1/5 – Patagonia 2011-2012

1/5 – Patagonia 2011-2012

The expedition of all the surprises A season under the sign of adversity from both natural and meteorological phenomena, aggravated by the lack of collaboration of some air traffic controllers and the increasing appetite of the customs officers in the port of Buenos...
1/5 – Patagonia 2011-2012

2/5 – The Volcano Puyehue

The first natural, and certainly the most meaningful, phenomenon was the eruption of the Chilean volcano Puyehue-Cordon del Caulle, situated 100 km NW of Bariloche, last June 4th, 2011. Photos, taken about 30 km away from the crater, give an idea of the size of the...
3/5 – Gliding and volcanic ash

3/5 – Gliding and volcanic ash

The plume with clear sky, January 2012 To all things misfortune is good, it is said. If ash is actually a poison for the engines and prevents all take-offs, the situation changes when the motor is put back. Once in flight, we discovered two types of volcanic ash:...
4/5 – A capricious meteo

4/5 – A capricious meteo

We therefore made “bad luck, good heart” (the best of a bad job), the ash was not the main thing that spoiled the season, the weather conditions did. Indeed, the direction of the “bad” wind, the one that made the plume pass above our heads, was about 310°,...
5/5 – The Via Crucis of the customs

5/5 – The Via Crucis of the customs

Considering the very low number of European gliders (only four), we agreed to send only one container using that of the Germans, whose coordinator was Diether Memmert. At the beginning, I underestimated the cost of two out and return trips from southern Alps to...