Competitions, an introduction

Cross Country is addictive, competitions are compelling

All over the world, throughout the year experienced organisers put together events to help a group of pilots meet and fly cross country together. These organisers figure out the best time of year for XC in their area, then schedule a comp. They assemble a team of support personnel to provide weather and local site safety briefings each day. Their local experts select the best site to fly each day. They appoint experienced pilots to select safe routes or tasks for the pilots to fly. They will also monitor weather conditions and can recommend you land should conditions deteriorate

They take responsibility for knowing if you have flown and ensuring that you are home safely at the end of the day

As you fly each day you can observe exactly how well you climb and glide against the other pilots. You can observe pilots making different tactical decisions to your own and discover immediately which decisions were more informed. You have the opportunity to make, validate and improve your XC decision making skills daily. Each evening you can gather, debrief, discuss and review how and why all these different tactical decisions were better or poorer than you own

Most competitions provide skills development lectures daily and social activities in the evening, often including BBQs. Some provide transport and retrieve to the sites and lunch on launch.

This is a lot of expert resource being dedicated to providing you with the infrastructure to get the best flying from the weather presented each day. The comp fees vary from $200 to $500 for the week, that figures out at between $30 to $60 per day – This is good value

How can I start flying comps?

What do you need to be able to take advantage of this? You need your usual XC flying gear and some help with the peculiarities of preparing and flying with a larger group of pilots each day, then some confidence. You need a week’s vacation to coincide with the comp at which you can spend the first several of those days figuring out how the comps work. Or you can spend a weekend with us where we get you ready in advance so that you get full value for your week’s vacation

This clinic is for pilots who know comps offer great value and excellent learning opportunities, who want to take advantage of comps with the minimum of time wasting to get the most value for their precious vacation time

A typical day consists of morning discussion, afternoon task flying with evening debrief and analysis.

Some of the skills and topics discussed include:

  • Competition equipment, setup, preparation and usage
  • Taskboard
  • Launch priorities and strategy
  • Task starts, race starts
  • Gaggles
  • Marking up thermals for other pilots
  • Staying in the air
  • Getting to goal
  • Uploading tracklogs
  • Checking scores

Full retrieve and transport provided

Costs

The clinic costs $550 and runs over three days

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

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

Competition calendar

Canungra Classic

XC competition around the SE Qld hinterlands
When: Sat October 21 - Sat October 28

Corryong Open

An XC competition around the foothills of Mt Kosciuszko
When: Sun January 14 - Sat January 20

Bright Open

XC competition centred around the Alpine mountains and valleys of Bright
When: Sat February 10 - Fri February 16

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

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