Sunday, July 10, 2016

40 Years Drachenfliegerclub Ingolstadt (DFCI) - Beautiful flying til sunset

On Saturday, 9th of July 2016 the 40th anniversary of my club DFCI was celebrated in Oberemmendorf. Most pilots already arrived in the morning and flew with a gusty and strong wind between 40 and 200km with a cloud base as low as 1500m. Additionally UP Paragliders provided a variety of wings for test flying.
I landed on my first flight with the wonderful LM6 with many others close to Kelheim after beautiful views over Riedenburg and the Danube Gorges.

On my second flight I had the possibility to test fly the UP Trango XC3 and made another 28kms again to close to Kelheim on it. This wing is a turning wonder! Probably not as good as the Mantras on flat turns, but it turns so smooth on the spot. Wow! Only two things I'd need to get adjusted to: a very very short break travel and the lack of C-riser handles. I tried to grap the C-ricers directly instead, but since there's no connection to the B-risers my impression was that it's less effective than on the Mantras. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the flight with a very relaxed though amazingly performant wing. Thanks to UP and Thorsten Pausch for the opportunity. I hope I'll be able to test it a little more in future.

The third flight was a real sundowner. We all landed after the sun set and had a wonderful time in smooth evening air.

Fabio Wenk  on his MacPara Elan over Irfersdorf

Riedenburg

Danube Gorges (Donaudurchbruch) and Kloster Weltenburg

Reißing

Fabio Wenk

Michael Lang

Michael Lang


Fabio Wenk

Fabio Wenk

Tobias Märkle


Raul und Stefan






Friday, July 1, 2016

Tegelberg - Friday Afterwork Flying

Since weather has been more than bad this spring and early summer, whenever the sun comes out I'm trying my best to sneak a flight in. The forecast for the coming weekend was bad again and yet another competition in Austria was cancelled. So luckily I had the chance to leave work early and head to Tegelberg, which is the closest side to the world famous castle Neuschwanstein.
It was my first time at this site so I had to fill in some forms and produce my license as well as a proof of insurance in the bar next to the cable car to get my flying permission.

Soon the car left and some minutes later we were at the takeoff (directly next to the cable car's top station), The view from there was already stunning with Forggensee and Füssen in the background.
After takeoff I soon made hight and could fly to the next mountain range and several times over the castle and over the lake. What an amazing after work flight with my amazing test wing, the Ozone Mantra M6. (Thanks a lot to Flugschule Hochries for giving it to me.)  I'll sure come back here again :)















Monday, March 28, 2016

Bassano Easter Weekend 2016

Over the Easter weekend I went with some friends, including one from Singapore, to Bassano del Grappa, one of my regular flying spots in Europe. Despite the disputable forecast (Föhn winds and cloud covered days) we had four wonderful days of flying and relaxing with dear friends. 
The Pi2 19 I thankfully received for testing from www.flugschule-hochries.de
A detailed review will follow once I did more flights with it.
The below shown UP CCC protoype will most likely be ready for PWC Superfinal 2017. It looks like an exciting wing.

My pictures below feature the following:
Wings: Advance Iota, Advance Pi2 19, UP CCC protoype
Pilots: Simone Müßle, Nora Martiny, Toh Hong Lian, Unknown












Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bahau, Malaysia - Beautiful XC weekend

Bahau was for me the first site where I could fly in thermals after I achieved my license in 2011. It was for a long time the best site I knew in the vicinity of Singapore. And for 5 years I had a lot of great experiences there and made good friends that will probably stay for a lifetime. I always knew this site had potential for more. For more than just flying above the ridge and soaring it back and forth. The only thing that kept us for many years from leaving the ridge, was the fact, that landing possibilities are rare in this forested and palm plantation covered area. I was not flying the site for a year or so, since my travels brought me to other places and I also was told that with the palm trees growing quickly, the previously already rare bomb-out options, were all gone. 

On the weekend of 12 and 13th of March Bahau finally had the chance to prove what it's offering: 
For equatorial regions quite rare, the cloud base was at almost 2000m. With pretty strong climbs which are also not often to be found in this area thanks to the humid air, it soon went up and the land showed us the path. Dried out or half flooded paddy fields along with foot ball fields, which I learned to love so much in my last years in Asia, where marking the way along the road and I followed it to a nice out and return of 20km. One of my dear friends, JJ, even made it to a 23km straight line. It might sound little, but for us this was the first big step towards amazing future cross country flights and the furthest somebody probably ever got from this take-off. We started to make big plans: a triangle in the roads showed us the option of a 40-50km FAI triangle. Until these plans are realized, this last weekend will stay in our minds as the best weekend in Bahau. 

A short site description that I made for Paragliders Association (Singapore) some time can be found here: http://paragliders.sg/index.php/whereto/wwwfly/bahau

I'm looking forward to seeing further developments and to know the site being alive.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Khao Sadao, Thailand - Short Trip

Pilots: Nora Martiny, Patrick Lemaire, Chloe Kesmarky, Camille Grand, Atle Zeiner
Wings: U-turn Infinity 4, U-turn Blacklight, Ozone Mantra M6, Gin Carrera+