Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:29
The competition has started! The 2011 gliding season in Europe is severely affected by bad weather. After three consecutively cancelled days, we were eventually able to set a task for the two classes flying the 7th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships in Musbach, Germany.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:22
Day 3 at the 16th European Gliding Championship (3rd August) saw classic racing conditions with speeds achieved in excess of 120 km/h, over courses of up to 500 kms. Full results are here Day winners were Kim Tipple (GBR) in the Open Class, and two Danish pilots Arne Boye-Moeller in the 18M and Henrik Breidahl in the15M Classes .
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 04:24
The first launches in the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships at Pociunai, Lithuania, have just started. Conditions look difficult for today, with a low cloud-base and thundery showers developing this afternoon. Pilots have been set to fly round tasks varying from about 200 to more than 400 kms in length.
Sunday, 31 July 2011 02:10
The 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship is now over and the new Grand Prix World Champion is the Italian Giorgio Galetto. Sebastian Neagel (GER) finishes second and Peter Hartman (AUT) third.
Friday, 29 July 2011 22:38
Here are the provisional results for the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra:
Friday, 29 July 2011 20:12
Due to a complicated and rapidly evolving situation here at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra, where showers are racing in on the one side before the top cover has burned off on the other - which way to run??? - World Class will now fly a C task and a new B task has been prepared for the other three classes.
Friday, 29 July 2011 18:58
Today, Friday 29th July, dawned sunny and bright at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra but the daunting cloud cover moved in very quickly. Assigned area tasks, with areas instead of points to fly towards, giving pilots more freedom to avoid showers and storms, have been set in all classes but already, the World Class has been changed to a B Task as the weather to the south became quickly less favourable and a more northerly first area has been substituted with little difference in distance to fly.
Friday, 29 July 2011 17:09
If you missed the race live you can watch it again. Commentary and tracking from Day 4 of the FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix 2011. This is the complete race showing the gliders competing head to head on the 28th of July. Screen capture from the 3D tracking display.
Friday, 29 July 2011 02:40
With the third flown task yesterday the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship that is held on Wasserkuppe airfield in Germany is a valid competition. With two more flying days to go we could possibly end up with 6 competition days as today the forth task could be flown. 16 of the 18 pilots managed to reach the airfield today and the finish was quite spectacular with 6 pilots approaching within only a few seconds. First today and now also in the overall ranking was Sebastian Nägel from Germany, the youngest pilot competing, followed by Giorgio Galetto (Italy) and Uli Schwenk (Germany).
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:22
Yesterday after a dark and rainy morning, the sky became blue in Wasserkuppe at the 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship and it was possible to have a late start with a small task. The two young German pilots Sebastian Naegel and Patrick Puskeiler became first and second and the French Nicolas Veron became third.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:08
The towplanes are revving up and trundling across the grass towards the grids where the four glider classes are lined up and ready to go.