Instead working as a grid boy flying 1200 k

Jeremias Kauenas (49) is a fixture in Bitterwasser. As head of the Grid Boys, he has been ensuring smooth flight operations with the flight office for years. In the new year he turned the tables and joined Reinhard Schramme in the EB28 cockpit.

On the flight he got to know a lot about Namibia and neighboring Botswana. The OLC rating showed 1225 kilometers in the evening. Jeremias: “A great flight.” He has already practiced the tactics under the elongated cloud streets.
It wasn't his first flight, not even the one with an EB28. At Christmas 2014 he flew a 1000 k with Fabian Siebenwurst. This time it was an anniversary present: Jeremias has been there in Bitterwasser for 25 years.
Jeremia's day starts early at the gas station with the Avgas replenishment for the self-starters. In the Namibian winter, from September to October, he sits on the tractor for hours and days and rolls the pan for the new season so that the guests can find their airfield in their usual good shape. During the season, his day is not yet over with the last landings and they often only happen shortly before eight. Sunset is now at the beginning of January at 7:43 pm. 15 minutes later everyone must have landed, because then it can quickly be night, but until then many people are spending their days.
Photo: Jeremias in the car just before a drive into the pan. The grid boys are on site immediately after the gliders have rolled out for transport to the lodge.

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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.