PG2 to PG3 development

We have added a 2 day PG2 to PG3 development course into our calendar, the 2To3
The aim of the course is to help pilots work towards the skills and experience needed for PG3
 
As with all our courses it will only run if the weather is looking promising. We do a weather check 2 days before then confirm, postpone or refund the clinic. We don’t want to waste your time
 
We are offering some towing at the local airfield to help pilots get exposed to alternative launch and landing scenarios. This will give 10 flights to count towards PG3,  the towing also develops your kiting skills, spot landings and makes an airfield environment more familiar. Should tick the boxes for PG3 items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and possibly 11 below
We also take you to Mystic or Gundowring to do some ridge soaring and initial thermalling to begin to break the ice in the bumps before it goes too lumpy. Hey if we can get you high we may take you on an easy XC as well. This aims to help with PG3 items 1, 3, 4, 6 and 9 and 11 below
This will all help with the practical PG3 Soaring skills and Airtime requirements
 
The course will include:
  • Towing to an endorsement standard
  • Guided thermalling and XC flying
  • Extensive pre brief and debrief
  • 4WD transport and retriEVe
Costs

The clinic costs $490 and runs over two days, this includes a formal tow endorsement

PG3 requirements (what we can help you to achieve)

  1. Lay-out / packs up paraglider:
    1. Nil – light wind (0-5 knots)
    2. Moderate – strong wind (10-15 knots)
  2. Pre-flight checks glider, harness and other equipment used and understands the reason for and methodology of the checks.
  3. Take-off skills and techniques in:
    1. Light wind (< 5 knots)
    2. Mod winds (8-15 knots)
    3. Reverse deployment
    4. Slight cross wind <30° off slope
  4. Airspeed control is smooth / accurate and returns to given airspeed without oscillation from:
    1. min. sink speed
    2. maximum speed
  5. Landing approach speed and consistent in:
    1. in light/nil wind landing on feet
    2. in mod wind
  6. Assesses conditions as suitable for flight and selects appropriate launch point conditions for take-off.
  7. Demonstrates rear riser steering.
  8. Standard aircraft type circuit and “S” turn landing approach accuracy.
  9. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of rigging a speed system and the knowledge and ability to safely utilise it.
  10. Demonstrates the ability to deploy and recover from “Big ears”.
  11. Coordinated turns (R&L) through 180° and 360° with accurate roll out and stabilise on new course using both flat and moderate bank angles
  • Soaring skills and Airtime:
    • The pilot must have logged at least THREE soaring flights of at least 15 minutes duration AND 2 HOURS flight time in thermic lift.
    • The applicant has logged a minimum 60 flights and a minimum of 15 hours airtime, in a minimum 25 days, at a minimum of 5 flying sites. 2 Hours must be at thermic inland sites.
 

FAQ

What does the tour include?
  • Expert guides led by Brian Webb
  • 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
  • Comfortable vehicles with coordinate capable GPS
  • Transport from and to LAX 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 strongly encourage each pilot to get a SPOT satellite GPS tracker to ensure we know where everybody is – all the time
What do we do for accommodation

We have organised some accommodation at a guest house overlooking Sopot, a short walk from the chair lift

There is a mixture of rooms with multiple singles and some double beds, The rooms are all serviced, have air conditioning and most have ensuite bathrooms. There are laundry facilities, shared areas and a good sun deck. They provide a good breakfast each day

We will need to discuss as a group how we use the rooms, some may prefer their own rooms, some may want to share a room with an adjustment in cost
We will work this thru before we go

 

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 do I need to bring

Glider, harness, helmet, vario, gps, radio

A reserve is mandatory

Water, sunscreen, sunnies

How much experience do I need to learn to tow

We can teach you to tow as soon as you have your supervised licence

Done correctly towing is a great way to quickly gather flights, launches and landings
We teach students to fly on the tow as well as taking them to the alpine launch sites

Why do we go to Conargo

Multiple tow strips for all wind directions

Authentic site to which you will return for long distance XC

Proven conditions for good XC

What do I need to bring

Glider, harness, helmet, vario, gps, radio

A reserve is mandatory

Water, sunscreen, sunnies

We supply a winch, tow releases, weak links and some backup water

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

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

How to get to Sopot

Sopot is 2 hours drive from Sofia

Arrange a flight into Sofia and we will pick you up from the airport

 

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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

Winter XC - Flinders River, N. Qld

Pickup from Townsville
Based at Torrens Creek
Towing along the Flinders River and Mt Isa highway
Pick any 3 days
When: Fri September 4 - Sun September 20

Canungra XC and pre comp clinic

A guided XC tour around the SE Qld hinterland
Pick ups from Brisbane airport, centred around Canungra and Dalby
When: Sat September 26 - Fri October 2

SIV - Victoria

Build confidence in your wing and your reactions
Any 2 days whilst we are at the lake
When: Fri October 16 - Sun October 25

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