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 ;)
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.
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!
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.
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 ;)
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.
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!!
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 ;)
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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!
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 ;)
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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: