Nothing for free

Thousand kilometer flights were always in the scoring for the Bitterwasser pilots on the last few days. But they were not given to them. The wind slowed down at more than 60 kph and yesterday thunderstorms forced the pilots to the very edge of the flight area.

On Wednesday, in the biting headwind, the final approach altitude disappeared for many and forced a powered flight over the last few kilometers. Yesterday, the highly explosive thunderstorm situation caused an increased level of stress in the cockpit after the two completely different weather forecasts had been chosen for the optimistic and for flying. Some pilots returned to Bitterwasser early before the rain pelted the pan. Others let themselves be pushed further and further by the storm lines to the west, but then found a calm zone behind the showers for a long final approach.
Kilian Biechele: “Today we have seen pretty much all weather phenomena here in Namibia. At the turnaround in the southwest, I didn't believe that we would end up in Bitterwasser again. There were thunderstorms everywhere and so we only had the way to the far west on the edge in the direction of Gamsberg.” On this first flight with the Quintus, Kilian covered 1061 kilometers despite all the adversities.

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The rainy season is approaching

It's getting showery in southern Namibia. As the season progresses, the Inertropical Convergence Zone advances southward. In this air mass, showers and thunderstorms are now announced again and again.

Saturday is Braai day

This is already a tradition in Bitterwasser. There will be a barbecue on Saturday evening. Then Daniel, who has just stood in for chef Louis in the kitchen for two weeks, is the master at the fire.