Aussie flatlands

Based at Conargo in the Riverina flatlands of southern New South Wales.

To our south the river Murray and alpine Victoria with Bright and Corryong. To our north, east and west hundred of km of open plain. Hot and dry with strong thermals, good wind and high cloud base.

The tours run each year around December and January. The dates vary depending on the Australian competition dates as we try to align the tour to coincide with the comps. Good to have a more extended circuit with the tour linking in with the comps

Come on downunder and play, it’s full on

FAQ

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

How much luggage can I take into Australia on an International flight?

Check with your airline but flights from the US often allow 32kg of checked luggage. Europeans may not be so fortunate.

Where can I get camping gear, do I have to bring it over?

I buy once I get to Australia – for camping consider BCF  – a good size 4 person tent for circa Aus $80 – you can get pillows, stretchers (cots), pots, camping stoves. Recommend a 4 person tent to give you lots of room, enough for the stretcher and all your gear

I would suggest bringing your own sleeping bag if you have a good one, it’s easy enough to squash into the glider bag

We can pull over at BCF after the pickup from the airport

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
Where can I get a cell phone?

You can use your own phone with international roaming or rurally Telstra have the best network. Check out Telstra prepaid,

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Tour calendar

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

Krushevo, Macedonia

Our Balkan tour takes us to Macedonia where we are based at Krushevo in the Pelagonian plains
An XC alpine and flatland event that embraces beginner, intermediate and advanced pilots
When: Tue July 18 - Tue August 1

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

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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

Costs

The tours have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 pilots.

The 7 day tour cost is $980
The 14 day tour cost is $1,680
Full retrieve provided, please note tows are $30 each after the first 2 tows each day

Daily rates are available on request

What does the tour cover?

  • Expert guides led by Brian Webb guiding us to the right sites for the weather ahead
  • Extensive local knowledge of sites and meteorology
  • Daily weather briefs, task recommendation, goal setting and in flight support.
  • Pre tour skills assessment and coaching
  • Ongoing coaching with goal orientated skills improvement throughout the tour
  • Tandem training with tour pilots where beneficial
  • Comfortable vehicles with coordinate capable GPS
  • Transport from and to Albury airport
  • Transport to the sites each day
  • Dedicated retrieve driver
  • Full retrieve
  • Laptop friendly, I need my laptop and connectivity to be able to get the best from each day, I understand how important it may be for you
  • We need each pilot to get a SPOT or Delorme satellite GPS tracker to ensure we know where everybody is – all the time

Where we can go