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The Namibia Profile for LX90XX Computer PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

The possibilities for gliding in Namibia are great. In the season a huge area up to flight level 195 (about 6000 meters) is open for gliding, outside this area uncontrolled airspace ranges up to flight level 145 (about 4500 meters). But there are also TMZ and inaccessible air spaces which are to respect. Violations are severely punished and can easily jeopardize the freedom of all. To minimize the risk of violations Dieter Schwenk of the Bitterwasser organization had the idea to develop a special Bitterwasser profile for LX 90XX computers from LXNAV the most gliders are equipped  with. This profile should make it easy to respect the airspaces, constantly inform about the own position relative to theses air spaces and also give distance and radial from Windhoek VOR for information of the other traffic.

In Dirk Skura, Dieter Schwenk quickly found support for his idea. The special Bitterwasser profile was created and now it forms the basis for navigation in Namibia in a whole series of gliders. That one flies with it in a very hot region of Africa another function makes clear: Every half hour it remembers to drink.

On all important pages, whether in the airport-, waypoint- or task-mode, the Bitterwasser profile shows the positon of the glider relative to restricted air spaces in a special field on a red background. In task-mode, this information also appears on the thermal page, which the program jumps to as soon as a circle is rotated. This page leaves a lot of space for displaying the thermal circles, works with the north-up setting and also informs about the circle radius as an aid for centering. The profile is cleverly structured and full of such useful features. It should certainly be used by many pilots at home in Europe.


 
Bitterwasserlivewetter PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Live Wetter Daten der Bitterwasser Wetterstation sind jetzt online!
Live Weather Data from Bitterwasser Weatherstaion are online!

 
The desert is flying PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

On Sunday, it took a while for the thermals to develop properly. Who didn’t like to work for the first kilometers in the heat under blue sky in lifts only up to 1200 meters first enjoyed the lunch at the lodge. The surprise was there after the start: What the thermals and the wind had already brought in the air! In the west of Bitterwasser, a high wall of sand and dust piled up on a line from south to north, while to the east only a few dust devils told from the strong thermal activity. On one side a dense dust curtain, on the other clear view and later nicely drawn cumuli. It was great to fly along the dust curtain.
 
The big Safety PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

Bitterwasser is not only a good starting point for big and fast flights over Namibia. With the almost three-kilometer-wide pan serving as an airfield, the gliding center offers a high level of safety. Dietmar Spohn appreciated this yesterday: Shortly after taking off he discovered the failure of the water pump of the Arcus M. The coolant temperature shot up to 135 degrees in a few seconds. The remaining runway was already too short for an emergency landing. So Spohn turned 90 degrees and again had a lot of pan as a landing area ahead. Everything went well: a safe landing in the airfield and not in the surrounding Kalahari with bushes and trees and also the engine has survived. A replacement for the defective pump was found in the reserve camp of the center.
The ability to safely reach altitude in powered flight is a great benefit of Bitterwasser. Another is the multitude of landing possibilities, when in the evening almost everyone returns at sunset. The selection of landing strips remains huge. And in the morning the aircraft are placed side by side, so that no one will put dust on the other.


There is a lot of place to land safely in Bitterwasser after a take off.

 
Training with a World Champion PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

Flying with the Champion, that is the motto so the glider pilots  of the LfV Geven train in Bitterwasser on a club basis. With their club Arcus they enjoyed the fast days in Namibia in November. Arndt Hovestadt with world champion qualification was their coach. On the day of the average speeds never seen before – Reinhard Schramme presented in the Speed OLC 232 kph – both trainees were part of the game. Guido Kock was fortunate enough to join Carsten Kopsieker in the cockpit of the ASG 32 and Anja Buchmeister was in the Arcus. Guido Kock was inspired by the flights in Namibia so much that he wants to come back again this season. Under the watchful eye of the experienced coach, the interplay between the morning parterre flying in blue thermals and the experience of the later race under cloud streets found a balanced relationship. In the end both trainees could look back on beautiful, exhausting but not overly exhausting flights.

 
Average speed 232 km/h! PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
These speeds are record in the Speed ​​OLC for thermal flights: With 232.5 km/h yesterday Reinhard Schramme and Bernd Goretzki made with an EB28 after takeoff in Bitterwasser 581 kilometers. But they were the not the front runners - owed to the index of the EB28. Carsten Kopsieker and Guido Kock secured the top position in the daily classification. With their ASG 32 they were only 1 km/h slower (231 km/ h) than Schramme/Goretzki! Already much slower, but still well over 200 km/h (224 km/h) came Arndt Hovestadt and Anja Buchheiser with an Arcus M to place 2. With three flights from Bitterwasser so history has been written in the Speed ​​OLC.
The fast line in about 4500 meters was northeast of Bitterwasser to the southeast. After a relatively late start, the line was reached by the three crews, who were in communication via radio, in just over an hour in the usual ups and downs.
 
Fulminant Start of the Season PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

In Bitterwasser you can not start early enough into the season. November has only just begun when the first 1000 k fell. On Sunday, November 3, Bernd Goretzki and Reinhard Schramme mastered with an EB28 from Bitterwasser 1167 kilometers. Their turning points in the northeast, still north of Windhoek, and in the southeast included of Bitterwasser a 1067 km triangle. The crew took off at 11:00 and landed with the end of daylight at 19:12 (local). They achieved an average speed of 146.13 km / h.
Already Saturday was a very good day. Reinhard Schramme and Bernd Goretzki 1021 kilometers were on the counter at the landing.
For Günter Steurer, the champion coaching of Wolfang Janowitsch has already been worthwhile: On Sunday the Arcus crew brought together 1033 kilometers.

 
Pre-briefing 1000 km Camp PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Pre-briefing 1000 km camp
Some junior pilots were looking forward to the upcoming trip to Bitterwasser, the others brought with them beautiful experiences from the gliding center. They met on invitation of Wilfried Großkinsky in Cologne to prepare for flying in southern Africa. The participants of the last camp reported on their experiences.
The new season is already out of the starting blocks in Bitterwasser. In the OLC you can already find the first flights. Bernd Goretzki and Reinhard Schramme will test what is possible so early in Namibia.
 
Max Dorsch wins the Junior Cup 2019 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

Maximilian Dorsch already learned to appreciate the Bitterwasser Flying Center. He trained to fly big distances in Namibias in one of Wilfried Großkinsky`s 1000 km training camps. This year, on the 10th of July, Maximilian used this experience to fly a 1008-kilometer distance with a LS4 WL from his home field Bamberg. With this flight he conquered the top in the Bitterwasser Junior Cup 2019. At the „OLC-final“, the prize giving ceremony of the online contest 2019 in Poppenhausen / Rhön this October weekend, he got the reward: Rainer Hog congratulated on behalf of the Bitterwasser AG and presented the invitation for a week cross country flying in the Flying Center Bitterwasser. The junior from AC Bamberg won by a clear margin over Markus Uhlig from FC Großrückerwalde. Henrik Theiss of FLG Grabenstetten took 3rd place.

 
kurzfristig verfügbar PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
smileyARCUS M kurzfristig verfügbar / on short call available

ARCUS M  ab 01. November bis 10. November
ARCUS M  ab 14. November bis 22. November
ARCUS M  ab 21. Dezember bis 30. Dezember 
ARCUS M  ab 29. Dezember bis 06. Januar 

an Piloten mit Arcus/Eigenstart Erfahrung.
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On the Way PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

The first gliders are already in the containers for the journey to Bitterwasser. For almost 30 self launchers loadmaster Sascha Costabel had created space in one of the large steel boxes. On the first weekend in September they were packed with sophisticated suspension systems. Just six 18-meter single-seaters fit into a container thanks to good planning. The big solos, an Antares and an ASW 22, have to share their travel cabin with one of the double-seaters, which meanwhile make the single-seaters a marginal phenomenon in the Flying Center Bitterwasser.

Via Hamburg and  Antwerp the journey of the seven containers starts now with the Bright Horizon to Walvis Bay. The freighter is expected there at the beginning of October - in time for the new flying season.
 
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