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Welcome 2014 for nice flights!

Winter office hours


The winter office hours during week days are from 9 to 12 but closed on Tuesdays.
We strongly advise you to contact us via email during this period.
Thank you for your comprehension and we wish you a wonderful end of the year!


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014: The last glider license of the year!

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It was such a beautiful day on Tuesday. Thomas from Savoie, one of Robin's students, took the opportunity to log several more flights in order to finish his pilot training. The exam is scheduled next week. Robin will have trained roughly five pilots this season. We thank him for his fine work ;)


Sunday, September 7, 2014: From "big and heavy motorized gliders" unload when arriving in Serres!

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Mid-afternoon, Sunday those in flight near Serres could see a large plume of smoke. Two hours later came six ETFs and two Canadair water bombers. It was necessary to clear the area on Arambre, on the Serres side, with our gliders to let them work in peace.
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Friday, August 15th 2014: Camper!

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They are really addicted to Serres-La Bâtie... Even there campers are shaped as a glider wing. Not quite the shape of a Arcus wing, of course, but still.
Too cute!

The answer to August 7th's riddle

You're all a bunch of assassins, you kill hundreds during each flight. It was a mosquito and a fly crushed on the leading edge of the wing. At least have a thought for them when cleaning your glider! And by the way, don't be surprised that flying over the Mercantour Park is prohibited within 1,000 m ground level. There is probably over there a particular fly species, called "Royal Fly of the Mercantour" that must be protected. LOL.

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014: A riddle ;)

Yesterday evening, after a flight in the Stemme with Klaus, I did a close-up photo of his glider. To my suprise, here are the pictures obtained.
Can you guess what it is and what part of the glider I photographed?
I'll allow you some time to think... Answer to be revealed in a week ;)

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July 23rd 2014 : Just a morning like any other!

A typical July morning on the airfield. Jano is checking the swimming pool, children are playing in the sandbox and Olivier is refueling the tug, anticipating the day forecasted as great.

Friday, July 19th, 2014 : Seven records for Klaus on the e-Genius an electric airplane.

Throughout last week, the electric twin-seater plane E-Genius was on our airfield for tests as well as world record attemps. This machine uses a sole power source - a lithium polymer 450V battery - thus, the  available capacity is of 50 Ah or 80 kWh. This "theoretically" allows it to travel, in stable weather conditions, 500 km at an average speed of 150 km/h. The maximum weight of the aircraft is 900 kg, including 280 kg for the battery.

In two flights, on July 18th and 19th, Klaus achieved seven world records with the e-Genius (validations by the FAI are pending) :
- Speed on 100 km round trip : 178.1 km/h
- Speed on 500 km round trip : 93.03 km/h
- Distance of 504 km
- Absolute altitude 6,376 m
- Time to climb to 6,000 m : 1:53 min
- Altitude maintained for at least 90s : 6350m
- Speed over 15 km on a straight line: 229.7 km/h

During the flights, the maximum temperature allowed by the electric engine is 120°C which in turn permits the maximum engine power of about 35 kW (47 hp) continuously.

Through these world records, Klaus wishes to promote renewable energy development in aviation. He is convinced that in a few years electric proplusion will be the new standard in recreational aviation. This will occur quite soon where motor-gliders are concerned (cf the already commercialised Silent 2 Electro) and subsequently for aircrafts.

Do you realize that with the e-Genius, during these records, two people made a 100 km flight at 180 km/h while using only 25 kWh of electricity, for a total energy cost of 2.50 € (based on the cost of EDF (French electric company) 0.1 € per kWh)? Astounding, isn't it?

Let's dream for a while. Imagine in two years from now, the e-Genius having charged it's battery using electricity produced by a photovoltaic power plant under construction on the airfield next door at Aspres-sur-Buëch. Electricity directly from producer to consumer ;)

Finally, when you think about it, a flight in a pure glider draws thermonuclear energy from the sun. Indeed, it's the sun who is the source of all thermals as well as winds (dynamic and wave flights) used by glider pilots. Adding an electric propulsion means in a glider using photovoltaic electricity is an optimized utilization of this incredible and unfailing source of renewable energy that our sun is!!

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Klaus Ohlmann and his co-pilot before departing for a record. Click to enlarge

July 15th 2014 : A Nod!

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CARMAM M200 ARCUS M

There is a forty-five year span between the construction of 2 twin-seaters currently on the airfield. Building materials and performances are definitely different (wood & canvas versus composite carbon as well as glide ratio respectively 30 and 50) but it's still the same pleasure flying for the pilots and passengers.


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July 12th, 2014: A new tandem glider available ;)

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Duo Discus F-CHTE

Starting July 14th, EAGLES offers flights in a Duo Discus, two-seater glider adding on to the fleet ...

The glider is available for accompanying training "Cross-country" or advanced "Mountain training".The price per week (Sunday to Friday) is 1580 € in Mountain flying and 1800 € accompaniment cross-country flights.

For members of the Club EAGLES, rental rates are 180 € / day or 1300 € / week.

Reservations can be made with Marta or via the contact form. Enjoy your flights ;)

July 11th, Good news for your taste buds

We are pleased to announce that, as of Monday, July 14th, 2014 the baker at Aspremont (Bakery "Au Petit Délice") will come daily (except Wednesdays) at 8:00 am here on the airfield. You'll be aware of his approach thanks to the honks. He will park in front of the office to serve you. You will find baguettes, bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, croissants, cakes, pizzas ... Do not hesitate also to submit your wishes/orders if you want something else (sandwiches, other cakes, buns, pizza ...). He also speaks English.
Good appetite to all.

Saturday, June 21st, 2014: on the airfield also it is the music's day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014: IT IS HERE!

Sunday, June 8 at 20:00 by air from the Czech Republic, the UL tow-plane "Phoenix" touched its wheels on the airfield at Serres-La Batie. It is now at home ;)
Monday, Klaus did some tryouts on the UL while on the groundthanks to the manufacturer's explanations - disassembly / reassembly of the aircraft, engine maintenance .... Early Tuesday morning,Klaus and Fred made the first flights, discovering the aircraft. In the coming days the Phoenix will go to the National Gliding Centre (CNVV) in St Auban for a serie of towing tests with Daniel Serres of the CNVV. Only when these tests are accomplished and validated by the French Authorities, the Phoenix will be allowed to tow you. Of course, we will keep you posted as the situation evolves.

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Preparations for the first flight... by Klaus flying the Phoenix

Thursday, June 5, 2014: Returning back to the Himalaya mission.

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To prepare the scientific flights in the area of Mount Everest, Klaus and Anssi made a reconnaissance flight of the air mass with Stemme right in middle of the jetstream while the engine was running. The wind speed was 184 km/h at 6000 m. You will see it was a bit bumby. Fasten your seatbelts!

Sunday, June 1st 2014: The beginning of the season for the CARMAM M-200 ;)

The two-seater wood and canvas CARMAM M200



The only two-seater wood and canvas flying in Serres made ​​its first flight of the season this Sunday. A five-hour flight among the beautiful clouds. What happiness for its pilot and owner, Pascal. A little video to capture the moment.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 : 1st General Assembly for the Club "Eagles"






This Saturday evening was held the first General Assembly of our Club "Eagles-Alpine Soaring Academy" (E-ASA), which manages the gliding (and other aeronautical activities) on the Serres-La Bâtie airfield. During the G.A. the internal regulations were approved. In 2013, the club counted 346 members. Long live the Eagles!


Friday, May 16th, 2014: news of Phoenix.

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The towplane “Phoenix” intended for Quo Vadis went out of factory and made its first flight on May 12th on Usti Nad Orlici/LKUO's airport (Czech Republic). Still some flights and it will take the way to Serres ;)

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014: 5th race of the Sailplane Grand Prix Sisteron turns over Serres!

Today the first turning of the Sailplane Grand Prix 2014 of Sisteron was the aerodrome of Serres. They all passed at about 3:00 pm. To live this moment once more in 3D simulation here.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014:the first solo flight of the year !

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Hugues not too anxious for his first solo flight !



It’s Hugues, from Paris, that had the luck to be the first guy to do his first solo flight of this year.
Glider Grob 103 TWIN, instructor Robin. Then, let’s go to the pilot licence soon!!!

Monday, the 5th: TF1, French national TV, is shooting at the airfield

A TV team from TF1 is shooting here during all the week. The topic is about Klaus and his shool, his gliding concept and of course his flight abov Everest. The is to be soon displayed on french chanel 1, TF1, in a program called "sept à huit". We will inform you as soon as we know the date.

Shooting moments

Friday, March 14th 2014: 4 pages on the Himalayas with Klaus in VSD (a French magazine)

Keep an eye out in the next issue of VSD magazine (Friday Saturday Sunday) on Thursday, March 20th. You can read a four-page article on Klaus Ohlmann's glider journey in the Himalayas ... A powerful means to communicate our passion to a wide audience. It is also one of the goals he has set for this Himalayan mission and it will be the same for him in the future ... Helping more people discover the glider sport.

Thursday, February 27th 2014:D-KKOP is back at LFTM!

Klaus, the Yeti of Himalaya, has returned


This afternoon, Klaus, back from Nepal flying his motorglider Stemme D-KKOP, landed on the airfield at Serres-La Batie.
This ends an incredible adventure!

Just in time to tackle the beginning of the glider season which is tomorrow.

February 17th 2014 : Good news - a new comer to Serres ;)

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Quo Vadis /Eagles has just bought a double-seater GROB G-103 Twin Astir. It comes from the Czech Republic and will be in use for the training at the beginning of the season. It will be Robin's new compagnon for basic training as well as mountain training. It may also be rented, depending on availability.
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February 6th: Video - Climb on board with Klaus for a tour over M. Everest!

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February 1st 2014 : Himalaya - Mission Accomplished!

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A pure glider on top of the world!

Klaus has been able to acheive his dream by conquering Mount Everest in a glider (without using the engine) through a combinatino of thermals, rotors  and wave. Here is his story.
A more complete report, videos and photos will no doubt be available in the coming weeks. In a few days, Klaus will return to Serres flying the Stemme.
CONGRATULATIONS Klaus!

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Mission accomplished, back to Pokhara.

30.01.2014 : Himalaya, news from Klaus - Video



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An other video HQ

You saw certainly never Everest like that

January 2014 : A nod to the coming season

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Robin take off at Céüze

Robin was airborne again at Céüze while waiting for the opening of the glider season on March 1st. Ah, what doesn't happen when dealing with the need to fly!
The sky on the airfield was recently painted with a full rainbow. A stunning reminder of just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area.

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Rainbow

January 20th, 2014:Patience, in less than forty days, il all begins again! ;)




While waiting for the beginning of March, watch a small video here.

December 10th 2013: Himalya - Here we go again!

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ANNAPURNA



News from Klaus:see Nepal - Greenflight  or Anssi Soila's blog http://missionhimalaya.com

Dynamic Soaring:How the Wandering Albatross Can Fly for Free



The wandering albatross spends weeks, even months, at sea without ever returning to land. With precise GPS data and custom navigation software, researchers have finally figured out how.
Click here for the explanations.

0n course to Kathmandu - Dream becomes alive

We are pleased to present you the flight of Klaus Ohlmann and Anssi Soila to join Nepal. They fly the Stemme D-KKOP for a mesurments camp that will take place in Pokhara in november. Tha Mountain wave project is collaborating with other research organisations for this Huge work.
To know more about, see Nepal - Greenflight or Anssi Soila's blog http://missionhimalaya.com

Saturday, October 12th 2013: The season is over!

The gliders have deserted Serres-La Bâtie until March 1st 2014. Klaus is departing for a scientific mission with the Stemme. More information here.
Nevertheless others are still on here and are preparing your season in 2014. Marta, Loow, Robin and Jano will be the watchers for this winter so your stay in 2014 takes place under the best conditions.
Enjoy a great winter and see you soon on the airfield ;)

Sunday, September 8th 2013: Last week - a very nice week

Great weather, a lot of people on the ground and beautiful flights. Even grasshoppers and swallows enjoyed this time worthy of August! But it must said, that generally September is very pleasant in Serres-La Bâtie although the days begin to shorten.
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August 13th 2013: These croissants and baguettes are so good!

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As you can see the baker at Serres of the Marmotte Gourmande is eagerly awaited for on the airfield! He comes every day, except for Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, between 8am and 8:30. You know when he's nearby when you hear his car horn honking.

August 8th 2013: Glider flying in the Ecrins National

Parc National des Écrins

Here is a map showing the glider flying rules in the Ecrins National Park. The corridors are allowed at more than 2800 m above sea level and 1000 m in width. NB: The corridors outside of the boundaries of the park (purple line) are not subjected to any regulations. They are only there for a better understanding of how to use the corridors.
To integrate these corridors in your browser, you will find here the code lines to input (thank's Martin for the file).

August 6th 2013: So many pilots!


Big crowds are now on the airfield.
See the video here.

The person who gives the exact number of gliders and trailers visible on the video may be entitled to a basket of local products!

Monday, July 22nd : They're here!

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Our 2 models are presenting the new hats with the Eagles logo.
They are now available - the hats that is - at the office.
They come in 2 colours - white or blue - and the price is 8 €. Useful at this end of July for sun protection and even thunderstorms ;)

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July 10th :thunderstorms !

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Since a few days, there are thunderstorms every afternoon. but we could fly 5 hours on sunday and monday, 4 ours on tusday. Of course we do not go very far, we need to come back to the airfield befor the heavy rain and lightnings. Anyway, we learn every day.


June 24th: The departure of the Blanik ;(

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This weekend, it's with tears in our eyes, we have seen the Blanik D-9676 leave the airfield. For over 12 years, it was the campanion to a numerous amount of pilots and of course, Robin. A new chapter at Quo Vadis has begun! But don't be too sad, it's starting a new life in Russia. Here in Europe, it has been grounded for the last 2 years and would probably have ended up as scrap metal! So, seek new winds Blanik!

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June 10th 2013: From the Concorde to the Stemme!

Philippe, a former pilot of the majestic Concorde in the late 80's, came to enjoy a long flight in the Stemme with Klaus. From a supersonic to a super sailplane; different feelings but just as exhilarating!

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May 18th, 2013:A record attempt!



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!

April 2013: Quo Vadis /Eagles : It's a DYNAMIC!

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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.

April 2013: For your safety, a document to be read or to re-read!



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 30th, 2013: an unusual March!

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!

March 17th, 2013: update your FLARM!

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!!!

Towing: New in 2013

Starting March 2013, the minimum price charged for tows drops. Good news : Your tows will be cheaper especially in Mistral conditions!
 See new prices for towing.

"Pretty" trailor on the airfield!

How to promotegliding to neophytes who don't even know what lies behind the term "gliding"?
Well, today I saw on the field at Quo Vadis a trailer adorned with photos on stickers. The decoration is particularly educational and "inspires" non-pilots to learn more about our favourite activity. The trailer is form club in Strasbourg. We congratule them!

You can all learn to pilot a glider!!!!

Solar energy: 4 CO2-free world records with solarplane SEIKO Icaré 2

Seiko Icaré 2 with a happy Klaus Ohlmann

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:
http://vimeo.com/30340032


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