4W on tour - day9: Burg Feuerstein (GER) to Klippeneck (GER)

4W on tour - day9: Burg Feuerstein (GER) to Klippeneck (GER)

Great flying day, 2-4m/s climbs and cloud streets. The weather forcast for tmr changed, hence my target airport, too... instead of Zwickau I approached Klippeneck. 100km/h for the first 200km... overdevelopmemt at northern end of Schwarzwald. Landed as planed on Klippeneck airport, which is the highest in Germany... over 900m. Burg Feuerstein is at about 600m MSL... yesterday night was cold... today I am happy that I got a room... its cold in this height. 

Morning in Burg Feuerstein


Geat fun...

Home for tonight... Klippeneck

Our Jantar was equiped with an engine in 1994 by these two brothers. Both fly on Klippeneck. Today I had the pleasure of meeting both of them, which was lots of fun and very interesting. Berthold (left) designed the propeller and took care of the certification, Uli (right) designed the hydraulic system for extraction... takes just 4 Seconds!!! Great job!!!

... parking position...

4W on tour - day8: From Straubing (GER) to Burg Feuerstein (GER)

4W on tour - day8: From Straubing (GER) to Burg Feuerstein (GER)

First many thanks to the very friendly and helpful Straubing gliding club.

The conditions today have been difficult, first low cloud base and weak thermals. The head wind was 20km/h. Later much better conditions, but sometimes larger distances between the clouds... used the engine to reach next clould. Hopefully I got far enough north to have flyable conditions tmr.

Along the Donau


Burg Feuerstein ... final destiantion for today

4W on tour - day7 from Rana (CZ) to Straubing/Donau (GER)

4W on tour - day7 from Rana (CZ) to Straubing/Donau (GER)

Nice day, climbs between 1 and 2.8 m/s. Straubing is in the center of the best weather forcasted by topmeteo for tmr in Germany. Hence it was a good target, but first I wanted to fly a bit in CZ. Straubing glider club has summer camp.... very nice.

Nice thermals in CZ, flew towards south-east of Prague and turned when Straubing was 200km away.

todays destination: Straubing airport... lots of traffic

Young-Straubing-pilots... thanks for your help.

The moon is rising... (picture by Karl)

4W on tour - day6 from to Vrchlabi (CZ) to Rana (CZ)

4W on tour - day6 from to Vrchlabi (CZ) to Rana (CZ)

Relaxing day, just 150km and the weather should be very good.... In reallity the weather was not very good.... warm air caused the thermals to get weak and caused large blue holes.... very interesting was, that the bad thermal area south of Erz (Ore) Mountains, which is included in the thermal map from, showed a large blue hole.. dead air.. it areeed!!! ... I decided to fly around... the whole flight was a zig-zack... but there was lots to see on the ground... great sight seeing day :-)

Morning after the front

Flight school... there many rooms for many guests

Packing of tent and air bed... when sitting on it its very flat


Over the Elbe river... the long lake on the left is a race track for boats (e.g. kajaks)

Brown coil mines south of Erz Mountains... ě=km north of Rana

Rana airport

Rana is home of many pilots who love vintage gliders. The model shown here is being build right now... wings and fuselage structure are nearly ready

The hill in the background is used by paragliders... some were flying all eveing.

4W on tour - day5 from Prievidza (SK) to Vrchlabi (CZ)

4W on tour - day5 from Prievidza (SK) to Vrchlabi (CZ)

Todays flight was probably the most interesting in my life. First I could not get high enough to pass Mala Fatra Moutains, then strong thermal at CZ/SK boarder, then blue dead air... had to use the engine for 10min, then weak thermals, when ariving at the mountains again, there was a huge rain area, had to fly around, then weak thermals, then strong, then blue and dead air, had to use the engine, then strong, then dead blue air and then front with rain ahead...Huge bad weather area, decided to climb with the engine high enough to reach Vrchlabi also in the rain. Finally it was possible to fly around the rain and lightnings to get to Vrchlabi. The very friendly club members helped me to put the glider into the hangar and gave me a room in the flight school. Originally I wanted to go to Jelenia Gora, but there would be no aerotow tmr, because of the heat. Anyway, Vrchlabi is perfect for travelers.

New 3 seater dynamic in Prievidza, birthplace of the Dynamics

normal two seater dynamic... perfect for towing 


Clouds started early, but provided only weak thermals


Long distange gliding towards the clouds, and cheating with the engine...

Arriving in the mountains, rain on track ahead

and blue again....

18km before Vrchlabi, used the engine at the end to be able to arrive earlier and hopefully before the rain...

Around rain and lightning

Fortunately no rain at the airport... my backup was Opole in Poland... or one of the other airports near Vrchlabi

great mood + great bear + great day

This place seems to be very nice for gliding camps. I got a room in the large flight school next to the restaurant, towing is done with a Maule, Snezka mountain is about 20km away.

4W on tour- day4 to Prievidza (SK)

4W on tour- day4 to Prievidza (SK)

Todays plan was to fly to Prievidza in Slovakia, backup was Opole, Bielsko. I needed to wash clothes, get a hair cut and buy a short trouses... all this is easily possible in Prievidza. 280km seemed to be all right. Clounds started early over Riesengebirge, at 10:00. I started at 12:45, because I wanted to cross the bad thermal area between Ostrava and Brno in the time of tje highest cloud base amd best weather. At 12; :00 there were 34ºC. But first I had to buy oel for my engine, yesterday I had to use it a lot. Fortunately the Vrchlabi mechnics shop people were very kind and drove me 2km into the city to buy the right type at a car shop. The gas stations only offer "Garden oel", which does not meet the specification from SOLO. When arriving in Prievidza, Robko from the restaurant asked me, if I will stay for 5 weeks again :-) ... but unlike in spring I planed only to stay for one night.

Refill of patrol and oel in the morning, the bucket was provided by the local mechanics... 

Taking a shower... due to the heat using the real showers was not necessary

Had to stop circling at FL95 because of airspace...

34 degree on the ground and I was sometimes flying in the rain...

I was afraid of this bad thermal area (see www.

5 minutes after taking this picture I flew towards this city (Olomouc) and found a lift under the right cloud... 

Arrival in Prievidza... since 2006 I come here every year... this time was the first without complaing about the highway Praha - Brno :-)

Bojnice Castle includes the item ^Washing mashine available^... I used the opportunity... also got a hair cut and went shopping in the city

Kapustniza... great soup

4W on tour - day3 to Vrchlabi / CZ

4W on tour - day3 to Vrchlabi / CZ

Today can be summirized as follows: "hot hot hot - brr brr brr". Weak blue thermals, only rarely some high nice good clouds. The idea was to make it today to the mountains, which will hopefully provide clouds and good thermals tmr. Jelenia Gora, Vlrchlab or Klix have been an option. Its nice to know that there will be a cold beer in the evening while not knowing if it will be paid in Euro, Polish Zloty or Czech Krones. Finaly I flew to Vlrchabi, which seems to be perfect for travelers.

Rotorblade factory in Lauchhammer (Vestas)

Lausitzring Racetrack

toooo long for the Jantar

Arrival in Vrchlabi

temperature in the evening

home away from home....



4W on tour - day 2

4W on tour - day 2

A hot day again. In the morning the gave me the T-shirt " Friend of the Gliding-Team 2014". Here is a picture with Lukasz. Thanks again for your help.


Diana2 - unusual trailer design

Up to now everything was OK... but during rolling to the start position I found that my rear tire was flat. Unfortunately we had not the right tools and the shops were closed. Knowing that in Riesa, my home airport, are porper tools and a new tube available, I decided to fly back to Riesa to fix the tire.

Max Cloud base 2400m... finally the clouds disappeared...

Back home in Riesa my frind Jan, who runs his repairshop, fixed the tire very fast.

Jan was happy... so was I... target for the next day will be souther Poland mountains... there should be a good chance for clouds


4W on tour - day 1

4W on tour - day 1

Its time to try travel by glider.... so yesterday I packed all my gear. First I had to find out where to put my tent, air mattress, sleeping bag, oil for the engine, gas pump, clothes for three days and lots of other stuff into Jantar Std 1 Turbo - call sign 4 W . Fortunately it worked out fine, thanks to my leg bags :-). Here are some pictures from the first day: 350 km - Riesa (Germany) to Pila (Poland)


Leg bags on both legs. Right leg is the tent bag filled with clothes for 3 days, left leg is a pullover.

Start as a sniffler at the competition "21. Canitzer Streckenflugwoche"... here is the grid

The plan was to fly to Grundziadz (Poland). This airport is registered at TBG and offers everything a "traveler" might wish.

Finally the weather further east did not look nice, so I decided to land in Pila. Pila is (was) not registered, but since it was weekend the chances have been good, that I could start there the next day.

At the airport some local gliders where flying... so I knew that the chances to start here the next day would be good. On my official current map the airport was marked closed... I will contact the map provider and ask them to correct that.

Fortunatelly there were some very nice pilots from the polish gliding team (2 x Diana2 / Jazek and Lukasz). We knew each other from the competition in Prievidza. They helped me and I joined them for dinner. The evening ended with a nice fire and polish sausage rosted on a stick. This is how I imaginged "Traveling by glider" :-)



Ich mache jedes Jahr einen Wandersegelflugtrip mit Ulrich, unserer Vereins DG1000 und wechselnden Piloten.

Dieses Jahr war noch Till und Andi dabei.

Unser Startpunkt ist Baden-Baden, aber das Wetter lies den Beginn von dort nicht zu.

Also Flieger in den Hänger und Fahrt nach Porta Westfalica. Da versprach das Wetter besser zu werden.

Am nächsten Tag Flieger aufbauen, noch am LX 5000 rumbasteln und Start wetterbedingt endlich nachmittags.

Wir haben es bis Hildesheim geschafft. Wahnsinn! 2-3 Fastabsaufer waren auch noch dabei.

Der nächste Tag verspricht gut zu werden, das einzige Problem dürfte die Flugverbotszone wegen dem Hochwasser sein. Vor allem gibt es Hinweise, daß das Gebiet fast bis Hamburg ausgedehnt werden soll. Dies bedeutet unter Umsatänden, dass wir unser Ziel Richtung Polen zu fliegen vergessen können. Aber ein Anruf bei der DFS bringt Erleichterung. Das Gebiet wird zwar ausgedehnt, aber abgesenkt auf Obergrenze von max. 600m GND. Da fliegen wir locker drüber, absaufen im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes sollten wir halt nicht.

Nach einem guten Frühstück fliegt Ulrich und Andi von Hildesheim bis Zielona Gora. Abends sind beide sichtlich beindruckt von den riesigen überschwemmten Gebieten. Von all dem haben wir mit dem Auto nix mitgekriegt. Abends ein grosses Hallo, die AUtofahrt und das Fliegen war ziemlich anstrengend.

Tags darauf fliege ich mit Till. Nächstes Ziel ist Olszyn, das frühere Ohlstein. Die Anfrage noch in Zielona Gora am Boden, ob wir direkt durch das BEschränkungsgebiet von Posen fliegen können wird abschlägig beschieden. Leider haben wir keinen Transponder. Wir bekommen aber die Info, dass wir bis 1400 Uhr uns in der Kontrollzone von Babimost aufhalten dürfen.

Also auf gehts und Gas geben. Das Wegkommen ist nicht so einfach, hinzu kommt das unbekannte Gebiet, große Waldflächen und die Frage ob uns die Stunde reicht, um durch die Kontrollzone zu kommen. Es klappt, aber unser LX5000 hat nur wenig Flugplätze drin, Pila im Norden z.B unser nächstes Ziel fehlt komplett. Die kleineren Plätze zwischendrin sind auch nicht drin.

Der nächste Flugplatz im LX ist irgendwann 60-70km weg. Es ist das erste Mal, dass ich für keinen Flugplatz mehr mich im Gleitbereich befinde. Aber die Thermik entwickelt sich, sieht gut aus und wir fliegen gen Norden.

Und auf einmal stelle ich fest, dass ich Nordöstlich von uns auch keinerlei Luftrauminfos mehr habe. Also irgendwie ist das gerade alles blöd. Ich kram die Karte hervor, Till fliegt jetzt und ich navigiere. Endlich nach 1-2 Stunden sehen ich den Platz Pila.

Unser Gleitschwein DG1000 hat uns doch wieder sicher zum nächsten Flugplatz gebracht.

Fortsetzung folgt, Akku wird leer...