The season turns up again

Anyone who thought the season in Bitterwasser would slowly end in January can rub their eyes. After the quarantine obligation for Namibia returnees was lifted, many pilots decided spontaneously for a visit.

As big as the country is, you are not in the sky alone here in January. The gliders brought into the country are used diligently. It is not uncommon to meet gaggles.
Bitterwasser is positioned on an international level with guests from USA, Russia, Great Britain, Italy, France, Switzerland and now also from the Netherlands. But the german pilots are not yet in the minority.
And the weather is right. The glider area south of Windhoek, which encompasses almost all of Namibia and part of South Africa from flight level 145 (around 4500 m) to flight level 195 (around 6000 m) can be fully used up to the upper cover. There is no need for wave updrafts. In the afternoon the thermals reach all the way to the top. To the north of Windhoek, the cover is in flight level 145. There you can longingly look up to the base but also  make comfortable progress.

Photo: encounter on the way.

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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.