Olaf Schmidt

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For the ski jumper with the same name, see Olaf Schmidt (ski jumper).

Olaf Schmidt (born 1962) is a German glider aerobatic pilot.[1]

He joined his gliding club, Bremer Verein für Luftfahrt e.V., at the age of 13, gaining his glider pilot licence at the age of 16 and a glider and his motor glider instructor rating in 1983 at the age of 21. Since 1984, he has assisted at glider aerobatic courses as a tow pilot. He obtained a glider aerobatics rating in 1987. In 1994 he competed in a glider aerobatic competition in the advanced category for the first time. The 1998 German National Championship was his first competition in the unlimited category.

He became a member of the German National Glider Aerobatics Team in 2001. Since then he has competed in the European and in the World Glider Aerobatic Championships.[1]

Achievements in glider aerobatic competitions
year contest location category ranking team ranking
1998 German Championships unlimited n/a
2000 German Championships unlimited 8 n/a
2002 German Championships unlimited 8 n/a
2003 World Championships Pér, Hungary unlimited 17
2004 German Championships Biberach an der Riß, Germany unlimited 14 n/a
2004 European Championships Moravska Trebova, Czech Republic unlimited 28
2004 Open Dutch Championships unlimited 1 n/a
2005 Open British Championships Vale of Belvoir (Saltby airfield), UK[2] unlimited 1 n/a
2005 World Championships Serpukhov (Drakino airfield), Russia unlimited 28
2006 German Championships Bad Frankenhausen, Germany unlimited 4 n/a
2006 European Championships Rybnik, Poland unlimited 13 3 (with Eugen Schaal and Markus Feyerabend)
2006 Open Dutch Championships Deelen, Netherlands unlimited 1 n/a
2007 World Championships Niederöblarn, Austria unlimited 4 (best German) 2 (with Markus Feyerabend and Eugen Schaal)
2008 German National Championships Rothenburg (Oberlausitz), Germany unlimited 2 n/a
2008 European Championships Radom (Piastow airfield), Poland unlimited 13 3 (with Markus Feyerabend and Hans-Georg Resch)