2002 Gliding Expedition
8th July 2002: International
flights from Wiener Neustadt
The area to
the southwest of Wiener Neustadt, as the ground rises towards the Semmering
One way to save
space in the crowded hangar at Wiener Neustadt airfield.
While others took
to the air in various different ways...
...the non flying
members of the team fled to the hill to escape the heat...
...photographed one another
across three countries.
early start to day began with big tasks planned for big gliders, and smaller
ones for the baby glider. The ASH and Duo are to try for an 800k o/r with
Hermann flying his LS6. They have a tricky time with a slow start to the Semmering
pass. Conditions to the West looked very poor so they follow what cumulus
there are South into much better weather and manage to cross into Hungary,
gazing down at concrete communal housing and huge fields as opposed to the
neat strip farming of Austria. They briefly poke a nose into Slovenia thereby
achieving at least one aim of the whole expedition, and head for home. The
ASH finishes off with a close look at the Schneeburg and Rax mountains. The
LS4 flies locally in hot blue conditions, allowing the less adventurous a
closer look at the Hohe Wand, an impressive steep sided ridge close to the
airfield shared with local hang gliders.