2300 hours!

Hans Jörg Schweizer has been coming to Bitterwasser every year for 30 years. At over 80 years old, he has now enjoyed his last gliding flight. He flew almost 2300 hours alone from Bitterwasser.

It was his 468th flight to see the Kalahari from above once again together with Carl Schönherr. Hans Jörg looks back on a great time! The Swiss flight instructor has been flying with Carl Schönherr here in Bitterwasser for 4 years.

There are many experiences that Hans Jörg remembers most. His favorite memories are of his 1000 km flights. A few more have been added in recent years. His longest flight was with Wilfried Grosskinski. The two of them covered a distance of 1222 km.
Hans Jörg still remembers exactly how everything was navigated with a map and watch back then. But now he doesn't even need the latest navigation devices, because he knows Namibia and Botswana inside out from above and can find his way back to Bitterwasser from anywhere!

Hans Jörg has also done a lot in motorized flight. Whether it was tempflights from 2001-2005 to obtain weather information or safari flights over the vastness of the desert, Hans Jörg has enjoyed them all!

Pilot Hans Jörg flew a total of 220,000 kilometers over southern Africa. Now, after his last landing on 14.12.2023 at 18:31, he received a warm welcome. Jeremias played the Swiss national anthem on the trumpet, accompanied by a fresh drink and warming words from Hans Jörg. The evening was spent laughing and swapping old stories.

And of course Hans Jörg will continue to come to Bitterwasser, as a pedestrian, friend and great pilot!

Go back

We mourn the loss of Dieter Schwenk

As a member of the Bitterwasser Board of Directors and CFI of the Soaring Society of Namibia, Dieter has rendered outstanding services to gliding in Namibia.

Sitting at his favorite spot in Bitterwasser, he has left us forever.

We will not forget him.

Season final

The season in Bitterwasser is slowly drawing to a close.
One by one, the gliders are being loaded into the containers. And still some teams fly over 1000 kilometers every day.