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
Today our friends from the Sens gliding club - Sens is a town 100 km south of Paris - came to get their ASK13, which was damaged on the road. Well, 10 days ago during their trip to attend the annual meeting for ASK13 gliders in St Crepin, they had an accident their way down the Lus-la-Croix-Haute pass near La Faurie. After overtaking a car with their trailer, the hitch started to oscillate uncontrollably which lead them off the road. The result is on the of photos and causing train interruptions and a traffic jam while waiting for the wrecker to load the trailer then to leave it at Serres-La Bâtie. Fortunately only the equipment was damaged! Today they came to get their wounded bird. But no worries, knowing them, the restoration of the glider will be done skillfully and Sens's ASK13 will probably be flying next year in St Crepin again. We should soon see them in Serres again because a second trip will be done to retrieve the trailer, which is therefore not an abandoned wreck.
The moral being: Be also careful on the road and remember "Chi va piano, va sano." meaning "Who goes slowly, goes safely."
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!!!
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.
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: