This page was last updated November 28, 2013
Hello! Nice to see you on my site. Let me tell you something about myself and introduce some links to the hobbies that fill my life now when the working life is just a distant memory and not even summer holidays disturb any more. So there is plenty of time to conduct and arrange music for the Seniors of the Male Choir of Hämeenlinna and the Show Choir . If you want to know more about Finnish choirs, try the pages of Sulasol and Viihdekuoroliitto.
The high summer, when the choirs are having siesta, I go gliding (in the air). When the puffy cumuli fill the sky, I take off from Räyskälä Flying Center or Pudasjärvi Airfield with the PIK-20E motorglider of Flying Club Ikaros. The ship is known by her contest sign "IK" and during the past years she has carried me to three national championships and sixteen national records. Besides my home country Finland I have soared the skies of Australia in Waikerie, Havaii, Colorado Springs and Oldenburg, Germany. However, the most exotic place to fly has been an old war base in North Finland, nearly two hundred miles north of Arctic Circle and possibly the northernmost gliding site in the world. Because my Gold Badge is still missing the Altitude Diamond, I am dreaming of a trip to Nevada, to try the mountain waves of Minden. More information of the aviation in Finland you may obtain from the pages of Suomen Ilmailuliitto (Finnish Aeronautical Association).
Long time ago I used to go every summer fishing and hiking in Lapland (northernmost part of Finland, well above the Arctic Circle, the land of reindeers
and Santa Claus, you know). Now when I have time I have been warming up that old hobby again. I have also participated in my brother's elk hunting safari in Lapland.
In the past years I spent lot of time on pistol shooting range but lately I have concentrated to more peaceful hobbies. Suomen Ampujainliitto (Finnish Shooting Association) is the top organisation of Finnish shooting sport.
First grandson Joel was born in 1992, second one, Juho, in 1998, and first granddaughter, Katariina, in 2001, all to Ilkka's family.
One of my latest hobbies is genealogy. I have been able to follow some of my family lines to late 1500's and found many interesting ancestors and distant relatives. One of them is Lauri Laurinpoika Peltoniemi. Most of the church records of Finland are available in Internet on the pages of Suomen Sukututkimusseura.
All the best to you and thanks for your interest!
My home town Hämeenlinna
My email: oskari.kosolaaina.net