During his whole working life Dr.-Ing. Fritz Kießling has pushed and continuously improved the elaborate process to prove the flutter stability of sailplanes and small aircraft, which is a complex task in the development of a new airplane prototype.
Awarded to one of the most outstanding aerodynamicists in the world today, noteworthy for his insights not only into what was happening aerodynamically, but more importantly, for the overall impact aerodynamic developments have on all aspects the flight vehicle. In this regard, his airfoil/aircraft/aerodynamic design work has always been tempered with the understanding, practicality, and realisms of a pilot - which is not the case with so many designers.
His contributions to the sport began during his Akaflieg Braunschweig days in the early 1960’s. Armin Quast contributed to the construction of the SB-6, which was one of the first sailplanes using composite materials for the wing and fuselage. He succeeded in developing a method for achieving high-precision airfoil shapes on glass-fiber wings. Armin Quast made numerous contributions to the development of sailplane aerodynamics, such as his work in developing a slotless Fowler flap to greatly improve the thermal circling performance of sailplanes.
Awarded to one of the leading sailplane designers, noteworthy for his entrepreneurship in designing light-weight sailplane primary structures. Helmut Treiber introduced carbon fibers into primary structures of sailplanes, saving a significant amount of weight while showing a higher torsional stiffness and less wing twist in high-speed flight. With the new carbon fiber technology he paved the way for manufacturing thinner and more efficient airfoils, leading to a big performance gain in the sailplane industry.
Due to an unexpected situation related to the WGC 2018 in Pribram, Czech Republic, the organisers have been forced to ask FAI and IGC to change location of competition from Pribram to Hosin (LKHS). In Pribram the usable RWY would have been limited and thus the free use of the airfield area in Pribram.
As the OSTIV Congress is hosted by the WGC organiser, the location of the congress moves to Hosin, as well.
Hosin is app. 80 km south of Pribram, close to city Ceske Budejovice, major city of Southern Bohemia.