Summer long Thermal courses in Ultra reliable Bassano del Grappa
See both XC & Thermal Courses in Bassano del Grappa, mix of mountains and flatland flying
XC Courses and Tours in Greifenburg, Drautal
Probably the most impressive accessible terrain in the World

when, where and what to expect...

when to visit & what to expect...

When deciding the best time to visit please take into account your ambition and experience.

Lower airtime/novice and even advanced pilots wanting to improve their thermalling technique or simply wanting a relaxed flying holiday can join us during the Summer months.

We are running Bassano Thermal training & "XC lite" weeks throughout July and August. These weeks are designed to build confidence while tweaking techniques that would otherwise take 100's of hours of "trial and error" to achieve. All without gaining bad habits.

Intermediate - Advanced pilots who are XC orientated (with around 50hrs+) should join us on a 'Pure XC' Course in either Bassano or Greifenburg during Spring & Summer months. This will ensure that you are with like-minded pilots.

The best idea when wanting to complete a simple 60km XC route or even push for that elusive 100km in and around Greifenburg. Bassano is a great place to hone your flat-land skills too. The last years there have seen some great distances flown, 50-90km, in both mountains and the flats.

Our 'Pure XC' courses will help pilots identify where time needs to be invested along the route, the cruxes, and the places it's possible to push on. Learn how to 'change gears' whilst unlocking the real potential from your wing, whatever level. Let us show you also how to get the most out of your instrument, so that it can truly help you be as efficient as possible. All this and more is explained on our XC weeks.

Bassano is an excellent option for a relaxing XC holiday all season long, with some of the best conditions being available in late August - September. Flat lands are working and the ridge is comfortable, expect 50-90+km routes at this time. May, June and July offer amazing XC possibilities for pilots of all levels. Long days, Long flights. Not to mention the classic restitution flights at the end of the day offer the best soft skills training. Period.

Experienced Pilots should think seriously about joining us in Dolomites in Autumn for the Dolomites XC tour. This is simply a "must do," one of my favorite yet challenging places to fly anywhere. Just check the photos throughout this website.

However we ask that pilots are known to us from previous alpine XC courses in Greifenburg or possess a strong Alpine flying CV, as the aerology here is complex and NOT an appropriate place to cement the concepts of Alpine XC or thermalling skills even.

Greifenburg XC courses are great for the more adventurous pilot who wants to crack on and smash their Alpine personal bests, while really getting to grips with what is happening out here in the Alps. We are expecting more & more from this special place. While Bassano is my all time favorite place to fly, the more we fly there the more the area opens up.

personal bests, while really

Whatever course or tour you choose you can be sure that the conditions are most suitable to achieve the course objectives.

May/June:

Massive potential for long XC flights in Bassano & Greifenburg. CP+50hrs
Both May & June are great XC months.

Long XC flights are also possible in Bassano del Grappa. An incredibly reliable and protected micro-climate allows fast progress with technical yet achievable routes in both mountains and flat-lands.

Long and challenging flights, 100km+, are a real possibility in Greifenburg on the South-Side of the Alps. Known as the 'Southern Alps Highway'.

July:

Some of this month will be spent coaching novice and intermediate pilots in Bassano for our Thermal & XC 'lite' weeks.

Perfect for everything really from thermal training & long XC flights around Bassano using both the ridge and the surrounding flats.

In the evening the classic Bassano restitution, great to train the finer points of the theory whilst relaxing in large smooth thermals.

It don't get much better in the Summer months than these courses for both skill enhancement & distance flying. CP+10hrs

August:

Excellent conditions in Bassano del Grappa again, fun & relaxed XC flying.
Our thermal training weeks will focus on shorter achievable XC flights designed to build confidence and a lot of one-on-one radio time whilst thermal training in the late afternoon sessions.

A must for novices trying to understand the subtleties of thermic flight.
Mainly about efficient turning and fluid mapping of climbs plus understanding the aerology in which we fly.

Also some big potential for XC in the magical place that is Bassano del Grappa.

Greifenburg is also a great option for the XC hungry pilot.

September:

Some long & challenging XC flights in Bassano again with softer climbs on both the ridge & in the flats, CP+30hrs.

September is one of the BEST times to visit the Alps, the strong summer thermic activity is giving way to easy to manage, relaxing climbs and reliable XC potential.

Long XC flights in Greifenburg are definitely still on the cards, softer thermals with lighter valley winds. Perfect.

Huge potential for great XC routes in the Majestic Dolomites, CP+250hrs plus strong alpine experience, pilots should be known to us and completed their apprenticeship. See the 'system' page on this site.

October:

Still excellent conditions in Bassano del Grappa. A great way to end the season.
Moderate climbs and good potential for 30-40+km XC flights.

A great time of year for thermal training in this ultra-reliable area.

Don't be fooled by the calendar, this place is still very active in October & even throughout the winter.
CP+10hrs


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Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Thermal & XC lite £399
Bassano XC £399

Drautal Courses, S. Austria

Greifenburg XC £399

Dolomites, Italy

Dolomites XC Tour £549

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