SIV

Venue
We are based at southern end of the Waranga Basin near Shepparton on a park owned by the Victorian Water Ski Kite Flyer Association (VWSKFA) 
 
Expectations
We provide
  • 4 tows up to 1000m
  • Life jackets
  • Waterproof radios and speaker mikes
  • Manoeuvre briefing, guidance and debrief
  • Hot showers and toilets
  • Kitchen with fridge, oven and microwave
  • Catering available

We bring a tow boat and additional rescue boat
We have spare tow bridles

Recommended to bring
  • Warm clothes including gloves
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • Tow bridle
  • Webbing cutter
  • Waterproof radio, if you have one
We will only be running the event if the weather is promising, there will be a weather call at 6pm, 2 days before the SIV. Keep your plans flexible in case we postpone
 
Telephone conference
There will be a telephone conference to work thru the manoeuvres and towing before your event

 

Costs

The clinic costs $890 and runs over two days
We can offer a rate of $150 per tow for pilots who have SIV’d with us before

FAQ

What do I need to bring

Glider, harness, helmet, vario, gps, radio

A reserve is mandatory

Water, sunscreen, sunnies

How do we set up our GPS

Your GPS should be set to a coordinate system of degrees.degrees (d.ddddd)

If you want to keep an useful tracklog you should be taking tracklog points every second, depending on the storage capacity of your GPS unit

What is involved in the skills development?

An important part of the event is individual and group goal orientated skills development.

We work with each pilot to identify areas of opportunity to develop and improve individual skills. We discuss and agree strategies to work towards measurably improving those skills. We jointly identify achievable goals that over time demonstrate how well those strategies are working.

Some of these opportunities are discussed and developed before the event via an internet based remote skills development process.

All of these opportunities, strategies and goals are documented and become part of a skills improvement package that you take away with you to continue to use and develop your flying.

What radio do we need?

In Australia we use a UHF CB frequency range around 476/7 mhz, the radios need to be CTCSS (tone squelch capable)

Radio frequency will be UHF 12 (476.7mhz), tone squelch 79.7 hz (Jiri radio PRIV2)

How does the retrieve system work?
  • All pilots need a clear inflight radio communications system (we can work with you to help you get this properly sorted out), a GPS and a cell phone.
  • We all fly from the same site each day, as you fly you routinely radio to the retrieve driver your GPS position based on bearing, height and distance from launch . If they have not heard from you frequently enough they will ask you for updates. We can find you based on this information alone
  • A  SPOT or Delorme satellite GPS tracking system is mandatory. This unit will transmit your coordinates via satellite (does not need cell phone coverage) to our driver. We can also track you whilst you are flying. We can rent you one if you give us notice
  • When you land you use your tracker to send your GPS coordinates to the retrieve driver
  • You will need to land or walk to a vehicle accessible road, we will not haul you out of dense bush. Remember a good looking track may have locked gates so be smart and focus on landing beside paved (sealed)roads.
  • The retrieve driver has a vehicle based GPS that will accept your coordinates and guide the driver to you, they also have maps of the area

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Clinic calendar

If you cannot see a date that suits you or there is a clinic scheduled and you are not sure if you are suitable for it then don’t be shy, contact us to talk it thru

Alpine tow endorsement

A tow endorsement clinic from Bright, good for SIV preparation
There will be time to get to Mystic for some Alpine flying during the clinic
When: Sun June 24 - Mon June 25

Flatlands tow endorsement and thermalling clinic

Learn how to tow launch and combine this with some thermalling and initial flatlands XC
The authentic flatties tow experience
When: Sat September 29 - Sun September 30

SIV, Victoria

Build confidence in your wing and your reactions
When: Sat October 20 - Sun October 21

Alpine Thermalling and XC, 2 day

A introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Sat October 27 - Sun October 28

Alpine Thermalling and XC

An introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Sat November 3 - Tue November 6

Alpine Competition and XC, PG4-PG5

Develop your advanced XC techniques, apply them to competition tasking around Bright
When: Mon January 7 - Wed January 9

Bookings

Bookings

To book please check the dates of your event then contact us via the Enquiries page.
Be sure to let us know the dates you are interested in
We will then follow up with you to be sure we have you on the right event

If you have any questions call on +61 (0)417 530972 or skype to brianmwebb

Payments

Payments can be made by bank transfer or PayPal

Bank transfer
Bendigo Bank: BSB 633 000
Account name: XCkms
Account number: 122842537

PayPal
Regret this bears a 2% addition to cover administration costs
Please pay to webbie@XCkms.com

Why us

Why clinic with XCkms

  • Expert guides with demonstrable experience
  • Extensive local knowledge of sites and meteorology
  • Tandem instruction where appropriate
  • Comfortable 4WD vehicles with GPS, tablet, SMS and SPOT facilities
  • Dedicated retrieve drivers
  • Briefing facilities including whiteboard, big screen video replay, tracklog projection and WiFi