... no time to visit the historical fighters museum in Rothenburg (Link to flight) ... Thermals started very early, this is the view at 10:13!!! ... Missed the chance to try the 3000m rope winch, our DG has no winch hook. The starter of the engine still does not work. Heinz towed me up with C42 ultralight plane. In the air I tried to start the engine with the propeller effect, found out that this should work during last evening (Thought would not work, because there is no decompression handle, like in the Turbos) ... worked well. Here is the view on "Elbsandsteingebirge" ... I am wondering what the house prices are close to that hole... (It suddendly was generated in the past... The earth just slided down into the ground) After arriving on the main ridge of the Erzgebirge/ErzIronMountain, flying started to become big fun... 3-4 m/s... First time that I could really try the DG808 in fast cruse flight... Without water. Even this guy was fast.
On top of the Fichtelberg, view towards Oberwiesenthal... Here we go snowboaring for a long weekend every year in winter... Enjoyed the cloud streets up to Bayreuth. Had to decide where to sleep tonight. Jena or Zwickau offer towing. Since I have not been in Zwickau I decided to land there.... There is also a better chance of early cumulus clouds due to the hills 20km away. Zwickau, directly next to the city Parking position for tonight. A place in the hangar would have been available, but the weather is calm and dry
Got a room at the airport (with Wifi), restaurant is close by... Good night Pils from the gas station... What can a traveller ask more for after flying 500 km :-)
Finally the forecast looks good. Huge area with good thermals and high cloud base. So I contacted my friends in Bielsko Biala if they would have time to meet there. The answer was yes. Since this would only be 230km, I planed a roundevieu with the high tratra before landing there... Up to now there was no chance on this trip to fly in the mountains. I picked a 2000m hill in the tatra as target point and made the glider ready. Here waiting for the clouds to reach the airport (Link to flight) Grrrrrr.... Engine did not start... So an alternative plan was needed. Since I did not want to risk an outlanding many hundreds kilometer away from home I decided to fly closer to my home airfield. Towing was available by Yak12. Weather was good ... no need to miss the engine The plan was to go to Rothenburg. Rothenburg has much to offer. E.g. a winch with 3000m cable giving heights of 1200m, a restaurant at the airport and a museum for old fighters... And very good thermals of course... Since I was worried that nobody would be there in the late evening, I contacted Rothenburg earlier and said that I intend to land at 6pm.... Later I got to know that this is really the time controller Uwe finishs his work. He took really good care of me, took me to the hangar, arranged a room, towing for the next day and breakfast for the moring. This week here is also the pulsatube radio controlled aircraft flying group from switzerland... These are the fastest models I heared. But today they flew "normal" jets, like this one, L39... In Rothenburg you can also see the real one
Blue thermals with 1300m base with lots of wind from the north and later some clouds in the south were predicted. So I decided to not start too early for the 230km towards Ostrow in the south. Flew along the small forests and tried to stay high... Worked well. Here a dam in Wisla river (German: Weichsel) After 180km the first coulds were reached... Topmeteo was right in predicting the clouds and the blue areas today Ostrow airport As usual there was a place in hangar and a room available. In Ostrow there was the European Championship in gliding 2013. Skydivers are also very active here
Surprise in the morning: Brunek, who neither speeks English nor German brought me breakfast...
(Link to flight) It looked like today I could make use of my Lithuanian map, so I prepared waypoints and airspace also for my backup cellphone. This map shows the small passage between Belorussia and Russia towards Lithuania. I orginized my transit through the TRA airspace. View before start View during start After 60km it was getting blue, I am not sure if it was due to the seabrease (25km/h) or because of the different airmass coming in. I decided to cancel Lithuania and concentrate on going to southern Poland to visit friends and afterwards goimg to Slowakia if possible. Therefore the new destination for the day was Grudziadz (100km west of Olsztyn), which is also registered at travelbyglider. Here is a picture towards Olsztyn on my way back... Clouds are gone Still enough clouds towards Grudziadz At the airport there is an agricultural festival this weekend After landing the president of the club invited me for a beer and showed me the airport. It was founded by the Germans, used as a pilots training center in WWII and later it was polish gliding centrum. Therefore a hotel was built. Due to the seabrease (coast is 100km away) the Mucha gliders sometimes could not make it back to the airport. Then the center was moved to Leszno. Here is the hotel, which is being renovated. The price of 9euro per night is very fair. The offer is used by many club members, who come also from far distance. After getting my room, I enyoy the rockband. The evening ended nicely on the hotel porch having a beer together....
Finally the forcast for the day was good, plan was to fly towards Lithuania. Olsztyn is about 400km east of German-Polish boarder, seemed to be reachable. 25km/h headwind was the only downside... But manageable. Link to flight.
In the morning my grandparents came by, they live close to Eisenhuettenstadt Prior flight I had to take a picture of the most famous Pirat and its pilot Hans Juergen Krause. Every star marks a 500km flight. He also made 600km!!!
Cloud streets Lots of forrests and lakes... Poland is beautiful Crossing the warta south of Pila
Olsztyn is located directly at a lake and the city. Furthermore there is a wakeboard lake-lift very close by. Staying here a few days on the ground would be bearable. I could have made a larger distance, after landing there are still nice clouds. Cloudbase increased during the flight from 1300m to 2300m. Today 2 ASG29 from here tried 1000km. One made 990 and the other one 999.1km.
... woke up due to the rain... Thought that it might have been a mistake to fly 100km more west than planed yesterday. Anyway, Jan picked me up in Dresden and we drove to Grossenhain. The rain stopped and I got the chance to fly wirh the VL3 evolution UL :-) Martin took me for a trip arround the airport so we could check out the weather.
...retractable gear, easy to use and efficient prop system, high speed due to aerodynamic efficiency and low noise... Its worth testing it ;-) ... Anyone who is intrested can ask Jan for a demonstration flight, a rating or a sales offer, here is the contact to born-2-fly Drying cloths. Looking for an airport with a hangar space Eisenhuettenstadt seemed to be a good choice. They have a flying camp, good waether, towing and hangar space available.
Weak conditions in the beginning, good at the end...
Reaching Eisenhuettenstadt was no problem
Landed too early, because I did not want to repeat yesterdays mistake of flying too far away after reaching the destination. Clever pneumatic glider lifting device JS1 engine... from MD
The evening ended at a camp fire after having dinner at a greek restaurant together with the very friendly Eisenhuettenstadt gliding club pilots.
Der letzte Tag ist gekommen! Heute heißt es leider wieder abrüsten und den letzten Weg bis nach Hause mit dem Auto zurücklegen.
Nachdem wir zusammen gefrühstückt haben machten wir uns ans abrüsten aller Flugezeuge, da diese ja noch alle aufgerüstet in bzw. vor der Halle standen. Zum Glück sind wir darin ja mittlerweile geübt, sodass das wir das kurz und schmerzlos über die Bühne bringen konnten.
Nachdem dann auch die letzten Utensilien gepackt waren konnten wir uns von den extra angereisten Mitgliedern verabschieden.
Zum Glück war die Autoreise dann auch irgendwann wieder vorbei und uns blieb noch Zeit den Urlaub mit einem gemeinsamen Abendessen ausklingen zu lassen.
Dabei habe wir alle zusammen festgestellt, dass wir uns alle schon auf das nächste Jahr freuen. Denn auch trotz durchwachsenem Wetter hatten wir alle großen Spaß! Und wir freuen uns schon darauf nächstes Jahr wieder tolle Flugplätze mit tollen Leuten kenne zu lernen.
Der Blick, heute morgen beim aufrüsten, war im Vergleich zur Wasserkuppe traumhaft!
Deshalb haben wir beschlossen zu fliegen! Nach dem alle aufgerüstet hatten kam unserer starken Motivation die Mittagsüause in die quere... Aber auch die Pause hatte eine Ende und dann waren wir alle Startbereit an der Winde. Nach dem wir uns alle gesammelt hatten ging es dann grob in Richtung Heimat, nach Westen.
Zwischendurch bekamen wir dann noch Besuch von zwei Wettbewerbsklassen, die uns alle auf die Probe stellten. Unbeirrt flogen wir dann weiter in Richtung der Kasselerberge.
Auf dem Weg dahin wurden die Gleitstrecken immer länger. Was letztendlich dazu führte das wir nicht mehr genug Höhe hatten um über den Meißner zu gleiten, zum Glück kann man sagen. Denn dadurch verschlug es uns auf den Flugplatz Stauffenbühl/ Eschwege. Dort wurden wir herzlichst aufgenommen und wir konnten viele nette und interessante Menschen kennenlernen. Außerdem durften wir die geilste Grillhütte benutzen die wir jemals gesehen haben!
Jedoch haben wir die Hütte nicht zum Grillen benutzt, sondern bei uns gab es Paella zubereitet von den Küchenchefs Waldtraud und Johannes. Trotzdem haben wir den Tag, am Feuer in der Hütte mit Mitgliesern des Veriens, ausklingen lassen.
Abschließend lässt sich über diesen Flugplatz sagen, dass er mit solch Gastfreundlichen Mitgleidern stets eine Reise Wert ist und sei es nur für eine Nacht bei einem Wandersegeflug!
Very intresting day, started calm and easy and ended in an escspe flight from the thunderstorms. OLC-Flight-Link
Ready for a nice day
1-1.5m/s climbs in the beginning, overdevelopments over the hills like yesterday, 10km/h tailwind came in handy
towards the west cloud base dropped to 700m... Was grateful for the high gliding ratio of the DG808 (50)
The intitail plan was to go to Rothenburg, because they offer a place in the hangar, which is esential for the current weather conditions. I arrived early and decided to fly further west and come back to Rothenburg later. 30km behind Rothenburg it started to rain over me and to my right. So I decided to turn arround and fly to Rothenburg. Supprisingly the large dark clouds nearly reached Rothenburg. After one minute I saw a lighning. I was not sure if I could reach the airport before the thunderstorm, so I turned arround looking for an alternative. After calling Klix, where nobody answered I decided to approach Grossenhain, which was still 80km away. Here Martin and Jan opperate the born-to-fly flight school. Over the radio I asked for a for a place in the hangar, the answer was "no problem"... but I should hurry, because the weather would hold only half an hour.
Cloud bases were dropping further. I decided to not waist time searching for thermals and started the engine for the last 25km, had to find my way around the clouds, because cloud base was realy low. Very quickly we put the DG into a schelter... schelter in the storm :-), In these shelter there were Russian fighters stationed during the cold war. Here a picture of Jan, Martin an me. We know each other for ten years now, went wave flying together and flew competition in Slowakia....
Here a picture of the lighnings, the finger is roughly showing the position of Grossenhain
In the evening I used the opportunity to join Jan going to Dresden to see my brother, his wife and my nephew... also I could wash clothes.
In the moring I checked the weather, discussed the situation with Blondi on the phone and decided to approach Opole, which is registered on travelbyglider. I called them and they confirmed that a place in the hangar would be available. Picture with Anja and Wojcech before departure. Anja told me about the bad weather forecast with hail and lightning and that I can still land again in Jelenia Gora today. The day started with 700m cloud base (agl), had to use the engine in the beginning. Later huge clouds over the mountains to my right and also to the left let me think about going back and staying another day. Between the Wrozlaw airspace and the rain there was a gap for me ;-) I followed the dark clouds to the south, but at some point I had to fly north... But only dead air with no clounds... Got 20km before Opole, the rest was sponsored by two stroke engine. Landing next to fire fighter planes. These beauties can cary 2400l water, they have the same engine as An2 with 1000horse power. Opole offers lots of hangar space. When they have 30 gliders as guests in July they all fit in here! My place for tonight: Conrad and Pawel invited me for dinner and showed me the city, beautiful. Here the Venedig part of town with the Odra in the background