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2013-04-06

609km in changing weather

Aarhus bay seen from the noth
Today was an interesting day. The front to the SE dissolved and the Cu's started everywhere but not at the same rate. On our second east-bound leg to the east coast Mogens and I had to abandon our declared task. Here our paths split and while Mogens flew west I continued east on to Djursland and through the Aarhus TMA and CTR.  Base was a comfortable high here at 4.500' but the thermals was very variable. After a headwind leg 136km long from Djursland to Spjald on the west coast I suffered spread out of the clouds with a base of around 3.000' and poor thermals.  I recovered from some 350m above ground to a weak cloudstreet which allowed me back into central Jutland. Amidst snowshowers at 4.500' and a short spell of icing on the wings and a fantastic view of Kattegat, I went on final glide via Skarrild and back to Arnborg. Good practice!
Today's undeclared task

2013-04-01

West Coast Hustling

Is this April? Is this grass?!

Easter days on the eastern new part of Arnborg airfield. 
Cruising up the west coast from the border

Cloudbase at 6.000' and -12 deg. celcius

Stubble to keep the face warm...and 5 layers of clothes. Sun helped!

Coming up on Rømø

Beautiful vista of the North Sea, clouds and shallow waters

This is april? 

3-4m/s climbs here

Rømø at port

Fanø and Esbjerg coming up

Sønderho

Being fortunate to experience all this

Coming up on Skive via Karup


Next turnpoint is Hobro


Turning Hobro

After a return to the west coast via Skjern, 550km 6:30 later landing at Arnborg

The migrating swans are coming back. Beautiful end to a great day.


2013-03-24

Early birdy...-12 deg C and 416km later

Early outlanding by the highway.
High pressure, easterly winds 15 knots, -2 deg C.

Enroute to Herning


Plucking 'VD' out of the hangar. It is cold but beatifull  weather.

Heading west towards Skjern at 4.500' and -12 deg C. Cloudstreets continue well out  over the North Sea.


Laven Station and the lakes are still quite frozen.
After 416km I landed out on the west coast near Skjern on a perfect field frozen hard as concrete. Couldn't feel my feet and the 15knot wind did not help when I got out. 

Only 200m from my plane I was invited inside to warm coffee and cookies. I ate all the cookies.
The moon setting over 'VD'.
A bit early in the season for gliding. At least most of the snow here on the west coast has melted.

Beautiful end to the day. 2 hours later enroute with 'VD' in tow, thanks to Anders Husted Madsen who had volunteered as crew today.