Tag Archive for Germany

No Adults allowed – Youngest German Pilots competing

It’s fall season, and like every year the youngest pilots and students have been practicing their accurate pattern work during several weekends to compete in the annual fall contest. Early in September they competed at regional contests, to find the best three glider pilots from each of the 16 States, who are then allowed to…

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…

Managing Schempp-Hirth and the “-us”

Tilo Holighaus talks about Business, Family and Soaring Following the rainy and cold WGC in Finland was a bit dissappointing, compared to the great Grand Prix in France two months ago… While in Finland the teams were talking about saunas, food and football, I couldn’t help thinking back to the pictures and reports which Tilo…

Super Saturday – Spring Soaring in Northern Germany

After the incredible three years of soaring in the Western US, I must admit it took me a while to get back down to sea level and adjust my expectations to flatlanders’ soaring. I am truly missing those rough and snow-covered mountains and with more moisture in the air my flatlands sky is not as…

DG-Flugzeugbau : The Composite Evolution continues

Some days ago DG sent out their latest newsletter – a great way to keep in touch and inform customers and friends. Everybody has probably heard about Jim Payne’s and Dennis Tito’s record breaking flights from Argentina and Minden, NV. The US-Air Force is flying DG 1001 as well, others prefer the single seated DG…

New Ideas for the New Year – Let’s go… Media!

How to create Public Interest in Soaring On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean most media only pick up negative stories about air sports. I hate to see that in public our beloved hobby has quite a negative image. While living in the United States I regularly found articles about crashed planes in my local…

Cloud Streets make for Spring Feelings in Northern Germany

Last weekend a huge Scandinavian high pressure area helped to push away the grey, low-lying clouds further to the South and glider pilots in Northern Germany could enjoy an unusually blue sky dotted with pretty white clouds. Despite the calendar which already calls for fall, it looked a lot more like a spring day. On…

Green Speed Cup 2013

Eleven Teams will be launching today at the Green Speed Cup on Strausberg’s airfield, east of the German capital Berlin. The Green Speed Cup’s jury is looking for the pilot and the glider which uses the least amount of energy to fly the fastest. The 2013 Cup is already the third competition of this kind,…