth can you count on some score-keeper in the sky to keep a close watch…

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…

225 Years of Experience – Educating Kids in Soaring

Pictures by Thomas Boettcher The northern European summer of 2014 is now almost over, maybe one or two more nice weekends in September, maybe another thermal flight across the northern German countryside?Then we will have to travel far for soaring adventures on ridges, in waves or in southern thermals. While the sun is setting much…

Probably A Stupid Idea!

Monday evening, 6pm. It’s August and central Germany is experiencing rain and cold temperatures for around a week already. I guess autumn is coming early this year. I just returned from my summer vacation in Savoy/France the Sunday before (I’ve been hiking) and my dirty laundry is piling up in front of me. Actually I wanted to…

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…

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…

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…

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…