Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Buchenberg - After-work flying at its best

Buchenberg is another mountain in the Allgäu alps range. It is just a few kilometers east of Tegelberg with a similarly beautiful view over lake Forggensee.

While Tegelberg offers a quite steep and rocky surface, Buchenberg is mellower and pretty much covered with trees. But this doesn't mean, it is less thermally active. Flights from here to Tegelberg and further are not rare.
With 1142m, Buchenberg is 700m lower and therefore, even after cable car hours, a good opportunity for beautiful evening flights, especially in summer time, where the sun sets around 9pm. Even with my rather heavy XC equipment, the 45 min of hiking are very well doable.

Enjoy some pictures of one of our flights there in mid-July 2016.

Pilots: Ewa Korneluk-Guzy, Thorsten Pausch, Martin Lukasiewycz

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


Danube Gorges (Donaudurchbruch) and Kloster Weltenburg


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
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