2002 Gliding Expedition
5th July 2002: Schärding
to Wiener Neustadt
The gliders took
a long tow to the mountains and with a planned release in the Gmunden
area. However, with the area still to commence convection, the tow continued
over the Totes Gebirger from where the gliders could reach convection
SE of Trieben.
Our trusty tug,
YM, certainly earned its keep today with two position tows over a distance
of about 80 km each, and an altitude of over 10,000 ft at the point
of release. Later YM towed the LS4 to Wiener Neustadt.
The ASH25, flown
by Robin and Andy May, near cloudbase at around 10,500 ft.
The Duo Discus was flown by
Ed Downham and David Starer.
a slightly slow start, soaring conditions became very good.
Austria to Wiener Neustadt, Austria
The two seaters are to attempt a task running west-east along the Austrian
mountains to bring them to Wiener Neustadt by evening ,with the LS4 being
aerotowed to within gliding range of the airfield. Hot blue conditions at
the airfield with a low inversion of 4000' limit the opportunity of starting
from Scharding so YM undertakes a marathon tow of 40 mins and 54 miles SE
to 10,000' to drop 13 and subsequently LGC for the start of a 600km task that
took them west to Zell-am-See and eventually east to Wiener Neustadt, landing
accompanied 13 for most of the task initially routing East to the small gliding
club at Lanzen-Turnau, then turning West. As the flight progressed Westwards
conditions became steadily better and better with 9kt climbs and the cloudbase
rising to 11,000'. The return Eastwards to Wiener Neustadt began from the
flanks of the Grossglockner, just South of Zell-am-See and over 250km from
our goal, Wiener Neustadt. Conditions weakened considerably in the last 100km.
LGC ending the flight with a nail-biting marginal 66 km final glide through
the Semmering pass.
LS4 was delivered to within gliding distance of Wiener Neustadt after a 200
km tow and the trailers caught up late in the evening, everyone being reunited
over another magnificent club restaurant meal.