Winton, Qld winter XC
Winton, Queensland, 22 July thru 5 August, 2023
We will be in Winton, Qld with the winches during winter. Winton has been picked out because of the prevailing south easterlies and the road network towards Boulia, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Hughenden and Longreach.
Pickups can be arranged from domestic flights into Longreach.
We want to do XC and the thermals should be good
- Each tow is $40
- Retrieve costs are shared between the group, they consist of the retrieve vehicle fuel cost * 3, plus $35 per hour for the driver. You can use your vehicle if you prefer, then you pay fuel and we charge $35 per hour for the driver. You can also bring your own driver or self retrieve
The event is open to PG2, PG3, PG4 and PG5
We can help with a tow endorsement if you have not towed before
We can also offer
- VHF and oxygen endorsements
- PG2 thru PG5 exam study sessions
- Learn to drive tow
Express interest here
As we firm up who is coming along there will be an opportunity for you to pool for car hire and rides to help get to and from our Winton base. We can arrange pickup from Longreach, the closest domestic flight destination
Winton is a rural township with a pubs, motels and campgrounds
Do I need a radio – yes, UHF with SAFA frequencies. Airband if you have one
Do I need a satellite tracker – yes, Inreach, SPOT or Skylines would be good
Do I need a tow endorsement – no, with prior arrangement we can teach you to tow
Do I need a tow bridle – let us know if you need one
Can I bring family and friends – of course
what can we work on?
Brian, Barb, Phil and Chris,Thanks very much for the course this weekend. Your advice, support and skill has lead to what I hope is a big step in my progression and something that with hindsight, I had underestimated the importance of.I’ve been reviewing my footage, and on the last tow I managed 10 stalls and two spins at the top of the box.I went from sloppy, physically demanding, all over the shop, stalls, to clean entries and exits that involved little or no ‘sorting out’ (aka; twisted reverse spirals).Probably most importantly, I’ve developed a new level of respect for my wing and harness, that I think will make me safer into the future.Forecast tomorrow looks excellent!
The ability to locate, track and climb well in thermals both alone and in a large gaggle
The conscious decision to be more or less conservative based on observation and situations.
Confidence in your ability to make and execute decisions and in doing so perform well.
The ability to launch in a variety of conditions, getting into the air when required.
Alpine tow endorsement
A tow endorsement clinic from Bright
There will be time to get to Mystic for some Alpine flying during the clinic
Alpine tow endorsement
Tow endorsement course, also helps PG2 pilots to gain 10 more flights and another site Pilots will have the opportunity to fly Mystic during the clinic
PG2 to PG3 development course
An intensive 2 days to take you towards your PG3