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About the Author
A 40 year love affair with aviation started for Bernard as a young boy when he visited a model aircraft field. After 15 years of building, flying and later even designing model aircraft he decided to take up gliding and obtained his German license in 1982.
In 1983 his professional career saw him transferred “down under” to head up his employer's Australian operations. The truly excellent gliding conditions in Australia convinced Bernard to become a private owner of a PIK 20 in 1985 and from then gliding has occupied most of his spare time.
While serving his club as a committee member, president, gliding instructor and state association delegate he obtained his “Form 2 Inspector Rating” in 1991 and his private pilot license in 1992. In 1996 he became a gliding coach and was made a GFA level 2 coach in 2002. He was later appointed head coach for South Australia and Northern Territory.
In 1996 he was able to acquire a damaged self–launching open class ASH–25 two–seater sailplane. Re–building the aircraft with the help of friends increased his enthusiasm for the sport even further. Since then he has taken his pride and joy to many places in Australia and pilots from many countries have benefited from free coaching sessions.
Over the past 20 years Bernard has retained his excellent contacts with various European glider manufacturers. He and his wife Chris became agents for a number of manufacturers during the nineties. Today they run successful agencies not only in Australia but also New Zealand and Japan with an excellent reputation and first class relationships with their customers.
With over 3500 hours soaring in his logbook Bernard always strives to extract the maximum distance out of any gliding day. He can look back to an estimated 300,000 km of cross-country flying. He is holder of all GFA distance badges, has performed 6 flights in excess of 1000 km and set a new Australian record for a 1000 km out & return flight. In addition he has performed an 1134 km FAI triangle.
Although he is not a regular competition pilot he has competed at national sport class events and won a number of competition days. He also won several state championships.