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2015 - day11: second non-flying-day

2015 - day11: second non-flying-day

morning at Wasserkuppe

briefing... Dieter explains the very special weather situation...

... we use the time to visit the historical gliding museum... I always wanted to go there.... very nice...

... practicing team flying with Juppi... we planed team flying for today, but not exactly this way....

... finally the overcast disappears... later at 4:15pm the weather looks flyable.... but too late to fly somewhere else...

Tomorrow I have to fly home to Riesa-Canitz, because on Friday our Canitzer Streckenflugwoche Competition starts... lets hope that the forecast is right this time...
... please see also the travelers blog from Torsten and Juppi (German): https://torstenbeyer.wordpress.com/

2015 - day10: Jena (GER) to Wasserkuppe (GER)

2015 - day10: Jena (GER) to Wasserkuppe (GER)

easiest day of the trip, because we were flying in a team (Kestrel piloted by Torsten) and the weather was easy...
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a small group from Rostock and Torsten and Juppi enjoying the view from the tower

no hurry, yet... the weather window is not expected before 1:30pm...

time to get ready...today Torsten will fly the Kestrel.. we decide to aim for the Wasserkuppe.... 130km away

preparation

Jena

30km/h headwind ... fortunately the day starts with 2-3.5m/s climbs...

less clouds and more bubble-lifts while flying towards Thueringer Wald

near Alkersleben we have to search a while in order to gain height before jumping to Thueringer Wald ... and have to go around restricted airspace ED-R95

... now everything is easy...

we enjoy the good climbs...

cloud street to Wasserkuppe...

... home for tonight... the Wasserkuppe... craddle of soaring

Team-mates: Jantar Std. 1t and Kestrel

... Juppi and Torsten point out that here in Gersfeld the German Aeroclub was founded... also the first record in "long distance" gliding of 6.7km was made here...
... nice evening in very tasty restaurant (the sun/die Sonne)...

see also: TRAVELERS BLOG FROM JUPPI AND TORSTEN (in German):
https://torstenbeyer.wordpress.com/

2015 - day 9: Vrchlabi to Jena

2015 - day 9: Vrchlabi to Jena

OTHER TRAVELER BLOG FROM JUPPI AND TORSTEN (in German):
https://torstenbeyer.wordpress.com/

...most difficult day of the week... bubbles bubbles bubbles ... and windy at the end
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There might be a chance of flying tomorrow from Jena or Laucha... I called Sven from Jena, he told me that some pilots from Rostock are at a gliding camp in Jena... and I could use his Caravan for the night.... so the decision was made...
morning in Vrchlabi...

Lubos helped again (thanks)... he speaks German fluently and also trains German flight students...

Liberec tower... tried to follow the hills more than the clouds...

above Zittau

I was happy that most clouds were gone... they were no use...

Got clearance for Dresden airspace... controler complained that I did not stay on Flight Level 50... so I had to leave to the south...

weak thermals and head wind... I am very slow... and still get low... time for 7 minutes engine at southern corner of dresden airspace

reaching good clouds

29km/h head(left)wind... climbs give 0.6-0.8m/s... not enough against the wind... 20km before Jena I give up at use the engine...

home for tonight... Jena Schöngleina.

.... here I met Torsten and Juppi, two glider travelers.... they use one Kestrel and a car... they started in Klix today... landed out after 100km and arrived by car and trailer... we had a nice evening together... see https://torstenbeyer.wordpress.com/ for their stories in German

2015 - day08: Prievidza (SK) to Vrchlabi (CZ)

2015 - day08: Prievidza (SK) to Vrchlabi (CZ)

... planing the day was never this difficult during this trip... the original plan was to head towards Germany via Vrchlabi. The forecast showed very good weather in northern part of CZ... but 15-20knots head wind speed. I was not sure if 300km against this wind would be possible.
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... an alternative airport which was closer was required..... I was in Mikulovice (100km south-east of Vrchlabi) a few years ago for wave flying... so I called Vlasta and asked her if towing tomorrow would be possible.... she said no problem...

... furthermore I decided to skip the jump over the first ridge into the Dubnica valley by taking a longer aerotow (31km)... during my flights I always had to pass Hranice valley (Ostrava TMA IV) with the help of the engine, so the longest leg would start after Hranice.

...good clouds and 1.5-3m/s climbs when passing CZ/SK boarder...

... as expected at Hranice Valley... only a few clouds which did not provide lift... picture was made just after starting the engine...

... after 8 minutes the engine was switched of and a feasible lift could be found... destination for today was still Mikulovice... wind is as can be seen 35km/h from Vrchlabi direction

... after about 40km very nice cloud streets provided an easy ride against the wind

...pumped storage plant near Jeseniki... circling was not often necessary and Vrchlabi became the final destination...

... great fun.... very easy flying... OLC statistics gives a gliding ratio of 40 over 192 km with 30-35km/h head wind...
... arriving at Snezka...

The hangar was already full, so today "4W" stays outside... I got a room in the flight school, but the restaurant is closed today... so dinner was provided by the gas station...

2015 - day07 - Cestochowa (PL) to Prievidza (SK)

2015 - day07 - Cestochowa (PL) to Prievidza (SK)

... the forecast for tomorrow predicts the best weather in CZ. Unfortunately there is a huge military training zone created for two weeks. I passed CZ on my second day one day before it became active. It is active up to 1pm. An alternative is Slovakia, so I decided fly around Krakow and Katowice by flying east around the controlled airspace towards Prievidza.
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blue sky in the morning... first clouds at 9:30...

YAK12 is towing again... this very old aircraft type has no time limit on the frame, just the engine has to be exchanged every 800 hours (sometimes 1200hours).

... nice looking clouds, but the lifts are made of many bubbles and it is hard to find a circular lift... in most cases the climbing ends when starting to circle...

... passing Wisla river east of Krakow

...course towards south... it's getting blue

... initially the plan was to go against the wind in High or Low Tatra.... but I could not find the right lift in order to jump towards the Tatras... so I decided to fly directly towards Martin airfield...
...after being able to reach Martin airfield I tried to get enough height to reach Prievidza... there are still Arne, Ortwin and Mario... also I already decided on the menu in Aerorest Restaurant... Kapustinza, Buchti and Beton...

the climbs in the blue are 1-3m/s... so no problem to get there...

Arne knows what is needed after a nice cross country flight ;-)

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

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