From Paderborn to Lüsse
The Hilversum gliding club GOZC had organized a two week camp at Lüsse airfield, south-west of Berlin. The previous week Maurits had attended a competition at Venlo airfield, and Veleda and René visited the camp at Lüsse in the weekend after the first week at Lüsse.
We drove to Paderborn on Friday evening, so we could make an early start on Saturday morning, before some forecasted bad weather would arrive in the afternoon. A strong tailwind pushed the ground speed of the Piper Archer to over 150 kts, and the flight time was only about one hour and ten minutes.
On the ground we were welcomed by the members, who were just preparing the gliders to be rolled out to the starting point.
René made a local flight with Sebastian and Mark in the Archer, and in the mean time the first gliders were launched.
In the afternoon we helped with the groceries in nearby supermarkets, to prepare for the dinner in the evening. After around 4PM the first gliders were returning to the field from their overland flights. One or two had to be picked-up with the trailers from their outside landing locations.
In the evening we had the dinner and drinks, and afterwards we walked to a nearby hotel that we had booked.
Fueling the Archer before departure
North-west of the Harz mountains
Ground speed touching 157 kts
Final runway 25 Lüsse airfield
Veleda and René at Lüsse airfield
Maurits and Mark boarding the glider
Louis preparing dinner
Veleda helping in the kitchen
Dinner at the clubhouse
From Lüsse to Paderborn
The next morning, after breakfast, we walked back to the airfield. As we would have a headwind on the return flight, René added a little fuel up to the tabs, to be sure of the exact fuel quantity on board.
After take-off we made a pass of the field, and then we headed to Paderborn. At low altitude it was bumpy, and we traded speed for smoothness at 5,000 ft. North of the Harz mountains the cloud tops ahead were exceeding our altitude, and we descended to below cloud level at 3,000 ft. At lower altitude we gained speed, but the ride was somewhat more bumpy again.
Upon arriving at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport, we received permission for a straight-in runway 24. After cleaning and storing the plane in the hangar and finishing the paperwork, we drove back home. It was a nice weekend visit to the gliding camp.
Veleda and René before departure
Final runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt
In the hangar
Finishing the paperwork