2002 Gliding Expedition
7th July 2002: Flying
in the Weiner Neustadt local area
The ASH25 and
Duo Discus both had wave climbs to around 8600 ft. in the area to the
west of the airfield. Robin photographed this wave cloud with the peculiar
overhanging top. Our local met. man, Hermann Trimmel, later explained
that this is due to wind shear at the level of the top of the cloud.
cloud was also associated with the wave, again with strong shear near
The military airfield
at Weiner Neustadt is vast; a 2 km circular area with grass runways.
A number of air
sports share the airfield, including the parachute club who use this splendidly
decorated twin turbo-prop.
Later, our Austrian
hosts invited us to a wine tasting. This traditional event turned out
to be a feast organised by a local vinyard to celebrate the previous
Robin and Hermann Trimmel
and a 180 degree wind shift to the north. Four members of the team decided
to have a cultural day in Vienna and the rest hoped that passage of the front
would at least lead to some local soaring. Both 2 seaters again took winch
launches to allow local flying with both gliders contacting low level wave
to 8500’. In the evening we were the guests of some of the local pilots,
led by Hermann Trimmel and his wife, who had arranged for us to attend a local
“Heuriger”, this is traditional Austrian evening at a local vineyard,
with much food to celebrate and taste the new wine.