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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.

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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 

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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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Bitterwasser is also a place for youngsters. With the Europe-wide Bitterwasser Cup and a success at German Gliding Championships juniors have the chance to be invited to the gliding center. Two winners have already been determined: Lukas Blattmann (4th) from the Flugsportclub Charlottenburg Berlin and Mike Bauer (5th) from the Eichstätt Flying. These two club class pilots won the ticket to the 1000 kilometer camp of Wilfried Großkinsky in Zwickau as the best juniors. Simon Briel from LSV Homberg Ohm, this year's best junior in the standard class and second in the Junior World Championships in Szeged, was already at the camp last season,will receive a special invitation by Wilfried Großkinsky and Rainer Hog with Bitterwasser AG.

The Bitterwasser Cup is still running, and the winners of the OLC Junior Challenge have not been decided yet. The award ceremony will take place on October 5 at the OLC Symposium in the Rhön.
A new Arcus for Bitterwasser PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

In der kommenden Saison steht in Bitterwasser ein neuer Arcus M für die Gäste bereit. Rainer Hog hat das Flugzeug Mitte Juni in Kirchheim/Teck für die Bitterwasser AG übernommen.

Dass der beliebte Leistungsdoppelsitzer ab November in Bitterwasser gechartert werden kann, ist ein großes Verdienst von Dr. Rudolf Lachenmann. Er hat vor zwei Jahren Bitterwasser seinen Nimbus 4DM überlassen. In Gestalt des Arcus wurde das Flugzeug jetzt modernisiert, wobei es im Kennzeichen D-KDRL weiter an Sponsor Dr. Rudolf Lachenmann erinnert.

Mit seinem 70 PS starken Triebwerk ist der Eigenstarter für den Einsatz vom 1250 Meter hochgelegenen Bitterwasser gut gerüstet, wo oft genug erst bei Temperaturen von über 30 Grad Celsisus gestartet wird.

Die D-KDRL ist bereits der 300. Doppelsitzer der Arcus-Baureihe von Schempp-Hirth. Das Unternehmen ließ es sich nicht nehmen, das Jubiläumsflugzeug im Rahmen einer Feier für den Einsatz im Bitterwasser Flying Center zu übergeben.


In Kirchheim/Teck übergaben Tilo Holighaus, Biggo Berger und Bernd Weber den Jubiläumsarcus an Rainer Hog (2.v.r.) vom Flying Center Bitterwasser.

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