flying the Libelle

last sunday I spent the afternoon at my parents home and I took the Libelle with me. There my youngest brother Sam could take a few photos while I was flying the rc-sailplane.
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I still have to practise this kind of launching an rc-model. But again it is a lot of fun flying such sailplanes like in the beginning more than thirty years ago.
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knee surgey (again)

but this time it was my left knee. I had to do an arthroscopy two times on my right knee and so this wasn’t really new to me.
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Only a few days after the operation took place (10. Sept.) I could start my physiotherapy. Continuing the exercises at home helped a lot. And only two and a half week later I was able to do already a training on the bicycle.
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Dream-Flight Libelle (DLG plane)

Announced by a swiss modeling shop this model attracted my attention. I have a few HLG or DLG gliders some of them not even finished. But this glider (btw already sold out in the US) has a few features listed like easy-to-build, almost-reday-to-glide, inexpensive that seems worth another try.
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I’ve got one and it is already finished. Initial set up is already done and even the first (test) flights were successful. Now I have to learn how to launch it to get a reasonable hight.
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3-days o-event in Smiltene (Latvia)

Following the trip to Rabland we just changed clothes at home and then traveled to Latvia. This time Nadine was with us. We took part at the Azimut 3-days orienteering event in Smiltene. Smiltene is a nice little village about 130 kilometers east of Riga.
It always impresses me to see how well these competitions are organized and this one makes no exception.
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The terrain in Latvia is comparable to the scandinavian terrain that we know but as always if you are the first time in a country you have to learn a lot, even in orienteering! I had to get familiar with the map and the symbols they are using in Latvia first and then in Latvia all the maps have 2.5 meter contours because the country is rather flat (highest point is about 360 meters about sea level).
After the o-event we traveled back to Riga and stayed there for two more days. Sure I took a few photos but Azimut itself has put an album on the Internet.
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Rabland together with Alain

This year Alain joined us (Marianne and me) to stay once more at the hotel Rössl in Rabland. Doing some kind of sports - being it biking, running or hiking - and afterward enjoy all the wellness facilities at the hotel that’s what all of us enjoyed (photos).
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On Sunday I was hiking with Alain to the Durster Hof while Marianne was running uphill and meet us at the restaurant.
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