Klaus took off early this morning with his Stemme (before the bad weather caught him up) for an attempt on a continental record for 2000 km towards Austria. Good luck!
Quo Vadis / Eagles has rented for 4 months an Ultra-light Dynamic WT9 as a tug-plane. It used to second the trusty Rallye 180 CV "Marsupilami".
All about the UL Dynamic WT9 tug here.
This is an additional document both technical & illustrated by the French Gliding Federation's "SAFETY AIMS" concerning risks and threats linked to mountain flying.
March was singular. The beginning with very beautiful days of thermal and flights in wave towards the Grand Paradis and the Aosta Valley. The middle of March with the snow and a waterlogged runway which ground gliders during two days.
The end of March which, in spite of a whimsical weather, allowed very beautiful flights (18 hours of flight in three days). We make up the lost time and we benefit completely of days until last ones sunbeams and the first beams of the moon!
For your safety and that of the other pilots think to update your Flarm with the last version 5.09 of March, 2013. To download it is here.
And do not forget to look outside!!!
We finaly get rid of the snow on the airfield just in time. Weak ground and weak thermals for the first flight. The first gliders took off around 2 o'clock this afternoon. We made the aerotows to the Aiguille and did very local flight to Aujour until sunset.
Sunshine, good people and very nice weather, August was just like we like it. Yes it was hot, but as most of us spend our time above 3000 m or beside the swiming pull, It was acceptable.
The weather was specialy good during july. A lot of pilot could fly around Cervin and Mont Blanc several time. Some of them flew until Furka pass. We also had two very intresting days of easten wave, it was possible to fly to Mont blanc with this uncomun situation.
despite very higth temperature, bad visibility and a strong south wind a few pilot decided to fly instaed of staing at the swiming pull. Once in the air fliyng along the ridges, they got south wave and cloud base up to 4000 m. That was enought to go, turn ouround the Mont Blanc and fly back to Serres.
Antoine, Claude, Jean-Philippe and Gilbert - wonderful stories about gliding in Serres this June. Superb ASH-25 flights, food, wine and vintage wine. Quo Vadis, thank you. You can bet they'll be back!
The end of may was very good. We could fly to the grand Paradis on tuesday, fly aroud the Mont Blanc through the Vercors, Bauges, Aravis and return through Aoste on Thursday, and finaly fly to the Furka Pass on Saturday. Every body goes home happy.
Despite the 12m/s in the wave of Pic de Bure, the day was not as expected and not so easy. Klaus could fly 1259km between Trento (Italy) and the Massif Central . 15 hours of rotors and wave.
It is becoming a habit now, when the south wind blows, Klaus Ohlmann goes for a long flight to Austria. This work might lead one day to a 2000 km in the Alps. The ground speed after the wave of la Meije is impressive.
See the link to olc. http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?flightId=-88774353
For a few weeks now, low pressure systems are passing. But every day is a good surprise with the possibilities of flight. Cloud base are really lower than in March. Recent snow fall and high humidity makes the country side magic. Some pilots could even fly a 700 km.
On Sunday morning two gliders took off from Serres quite early. The north wind was blowing for just one day, and they had to enjoy it. Christoph and Klaus could do a nice 1486km flight between Mont Ventoux, Constance lake and Massif Central. Pic de bure wave went up to 12,5 m/s and some thermals on the way 9m/s.
The weather is really great - Vercors Chartreuse, Oisan, Vanoise, Maurienne... as well as the southern Alps. Not one valley wasn't flown over by a glider. The week was so good that many glider pilots decided to take a rest even though cloud base is at 3000 m above the Parcours.
First meal at the snack tonight. The pilots are meeting for a meal. The gliding week was very nice for March. Cloud base up to 4200m and a lot of 400 km flights.
We are actually burying all electrical lignes on the airfield as well as the telephone. On one hand the approaches will be clearer, most of all in case of a restart, security is improved including the aerotows facing south.
It needed some time for FAI to recognise the last world records of Klaus Ohlmann with the solarplane SEIKO Icaré2, but finally...My special thanks to Heinz Seidel for Transport and his tireless help and Jürgen Eckert, who invented a new documentationsystem for solarplanes in no time.
Special thanks of course for all the students and engineers from IFB Stuttgart, who made wings from a dream.
A small video from the record flight is here:
Mistral after snow fall can transform a small tree in a strange ice statue.
An other view from Pic de Bure. As you can see, the cloud base was not that high, but the pleasure was the same. This week, three pilots could fly about 3 to 4 hours each day. The Drôme and Vercors were specially good.
The e-Genius Team, with Klaus Ohlmann as pilot, arrived second at the Green Flight Challenge 2011 with $120,000 worth of prize money. The Team also won the 1st place on the Lindberg Prize which rewards the most silent aircraft. Congratulations to the entire e-Genius Team! For more information, please refer to our September 19th post below.
For several days now, Klaus as been in the US preparing for, then will be participating in the "CAFE - Green Flight Challenge" organised by NASA near Santa Rosa, California. He will pilot the e-Genius, an electrically propelled glider built by the University of Stuttgart. The competition will take place from September 25th to October 3rd. For all information concerning the competition click here. You may also follow up on the daily reports from Klaus and the e-Genius click here.
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Last week our pilots could fly with very good gliding conditions. Specially on the east side along the Italian border. The cloud base was high. they could fly to Fayence in the south and to Col du Carro in the north.
After the passage of a very active font in the night from Saturday to Sunday morning, we enjoyed two days of wave.
He arrived four weeks ago without any aeronautical knowledge and without any flight experience, but his mind was set on obtaining his glider pilot licence.
His holiday was quite studious, particularly studying several hours a day to obtain the theoretical part.
He flew during 4 weeks - 3 weeks training and 1 week flying solo before obtaining his glider licence.
Congratulations Michael for your perseverance!
For your safety as well as for other pilots, please remember to update your Flarm software with the latest version (V5.03).You will find it here. Bear in mind you must also update your data base with the latest Alpin obstacle file "alps20110404 .obs". We wish you all many wonderful flights and keep your eyes open!