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2015 - day 6 - Bielsko Biala (PL) to Cestochowa (PL)

2015 - day 6 - Bielsko Biala (PL) to Cestochowa (PL)

... the forecast for tomorrow predicts good flying conditions in Poland with the center in Cestochowa... so I decided to go there. If the good predicted area moves, then I still have a good chance to reach it from there.
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blue sky in the morning, but overcast is coming from CZ...

... patience was required for the first 40km... just 0.6m/s climbing...

First real cloud ahead!

... many cloud streets developed... but often in airspace were I am not allowed to go...

... strong thermals :-)

... home for tonight Cestochowa... I flew a competition there in 2011... when I went there in 2011 I got stuck in a traffic jam.. can not happen this time :-)

Lots of glider activity.... I got a bed and the Jantar a place a the hangar... a restaurant is at the airport...

... got to know Oskar from Gdansk, he will be the Polish admin to the TravelByGlider-Project.

... smart solution for the glider movement in the hangar...

2015 day 5: first non flying day

2015 day 5: first non flying day

... after 16 days of traveling in 2014 (12) and 2015 (4) this was the first non flying day... but I really enjoyed it, because I could meet colleagues from my previous company...
... after sleeping long, I made sure that I did not miss anything... and unfortunately I was right...

meeting Gryni for coffee

the plan for today was cocking and washing clothes... I also spent a nice afternoon with the parachuting guys...

Krzysztof (we used to work together, too) and family were visiting, too. Later we met again in a pub and had a great time.

2015 - day4: Martin to Bielsko Biala

2015 - day4: Martin to Bielsko Biala

It was raining during the night, up to 12:00 I did not think that flying today would be possible.
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.. but weather to the north developed... the overcast disappeared. So packing needed to be done... the canopy cover is not included here

large distances between clouds... unfortunately there was a headwind of 15km/h, hence before reaching a cloud over a ridge, there was a down-wash... flying directly was not always possible


finally in Poland.. the fields become tiny...

again, against the wind... could not reach the clouds because of downwash... turned around before the top of the mountains, flew back and used the engine... just about 100m were missing to reach these clouds... reaching them would have been possible, but I try to be on the save side and have 400m altitude above ground level when starting the engine...

Lake south of ZAR airfield....

home for at least one night.... Bielsko Biala / Poland

Bocian glider antenna... I have not seen this solution, yet

One reason to fly to Bielsko was to meet friends from my previous job. I was very happy to see Dawid again and also meet his family.

the forecast for tomorrow looks bad... luckily the Jantar got a dry place.... I got a dry place to stay as well. The parachute club was so kind to let me stay at there club house

2015 - 3rd day

2015 - 3rd day

The plan was to meet friends from my previous work in Bielko Biala. After getting the phone number from the travelbyglider/map, I called the airport and got conformation, that towing would be possible. The 120 km from Prievidza to Bielsko Biala with 15kts tail wind should not be too difficult I thought... but...
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that is the comfort as a traveler...


refueled 7 liters used yesterday...

Alfred from Burg Feuerstein designed a special trailer for pulling his glider. His motorbike is now optimized for people who travel by caravan and do not want to use it to move the glider


Minor maintenance...

Dynamic is towing into the blue sky

again... thermals are very weak and cloud base is low

View towards Poland... there is no way of going there today...

.... so I decided to land in Martin.... I know this airport very well, because I flew in Fatraglide competition at Martin airport 3 times...

home for tonight... Martin airfield

... it is still windy, so I tied down the Jantar...

The restaurant was not open in the early evening... but Pietro took me to the town for dinner... nice evening...

2015 - 2nd day: Vrchlabi (CZ) to Prievidza (SK)

2015 - 2nd day: Vrchlabi (CZ) to Prievidza (SK)

Weather forecast predicted very good thermals... but mostly blue. Mostly blue was correct, but thermals were weak...average was 0.95m/s. Destination for today was Prievidza, alternates were Bielsko Biala or Zar. Made 200km without and the last 100km with engine...
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weak thermals in the mountains...

thermals got better in the blue part


Finally clouds... as predicted in the forecast for this area...

dead air... south of ostrava. Time to use the engine... this also made passing Ostrava airspace easier

One valley before Prievidza... just one good lift up to the top in needed... I found thermals but could not get high enough to pass Mala Fatra Mountains... so time for the engine again

I did not know that Arne, Mario and Ortwin are in Prievidza for giding holiday... I met them here for many years, but usually in April

Delicious dinner at Aerorest restaurant
My favorite drink.... Beton... Becherovka Tonic

2015 - 1st day

2015 - 1st day

Great first day / The weather for the following week looks tricky... I bought maps for Germany, western Poland, Czech, Slovakia and Austria. I will go wherever the weather window tries to hide :-) ... for the next days Czech and Slovakia seem to fit. Hence I decided to go to Vrchlabi.
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... but first packing needed to be done....

Our new sting is towing at Riesa Canitz airport, piloted by Wolfgang

Ready!!!

my heart beats for "traveling by glider"


22km into that direction lies Vrchlabi... but how to get there?

.. finally at the mountains...

... after two hours I arrived in Vrchlabi... very easy with 35km/h tail wind... weather was still good ... so here is the cloud street against the wind... 50km with no circle.... but got washed down at the end... so had to find a way to cross the Riesengebirge for the second time

home for the first night: Vrchlabi airport



Very friendly.... it feels like being home very quickly :-)

In the restaurant next to the flight school where I will sleep, there a group from the Netherlands is playing "Always look on the bright side of life" ... I do....

Vrchlabi is a great place for gliding camps.... thermals start early and end late... plenty of beds at flight school... fair prices, two restaurants and very friendly people..

Summary - 4W on travel by glider tour

Summary - 4W on travel by glider tour

After starting the travelbyglider.eu project last year, it was time to try traveling using this plattform by myself. Below you find the track (Screenshot from www.prosoar.de: 2800km in 12 days.

It worked great. Planing was easy, first: take a look to the weather forcast for the next days, then find appropriate airports on www.travelbyglider.eu. Finally I flew every day, because I flew towards the good weather. In the section Equipment we can exchange ideas and product hints for useful items.

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4W on tour - day12: Flight home - from Unterwoessen to Riesa

4W on tour - day12: Flight home - from Unterwoessen to Riesa

Last day.... going home to Riesa - 400km for the day

fully packed and ready to go...

First clouds over the hills

First clouds in flat land right after Chiemsee... too far away for the the Jantar... so engine usage for 10 minutes

...east of Munich...

Crossing the Isar River (looking towards Munich)

after 200km high clouds coming in....

.... above glide path... the clouds still looked nice... after checking the kite surfing forcast for next day for the baltic sea, I decided to land without extending the flight in order to reach the night train to the coast... after 12 days of flying every day, I am looking forward to do kite surfing again...

Home of the Jantar... D-KAZF did good, really enjoyed flying it...

4W on tour - day10: From Klippeneck (GER) to Unterwoessen (GER)

4W on tour - day10: From Klippeneck (GER) to Unterwoessen (GER)

Great flying day again. In the morning I checked the weather forecast, it said that for the following day the german-austrian boarder will be one of the few (two) areas for flying in Germany. Looking to the map of travelbyglider.eu it seemed like Unterwoessen would be the right place to land today. I also needed a place in a hangar, because light rain was forcasted for the night. The entry of Unterwoessen showed, that a place in the hangar for a 15m gider can be arranged in most cases... so I called the given number and got conformation... no problem they said.

After "Schwaebisch Breakfast" with Uli and his friends I started at noon towards Unterwoessen.

Here is the Bodensee. The flight later was a bit difficult between Friedrichshafen and Memmingen airspace... at that time only every 3rd cloud worked...

... but when arriving on the first hills of the alps it got better.

Forggensee

Walchensee

Tegernsee

Inn River

The athmosphere in Unterwoessen is very nice, could join the flight school for delicious dinner and got offered a room by local club.... also washed clothes... here is also a travel by glider group from Bremen...

 

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