Matthias Arnold was elected to fly our LS1-f neo during 2017’s season. The glider is a sponsorship from DG Flugzeugbau for young pilots to develop their talent.
In this report he tells us more about flying the LS1-f neo this season:
After some 190 hours in the air, some flights comparing the glider with other models, and after studying pilot reports from those who have flown the “1neo” before, the time has now come to preliminary sum up my impressions about my (not yet finished season) with the LS1-f neo.
Already while trying my first spring thermals, I was amazed how agile the glider moved through the fresh air. The LS1-f neo’s thermaling qualities seemed to be just wonderful. My yet positive feeling was to be confirmed during my next flights. In May, I had the opportunity to fly together with an LS4, in which a good and experienced pilot operated the controls. We so flew some 850 km together. The result was a bit disillusioning – for the LS4… Flying straightly forward
the LS4 had a slight advantage, but as soon as we started circling in a thermal, I could quickly make up my lost meters and the LS1 climbed much better. With high banking angles at relatively small speeds (90 km/h at roughly 50° bank are no problem) I was able to use the thermal right in its center and therefore took advantage of a maximum climb rate. The result is a fast average speed and a lot of fun!
Thanks to these great flying qualities I could achieve two 800 km-flights, which both scored more than 1000 OLC points. During the qualification championships in Leverkusen, Nils Ruckert could then prove that the LS1-f neo is not just a great cross country glider but also a good bet to compete in a contest. Nils confidently secured himself a slot in the German Junior Championships next year. He was very positive about the glider’s performance.
In August, I finally travelled to the qualification championships in Grabenstetten. Team flying together with Max Mensing (2. Place / LS1-f) and Christoph Kahler (3. Place / LS4) I achieved great results (1. Place). While directly comparing my 1-neo with the conventional ship, I found out about new advantages during climb phases. Especially in rougher thermals the 1-neo is better maneuverable. With its winglets it flew nicely stable through turbulent air.
All in all nine pilots had the opportunity to fly the LS1-f neo during the past five months – all of them got out of the cockpit with a big smile.
Matthias Arnold, Aug. 2017