Tag Archive for Glider

Flying Day 3, Thursday 11/24 (Thanksgiving)

The weather here changes so fast. Last night it was really windy and the morning was cold and blowing. But, by the 10 am pilots meeting it had died down and was looking like a pretty good day. We set a 410 km chevron shaped task with the first turn at Westpoint (where we clear…

Flying Day 2, Wednesday 11/23

Today looked promising for thermal strength but with a real risk that high winds would blow the thermals apart. I launched second in line and got off at 1.4 AGL into  a great 7.7 kt thermal that took me to 10.5 K altitude. I set out on course –  and that was the last good…

Soaring-salut from Terlet!

The Dutch National gliding championships are at this stage in Arhem on the National Gliding Center Terlet. Interesting to see is how many of the WGC pilots now prepare for the comps . Mac Ichikawa from Japan flew Fatraglide and rushed to Hahnweide to fly there as well and with succes as he won 3 of the 4…

Flying Day 1, Tuesday 11/22

OK – so much for “I won’t fly until Wednesday”.  Today turned out to be a really pretty good day.  A new young German pilot did his first 300km (so he bought all the beer tonight) and one of the more experienced fellows did a bit over 400km.  My Nimbus got done with the tail…

Introduction

Every year I try to take a gliding vacation and in 2005 I visited South Africa for the first time and just fell in love with flying here. This is my 7th trip and, like earlier years, I will try to send on daily “reports” to friends back home.  These daily reports really began as…

Hammerwetter ! Money!

The weather in different places in Europe is GLORIOUS!! Yesterday Holland had 4 over 700 km. flights and that means only thermals!!! Today it looks great again. Did we have yesterday pretty much wind and a very COLD one, today  is much more pleasant on the ground and for sure also in the air! Look…

Let’s Go Gliding!

In February I attended the SSA Convention in Reno and I learned about the Let’s Go Gliding! campaign. This is an extraordinary initiative that can benefit the sport of soaring, especially if all it’s members (or at least the active ones) would get involved and really promote soaring and the campaign. During the convention everybody…