Great record despite Corona

The pandemic did not leave Bitterwasser untouched this season either. There were cancellations, and the temporary classification of Namibia as a virus variant area in turn was not conducive. But: 112 pilots have enjoyed gliding here in good health and not so unsuccessfully: In the worldwide ranking of the online contest, Bitterwasser is currently at the top of the list.

In total 550,815 kilometers have come together in the OLC-Plus. With the exception of the short 2020/21 season, the previous years were not surpassed, but at least the connection was made. The pilots from Bitterwasser have broken the 1000 k mark 179 times in their total of 853 flights, 46 times they have come over 1100 kilometers and 17 times over 1200 kilometers. Most of these "1000 plus" are attributed to Guy Bechtold (13) and Reinhard Schramme (13).
However, Elmar Fischer and his various co-pilots set their own record. From the beginning to the end of the season, Elmar completed the most flights (40) and thus collected the most flying hours (225:53 h) and the most kilometers (26,485.62 km). But there are other evaluation criteria: Reinhard Schramme completed the fastest flight of the season with 168.35 kph. Wilfried Großkinsky finished second with 160.83 kph.

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Bitterwasser orders PV plant and reduces its carbon footprint

Namibia obtains most of its electricity from South Africa. There, mainly hard coal power plants are in operation, because South Africa can extract hard coal in opencast mining.
Now the exhaust gases of the South African hard coal power plants are not as well cleaned as in Germany. Therefore it is important to do without this electricity.

The first gliders are loaded and on their way.

This year the gliders will be brought to Bitterwasser in two groups. At the moment no forwarder can guarantee when the containers will arrive. Therefore we have decided to send four containers a little earlier so that they will actually be in Bitterwasser on November 01 for the start of the season.