Sailplane and Sky

At this year's general meeting of the Baden-Württemberg Aviation Association (BWLV), BWLV President Eberhard Laur honoured the designer and performance glider pilot Eberhard Schott with one of the highest awards given by the association: the Klaus Holighaus Medal.

The award is named after Klaus Holighaus, who died in 1994 and who shaped air sports like hardly anyone else as an engineer, designer, outstanding competition pilot and performance pilot as well as an entrepreneur. The BWLV awards the medal to personalities for outstanding achievements around and in air sports in Baden-Württemberg. Previous winners include Prof. Dr. Richard Eppler, Peter F. Selinger and Helmut Treiber.

At Schempp-Hirth, Eberhard Schott was significantly involved in all developments, from the Nimbus to the Discus and Janus to the Ventus. Until 2011, he was the operations manager at Schempp-Hirth. In addition to his work as a development engineer, he successfully pursued performance gliding for decades. Thus he was 32 times at the Hahnweide competition. 13 times at state and German championships and six times at the Rieti Cup. In 1981, he won bronze in the Barron Hilton Cup.