Flatland tow endorsement

We offer an authentic flatland towing and thermalling clinic based at Conargo. If you intend to fly XC in the flatlands then you should learn to tow in those flatlands

This clinic concludes with a HGFA tow endorsement and weather permitting some thermalling and possibly some XC.

The HGFA tow endorsement requires:

10 tow launches
Front and reverse starts
Tow theory and exam

We also offer the opportunity for some thermalling in the flats, putting it all into practice

Costs

The clinic costs $350 and usually runs over two days

We supply all towing equipment including tow bridles

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

PG2 to PG3 development course

An intensive 2 days to take you towards your PG3
When: Sat April 4 - Sun April 5
Where: Bright

Alpine tow endorsement

A tow endorsement clinic from Bright
There will be time to get to Mystic for some Alpine flying during the clinic
When: Sat April 4

SIV - Victoria

Build confidence in your wing and your reactions
Any 2 days whilst we are at the lake
When: Fri May 1 - Sun May 10

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