Sunday, July 27, 2008

2008 Lusse race reports

Refreshments delivered on Time

At 32 ° the arrival of those dark thunder clouds, which have formed within the last half hour is most welcomed. A few kilometers further on the rain is pooring down just for a few minutes - enough to cool down the earth to comfortable 24 ° - with little steam clouds rising everywhere.
Talking to "US Ground Control"

Team Captain Sam Zimmerman is fully established in Luesse. The entire US crew has already arrived with most of them up in the air enjoying this hot sunny day. Doug Jacobs had just picked up his new Ventus 2aX "DJ" from Schempp. Tilo Holighaus lent the very first serial No. 1 Ventus 2 to Gary Ittner, who will be flying in the 15m Class. Heinz Weissenbuehler had his Nimbus 4T shipped from New York State. And Karl Striedek flies Gerhard Waibel's ASW27. Garret Willat managed to get an ASH25 from the Netherlands. Quite an internation glider collection!

Bustling activities all over the place. Trailors coming from everywhere. Tents being put up, helpers busy getting everything into place. Those, who have already installed themselves are enjoying a hot summer day - 32 ° with the first cumuli setting in at noon. Take a look at our pictures. They show what's happening here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Godspeed" to the Willat family

and to the US Team in Lusse, Germany during the 2008 World Soaring Championships. The above named individuals pledged support for Garret and his family in their travels to Lusse, Germany.

This plaque will be on display at the Warner Springs Gliderport office.

I thank everyone for their support and during my flights to get the mileage pledges, I do have a few memories to add to my soaring adventures.

Also, many "kudos", to the all the folks at Seminole Lake Gliderport, Perry International airport, Mifflin airport, Alamogordo airport and Parowan airport who helped tow and launch 711 for all these flights.

Shortly, the 15 Meter Nationals, along with the Open Class Nationals will be going on in Uvalde, Tx. When I get their in a few days, I will again post what I see is happening.

I was in Ely, Nv earlier, and had several good flights. But alot of smoke from the fires in California put somewhat of a damper on the long flights I had been hunting for. Ely Jet center caters to our needs and James, along with his staff, are again thanked for the service they provided. Ely now has been not only groomed, but has support for a major National Championship. I believe when Ely does host a National Championship, we will see not only one day, but several days of AST's called, which will produce 1000 k to 1250 k flights, slowest speed 100 mph, and we will see 100 percent completion's.
Folks, thats how big the sky in "The Great Basin" can get.
More later on this.