Enjoy the sunset

Sunsets like this can only be experienced on a few days in Bitterwasser. Not that they are so rare. Rather, the pilots only come down after the sun has descended. So enjoying the sunset is only possible on the break days.

Landing is usually only done after sun set, especially when a stronger westerly wind is blowing and landing direction 27 applies. Landing into the sun is not advisable. It's a good reason to make the most of the day with the 15 minutes until dusk ends. It's not difficult. Hitting a 2-meter thermal 45 minutes before sunset, in which you can circle up to the base in 3000 meters above ground is not so rare. But then you have the luxury problem of getting back down quickly enough before night comes.
And when the majority of the gliders come in after sunset, the Bitterwasser pan plays its great advantage. At a width of almost two kilometers, it picks up the landing gliders. There is no need for stress in the cockpit.

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Gerhard Marzinzik has passed away

The Bitterwasser PTY with all its friends worldwide mourns the death of Gerhard Marzinzik and his young co-pilot, who died in an glider accident in the Alps in the Puster Valley on 12 April 2022.

After a long journey...

The line of trailers had long opened their mouths wide on Wednesday to finally accommodate the planes from Bitterwasser. But first, customs had to look inside the containers.