A short flight in a powered glider in Bavaria

I’d been wanting to fly around Amberg, Sigi and Sonja’s birthplace and my home for 5 years in the late 80s, for a while and finally managed it in June 2018. There’s a gliding club with a field just outside town and they take guest passengers up for a very reasonable fee. I chose the Diamond Super Dimona motorised glider to ensure we had a good look around. My pilot was Joerg, who’d been flying there since 1984. It was a smooth ride at 500-1000ft above ground level and pretty good visibility despite some thunder clouds developing not too far away.

Fichtenhof

We took off from Amberg, and flew over Fichtenhof to Rosenberg, where the steelworks was where I worked from 1985 to 1990. It closed down about 20 years ago, no longer able to compete with imported steel.

Rosenberg
The defunct Maxhuette steelworks

From Rosenberg it was a short hop to Koetzersricht, Sigi’s village where she grew up, along with nearby Frohnberg and Hahnbach.

Koetzersricht in foreground with Frohnberg above and Hahnbach on the right
Koetzersricht

After an orbit over Koetzersricht we headed back to Amberg and flew over the city on our way back into the gliding field. It was a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the area at a comfortable speed.

Amberg with Mariahilfberg church at lower left
Amberg old town with Martins church lower right, looking along the Vils valley towards Koetzersricht
Short final

Highly recommended to anyone who goes there. 30 Euros for 30 minutes.

Joerg with his motorised glider

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