Daily News

Sonntag, Abreisetag

After a nice final evening, the participants started their journey home and have meanwhile arrived home. The many helpers from the Großrückerswalde Aviation Club have almost returned the airfield and hangars to their normal state.
It was a great experience to host the e2glide. We grew to meet the challenges and, according to the unanimous feedback from the participants, we were good hosts. Thank you very much for the praise!

Sonnabend, 8. Wertungstag

19:00 MESZ
After final dinner we will start the official award ceremony at 8 PM. Please expect some more media snippets over the day, but then the contest will be history.
We were able to show, that electrical engines in gliders allow to increase the flyable season a lot. Security also increases. In the next days we are going to present more info to outline this. So check our webpage also in future.

In the mean time...
...we offer several data for download to better understand the results of each contest day. Here.

 

12:00 MESZ
Time for a last picture of all participants (+ sports and competition director)

11:00 MESZ
The briefing is over. The sports director found the only flyable window to head eastwards towards the Czech Republic and to move the finish line to LKCH (Chomutov)…. This task created an awkward silence during the briefing before we had to neutralize the day for today ;-). The first rain front is simply too quickly in place and unfortunately cuts the day into two halves that cannot even be flown by FES aircraft.

07:30 MESZ
The briefing hall is set up for the last breakfast on a competition day and will fill up soon. Today we have a tighter schedule, because a front should reach us soon and we definitely want to take advantage of the weather window in front of it. That's why the briefing has been brought forward to 10:30 CEST today.
But first of all: Enjoy your meal.

Freitag, 7. Wertungstag

16:28 MESZ
Preliminary award ceremony for today. Matthew Scutter won, followed by Florian Heilmann and Jan Reineke. 

15:30 MESZ
Attention, new YouTube-Stream because of technical problems.

Before the start line opens at 3:10 p.m. CEST, we get thrilling pictures of the shear waves that have formed today. This allows you to climb far up the front of the magnificent Cumulus. But now it is time to get down, because the starting line is fixed at 1400m. 

14:15 MESZ
The first takeoff ist confirmed to be at 14:15 MESZ.
First takeoff postponed to at least 14:00 MESZ.

13:37 MESZ
The AS34Me has just completed its first self-launch outside of the Huhnrain factory airfield and is immediately “misused” as a thermal sniffer. Immediately afterwards, the DG1001e neo also takes off in aircraft tow launch and provides support.

13:00 MESZ
Currently field briefing. There is a short, tough task in the sunny south to our friends in the Czech Republic. The southern turning points are at Rana and Zatec. Then it goes back over the Erzgebirgskamm over the checkpoint Schloß Wolkenstein to the target band overflight at a minimum of 130m south of the place.

12:30 MESZ
Rigged for the next flight - the brand new AS34Me from Alexander Schleicher Flugzeugbau.

11:50 MESZ
The towing machines are still in the hangar, but will be cleared out soon.

11:45 MESZ
Briefing has been held. Gridding until 1PM, after that the task will be offered.
08:00 MESZ
After a warm front with rain crossed us yesterday evening, cloud-rich sea air apparently flows in. That won't make the day meteorologically easy today, but we'll stick with it and hear what's possible at the briefing at 11:00. With the electric drive systems, you can obviously fly and cover a distance even on days with marginal thermals.
For now, here's a “find” on Instagram: Start of the task yesterday
You can of course also find us on Instagram with own posts.

Donnerstag, 6. Wertungstag

Aktuell
Discussion and stream are running. With Matthew ScutterSkySight), Tilo Holighaus (Schempp-Hirth), Moritz Althaus (weglide.org), Robert Schröder (Vice European Champion 2019), Luka Žnidaršič (CEO LZ Design), Uli Kremer (CEO Alexander Schleicher), Philipp Scheffel (APUSthere are very competent persons on the podium.
The maiden flight of the AS34 has been yesterday. This glider is now in Großrückerswalde and will be visible to the public tomorrow!
From 2021 on the DMSt should be based on weglide.org.
Wünsche für die Zukunft?
Matthew Scutter: Mehr Teilnehmer, faireres Wertungssystem
Tilo Holighaus: Großrückerswalde wahr sehr cool organisiert.
Moritz Althaus: Live scoring
Robert Schröder: Einfacheres Wertungssystem
Luka Žnidaršič: Doppelsitzer sollten teilnehmen
19:30 MESZ
Please follow our livestream panel discussion about the future of electrical gliding starting in a few minutes here.
18:45 MESZ
The preliminary results are online.
15:39:55 MESZ
The first, LL, crossed the finish line. However, with a bit more consumption of permissible energy, so that it is not yet entirely clear whether SAX did not win the race. So it remains exciting now ;-).

15:23 MESZ
LL is now ahead after kilometers, but much lower. X floats “on top of the soup” and thus has advantages. But behind X, TW and 71 are waiting for their chance to fly by. At the moment they are 200m deeper. That's a lot of energy. But maybe there are still reserves in the aircraft's batteries?
15:20 MESZ
The first finishers we expect in about 20 minutes. There is headwind on the last section, but the thermal conditions are still excellent.

14:20 MESZ
The first have mastered the second turn and now fly almost 50 km to the third turn in Sebnitz.

Weather on 2nd part between Schönheide and Litomerice.

13:05 MESZ
The start line is open and time is flying. 25 minutes later the pilots have already reached the first turning point and can now tackle the second section with a tailwind. This is 118km long and leads over the ridge of the Ore Mountains to the south of Usti / Aussig.
12:45 MESZ
Alle competitors have been startet. The race starts 13:05 MESZ.

12:05 MESZ
An international team: Klara Teichmannova in Vampire II tows Giorgio Galetto (Ventus 3F).

12:00 MESZ
First takeoff is confirmed to be 12:00 CET / 10 AM UTC
11:30 MESZ
The briefing gave the pilots a 300km + task. Here the Link zum Glidertracker.

10:45 MESZ
Briefing is about to begin. The first delicate cumulus are already appearing on the ridge of the Ore Mountains. A bigger task is definitely expected today, and that in other regions too.
06:30 MESZ
Good Morning! We are expecting the best day of the competition, which will also end with a panel discussion on the subject of the evaluation of flights with the support of electric drive systems, which will be broadcast live. The panel discussion will start at 8:00 p.m. CEST.

Mittwoch, 5. Wertungstag

16:00 MESZ
E2Glide uses a lot of software and manpower to impress you with an exciting gliding event. A small component of that is "Glidertracker". Although freely available, there is a lot of leisure work behind it and also the material effort to operate the necessary computing technology. We would be very happy if you support the Glidertracker, for example with a Donation to Lukas Lücking. Thank you!

14:40 MESZ
Events have overwhelmed us a little. The first one was already back at 2:40 p.m.: Flo Heilmann with his Silent 2 Elektro won the race today. Very impressive! This will fuel the discussion for tomorrow on how fair rating systems for electric gliders should be designed. Tomorrow evening there will be a panel discussion (with YouTube Lifestream) on exactly this topic.

14:00 MESZ
We are provided with information about the competition from various supporters. Here is a picture of the weather situation near Chemnitz. This is also where we go today.
The first landings are expected for short before 15:00 MEST

13:25 MESZ
The starting line is open and the race is on.

12:15 MESZ
Take offs are on time. Please follow the link for tracking of the gliders.

11:00 MESZ
Briefing beginnt soeben, der Start ist bereits aufgebaut. Der erste Start soll gegen 12:15 MESZ rausgehen.

Link zur Aufgabe

Below in the picture are the (still provisional) winners of yesterday's task - now taking into account the amount of energy consumed. Shortly after landing, at which we each celebrate a small award ceremony, this is sometimes not yet recognizable.

07:00 MESZ
A peaceful picture. (Almost) everyone is still asleep, but today we have the first day with sunshine in the morning. There will definitely be a 3rd day of evaluation.

Dienstag, 4. Wertungstag

17:30 MESZ
Es gibt drei Außenlander, der Rest ist zurück.
Matthew from Australia is the winner once again!

14:25 MESZ
The task is being tackled. Link to Glidertracker

11:00 MESZ
The briefing is running. At the moment we are still evaluating yesterday's day and doing a weather briefing.
The task will not be announced until the field briefing and the start setup is scheduled for 2pm.

07:00 MESZ
A little addendum to yesterday. Unfortunately, the winner's podium was not used, but it was tested anyway. Anita, Jörn and Robert made the test and obviously found the new location to be good.
We hope to see competitors on the podium again today.

Montag, 3. Wertungstag

16:16 MESZ
The day is cancelled. The cloud base is too low and there are already some rain showers building up.

13:30 MESZ
At the moment the gliders getting rigged. The task building is not finished yet.

11:15 MESZ
Currently the briefing with the award ceremony of the first day of the competition is in progress. However, a final decision for today has been postponed.

Sunday, 2. competition day

12:30 MESZ
For many competitors today, the plan is to go to the spa. Some of the other pilots watch the recorded livestream to get a perfect debriefing.

10:00 MESZ
The day is cancelled.

We are currently working on an alternative program for the day.

Saturday, 1. competition day

19:30 MESZ:
The first draft of the scoring is available on >Soaringspot ,we are currently working on some details for final scoring. 

This is the unconfirmed scoring for today.2. Robert Schröder                   1. Matthew Scutter           3. Luka Znidarsic

16:30 MESZ
All gliders are back and most of them are already stored in the trailers. Unfortunately tomorrow looks like we will get a lot of rain.

15:20 MESZ
The first gliders are back.
Two outlanders at the airfield Chemnitz Jahnsdorf.

13:20 MESZ
The first gliders are launching.

11:15 MESZ
Briefing in progress!

Link to Glidertracker with the task

10:00 MESZ
The weather looks flyable and we are currently griding.

still middle high clouds in the vicinity

Friday, 28.08.2020

22:30 MESZ
This is what our first grid will look like tomorrow ...

Both Vamipre came in meanwhile and are ready for the aerotows tomorrow.

19:30 MESZ
Hey, that was pretty stressful today. We are doing this for the first time and even if it’s not a 100+ participant grid, the participants are top-class, some of the aircraft are brand new, the scoring system has not been tested (distance handicap) and finally the official opening speeches also wanted to be prepared.
Now that part is history and we could hear an official “The competition is on”. 
Tomorrow there will be a first discipline - stay tuned.
And now the day is over for the blog 😉

Der letzte "Anreiser" - Eric Schneider, Winner of the e2glide-Challenge
LAK 17C, eine dank besserer Akkus und etwas höher drehendem Motor eigenstartfähige FES-Variante

13:55 MESZ
First start. "71" takes off. Link zum Tracking.

10:00 MESZ
At today's daily briefing, a small weather window between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. CEST was promised. However, the changing wind and the final checks on the competition aircraft make building the grid a bit tedious.

07:10 MESZ
Everything is still calm, but we have a sunny start, even with a rainbow. So today there will be a little bit of everything ...

07:00 MESZ
Almost all of the participants arrived yesterday evening. The batteries have found a protected charging place and after the storm Kirsten pulled through, the planes could be parked again in calm air.

Donnerstag, 27.08.2020

16:03 MESZ
The first start to complete today's training task is made late, but not too late. Let's see what's possible.
In the meantime, more and more participants are arriving ...
Later we will get a couple of hopefully cool recordings “in the box”. FB, Insta, “MDR Sachsenspiegel” am Sonntag.

15:00 MESZ
A few spectators with equally interesting engine concepts have gathered. We showed them the way into nature again.

14:30 MESZ
Our towing machine backup is ready for use and, as expected, under 8/8 coverage the first Cumulus are forming.

12:30 MESZ
The technical acceptance is in progress. No surprises with the weighings.

10:30 MESZ
Even today, the low pressure system "Kirsten" occupies us in the morning and ensures an overcast sky. In the evening we expect a drier air mass and have therefore decided to offer a short training task against the wind in the flat terrain in the northwest. In the meantime, almost half of the participants have come to face the necessary document check in addition to the technical acceptance.
Außerdem erwarten wir heute noch die ersten Medienteams am Flugplatz, die auch für ein größeres Publikum die Themen unseres doch etwas spezielleren Wettkampfs aufbereiten werden.

Link zur Aufgabe im Glidertracker

Wave flight on training day

Today, Wednesday, we got up in stormy conditions which were blown into the Erzgebirge from the low Kirsten. Matthew took the chance to test his weather model for functionality and was able to climb up to 2100m MSL in the Flöhatal wave, supported by thermal waves. Nevertheless, the conditions were very challenging with winds of over 80km/h at 1000m MSL and the landing required full attention.  

The briefing hall is now fully operational and we look forward to the arrival of the remaining participants. 

Training

The training week has started. While the first participants arrived, the loading infrastructure was created, the toilet containers delivered and the beer wagon put into operation. At the same time the briefing hall is being prepared for use.  

Yesterday the first two pilots were able to complete a 100km task in marginal conditions, today, in better conditions, a distance of 300km is on the paper. 

The pilots can be followed here:
>GLIDERTRACKER

The preparations go into the hot phase!

The last important documents concerning the competition have been uploaded. Among them are the local procedures, the turnpoint and airspace file and a small outlanding-fields catalogue for the "Eibenstock Forest". 

Darüber hinaus laufen die Vorbereitungen auf Hochtouren. Neben dem Aufbau der Briefinghalle, den Einladungen an die Politiker, der Umsetzung des Scorings in Soaringspot und der Koordinierung verschiedenster “Gewerke” sind wir aktuell am Organisieren eines Livestreams auf Youtube. Wir freuen uns, das sich Mark Travner aus Slowenien bereit erklärt uns in dieser Aufgabe zu unterstützen. Wir hoffen damit, alle Daheimgebliebenen mit vielen spannenden Bildern und Informationen versorgen zu können. Darüber hinaus freuen wir uns, mehrere professionelle Film – und Fototeams zum Wettbewerb begrüßen zu dürfen, um die besten Eindrücke des Events für Zuschauer, aber auch für später, zu dokumentieren. Darunter befinden sich unter anderem Jonathan Steinhoff, Stefan Langer, ERZFILM und Bilder-Werk.net. 

Als weiteres Highlight können wir auf ein äußerst hochkarätiges Teilnehmerfeld hinweisen, worunter de facto alle in Europa ansässigen Segelflugzeughersteller entweder selbst oder mit einem Vorführflugzeug vertreten sind. Als spannendes Detail können wir auf die DG1001e-neo verweisen, bei welcher Interessenten auf einen elektrisierenden Mitflug hoffen können. Zur Koordinierung der Schnupperflüge hat DG Flugzeugbau einen Beitrag auf der Firmen-Website veröffentlicht. 

Bezüglich aktuell leicht steigender Corona-Zahlen sehen wir zum jetzigen (!) Zeitpunkt keinerlei Gefahr für das Durchführen der Veranstaltung. Die Fallzahlen in der Region sind überaus niedrig und die Auflagen lassen das Durchführen einer Freiluftsportveranstaltung nicht in Frage stellen. Wir beobachten das Geschehen aufmerksam, hoffen jedoch das die Zahlen im aktuellen Bereich verbleiben. Sollte sich in dieser Sache eine Änderung ergeben, so werden wir euch zeitnah darüber informieren.

APUS “GREEN SPEED Award”

The battery technology of the last years has developed rapidly and finally also helped the electrified gliders to a breakthrough. After the first EGLIDE contest in Italy, the E2GLIDE is the second contest worldwide with a purely electrically powered glider fleet where the use of a motor is allowed. Nevertheless, there have been attempts in recent years to combine a combined motor and glider competition in one contest. However, since a few years ago it was not yet possible to fall back on widely available electric drives, combustion engines had to be used. The winner is the pilot who has used the least fuel/energy for a flight from A to B. All information about the Green Speed Cups of the past years can be found here: http://www.greenspeedcup.de/de/

Phillip Scheffel, main initiator of the Green Speed Cup and meanwhile CEO of APUS GmbH, contacted us and was pleased about the initiative we took to promote environmentally friendly aviation. Already in the last years the winner of the Green Speed Cup received the GREEN SPEED Award, endowed with a prize money of 1000€. Now APUS GmbH has agreed to make the winner of the E2GLIDE the winner of this years GREEN SPEED Award! So the winner of the E2GLIDE is entitled to a handsome prize money! 

Phillip Scheffel for the GREEN SPEED Award:
"Every year, the prize honours an outstanding flight of an aircraft and its pilot that was particularly efficient and thus demonstrated new technical or operational potential or was simply trend-setting for the further development of sustainable flying. It is endowed with prize money of EUR 1,000.

The prize winner is determined through central or decentralised competitions. The prize is donated by APUS-Aeronautical Engineering GmbH. This year the winner will be determined at the E2GLIDE competition in Großrückerswalde.

The APUS Group would like to promote topics around energy-efficient travel flying. The aim is to find smart and pragmatic ways to combine gliding with motorised cruising in order to increase travel efficiency.

The prize winners of the past years were:

2011 – Markus Scherdel on Stemme S6RT
2012 – Markus Scherdel on Stemme S10VT
2013 – Klaus Ohlmann on e-genius, World record with 400km electric flight
2014 – Daniel Hirt on DA40TDI
2015 – Holger Massow on D39
2016 - no competition
2017 – Holger Massow on D39
2018 – Stefan Senger on Antares / Werner Scholz on Carat
2020 – ?

In recent years, several scientific achievements have already been made around the GreenSpeedCup. For example, a "thrust compensated variometer" and the "motor glider speed command theory" have been developed, as well as some route planning tools to facilitate flight planning and execution. “

Wertungsschluss E2GLIDE CHALLENGE

The 31.07.2020 represented the last day of the E2GLIDE-CHALLENGE. While a larger number of juniors submitted flights for the challenge shortly after the beginning, the peak quickly emerged after a few weeks. The record weather situation in the first half of July then led to the finalization of the evaluation and consolidation of the overall victory of Eric Schneider from the FSG Hammelburg. Eric is employed as a sports soldier by the Bundeswehr this year. Congratulations to you! With 3 flights beyond the 1000 point mark, including a flight with almost 1300 points, he was able to set himself apart from the competition by over 200 points.

Eric wins the charter fee for the Discus 2c FES of the Wasserkuppe aviation school as well as the towing and participation costs in the competition - many thanks to the Wilfried Großkinsky Foundation for the spontaneous announcement of this unique promotional price! 

The final overall rating can be found here: E2GLIDE-Challenge

 

Finishing of the rules

After coordination with a large group of people about the rules, we can now publish the rules used for our competition in the -Downloads- area. The basis of the set of rules is the e-concept published by the FAI, which can also be found in the document linked. So that different types of aircraft can participate in our competition, we will use a route-based index system and have expanded the previous concept in this area. In addition, many statements and findings from the discussion-rounds following the first EGLIDE contest in Pavullo have been incorporated. For example, the maximum difference time factor was reduced from 1.2 to 1.15 for a more exciting race. The whole set of rules you can find >here< .

Junior Sponsoring: the E2GLIDE-CHALLENGE

To ensure that this event is not only available to an elite group of pilots with the right aircraft, the Wilfried Großkinsky Foundation has thankfully agreed to offer a sponsorship award for European juniors. You can win a participant place including the towing and charter costs for a Discus 2c FES from the Wasserkuppe Flying School. The prize can be won by 3 point-high distance flights between June 20, 2020 and July 31, 2020. All further information on the application flights and the E2GLIDE CHALLENGE can be found here: www.e2glide.de/challenge

The eGlide goes into the second round: E2GLIDE

Dear glider community and competition enthusiasts,

we are very happy to finally be able to inform you about our long-standing plans regarding such a competition. Weeks before the pandemic turned the calendar upside down, the preparations for such an event were already running at full speed. Faced with the corona situation, all further planning was initially stopped from mid-March in order to await further developments. 

Fortunately, the situation has developed very positively and motivated us to continue to pursue our previous plans. However, this event will have to take the pandemic situation into account and will require some adjustments. Even if the approval of the event by the aviation authority and the public health service is still pending, we are optimistic to meet their requirements: on one hand this competition takes place quite late in the year and on the other hand the number of participants is limited to 20 pilots.

Since this event will be one of the few gliding competitions with international participation this year and is also the continuation of an exciting competition format, we expect a huge rush for the last available pilot places. All interested participants are invited to fill out the registration form in the download area.
All further information regarding registration, registration deadlines, registration fees, accommodation, rules, etc. are provided in the "Downloads" category.

We look forward to a great event with you and hope to be able to announce further positive news soon.

Markus Uhlig
Fliegerclub Großrückerswalde e.V.