Vom Abschliessen

Schon lange habe ich nichts mehr geschrieben. Da war nichts, was ich für mitteilenswert hielt. Die Zeit der Gleitschirm-Wettkämpfe liegt hinter mir, und sogar das Segelfliegen – erfolgreich brevetiert im Juni 2011 – habe ich bereits wieder aufgegeben. Keine zehn Mal war ich in diesem Jahr in der Luft. Was ich mir vor einigen Jahren nicht habe vorstellen können: meine…

Solar Impulse Live

The Solar Impulse above Lake Zurich On the way from the physiotherapy session back to the office, from the corner of my eye I realized an unusual movement in the blue skies above Zurich: something huge, low, slow, silent and fragile. It took me a second to understand what I saw there: the Solar Impulse majestically cruising above the banks…

Airborne Again

After 13 hard weeks of deprivation finally airborn again! Last Saturday my first lesson „how to fly a sailplane“ took place on the HB-1778, a Grob TWIN II 103 Acro built in 1980. Roland Odermatt, teacher on duty, took me on a 40 minutes instruction flight. We were towed by a Maule aircraft to a nice altitude above (!) cloud base. Enough…

Aftermath Of Dangerous Flying

For a couple of months my mantra was „all will be well“. However, six months after the accident in Quixada, when I still couldn’t run without feeling pain after a few minutes, it finally dawned on me, that all will be well not automatically. Another month with doctor’s advices, MRIs and X-rays went by. The diagnosis: the posterior cruciate ligament…

One Less On My Bucket List*

When I started paragliding almost ten years ago, I found a lot of convincing reasons for flying with a coloured fabric. Amongst the most important were (and still are): lowest possible barriers to get a licence, aircraft easy to pack and carry everywhere, launchable and landable at a lot of places without need for any further help. The best aircraft…

Gliding to Meran

A week ago I made one of my most impressive cross country flights ever. Not with a paraglider, not as a pilot. Instead, I spent six enjoyable, relaxing hours in the passenger seat of a power glider, the Pipistrel Taurus HB-5511. The flight showed me a complete new aspect of the beauty of thermic flying. 10:41 The adventure began on…

Wow! We Made It

That was really fun. Klaudia, Karolina, Caroll, Des, Nicky and me held the inaugural meeting of our Womens Paragliding Association. The WPA is a non-profit making society governed by the Swiss civil code. First venue of the Womens Paragliding Association will be the organization of the Womens Open in Àger, Spain. The competition is officially sanctioned by FAI, and we’re…

Valle Leisurely

It was fun. End of January, Jörg, my mother and me visited Valle de Bravo. Jörg competed in the Monarca Open (see his report), and I focused on the holidaily aspects, like shopping flowers, strawberries and clothes, hanging out at the landing zone with my mom, and watching the pilots fly into goal. Of course, I also flew almost every…

Kleine Flugstatistik

Jahreswechsel. Firmen bilanzieren, die Zeitungen sind voll von Rück- und Ausblicken. Alle Jahre wieder. Auch bei mir gibt’s den Update zur Flugstatistik gemäss Flugbuch. Gezählt sind hier alle Soloflüge mit dem Gleitschirm: Flüge Stunden Gebiete ø Dauer Jahr p.a. kum. p.a. kum. p.a. kum. p.a. kum. 2000 15 15 3 3 4 4 0.2 0.2 2001 115 130 57 60…