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

What radio do we need?

In Europe they use FM 2M, often not legally

We will discuss and make a decision as a group well 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

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

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

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

 

When do the Tours run
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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

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
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

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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

Competition calendar

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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