- TEAM CAPTAIN : Prieto Jose Luis TUGORES
Age : 47
Home town : BUENOS AIRES
Profession : Industrial Manager
Started gliding in 1969
Gliding hours : 1200
He participated in 8 NATs and 12 regional contests. He was crew
in the last World Gliding Championships in New-Zealand.
- PILOT : Carlos SCHMITT (standard class)
Age : 58. Carlos'father a German immigrant, founded a water pump
factory and Carlos, is now Director. Graduated as a physician at the Medical
Began flying power in 1963 and qualified for his gliding licence
in 1972. Gliding instructor since 1978. Has competed in numerous Nationals.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Beryl HARTLEY
Beryl started flying in 1965 when she met and married John Rowe.
Her son Mark and husband of 14 years Arnie are both competition pilots.
Actively involved in gliding from her local club Narromine Australia and
in the Gliding Federation of Australia. She is a partner in an avionics
business in Narromine, Airborne Avionics with her husband.
- PILOT : Bruce TAYLOR (standard class)
Soloed in 1984, the same month that he was married since when,
has spent every available minute in the air. Has three children who will
all be in SAINT-AUBAN for WGC 97. In fact, has taken the opportunity to
live in France for seven months this year - to learn more about the Alps.
Flown in the last three World Championships, albeit without much distinction.
In between times, managed two Australian National Championship wins and
two seconds in the Standard class. Flying an LS8 and have the good fortune
to have a gliding club on his own farm in NSW, which is on the right hand
side of Australia.
- PILOT : John BUCHANAN (standard class)
John Buchanan has represented Australia in world championships
for nearly 20 years. He has recently sold his successful fiberglass manufacturing
business and is spending more and more time with his chosen sport. John
and his wife Pam both come from gliding families and have been involved
in gliding in Australia since their teenage years. They now live in Toowoomba,
Queensland and are active members of the local gliding club.
- PILOT : Ingo RENNER (Open class)
Ingo Renner leads the team to St Auban as the most successful
Australian soaring pilot of all time. Ingo has won the world championships
4 times along with numerous national competitions in many countries. Ingo
is a true soaring pilot who works full time in teaching soaring techniques
to pilots in Australia, Germany, Italy and Spain each year. In his spare
time he flies with his wife Judy in an old two-seater Kookaburra glider
from his home airport in Tocumwal, Australia.
With 25.350 hours Ingo truly lives much of his life in the air.
- PILOT : David JANSEN (15 m class)
David Jansen is a Qantas first officer and resides in Sidney.
He grew up in Narromine which is a world famous gliding site in New South
Wales. David is still an active member of the local Narromine club where
he went solo at 16 years of age. After leaving the local school, he entered
the Australian Air Force before joining Qantas.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Georg DEGASPERI
Georg Degasperi was born 1955 in Vienna. He started his flying
career in 1972. In 1978 his passion for flying became profession. Since
1987 George is flying as Captain and Flight Instructor for Tyrolean Airways,
a partner of Austrian Airlines.
Meanwhile he logged more than 15.000 flying hours, including about
1.000 hours in gliders
As Crewmember and Teamcoach he assisted the Austrian team during
the WGCs in Sweden and New Zealand.
Georgs answer to the question about his gliding career : A very
long time ago I was twice Lower Bavarian Champion...out of eight participants
in total. It was real tough flying these days...
- PILOT : Guido ACHLEITNER (standard class)
Beginning gliding at 16, had already achieved 3 Diamonds a year
later ! his father but for the WGC, his club (LSV Zell am See) has put
an ASW-24 at his disposal.Competed in Junior European Championships in
1989 and 1993 in France and while training for the 1995 WGC in New Zealand,
set a new Austrian national height record of 11,200mNN. Forced to withdraw
while in 6th. place after outlanding damage to his glider on Day 6. Greatest
triumph so far : Junior European Champion in Leszno, Poland, 1995 which
qualified him for SAINT-AUBAN this year. Usually flies a Kestrel 17, shared
- PILOT : Wolfgang FALKENSAMMER (15 m class)
Gliding licence achieved June 1975 and third Diamond in 1986.
Third places in pre-Worlds at Wiener Neustadt and the Coupe du Monde de
Vol a Voile en Montagne, 1988. Two wins in Austria in 1990 and then flew
Uvalde, Texas WGC in 1991. In 1994, took silver in the Coupe Mondiale.
Has 2400 hours in gliders.
- PILOT : Reinhard HAGGENMULLER (Open class)
Glider pilot since 1963 and power since 1967, since when ,Director
and instructor at the St. Johann T. Airfield. 7000 gliding hours and around
1600 power in a total of 27,000 take-offs ! Austrian National Team since
1974 and 10 times State Champion in gliding disciplines. 6th ; in Rieti
and 4th ; at Wiener Neustadt WGC,s. Team Bronze Medallist in the World
Glider Aerobatics Championships. SAINT-AUBAN is his 10th. WGC.
- PILOT : Heinz HAMMERLE (standard class)
3500 gliding hours since 1961 and a WGC competitor since 1980
at 6 events, best result: 5th. in 1989 in Wiener Neustadt. Achieved Austria's
first Standard Class 1000km. flight and has been national champion numerous
times. Mountain soaring is his favourite kind of flying.
- PILOT : Peter HARTMANN (standard class)
Started out in aerodynamics at the tender age.of 8 building aeromodels.After
many false starts, really got into gliding in 1980. Went into aerobatics
2 years later and entered national and world class contests and later EGCs
as well as national contests. Flies professionally for Tyrolean Airways
like team manager Georg and has 1800 gliding/5800power hours.
- PILOT : Karl RABEDER (15 m class)
After 2 years of flying over flat country, Karl discovered mountain
soaring in 1980 south of his home in Linz and gained his Gold badge in
an L-Spatz.First competed in Hockenheim, Germany in 1990. but the experience
was marred by awful weather and rescued only by the interesting people
he met. Entered Austrian Nationals the same year and has since pursued
his passion for mountain flying at home, in Switzerland, France and New
Zealand .with the support of his "best possible crew", wife Irene.
- TEAM CAPTAIN :
- PILOT : Paul BOURGARD (Open Class)
Aged 65 and a company manager, with close to 5000 gliding hours
and a 1000km. in his log-book. Has competed in 9 World Championships, one
of them in a motor-glider, in which he won silver. Has also competed 8
times in European Championships with 4th ; (Vinon) and 6th ; (Leszno).
Has twice been National Champion in Standard Class (1990 & 1992) and
once in Open Class (1982).
- PILOT : José JAIME (standard class)
Born in Malaga, Spain, in 1955 and moved to Belgium after studies
in electronics and information technology to work for BELGACOM. Flies with
Royal Vervier Aviation and has logged 3300 hours in gliders. Enters this
WGC as 1997 Belgian National Standard Class Champion. Competed .at Borlange
and the Mountain Cup in Vinon as well as Belgian National and European
- PILOT : Paul JANSSENS (15 m class)
At 14, followed his father into gliding and has since flown 4500
hours, 2600 of them in gliders.Trained as a fighter pilot with the Belgian
Air Force, he flew SIAI Marchetti and Alpha-Jets before joining DHL-Europe
on Convair 580s, mostly on night runs. Later obtained ATPL in the Netherlands
and now flies for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.Makes and exports worldwide,
kits for his PSS models.
- PILOT : Patrick STOUFFS (15 m class)
An IGC vice-president, Patrick has flown 4000 hours, including
1000 in mountains since beginning gliding in 1972, representing Belgium
in 5 European Championships and two previous WGCs. Is a former Belgian
National Champion and has just become 1997 vice-Champion in Standard Class.
Runs the family building firm and has three flying-mad sons who will be
in SAINT-AUBAN to cheer him on.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Christine FUTTER
Doing a first training spin in an open cockpit glider and feeling
really close to the elements - maybe why I never willingly spin a glider;
doing a first solo off a winch with a cable break half way up; having a
cable detach from the rudder pedal in flight and making the approach and
landing, pulling forwards on the rudder cable and backwards on the air
brakes with the otherwise unoccupied left hand (try it some time!) - and
resolving to make no more jokes about parachutes just being for cushions;
and all the everyday 'top moments' our sport gives to pilots.
- PILOT : Dominique BONNIERE (standard Class)
An electronics engineer by profession working in the satellite
Started gliding in 1978 when a member of the Armed Forces stationed
in Cold Lake, Alberta. Bought first glider, a Pik20B in 1984 and competed
in first Canadian National Contest in that same year. Has competed at the
national level every year since then. Completed Diamond Badge in 1990.
Moved up to an ASW20 in 1991. Became Canadian 15 m champion in 1996. Other
interests in soaring involved developing affordable glider instrumentation.
With a partner, built variometers/final-glide computers which are marketed
in Canada under the brand name, Skytronics. Later built GNSS recorder.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Vach JAROSLAV
Born 1943 year. Team manager and capitain of the Czech Gliding Team.
First flight in 1958, when he was 14 years old. Three years was in National
Team from year 1971. He is a holder Czech record in o/r 300 kms. There
is a National Coach and simultaneosly professional coach of the Flying
Sport Centre of the Czech Aero Club at Moravska Trebova from 1975 year.
There is a delegate in IGC - FAI gliding commission for the Czech Republic
for a long time. From 1976 at Rayskala, Finland makes a Team Manager´s
job for the Czech Team, both men and women. Saint Auban is his 6th Worlds.
In present time is a coach of Flying Sport Centre for the part time job
only for the spring and summer season. There is a dealer of the Schempp
Hirth GmbH for the Czech Republic and Eastern European countries and also
a dealer Filser Electronic GmbH..
- PILOT : Milos DEDERA (15 m class)
Born 1956. Czech gliding pilot No:1. First flight at Jihlava Aero
Club in 1971. On these place will be the Open International European Club
Class Championships 1998 next year. Milos DEDERA won his first Nationals
in Nitra 1977 , in his only 21 age, and he nominated himself
to the Czech National Gliding Team. There is a holder of the 4 Czech
records, three times is the National Champion, European Club Class Champion
at Ahlberg, Denmark, in 1989 year, the winner of the Tour Lilienthal
in the Standard Class, in Berlin, Germany 1991 year. He participated
on five Words [Italy 1995, Austria 1989, USA 1991, Sweden 1993 and New
Zealand 1995]. On the last Europeans FAI in Rayskala 1996 year finished
2nd and took silver medail in 15 m class just after Germanies pilot Michal
Grund. Here, at Saint Auban´s Words he flyes the glider VENTUS
C, reg. No. OK-2530, contest sign LF.
- PILOT : Petr KREJCIRIK (15 m class)
Born 1960 year. First flight at Hranice Aero Club in 1978. There
is a Director Manager of the Hranice Aero Club. The member of the
National Gliding Team is from 1993 year. First International experience
on European Club Clas Championships at Dubnica in Slovakia 1994. His first
big contest was FAI European Championships 1996 at Rayskala, Finland the
last year, where was the 8th in 15 m Class. Here, at Saint Auban is his
first World Championships. He flyes old VENTUS B, reg. No. OK-5512, contest
- PILOT : Pavel LOUZECKY (standard class)
Born 1957 year, first flight at Pribyslav Aero Club in 1974 year. Czech
National Champion at Jihlava Nationals in 1994. His first international
experiance was also European Club Class Championships 1994 at Dubnica,
Slovakia. At Rayskala, Finland last year on Europeans FAI 1996, flew Discus
CS in Standard Class, unfortunately, his placing was not so good like his
ambitions. He payed the newcomer fee and he was 29th. A long time he solved
the problem to participate or not on the World at Saint Auban, because
did nor received any finance support from the goverment. Just one week
before the practice week he decided that will go and get own money to contest.
There was also the reason, why he has been arrived just one day before
the beginning of the Worlds. Pavel is the owner small company [2 people],
which assembly a roofs for the houses. He flyes the glider DISCUS
CS, reg. No. OK- 0370, contest sign CE at Saint Auban.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Edvin THOMSEN
52. First flew in a glider at 30. Terrified ! Tried again and
now has 2600 hours, with first mountain experience in Wiener Neustadt during
the Worlds there. Successful Nationals pilot since 1978,with one win and
numerous seconds behind Jan Andersen. 4 EGCs and 3 WGCs. Holds 3 national
records. Following 6 years board membership as advisor to Danish Soaring
Association, is, since 1996, national coach and administration chief.
- PILOT : Jan ANDERSEN (Open class)
Jan, who is 38 and married to Ellen with three small boys, is
the Head of Treasury for a Copenhagen bank which he joined in the same
year as he qualified as a glider pilot, 1976. Only a year later, he won
his first contest-Club Class in the Danish National Championships and first
flew internationally in 1979 at the European Club Class Championships in
- PILOT : Knud ANDERSEN (15 m class)
Professional engineer aged 41. 2100 gliding hours and 60,000kms.3rd.
in 1997 Nationals.Competed Wiener Neustadt and 1992 European Championships.
- PILOT : Henrik BREIDHAL (Open class)
31 years old and 16 years a glider pilot. Has won Danish Nationals
and Nordic Junior Championships helped by crew member Martin, in shorts
only whatever the weather !
- PILOT : Lars THERNHOLT (standard class)
A talented young pilot of 24, debuting in world competition this
time. Junior European Champion 1993. Danish Junior Champion and 3rd ; in
Nationals. Flying the family LS8 with brother Nils crewing.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Hannu HALONEN
Crew member at WGC 81 Paderborn, team manager at European Club
Class Championships 84 Bled and WGC 95 Omarama, Deputy Director of EGC
Some top moments while crossing the finish line in National Competitions
- PILOT : Markku KUITTINEN (standard class)
Twice World Champion in 1987 at Benalla and 1995 at Omarama...
- PILOT : Asko PANKA (standard class)
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Anthony ROE
- PILOT : Jean Denis BARROIS (standard class)
Jean Denis Barrois, the TIMID PLAYBOY. He is young (29 years),
is good looking and talented (winner of the pre-worlds 96 and second in
the European Club Class Championships in 1994). All by himself, he is as
successful with groupies as an entire pop group. This popularity has not
gone to his head. This pilot is quiet, calm and very mature.
- PILOT : Jean Marc CAILLARD (standard class)
Jean Marc Caillard, known as CHACHA. He dropped naturally into
soaring while still quite small. Coming from a soaring family, he grew
up at Dole-Tavaux in the Jura, where his father Jean Claude formed a trio
with Gabriel Chenevoy and Pierre Pellier, all of whom spent their whole
lives in the developement of soaring. He follows in the footsteps of his
famous cousin, Jacques Aboulin who has often distinguished himself in international
competitions. With such a background, it is not surprising that he has
already produced brilliant results, both national and international.
- PILOT : Gilbert GERBAUD (Open class)
Gilbert Gerbaud, known as SPEEDY, a bird in a previous life, talented
from the very beginning. He soon outclassed his instructors. World champion
in Sweden, he is an outstanding pilot from every point of view. His busy
professional life leaves him with little leisure time, but he can show
his great talent, even without much practice.
- PILOT : Didier HAUSS (Open class)
Didier Hauss, the PRO, talent and genious supported by rigour
and experience. Exceptional mountain experience, winner many times at Vinon,
in a word, a real pro. Airline pilot, ex-instructor at SAINT-AUBAN. Having
flown in close cooperation with Jacques Aboulin, World Champion in 1989
in Austria, he now has the maturity to be quoted as a favourite.
- PILOT : Regis KUNTZ (15 m class)
Regis Kuntz, the HURRICANE. Dynamic, always pressing on, generous,
he has a wide fuselage Ventus B with which to express these qualities.
Although this is his first world championship, he has mountain experience.
Accustomed to winning regulary at the Vinon competition, we can count on
him to inspire a team already so talented.
- PILOT : Gérard LHERM (Open class)
Gérard Lherm, "gégé", the ascetic
of the air, patience and perseverance are worth more than strength and
violence. Uncontested specialist of wave flying, his experience of international
competition goes back a long way; with consistently brilliant results,
he is a familiar with all the steps of the podium. His last one was the
top step of the pre-world 96. He won the first European Championships at
Vinon in 1984.
- PILOT : Jean-Claude LOPITAUX (standard class)
Jean-Claude Lopitaux, the FLYING FOX. World champion at Wiener-Neustadt
in 1989, second in the pre-world 96, these results come from long years
of experience gained as a young wren perched on the wing of an old eagle;
hard work has gained him the talents of a golden eagle, able to seize opportunities
leading to victory.
- PILOT : Eric NAPOLEON (15 m class)
Eric Napoleon, known as NAPO. Obviously, with such a name he was
destined to be an emperor. Winner at both the last two world championships
in Sweden and New Zealand. His energy is contagious. It shows in the way
he leads the Pôle Franceteam at SAINT-AUBAN,
where he is chief pilot. His piercing blue eyes seem to indicate that he
knows where he is going, and nothing is going to stop him. Even the road
to Saint-Aubanthrough the Alpscarries his name! In a word, character and
- PILOT : Gilles NAVAS (15 m class)
Gilles Navas, GILLOU, the genie of wind and cloud. All forms of
flight and their challenges, everything we think extraordinary, is ordinary
stuff to him. Part of his mind is always in the air like any extra-terrestrial
being. That's what you call passion. Third in the last World's at Omarama.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Holger BACK
Age 40. Holger learned to glide when he was 14 years old and since
1977 has reglarly taken part in the german Championships.
Holger is himself an experienced pilot in international competition.
WGC 87 : 2nd, WGC 91 : 2nd, Pre-world 96 : 2nd, and other 2nd
- PILOT : Michael GRUND (15M.Class)
Unmarried computer science researcher. gliding since 1984. 1989
¨sport soldier¨in Rainer Wienzeck's group. German junior team 1989-1994
and German National Team '94 -'98. Has won German Motorglider comps. 1989
&1991; German Junior Nationals ; 2 German Nationals '94 & '96;
European Championships 1996. 7th. in Omarama. Mountain experience includes
French Alps, N. and E. Alps, Rieti & N.Z.
- PILOT : Werner MEUSER (15 m class)
45 y.o. television specialist considered one of Germany's most
talented competition pilots.Competed, 1974, German Junior Championships
after only 2 years in the sport. Nationals pilot since 1980 and has flown
3 European & 2 World Championships, finishing 2nd. in Rieti in 1994.
Also flies power with 3500+hrs. in the cockpit
- PILOT : Robert SCHRÖDER (Open class)
Born 1965. Professional pilot flying Airbus 340 for Deutsche Lufthansa
and married with 3 small children..First competed in the Alps in 1984.
German Standard Class National Champion 1984 & 1986.Twice competed
in WGCs, finishing 3rd. in Open Class in Omarama. 2500 gliding hours of
which, half in mountains.
- PILOT : Uli SCHWENK (Open class)
A textile businessman of 37 who has 3 children and enjoys biking.
22 years a glider pilot. Completed 1000km. flight in Tocumwal, Australia
1987. 1992 and 1996 German National Champion, Open Class. First WGC, Borlange
1993. Vice-Champion Open Class in Omarama 1995 after a thrillingly close
contest to the end. Distinguished by his infectious energy and mighty laugh.
- PILOT : Gerd SPIEGELBERG (standard class)
47. 3 teenage children.Graduate engineer working for a cargo-trailer
company and gliding instructor with.3500+ gliding hours, including one
out-landing crash. Competed nationally since 1979 and National Team Member
from 1987, becoming National Champion 1991. Enjoys the annual Decentral
Competition in Germany and has achieved a flight of 889KM.(1990) and a
3rd. in the Barron Hilton Cup. Is excited about qualifying for SAINT-AUBAN,
his first international contest.
- PILOT : Martin THEISINGER (15 m class)
Encouraged by his father from an early age, began gliding at 14
and soloed after only 26 winch launches. Qualified for his first nationals
while at university studying sport and physics. Later studied "Glider
Sciences" under the late Prof. Helmut Reichmann and became an instructor
in the Akaflieg-Saarbrucken and advanced trainer for X-country flying with
the German Aeroclub. 5th. ; in the 1993 WGC in Sweden. He has flown many
hours locally from Barcellonette and, luckily for his team-mates, is fluent
- PILOT : Claus TRIEBEL (standard class)
A dentist by profession and devoted to his family , wife Judith
, Alexandra (3) and Serena (4). Opened competition career with less than
80 hours, in the 1976 German Junior Championships. Completed Diamond Badge
in his K6 in 1977. Competed in 3 European Club Class Championships before
qualifying for Uvaldeand then came 3rd. in the Hungarian European Championships
of 1992. Won Hahnweide Standard Class (1984) and Hockenheim 15M. (1986).
Instructor and president at his home club, near Bayreuth and delighted
to have qualified for SAINT-AUBAN without training in the 1996 German nationals.
- PILOT : Herbert WEISS (standard class)
Adult education teacher born in 1948, father of 2 young children.
Began by building models before learning to glide in 1969. 1979/83 Club
Class Regional Champion of Baden-Wurrtemburg. Placed 2nd. in the 1984 Barron
Hilton Cup (725km.) as well as winning several more regionals. 1990 German
National Standard Class Champion and competitor in 3 European Championships
from 1992-6. Since 1979, power-glider instructor and regional flight training
representative, with 5350 total flight hours.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : R.A. BICKERS
Bob was appointed Team Manager in August 1994, having had two
seasons as Manager of the Women's Team. He took up gliding in 1975 at the
age of 32, becoming a full instructor three years later. In 1976 he started
assisting in the running of the Open nationals at Lasham and has been involved
as a competition organiser every year since. A retired AirLoadmaster with
34 years service in the royal Air Force, he has been CFI, DCFI, Chairman
or Treasurer of a Service Gliding Club where ever he has served. An active
PPL and Tug Pilot, Bob owns a shate in a Rallye light aicraft, is General
manager of the London Gliding Club and also a member of the Lasham Gliding
Society. In his spare time he goes gliding or occasionally he can be found
relaxing in a kitchen preparing and cooking for his friends and family.
- PILOT : Andrew John DAVIS (standard class)
41, year old airline pilot who started gliding at 15 and soloed
soon after his 16th. birthday. He holds 3 Diamonds and the British 750km.
Diploma. In his first individual contest, the Western regionals of 1975,
he was 2nd..
He first became National 15M. Champion in 1978, winning Euroglide
of the same year. First national team place was at Wiener Neustadt in 1989
and he has flown every WGC since, in Standard Class, placing 2nd. at Wiener
Neustadt and winning in Borlange. Andy has forsaken his beloved Discus
to fly an LS8 this time, crewed by Robbie Knight, on leave from Shanghai.
- PILOT : Philip Ralf JONES (Open class)
Brother of teammate Steve and son of British gliding personalities
Jane and Ralph, Philip, 31, has 1450 hours gliding and 2500 power hours.
Gliding since 1982, he also flew RAF Tornadoes for 10 years before his
present job, airline flying on 757s. 1995 UK National Open Class Champion.
Married to Molly with several children.
- PILOT : Steve JONES (15 m class)
Began gliding at 14 in 1982, achieved all 3 Diamonds within a
week of his 17th. birthday and then began contest flying. Has over 1700
hours to date and has competed in over 16 UK Nationals; best results: twice
2nd. in Standard and in Open Class. 3rd. in Junior Europeans in Sweden.
Has several times qualified for EGCs but been unable to attend. This is
his 2nd. WGC, following Omarama.
- PILOT : Alister KAY (15 m class)
Began as an RAF cadet in 1970. Very successful competition pilot-has
won the Open Class Nationals 5 times, 4 in succession, and on his first
outing for Britain, was 5th. at Borlange in Open Class. In addition to
3 Diamonds and a UK 750km ( flown in an ASH-25 with his late father), Alister
holds 12 UK records and in 1990, flew in wave to 11,023m. to gain the UK
2-seater record at that time. Has 3500 hours, a full cat. instructor's
licence and commercial licence for a Pitts Special.
- PILOT : Robin MAY (Open class)
An airline captain, gliding for 29 years and instructing for most
of them, Robin has competed every year since 1979 and has claimed 15 UK
and British records, of which 6 still stand and 6000 gliding hours. Current
UK National Open Class Champion for the 4th. time and has represented Britain
in Rayskala and Rieti at EGCs and Wiener Neustadt and Uvalde WGCs. Ed Downham
will fly P2.
- PILOT : Brian SPRECKLEY (standard class)
Brian started competing in 1972 in an Open Class Ketrel 19, switching
to 15M ; with an ASW 20 5 years later. This proved more successful and
he won his first Nationals in 1980. Has flown 5 previous WGCs, winning
medals on 3 different occasions : Benalla 1st. in 15M. Class, 3rd. in Borlange
in Open Class and in Omaral in Open Class, flying a 2-seater with wife
Gillian, with whom he started the popular European Soaring Club. Seven
years as National Coach for the BGA gave him several thousand Motor Falke
hours and a lifetime dislike for the motorglider preceded 7 more as Manager/
Chief Instructor at Booker Gliding Club one of Britain's busiest.
- PILOT : Martin WELLS (standard class)
45 y.o Chartered Building surveyor, BGA Inspector and company
director. Has 3000+ gliding hours ince 1967. Has represented UK in 7 WGCs
1983-96incl. and will enjoy the crew help of his family.
- PILOT : Justin
WILLS (15 m class)
Born into a famous gliding, family, Justin started in1967 whilst
working for the British Aircraft Corporation. Married to Gillian who is
an instructor and was working for the BGA. Has soared across the Arctic
circle in Norwayand from a remote tropical beach in Queensland. Justin
holds several UK local records and has won major contests in Europe and
USA ( including the 1997 Swiss nationals). 2nd. in Wiener Neustadt in 1989.
They now spend European winters on their Irishman's Creek sheep
station, close to Omarama, NZ, and spend summers gliding in Europe;
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Smilian CIBIC
Smillian Cibic, retired engineer, born in Trieste in 1919.Sports,
athletics, tennis, basket-ball,skiing, cycling (and is still does two),
without ever being a champion. He came to gliding only at 40 (logging about
1600 hours), and only ten years later to competitions, where he had some
fair results at national level, but also some spectacular crashes. These
led him to concentrate more on organizing. He was for many years member
and president of the national gliding commission,Italian delegate to I.G.C.,
President of the organizing committee of the 1985 world championships,
competition director of the motorglider european championships 1992, president
of the jury in the Europeans 1994 and team manager in many world and European
championships. For his activity he was awarded the Paul Tissandier Diploma.
- PILOT : Luciano AVANZINI (standard class)
Luciano born in Milano in 1958 and a financial manager. In 1982,married
Emanuela Pronzati, daughter of the well known pilot Attilio Pronzati; they
have two daughters. Wife and daughters follow Luciano in his competitions
and are his strongest supporters.
Luciano got his gliding licence in 1976, started competing in
1979 and has flown about 2500 hours. He was three times national champion
in the centralized nationals and again three times first in the Italian
distance championships, always in standard class.
His first international competition was, as for his team mates
Galetto and Ghiorzo, the 1982 Club Class Championship (Hammelburg). He
placed once first,one second and twice third in the International Mediterranean
Cup. He flew in the standard class in the world championships 1991 (Uvalde)
and in 1993 (Borlange), and was team manager in the 1985 World Championships
(Rieti).8th in Lavender Glide.
He has several national distance records, and recently flew the
first 1000 km in Italy with a standard class glider, and an out and return
of 805,5 km.
- PILOT : Corrado COSTA (standard class)
Born in Milan in 1952, son of a gliding and power pilot, and is
a manager. He started gliding in 1970, has logged about 3000 hours. He
won the title in standard class in 1978 and had several good placings in
the centralized, as well as in the distance nationals.
1986 and 1994 European Championships and Lavender Glide.
Together with Avanzini he holds, with 805,5 km, the out and return
and the free out and return records.
- PILOT : Giorgio GALETTO (15 M class)
If some of his collagues are sons or sons in law of the art, he
is a grandson, since his grandfather was an aviator in World War I , and
his father is still a very active glider instructor and power pilot.
Born in 1957, started gliding in 1976,3650 hours on gliders and
615 in power planes; he is also an instructor.
First international competition was the 1982 Club Class International
Championships (Hammelburg). Very remarkable was his show when his final
glide brought him very low to the steep slope between the high airfield
and the lower valley. He fought tenaciously gaining centimeter by centimeter
until crossing the finish line, with the applause of the crowd that had
gathered to watch this performance. He participated in five World Championships
and five Europeans, always in the 15 m class.3rd in Lavender Glide.
He won 4 national centralized championships and 5 distance nationals.
Often with his club mate Gostner he flies long stretches in the Alps, starting
from Bolzano; with Gostner and Ghiorzo he has flown a 1000 km free distance
in the Alps. Giorgio is also a good power pilot, and with Gostner was co-pilot
in ferrying a Maule from Florida to Bolzano.
- PILOT : Stefano GHIORZO (15 m class)
Born in Milan in 1961 and manager in his father's quality printing
company. He is married to Odile, with two daughters. His father was a power
pilot and certainly transmitted his love for aviation.
He started gliding in 1978 competing from 1980. He was three times
national champion in the 15 m class, and active on the international scene
where he started, with his team mates Avanzini and Galetto, in the 1982
Club Class Championships (Hammelburg).Present in all world championships
since 1983 (where he was the youngest pilot), contantly improving his performance,
5th in 1991 and 4th in 1995 after having fought for the podium until the
last day. He participated in 4 FAI European Championships, winning the
15 m class in 1994, and once in the Motorglider European Championships
(1992) which he also won.
Recently he flew, together with his team-mates Galetto and Gostner,
a 1000 km free distance in the Alps.
He is a very determined and concentrated pilot in competition,
and for his laconism is often referred to as "the mute".
- PILOT : Thomas GOSTNER (15 m class)
Born in Bolzano in 1957, married to Erika, three daughters; trader;
is a most complete aviator, flying gliders (about 3000 hours, since 1975),
powered planes (up to executives- about 2000 hours) and helicopters. With
copilot Galetto, ferried a Maule from Florida to Bolzano.
He is especially good in mountain and wave flying, has some national
distance records and was three times national distance champion, with more
good placings in the centralized nationals.
Participated in world championships 1995, placing 11th and in
1992 and 1996 Europeans, always in the 15 m class. 8th. in Lavender Glide.
Recently flew with his team-mates Galetto and Ghiorzo, and with
his brother Ernst, a 1000 km in the Alps.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Yoshiyuki KAWASHIMA
29 years old; married; 1000 hours gliding; Systems Engineer in
Participated in JEC' 91 and Kiwi Glide as a pilot and was team
captain for WGC' 93 in Borlange and WGC' 95 in Omarama. Usually flies in
15 m class in nationals and famous for big parties
Married two months after WGC'95 so since then spends most of his
time on his wife, gliding club and working The Japanese have been flying
mountain cross country in SAINT-AUBAN since 1982, and hoping to fly over
1000 km tasks in Japan. They are very pleased with F.F.V.V. and everyone
- PILOT : Makoto ICHIKAWA (standard Class)
31 years old. Married. One son. 3300 hours gliding. Glider : LS8a
(10). Profession : soaring instructor. Started serious competition in 1989
in Cambrai, the European Junior championships, where he first met many
wonderful people in Europe's scene. Has been sponsored by RECARO since
1991, and has mostly been competing in standard class. National champion
1993 and 1997. Third time participation in Worlds after Borlange and Omarama.
Flew in Europeans last year to finish 12th, and has also competed in many
countries, with results like 3rd in French Nationals 96, 6th in European
Masters 1996 and 4th in Australian Nationals 1997. Bruce and Rae Drake
from New Zealand will support him again. This has been good team in the
last two years. Recently he has been exploring possibilities of long cross-country
flights in Japan, using long wave system to NNE of Tokyo (where 1000 km+
should possible) and beautiful Japanese Alps west of Tokyo (where 750 km+
should be possible), and hopes to use these possibilities to raise Japanese
pilots to international level.
- Olivier CARMES (Pilot and Team Manager)
Aeromodeller-turned-glider-pilot in 1990, twice National Champion
of Luxembourg, he modestly points out that there is, in fact, only one
club (Useldange) and all tasks start from there. Trained in aerobatics
at Colmar with Sandor Katona and entered 2 contests in France. Studying
in Aachen, Germany, he is able to profit from the excellent Akaflieg fleet
and not only get his hands on performance gliders but also to begin mountain
flying in the Alps, resulting in his third Diamond. Is working to introduce
more Luxembourgers to flying and to become an instructor.
- Marcel ROSEFORT
Despite the name, he is not French but German. Started gliding
in Krefeld in 1985, soaring in an ASK-13 .Then flew his first big x-country
after a year with a 300km. triangle in the club ASK-21. In the winter of
1989, joined Akaflieg Aachen and in 1990, took part in the Nord- Rhein/Westfalen
regionals. In 1992, he took an aerobatic licence, also in Aachen. Has now
spent over 1000 hours in the skies of Germany and France. Best of all,
he loves the French Alps for the panorama and is very happy to be acting
as co-pilot in the Open Class in the biggest event in the world.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : W.J. WIJSMAN
- PILOT : Eric BORGMAN (standard class)
Born in 1966. Pilot.
Gliding hours : 1700
- PILOT : Steven RAIMOND (15 m class)
Born in 1964. Airlin pilot.
Gliding hours : 1350
- PILOT : Baer SELEN (standard class)
Born in 1955. Aerodynamic Specialist
Gliding hours : 3600
- PILOT : Max VAN BREE (15 m class)
Born in 1959. Information analist.
Gliding hours : 1750
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Peter LYONS
Age: 62. Viticulturist, owns and runs a horticultural block, part
owner of pastoral properties. Began gliding in 1968, 4000 hours, 3 Diamonds,
1000 km, held a PPL for 40 years with 650 hours. 'A' Cat gliding instructor,
NZGA test pilot, tow pilot, and approved examiner for tow ratings. Four
times NZ Standard Class champion, National Best Performance for 500 km
O & R. Competed in two World Championships, Hobbs 1993, Rieti 1985,
NZ Team Manager 1995. Married to Judith with a daughter, Juliet.
- PILOT : Tony VAN DYK : (standard Class)
Age: 43. Engineer. Started gliding 1974, 3300 hours. 'B' Cat gliding
instructor. Standard Class champion 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997. Competed in
three World Championships, 1989 Wiener Neustadt, 1991 Uvalde and 1995 Omarama.
Vice President/ Treasurer of his local gliding club. Married to Diane with
- PILOT : Graham WHITE : (standard Class)
Age 42, married to Trish, a pharmacist, with two children aged
four and two who definitely cramp the gliding time and are too young to
crew at this worlds. Studied to become a dentist at Otago University and
has practised in Havelock North for 18 years. Sports are smallbore rifle
shooting, at which he has represented New Zealand, a little golf and, of
course, gliding. Flew radio-controlled gliders starting 1979 then graduated
to the real thing in 1983. Peter Lyons took a group to Matamata for some
cross country training in 1984 and got him seriously interested in competition
flying. First national competition was at Omarama in 1988 in a Std Cirrus
with a mid field placing and a lot of fun. An 'arrival' on the Ben Ohau
range out of Omarama in 1990 put him out of serious competition flying
for a while. 1995 saw the arrival of an LS8 at Bridge Pa (his local airfield
and the best lee wave in NZ) and fourth place in the 1996 Nationals at
Matamata. Some mountain flying in the local area (Kaweka Range 1800 m)
was good practice for the 1997 national contest at Omarama where he came
second behind Tony Van Dyk. When travelling through France in 1991, he
noticed the gliders on the ridges around Chamonix but never thought he
would have the opportunity to fly in these wonderful mountains. Sometimes
dreams come true...
- PILOT : John COUTTS (standard class)
Age 21, a member of the Auckland Gliding Club and a final year
student at Auckland University studying civil engineering. He flew radio
controlled gliders as a child then became interested in gliding at 11 years
old. He flew solo on his 16th birthday and became an instructor at 18 years.
He has 960 hours and attended the 1995 World Championships at Omarama as
a crew member. This year he gained third place in the combined 15 Metre/Open
Class at the 1997 Nationals at Omarama.
He will be flying DISCUS EH and is looking forward to flying in
conditions completely different from those he normally flies in as the
Auckland and Waikato regions are mainly flat land with low cloud bases
not often much higher than 4000 ft and with restricting sea breezes.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Hans Peter FURE
Hans Peter Fure started flying at the age of 33 in 1974 as a power pilot and passed his PPL in the same year. Has many hours glider-towing. Gliding came slowly from 1979 with his first competition entry in 1986. 1991 National B-Class champion in a Grob G103 Twin II. Has served the Norwegian Aeroclub in many functions as well as being advisor to the National Olympic Committee and had the pleasure of hosting the "Eurocup 97" event in Elverum, Norway.
- PILOT : Ole John ASKE (standard class)
Ole John is 32 years old, and started gliding at the age of 20.
Currently he has accumulated 1.500 gliding hours, and holds a Gold C with
He started flying competitions in 1989, and has been on the national
team since 1990. He won the National championship in the standard class
in 1991, and have participated in the World Gliding Championship in 1991
and 1993. He has also flown in the Coupe de Monde de Vol à Voile
en Montagne in Vinon, in 1995.
Ole John is educated as Computer Scientist at the Norwegian University
of Technic and Science, and lives in Trondheim in the middle of Norway.
In the world gliding championships he will fly his LS7-WL "IN"
in the Standard Class.
- PILOT : Birger BULUKIN (15 m class)
Birger is 56 years old, and started gliding in 1956.
He lives in Nittedal, 20 km north of Oslo, Norway and is a Master
of Science in mechanical engineering (1965) of the Technical University
of Trondheim, Norway.
He had an early career as an aeromodeler, participating in several
World Championships for free flight models in the fifties and sixties.
In the early seventies he designed the Bulsac glider computer which was
manufactured by ATEW in Sweden.
He has 3200 gliding hours, has participated in 10 previous World
Championships (the first was in Vrsac in 1968),and 3 European Championships.
He came second in the 1992 Borlänge Pre World Championships (15M).
Birger works as a senior engineering surveyor (instrumentation
and automation, drawing approval, type approval and inspection), and in
any spare time besides gliding, joins his wife Grethe in the woods running
orienteering competitions (In the winter long distance ski races).
Birger will fly his vintage (1985) LS-6, LN-GBB in the 15M class
- PILOT : Geir RAUDSANDMOEN (standard class)
Geir is 39 years old, lives at Raufoss in Norway (120 km north
of Oslo) and is educated in engineering physics. He works with development
of rocket motors.
Geir started gliding in 1975 and has a total of 2280 gliding hours,
gold C with 3 diamonds and holds an instructor's license. He also has a
private pilot's licence and 270 hours on powered airplanes. He started
flying competitions in 1980 and won the Norwegian standard class championship
in 1993 and 1997. He participated in the European Gliding Championships
in Bekescsaba, Hungary in 1992 and in Riety, Italy in 1994. He has also
flown in the Coupe de Monde de Vol à Voile en Montagne, in Vinon,
in 1995 and 1996.
- PILOT : Erlend SORBYE (standard class)
41 year old airline pilot, flying MD-80s to earn money for gliding.
Flying career started at 14 in the Netherlands where father was working
in the University. Flew Rhonlerke, K8, K13 & K6 at the local field,
Twenthe. Back in Norway, flew in the Trondheim Technical University Club,
then went to military flying school and in 1976, to Arizona flying T-37
and -38 jet trainers.and gliding at Estrella. After competing in the Europeans
in Finland in his LS3, bought an LS7 but cross-country progress was hampered
by a lack of crew help so invested in a Discus Turbo which helps him extend
the season, practise long flights and still make it to work next day !
Registration-GPS ! Flying in SAINT-AUBAN for the 2nd. timekeeping safety
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Jerzy KOLASINSKI
41 years old: medical doctor, surgeon.
Started flying in 1972. 1720 hours. Used to be power pilot, but
now has time only for gliding.
In 1985 won National Gliding competitions. On 25th May 1988 I
tried to avoid colliding with a bull during outlanding and destroyed Jantar
Since 1992 : member of Polish Gliding Team. Since 1995, organizer
of Polish Championships in spot-landing - a fun competition which is an
occasion for meeting other Polish pilots in winter.
- PILOT : Franciszek KEPKA (15 m class)
57 years old. Manager. Gold badge with 3 diamonds. 6500 gliding
Previous competitions : twice Polish champion, 6 times Polish
vice- champion, 10 times entrant for a World Championships.
WGC : 4 times 2nd. World Vice-Champion in 1965 (England), 1970
(USA), 1972 (Yugoslavia), 1974 (Australia).
EGC : 1992 Hungary 1st place, 1190 Poland 2nd. place.
Eastern-bloc European G. C. : 1st. place in 19974, 1982, 1986,
and 2nd. place in 1989.
Lilienthal Medal in 1993.
- PILOT : Sebastian KAWA (Open Class)
Talented young pilot who was leading in the 1995 Junior European
Championships when his cameras were stolen as he assisted another out-lander
in the same field, thus losing him his day points as he had no photo-evidence.
Will be determined to make a good showing in this his first WGC. Comes
from the mountainous Beskidy region of southern Poland.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Peter BALGA
Born in 1960. Glider pilot since 1976. Participant in a lot of
national gliding championships.
Peter is very busy this summer, because from St Auban he will
be hurry to Prievidza in Slovakia, where his girl friend starts in the
European Women's Championships. He loves French red wine.
- PILOT : Jozef KOSAR (standard class)
Born in 1959. Glider pilot since 1975. Holder of gold C with 3
diamonds.More then 3400 hours in air. Member of Czechoslovak and Slovak
representative team since 1983. Inspector of glider flying. Many times
Slovak champion. 3rd. place in European Gliding Championships in 1991.
Winner of Sweglide 1992. 10th. place at World Gliding Championships in
1993. Jozef loves high flying. His highest is 8.200 m and we hope this
champioship he will go higher. He has prepared a lot of oxygen for this
purpose already !
- PILOT : Viliam KUBOVCIK (standard)
Born in 1961. Architect. Has flown more than 1.950 hours with
gliders.Longtime member of National Representative Team of CSSR, CSFR and
now Slovak Republic.
Czechoslovak champion in 1986, participant in Wiener Neustadt,
3 times participant of EGC.
Despite having quality connections by cell-phone, he is always
late,except in his glider on the finish line !
- Ivan GASPAREK
1.300 gliding hours/ 450 power aircraft hours. Twelve times participant
of Slovak National Gliding championships. Ivan has Gold C with 2 diamonds.
Owner of private company building wooden houses throughout Europe.
Ivan looks forward to French cooking and snails.
- Miloslav MATULA
28 years old.Flying 14 years already. Instructor on gliders. Keen
on navigation with motor-gliders.
Miloslav is known for his skills around aircraft and "matters"
around flying ...
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Bostjan OBLAK
Bostjan Oblak, born 09.05.1971 lives just 2 km from Bled airfield
which is the biggest gliding centre in Slovenia - where he started with
gliding in 1987 and by now he has flown around 950 hours and holds a Gold
badge with 3 diamonds.
He has participated in 4 national championships but in the last
3 years his professional life (computer engineer specialized in data storage)
has taken most of his time so he tries to be involved in gliding competitions
in other ways - crew, team captain.
For the past three years he has also been IGC delegate and heavily
involved in the Slovenian NAC sport commission.
He likes SAINT-AUBAN and its surroundings, so he looks forward
to having a great time at this historical event.
- PILOT : Bostjan PRISTAVEC (15 m class)
Bostjan Pristavec, born 10.08.1963 lives in a small tourist centre,
Bled, in North West Slovenia, which is in the Eastern Alps. His first experience
in aviation was in aero modeling from 1973, beginning gliding in 1983 and
power, a year later. Gliding hours, 3200, and power, 320 hrs).
Professional ATC controller at Ljubljana International Airport.
Married to Tanja. Has a daughter, Maja, 18 months old and already some
experience as crew member to her father. Favorite sports: Skiing, Biking,
mountain-climbing, etc. His own glider is not "yet?" competitive in WGC
(18 m!? DG-600/18w); instead, he has a brand new DG 800S from DG Flugzeugbau
for training and the Championships in St. Auban. Bo_tjan is also the first
Slovenian glider pilot with a 1000 Km diploma. He flew 1000 from Slovenia
to the West over the Dolomites to the Italian Swiss border.
He will come to SAINT-AUBAN with his young family and friends
to make a nice atmosphere for good flying.
- PILOT : Mihael THALER (15 m class)
Mihael Thaler (54) is professionally connected to aviation as
an Airbus A-320 Captain-Instructor with 13.000 jet hours. He started gliding
with Aero Club Ljubljana when he was 17 and has since logged approximately
3.000 hours in gliders.
Mihael Thaler has won the Slovenian National Championship 7 times.
He has not been so successful on the international level, but he did a
lot of training last year and so is ready to improve. He has full support
for gliding in his family, his Crew in Saint Auban being his wife Melita
and son Marko. Mihael flew in Standard Class until 1989; since then, in
the Racing Class, but he is a strong supporter of the 18m Class.
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Carol CLIFFORD
Born of gliding parents. Father, Franck Foster, was co-pilot with
Nick Goodhart when they won the W.G.C at St Yan, France in 1956.
Has two grown-up daughters. Actively involved in gliding all her
life. Inevitably married a glider pilot - Bobby who has represented South
Africa at numerous W.G.C. and has crewed for him at several world championships,
as well as for other S. African pilots.
Hold silver C with aproximatively 300 hours. Was Team Manager
in Sweden 1993 and New Zealand 1995.
A Sales Consultant with an Industrial Relations company. and has
been secretary of the biggest gliding club (Magalies Gliding club) in South
Africa for the last 20+ years, on the Soaring Society of S. Africa executive
committee, and involved in the Bidding Document for the Worlds 2001.
- PILOT : Dick BRADLEY (15M Class)
Dick has been gliding for 37 years and has 3700 hours. He started
gliding in England, but emigrated to South Africa with his wife Brenda
in 1969. His first National Championship was flown in a 1:23 in 1969. Since
then he has flown in 20 SA Nationals and won the standard class 7 times.
His world gliding championship career began in Chateauroux, France in 1978,
and he will be competing in his seventh world championship in SAINT-AUBAN.
Dick is actively involved in the administration of gliding, having been
treasurer and chairman of his local club. He is currently the chairman
of the South Africa Soaring Society, and the SA delegate to the International
Gliding Commission of which he is a vice president and treasurer.
Dick is the managing director of a software house. He and Brenda
have four children, three of whom are involved in gliding.
- PILOT : Laurens J GOUDRIAAN (15M Class)
Says gliding is his life ! Started gliding at 14 years old encouraged
by his father and soloed on his 16th birthday. After school, joined the
airforce where he flew Harvards (100 hours), Sabers (100 hours) and Impalas
In 1978, joined the family business of open cast mining and currently
runs the Virginia crushing plant. Luckily to marry Suzie, who is very supportive.
They have three daughters.and live in a small town in the Free State, close
to the airfield.
First WGC was in Paderborn 1981, the first time that father and
son competed in the same championship finishing 14th. both in the racing
class. In 1983 Hobbs (racing class) came 3rd. In Wiener-Neustadt with his
brother competed in the Open Class and came 10th. Competed in Uvalde 1991
for 10th.(15M). In 1996, took part in the Pre-Worlds held in SAINT-AUBAN.
Competing in the S.A. Nationals since 1979 and has won the racing
class 14 times !
Any time work does not nail him down, he loves to spend in my
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Jesus A BROTO
Born 1948, Pediatric Surgeon.
Started gliding in 1976
Gliding hours : 1350
- PILOT : Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon (15M class)
Born in Rome, Italy, 1947. Electronic engineer.
Glider pilot since 1970, 3000 hours, three diamonds.
Winner : three Italian Nationals, three Spanish Nationals, one
Argentinian National, Coupe du Monde de Vol à Voile en Montagne
in Rieti 1979.
Took part in World Gliding Championships in Vrsac 1972, Waikerie
1974, Chateauroux 1978, Paderborn 1980, Hobbs 1983, Rieti 1985.
Took part in the First Himalayan Soaring Expedition, 1985.
Currently 1st Vice President of FAI and of Royal Aero Club of
- Team Captain : Kenneth HENSNER
Maintenance manager, Electrolux Cooling, Caravan Refrigerator
Born in 1949
Gliding since 1971
Gold badge, 2 diamonds (altitude diamond still missing)
1100 gliding hours
Gliding Instructor, Motala Flygklubb
Gliding club treasurer and treasurer of WGC 1993
Vice President of Swedish Gliding
Kenneth started gliding with his stepfather in 1971 and is a typical
club glider pilot and instructor who enjoys cross-country and competition
flying. He had considerable success in developing his small gliding club
in Motala into a successful club with a hangar full of modern gliders.
He played a great role in organising the 1993 WGC in Borlange where he
successfully looked after the finances so there was some profit for Swedish
- PILOT : Åke PETTERSSON (15M Class)
Consultant engineer, technical communication
Born in 1945
Gliding since 1961
Diamond badge, 4 times Swedish National Champion, has flown 12
WGC since 1970
5000 hours gliding
Gliding instructor, Stockholms Segelflygklubb
Ex-president of Swedish Gliding
IGC Vice president
Ake started gliding at age 15 after some years of aeromodelling.
He became a gliding instructor at age 20 and spent his summer holidays
instructing and flying cross country and competitions, flying his first
Swedish Championships in 1967. He got into the Swedish.
Team for the WGC in Marfa in 1970 and has been entered in all
WGC:s since that, but he couldn't fly in Wiener Neustadt 1989 due to illness.
Ake's best WGC result was a second place in the 15-m class in Paderborn
in 1981. He has set several National Gliding Records over the years. He
was together with Gosta Arvastsson, Robert Danewid and others heavily involved
in reorganising Swedish Gliding and was president 1989-1995 and vice president
of the Royal Swedish Aeroclub 1992-1993.
Ake has competed in all classes in WGC:s. He likes the open class
best because he enjoys the individual flying that is usual in that class.
In SAINT-AUBAN he flies a Ventus-2 that he owns jointly with three friends.
- PILOT : Curt-Olle OTTOSON (standard Class)
Engineer, company owner
Born in 1942
Married with 3 children
Gliding since 1959
Gold badge, 2 diamonds
4000 hours gliding
2 times Swedish National Champion, 6 WGC
Gliding Instructor, Ljungbyheds Flygklubb
Curt-Olle flew his first National Championships in 1963 in a Weihe.
He did a lot of instruction in his club and flew cross-country and competitions.
His international experience began in the Club Class in 1972 in
Dinslaken. He flew his first WGC in 1983 in Hobbs and his best placing
was 6th in 1987 and 1989. Curt-Olle is Sweden's most experienced mountain
competitor, having competed in the EGC in Vinon, WGC in Wiener Neustadt,
EGCs and WGC in Rieti. He was president of his gliding club for 10 years.
In addition to gliding, Curt-Olle enjoys wife and family life,
work and occasional fishing.
Curt-Olle flies his own LS-7 but has swapped it for an LS-8 for
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Denis ROSSIER
Born in 1956. Started gliding in 1976. Gold badge 1990. Gliding
hours : 2200. Occupation : airline pilot.
Top moments during gliding career : Sisteron-Gottard- Sisteron
in 1994 and Sisteron-Grenoble-Furka in 1996.
Hobbies : gliding, aircraft instruction, glider and aircraft repair.
Vice president of FSVV since 1992, responsible of training.
- PILOT : Hans BINDER (Open Class)
Born in 1941. Profession : airline captain. Gold badge with 3
diamonds. 7000 gliding hours.
Previous championships : Swiss nationals (7 times national champion),
Vinon, Rieti, Issoudun, Bailleau, South-Africa, Australia, Germany, European
and World championships.
Several Swiss records, world record, several >1000 km flights.
Lilienthal contest (100 years of human flight 1891-1991) 3rd.
- PILOT : Daniel THUT (Open Class)
Born in 1955. Gliding hours 1000.
- PILOT : Ruedi SCHILD (Open Class)
Born in 1962. Gliding hours 1500. Gold C with 2 diamonds. Occupation
- PILOT : Fridolin HAUSER (15M. Class)
Born : 1948. Married. Profession: electrical engineer and licensed
mountain guide. Ski instructor. Owner of mountain climbing institute Alpinschule
Toedi, CH-8722 Kaltbrunn, Switzerland. Leader of various expeditions all
over the world, among others two expeditions for clients climbing Mt McKinley,
Alaska, the coldest mountain over all, as well as the highest mountain
of north America; Russia Africa and several peaks of Himalayas, Nepal.
Although soaring is his passion today, he also enjoys horse riding, wind
surfing or biking, should time be available, with his wife Regina who is
a veterinary doctor and crew at WGC 97 in SAINT-AUBAN.
Gliding since 1977, approx. 3500 hours. Gold badge with 3 diamonds.
Gliding instructor. Competitor since 1987. Member of Swiss National Gliding
Team since 1991. Swiss champion 1996, placed 2nd to 4th at international
competitions. Experienced in mountain and wave soaring and also in flat
country soaring. Owns Ventus 2A and flew a Nimbus 3 at the WGC 93 and EGC
93, ASW24B at WGC 95, Ventus 2A in SAINT-AUBAN.
- PILOT : Chris HOSTETTLER (15M. Class)
Born in 1954. Profession : engineer for automation sofware. Home
airfield : Mollis, 50 km East of Zurich. More than 2200 gliding hours.
Projects : sell his ASW24 for a good price and fly once 1000 km. Wishes
: have more vacation to make Australian dreams come true.
Began to learn to fly 1972. Competition flying intensified when
he bought an ASW24 in 1990 and qualified for the Swiss Gliding National
Team three years ago. Participated as soaring crew member (SCUM) at the
WGC's in Omarama, Borlange and Uvalde.
Now trying his luck as competition pilot, supported by his competent
groundcrew Thomas Badum, who flew Chris's ASW24 six years ago in Uvalde.
- PILOT : Markus GAUMANN (standard Class)
Born 1952. Married, 1 daughter. Profession : dentist. Gliding
since 1971. Flight experience : 2700 hours.
Swiss champion 1992 and 1995. Participant in WGC 93, and EGC 90,
Hobbies : travelling and tennis.
- PILOT : Eduard INAEBNIT (standard Class)
Born 1944. Married with Eva, 2 children. Profession : engineer.
Gliding licence since 1962 - 3200 flying hours. Power licence : 1993 -
80 flying hours. Competitions : since 1980 at the Swiss Nationals and many
internationals, mainly Vinon (F), Rieti (I), Freiburg (D), Hahnweide (D)
Participated at EGC's 1988 (Raskala), 1990 (Leszno), 1992 (Bekescaba),
1994 (Riet), 1996 (Raskala), and at WGC 1995 in Omarama.
Further activities : building kit-set plane LANCAIR 235 together
with two friends.
Acting in an amateur theatre group.
- PILOT : Gabriel ROSSIER (standard Class)
Born in 1960. Pilot.
Gliding hours : 1700
- TEAM CAPTAIN : Mark HUFFSTUTLER - Assistant : Kerry HUFFSTUTLER
Age : 39. Home town : Uvalde, Texas. Home club : Uvalde Soaring
Association, USA. Profession : President - Aviation company. Married to
KERRY, three children. Started gliding in 1983. Gliding hours : 1000.
Previous WSC's : 1989 Wiener-Neustadt, 1991 Uvalde Contest Manager,
1993 Borlange, 1995 Omarama.
- TEAM COACH : George MOFFAT
Age : 70. Home town :Marion, Massachusetts. Profession : retired
teacher. Married to Suzanne. Started gliding in 1957. Gliding hours : 3800.
135000 X-C miles, 82 sailplane types.
Previous WSC's : 1968 4th place standard (Poland), 1970 1st place
open class (Marfa), 1974 1st open class (Australia), 1983 4th. open class
Lilienthal Medal 1977.
Flew first nationals in 1962, World Champion in 1970 an 1974,
one of only 2 Americans who have won nationals in all three classes, 3
EGC, 3 world speed records, wrote "Winning on the Wind and 80 articles
on flying and sailing.
- PILOT : Eric MOZER (Open class) CO-PILOT : Christophe VERON
Age : 43. Home town : Charlotte, North Caroline. Home club :Bermuda
High. Profession : CEO, managing director-Plastic Mold Maker. Married to
Lynn, 1 child. Started gliding in 1968. Gliding hours : 6500
Previous WSC's : 1978 Chateauroux, 7th. standard class. 1983 Hobbs,
5th. standard class. 1985 Rieti, 3rd. standard class. 1987 Benalla, 15th.
15 m class. 1991 Uvalde; 3rd. standard class. 1993 Borlange, 11th. open
Comments : looking forward to flying France on the US team with
a Frenchman (Dago) in the back seat.
- PILOT : Ronald S. TABERY (Open class)
Age : 43. Home town : Austin, Texas. Home club : Fault Line Flyers.
Profession : chemical engineer. Married to Betsy, 2 children. Started gliding
in at birth. Gliding hours : 3000
Previous WSC's : 1989 Wiener-Neustadt. Dupont Trophy. Four times
Comments : first flight in a glider was with Neil Armstrong, soloed
at 14, won first competition by winning all 6 days.
- PILOT : Douglas JACOBS (standard class)
Age : 49. Home town : Providence, Rhode Island. Home club : Sugarbush
Soaring. Profession Financial manager. Married to Martha, 2 children. Started
gliding in 1975. Gliding hours : 3000.
Previous WSC's : 1985 Rieti, 1st. place. 1987 Benalla, 3rd. place.
1989, Wiener-Neustadt. 1991 Uvalde, 3 rd. place. 1993 Borlange. 6 times
US National Champion.
Comments : I have a few bad habits, but I try to make the most
out of each one.
- PILOT : Jae WALKER (standard class)
Age : 35. Home town : Port Mathilda, Pennsylvania. Profession
: airline pilot. Started gliding in 1977. Gliding hours 2200.
Previous WSC's : none.
Hobbies are cycling, running, aerobatic flight, race cars
- PILOT : Bill BARTELL (15 m class)
Age : 49. Home town : Phoenix, Arizona. Home club : Arizona Soaring
Association. Profession : computer consultant. Started gliding in 1976.
Gliding hours : 5000.
Previous WSC's : none.
US national record 500 km O&R 100 mph. US national record
300 km O&R 124 mph.
Placed 10th. in standard class in Lavender Glide 1996.
- PILOT : Gary ITTNER (15 m class)
Age : 41. Home town : Los Angeles, California. Home club : Hemet-Ryan.
Profession : design engineer. Started gliding in 1983, first contest in
1985. Gliding hours : 2600. Gold badge 2 diamonds. 1997 US 15m National
Previous WSC's : 1995 Omarma.
Flew radio control model gliders competitively before learning
to fly "full scale" gliders.
Member of Cyb'AIR
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