Always good for a stunt

The picture was already a rarity yesterday: A lonely Arcus in the sky over Namibia. The morning briefing had announced an explosive thunderstorm situation and all but one team in the gliding centers in Namibia had preferred to stay safely on the ground for the day – only Dmytry Borovyk with his student Alexander Ivoninskii not.

Nobody in Bitterwasser was surprised. The Ukrainian Dimitry has a special reputation here. During his first flight in Namibia eleven years ago, he practiced slope flying on the Gamsberg (2347 m), over a terrain that, in its ruggedness, makes normal pilots shudder even when looking at MSL from 5000 meters. At that time Dmytry tinkered from one mini-updraft to the next to the south, until he finally managed to jump to the east side of the mountains into the Kalahari. If you want to tremble again: The flight is shown in the OLC 2011 (12.12.2010). Dmytry in his comment: “My first flight in Namibia. I'm happy."
On the other hand, yesterday's 769-kilometer flight looked downright unspectacular. He found the best conditions on the west side of the thunderstorm line. His conclusion in the evening: “Without my student Alexander, well over 1000 kilometers would easily have been possible.” Alexander from Petersburg in Russia before had only made a few starts with the Ukrainian in Vinon, where Dmytry works as a flight instructor. Four hours would have been a long flight for him.
It was simply impossible to foresee that such a well-flyable line would develop over the course of the day in the west. On the contrary, in the early morning the Cbs shot threateningly into the sky and also confirmed the last doubters in their decision to stay on the ground. And at noon the first violent thunderstorm swept over Bitterwasser. In the evening the weather had calmed down over Bitterwasser and so the approach from the west was possible.

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A new face in Bitterwasser.

Florian Stoyke is this year's support in the flight office. Together with Dirk Skura and Michael Stoltze he forms the team for the flight season 2022/23.

A normal Namibia flying day

Yesterday (15.11.) it was already clear at the briefing that we could fly four digits today. And that's what 23 crews did, in Bitterwasser 9, and they flew distances over 1000 km.