Flatland, daily XC details
When we are operating from the flatlands we offer a daily XC service
Pilots are able to fly long distances, excellent but this can incur significant costs for retrieve. With the 250km+ flights we are often not back until midnight, some times 2 or 3 in the morning. This represents very variable costs for fuel and drivers. We have sought to find a costing model that fairly covers how far and for how long we drive retrieve for you
- Each tow is $30
- A facility fee of $200 divided between the pilots flying with us that day
- The retrieve cost is distributed between the pilots flying that day
- The Retrieve cost is the retrieve vehicle fuel cost * 2 + $20 per hour for the driver, we can use your vehicle if you prefer
The group can choose whether
- The cost is evenly distributed between pilots in the group
- Distributed depending on where we pick them up pilots from, ie the further a pilot flies then the more of the retrieve cost they bear
All pilots require current HGFA membership and tow endorsement
A long, late retrieve puts pressure on the driver and the pilots. The roads from dusk thru the night are regularly crossed by kangaroos and emus. This makes driving either slow or dangerous. Getting back to Deni at 2am without getting a good dinner and little sleep is very wearing on the group
If the retrieve vehicle will not get back to Conargo by midnight after picking up the pilots then the driver reserves the right to overnight at a motel, leaving at dawn the next day to be back for any potential flying. The cost of the motel for the driver will be covered by the pilots in the retrieve vehicle
what can we work on?
The conscious decision to be more or less conservative based on observation and situations.
Confidence in your ability to make and execute decisions and in doing so perform well.
The ability to launch in a variety of conditions, getting into the air when required.
The ability to locate, track and climb well in thermals both alone and in a large gaggle
Brian, Barb, Phil and Chris,Thanks very much for the course this weekend. Your advice, support and skill has lead to what I hope is a big step in my progression and something that with hindsight, I had underestimated the importance of.I’ve been reviewing my footage, and on the last tow I managed 10 stalls and two spins at the top of the box.I went from sloppy, physically demanding, all over the shop, stalls, to clean entries and exits that involved little or no ‘sorting out’ (aka; twisted reverse spirals).Probably most importantly, I’ve developed a new level of respect for my wing and harness, that I think will make me safer into the future.Forecast tomorrow looks excellent!
Alpine tow endorsement
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Flatlands tow endorsement and thermalling clinic
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