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The Namibia Profile for LX-Navigation 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 computers 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.

Förderprogramm PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

Junge Gesichter fallen im Segelflugzentrum Bitterwasser auf. Am Donnerstag waren gleich zwei im Einführungsbriefing zu sehen: Niklas Harder (21) und Robin Bretzke (19) vom FSV Stahringen. Mit dabei Wolf-Dietrich und Birgitta Bornholdt, die die beiden unter ihre Fittiche genommen haben. Jetzt brennen sie darauf, mit dem Arcus von Wolf-Dietrich und ihm als Coach die Streckenflugmöglichkeiten in Namibia zu erkunden.

Am Heimatplatz Stahringen nahe dem Bodensee haben Robin und Niklas, beide stehen noch in der Ausbildung beziehungsweise Studium, nicht die besten Ausgangsbedingungen für Streckenflüge. Sie sind aber hochengagiert und fliegen nach ihrem Start im Segelflug vor sieben beziehungsweise fünf Jahren mit Std. Libelle WL und LS1-f bereits eigene Clubklasse-Flugzeuge.

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 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.

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