Glasflügel – Eugen Hänle – The
pioneer in composite aircraft design
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Of course, this is also a
book about the legendary Libelle and the other Glasflügel types,
their origin and development, their numerous optimizations and their
successes. But it is much more than that.
Wolfgang Binz has
meticulously researched how GRP pioneers Eugen and Ursula Hänle got
started, how the company Glasflügel emerged from the slipway in the
living room kitchen, which companions and also competitors
accompanied the Hänles. He also tells of the countless hurdles that
had to be overcome and problems that were never lacking. And at the
latest after Eugen Hänle’s tragic death, the story even turns into
an economic drama of a kind one could hardly have imagined. After
reading this book, glider pilots will have a different impression of
Eugen Hänle and Glasflügel than before. Also described are the
rescue attempts and the preservation of Glasflügel’s heritage by
Hanko and Christian Streifeneder.
Nearly five hundred photos,
documents and drawings (including numerous large-format three-page
views) turn a reference book into a feast for the eyes and a
treasure trove for glider pilots and model builders.
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Despite the current
worldwide special situation due to the COVID-19 virus, we are still
able to maintain our operations for you. Maybe the processing times are
sometimes longer due to the special safety prcedures. However, we
strive to limit this to a minimum of a few days.
We all hope that this special
situation will end soon.
Let's use the time to make plans and prepare for the first flight
after Corona. Anticipation is the most beautiful pleasure!
Dear parties interested in the Electric-Libelle:
Today we would like to inform you on the development status of the
Our concept of modernizing the Std. Libelle and implementing an electric
capable for self-launch without any difficulty, really met
our expectations, at least in principle.
However, a number of modifications of motor and controller were made to
and to increase run-time of the engine.
Unfortunately, these changes had side effects we actually
did not expect
as there are significant interferences. Since February this year we were
working - together with electronic experts - to overcome these
but up to now filtering measures could not
solve the problem.
Currently we are trying to find new components which do not create such
We are afraid that the required changes might result in a
number of modifications and
that we will need to create new details in
order to realize our concept.
This means for us, more or less, to start all over again, which will
require lots of time and efforts.
Nevertheless, we have decided to hold
on to our goal, but we are unable to guess on the timeline to the goal.
According to this motto for the second time a competition for old
club-class gliders was held in Australia. By the rule change for the
club-class by the IGC most of the relatively inexpensive gliders were
culled out of competition flying. To reestablish a competition platform
for these gliders the team around Nick Gilbert and Adam L’Anson has
created a Grand Prix with the handicap 1.0.
This was the starting point for Formular 1.0 GP which became instantly
the most popular gliding contest on the fifth continent. The tracking
system, which was developed especially and the contest software gave for
the first time an overview of the standings at all times during the
race, much to the exaltation of the spectators and crews. Last year 26
gliders competed in two groups which were mixed through depending on the
performance of the day. Due to the great demand this year 39 competitors
were admitted in three groups (10 Std. Libelles and 4 Hornets, aside
LS1, DG100, Jantar and Cirrus). As the starts for the groups were
separated there were no huge gaggles and a fair result was possible
without huge efforts. Average speeds topped 136 km/h although water
ballast was not permitted and so it was exiting to follow the race.
Ingo Renner was engaged for patronage and handed over the prices on
Ben LoxtonStd. Cirrus
Lumpy PatersonStd. Cirrus
This outstanding event came to our attention as well. As it is a
platform to prove the performance for older gliders like the ones from
Glasflügel, we were happy to support the event as sponsor and as
Status Report on the Electro-Libelle
flown the aircraft on 18 flights during average weather conditions with
a temperature range from 25 to 36° Celsius we have not achieved a
satisfying temperature of the engine controller unit.
Three weeks ago we have therefore decided to change to another
controller providing higher performance.
The new controller was shipped immediately from the manufacturer and we
were able to do the necessary modifications. Unfortunately, the size and
weight of the controller made some modifications to the engine
compartment necessary. These have been finalized in the meantime and we
will continue with the tests. Of course, we will report on the progress
in due time.
the meantime, we have been able to do more than 10 self-launching with
our electro-Libelle and have several hours of engine time in the air.
Numerous data were collected, which we evaluate for the optimization and
approval of the system. So we are currently still not satisfied with the
cooling capacity at the motor controller, because the power has to be
reduced after just a few minutes.
are a few more details about our eLibelle:
20 kW cont.
in the wing
Congratulation to Fa. Shempp-Hirth
to maiden flight of the 15 m
version of the Ventus 3!
On the 9th
April the Std.Libelle 201 BE with the registration D-KLIB performed the
More than 50 years after the maiden flight of the Std
Libelle a new chapter of the Glasflügel history has been opened with a
new development .
On the 9th April the Std.Libelle 201 BE with
the registration D-KLIB performed the first selflaunch. The system uses
an electric motor with 20 KW driving a two bladed propeller with 1,25 m
diameter. For the team Hansjörg and Christian Streifeneder it was an
important milestone towards the certification of the system after 24
month of work. The layout of the concept was part of bachelor degree in
aeronautics of Peter Speidel which makes him a key person of this
The weight of the “Electric Libelle“ is similar to a
Std. Libelle 201b with water ballast and the stall speeds are only
slightly higher than an unballasted Std Libelle. On take off the climb
with 2,5 to 3,0 m/s is very good and proved the calculations . The noise
and vibration are a lot less compared to the normal combustion engines.
The battery capacity provides a motor run time of up to one hour.
For the next few months the flight test program and
certification process will be done and we will continue with more
50 Years Standard-Libelle Glasflügel
12-14th August 2016.
It was a unique Glasflügel FlyIn at genial weather at the airfield in Saulgau
participants were able to be there and visited with their
Libellen H-301, BS-1, Std.Libellen, Kestrels, G-604, Club
Libellen, Hornets, Mosquitos, Glasflügel 304 und Falcon the
birthplace of their gliders.
Five tow planes moved tirelessly the beautiful sailplanes
in the air and the glider
pilots were able to enjoy flying over the "home and the nice
country side of Swabia.
1st of July 2016
We proudly announce a new generation
the Mylar tapes and sealing kits we provided our customers an easy
possibility to improve the performance and handling characteristics of
These options we developed and improved now for over 30 years to meet
the requirements of the market and technology to set new standards. And
now we proceed this tradition with our new
super white Mylar which matches perfectly the color of gliders and
motor gliders with as well as the advantage of better bonding.
30th anniversary of Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service located in
the occasion of our 30th anniversary located in Grabenstetten it was
a great pleasure to welcome friends, companions, favorors, buisness
partners, fly buddies and our staff including their families. On
21st November 2015 they came from the United States, Canada,
Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and from all over Germany to celebrate
this anniversary with us.
One of the highlights of the day
was the opening of a small „Glasflügel gallery“. The idea of a
meeting place within a „historical“ environment arose a couple of
months before when we were forced to renovate the adjoining building
due to a grave water damage. The result is a small museum displaying
exhibits and technical documents as well as a meeting area.
thanks go to all helping hands, consultants and decorators as well
as our staff. Since anniversaries like this stand and fall with the
catering, we made a good catch by choosing Hahn Catering.
was a day of encounters and interesting talks and company directors
of several aircraft manufacturers, constructors, suppliers,
consultants, former employees and many friends were present.
The senior partner warmly welcomed the guests with a brief
review and outlook and opened the museum which displays the history
of Glasflügel as well as the transition into
Glasfaser-Flugzeug-Service GmbH in 1982. He highly appreciated his
family without whom those development wouldn’t be possible. Finally,
he wished all guests a great and interesting time in Grabenstetten.
the banquet, all guests were able to have a look at the company
premises or ask detailed questions. After enjoying coffee and cake
the day slowly got to its end since some of our guests had a long
way home and the first snow started to fall.
We are sure,
our guests enjoyed this day as well as we did. Once again, we want
to thank all our guests for their attendence, the lovely gifts and
this successful day. Thanks a lot!
21 July 2009 Nimeta project – the
world’s largest single-seated motor glider.
2 years development and construction the time has come: The maiden
flight of the currently largest single-seated motor glider took
place on 21 July 2009.
The ordering party Bruno Gantenbrink
(YY) insisted to make the first flight of this project initiated and
financed by his own.
Nimeta is a motor glider with a
strongly modified fuselage and elevator Nimbus 4 as well as Eta wings.
With this project we realized Bruno
Gantenbrink’s dream of a single-seated Eta. The challenge of this
project consisted in uniting the two motor glider types due to the
entirely different mechanics of wings and fuselage. Furthermore, we have
redesigned the fillet wing fuselage and enlarged the fin by 20
The engine system has been completely
adopted from Ventus/Nimbus and has been set by SHK.
After the today’s two hours maiden
flight Bruno Gantenbrink was highly pleased with the quality of his
We wish Bruno many successful
07/2009 Libelle pilots succeeded
nationally and internationally.
We congratulate Tobias Welsch on
winning the German Club Class Championship in Winzeln. Tobias placed
first just ahead of Arndt Hovestadt, Jens Becker and Christian Lang
- all on Standard Libelle.
This result represents the ongoing
great popularity of Standard Libelle. After all, 12 of the 41
participants competed on the type Standard Libelle.
Furthermore, we congratulate Volker
Sailer (Standard Libelle 203) on placing first at FIA World Junior
Gliding Championship in Club Class.
Standard Libelle H201 Cup
2009 there will take place for the third time a Standard Libelle contest at Aero-Club
dŽIssoudun (LFEK). For more information and registration please click
The First U.S. Libelle Gathering - July
3-7, 2009, Reno, Nevada
2009 there will take place for the first U.S. Libelle Gathering at
Reno, Nevada. For more information and registration please click
Glasflügel Meeting 2008
From 8-10 August
2008 the annual Glasflügel meeting will take place in Ottengrüner Heide. For further
information and registration see www.edqo.de
Christian Walliser successfully
passed his journeyman examination
January 2008, Christian Walliser successfully passed his journeyman examination.
Since September 2005, Christian Walliser from Pfullingen
has been trained by our company as a light aircraft constructor. Himself glider pilot at
aviation club Reutlingen, Christian passed a carpenter examination before. By training as
a light aircraft constructor his childhood dream came true
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