Alpine Thermalling and XC

Thermalling is not a black art, it’s kind of grey with some white edges

Inland thermalling can be intimidating, the air can be rough compared to the silkiness of the coast, you have a higher work rate and an increased stress level. You also have the opportunity to climb way above the ridge, to cloudbase and then move onto those first amazing cross country flights

Cross Country is the reward for figuring out thermalling, carrot and stick

On the first day we check out some of the closer potential landing areas as well as potential thermal sources around launch. We talk thru the theory and concept of thermals and climbing, understanding the medium is a powerful step towards handling the pressures of flying with them

A typical day consists of morning discussion, early afternoon flying and retrieve. Perhaps a second flight later in the afternoon and an evening debrief and review

Some of the skills and topics discussed include:

  • Preparation
  • Equipment
  • When to launch to find that first thermal
  • Climbing and finding the core
  • Gaggles
  • When to leave and where to go
  • SMART goals

Costs

The clinic costs $490 and runs over four days, we fly three days and drop one day for unsuitable weather.
We can offer a daily rate of $150 for pilots who have XC cliniced 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)

We use UHF 29 (477.125 mhz) CTCSS 100mhz

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 clinic

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: Sat September 2 - Sun September 3

SIV - Victoria

Build confidence in your wind and your reactions
When: Sat September 9 - Tue September 12

Alpine tow endorsement

This clinic delivers all the requirements for a tow endorsement. Pilots will have the opportunity to fly Mystic during the clinic
When: Sat September 30 - Sun October 1
Where: Bright, Victoria, Australia

Alpine Thermalling and XC Clinic

An introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Fri October 6 - Mon October 9

Alpine Thermalling and XC Clinic

An introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Sat November 4 - Tue November 7

Alpine Thermalling and XC Clinic

A introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Fri November 24 - Mon November 27

Flatlands XC Safari clinic

Guided XC clinic across the NSW plains
When: Sat December 9 - Mon December 11

Flatlands tow endorsement and thermalling clinic

Learn how to tow launch and combine this with some thermalling and initial flatlands XC
The authentic tow experience
When: Sat December 9 - Sun December 10

Alpine Thermalling and XC Clinic

An introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Wed December 27 - Fri December 29

Alpine tow endorsement

This clinic delivers all the requirements for a tow endorsement Pilots will have the opportunity to fly Mystic during the clinic
When: Fri January 26
Where: Bright, Victoria, Australia

Aussie flatlands XC Tour

A specialised towing event looking for long distance across the aussie riverina plains of southern NSW
Daily rates, singles or groups
When: Tue January 30 - Fri February 2

Flatland XC, long distance

XC flying across the NSW plains for experienced pilots looking to fly longer distances
Centred around the Riverina plains
Daily rate available
When: Sat February 3 - Wed February 7

Alpine Thermalling and XC Clinic, more advanced

Refine your thermalling skills and develop your XC techniques
Explore the mountains and valleys around Bright
When: Sat March 3 - Mon March 5

SIV - Victoria

Build confidence in your wing and your reactions
When: Sat April 28 - Tue May 1

SIV, Victoria

Build confidence in your wind and your reactions
When: Sat May 19 - Tue May 22

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

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