Flatland XC Safari

You already know how to tow, now we start putting some height and distance together to reap the rewards of the flatlands with this 3 day XC safari based at Conargo

On the first day, before the thermals develop we do some tow refreshing together with some tactical XC discussion. As the day develops we tow, ping off climb out and get up and away on course. A typical day consists of morning discussion, afternoon flying, retrieve and an evening debrief and analysis.  Some of the skills and topics discussed include:

  • Preparation
  • When to launch and when to release on tow to find that first thermal
  • Tow gear and equipment
  • Thermalling and climbing
  • Glides and energy lines
  • Decision making
  • Distraction control
  • SMART goals

Costs

The safari costs $450 and runs over three days.
Full retrieve provided, please note tows are $30 each after the first 2 tows each day

We also also offer a daily rate

We can rent or sell you a tow bridle if you need one

FAQ

Do I need a tow endorsement

Yes, you need a tow endorsement, towing in thermals can easily be dangerous without some education

We regularly run tow endorsement clinics or can teach you to tow during the safari clinics at extra cost and by prior arrangement only
We need evidence that you know how to tow, the conditions can often be demanding

Do I need a satellite tracker like SPOT

SPOTs are a powerful resource

  • They reassure your family
  • They reassure you
  • They make my life easier knowing I can find you

We are often flying in areas outside of good cell phone coverage. A SPOT with tracking activated and used could save your life

They are not mandatory for the clinics, if we are in the flatlands I strongly recommend one
We have a couple spare we can rent by prior arrangement

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

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

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

Competitions, an introduction

XC skills development combined with competition equipment and tactics.
A precursor to the Canungra Classic
When: Thu October 19 - Fri October 20

Alpine Thermalling and XC

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

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: Thu November 9

Alpine Thermalling and XC, 2 day

A introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Sat November 11 - Sun November 12

SIV - Victoria

Build confidence in your wing and your reactions
When: Sat November 18 - Sun November 19

Alpine Thermalling and XC

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

Flatlands XC Safari

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

Flatlands tow endorsement and thermalling

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

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, 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

Alpine Thermalling and XC, 2 day

An introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Sat March 24 - Sun March 25

Alpine Thermalling and XC, 2 day

An introduction to thermalling and initial XC around the Bright mountains and valleys
When: Sat April 7 - Sun April 8

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