INTRO TO XC courses - Bassano del grappa - INTERMEDIATE +

Bassano xc courses - Monte grappa - in brief

Incredibly Reliable - Protected by a complex micro-climate ensuring without doubt that it's one of the most reliable sites in Europe.

Potential Throughout the Year - Excellent potential for good, wide thermals with incredibly low-saves possible out in the flats.

Learn the Cornerstone of Cross Country Flying - We'll explain the simple to grasp rules and concepts that will cut out 100's of hours of trial and error.

Achievable XC Routes - We'll be setting some short, fun and very achievable routes around the local area.

Awesome Mix of Mountain & Flatland Flying - Understand how and why thermals form & trigger in both the mountains AND the flatlands.

ZERO Stress - Large flat Landing areas everywhere. Landing out is never a worry. With 'Radio Controlled' & retrieve along chosen route.

Value for MONEY - The price includes transfer and ALL transport.


bassano del grappa - 'INTRO TO XC' - more details

We've been running designated courses in Bassano since 2006, as it is great for pilots of all levels throughout the whole season. It is the region's ultra reliability that enables pilots, I feel, to progress at a faster pace than anywhere else.

These weeks are very similar to the Pre-Alps XC weeks but stay only in the local area of Bassano and routes set will be short, challenging yet acheivable for less experienced pilots.

During these weeks we'll be transferring the vital skills and concepts needed to fly XC safely, adding some technical tuning in the afternoon sessions, where needed.

The area is very simply a mix of both Alpine and flatland flying styles. Should things get too rowdy for any pilot on the ridge, whether it be their currency or ability levels lacking, they can just simply glide out into the flats for smoother, weaker climbs. The flats are great for calming the nerves; a real plus of this area's lay out.

Bassano is by far our favorite place for training, as you can see from our 'Facebook' page over the last years. More hours have been logged here per week than anywhere else. The landscape has HUGE potential for thermal training and achievable XC flights in most directions.

The Monte Grappa area is thermic all year round. However we prefer to visit when the days are long & the weather/atmosphere more Mediterranean in it's feel.

The stronger climbs can be in Spring when we run our 'PURE XC' weeks. However July usually delivers very interesting conditions for training the more subtle side of XC flying, as well as long XC routes.

During the season we offer these 'Intro to XC' courses as these have proved time and time again to help pilots on their first steps to being a true XC pilot.

Thermalling is THE 'corner-stone' of all XC flights.

During the week pilots are given short achievable goals along which the concepts can be practiced. With radio input from myself the simple commands help reinforce confidence and decisions.

Also these courses for old hands wishing to find any holes in their techniques. So don't think this is just for beginners only, everyone can benefit from training with us in this area. Not only is it almost guaranteed flying it is some of the most fun & relaxed flying anywhere in Europe.

In the day's briefing we'll discuss how I believe the day will develop, whilst building a clear picture in the pilot's mind, how the terrain will locally affect thermal & cloud development. More experienced pilots can complete some short, fun packed XC flights with myself while the less experienced sit out the strong midday hours. There is a chance of yet more training in the afternoon sessions when the famous restitution kicks in.

Flying in Bassano del Grappa appears similar to UK flying, so flat land pilots will feel at home here. Except it's a little bigger, has much less wind & is flyable well over 300 days a year!

It's unique micro-climate allows us to fly defined routes in all directions, even in the flats. Always within safe gliding distance of a large, flat field.

Both the 'PURE XC' & the more laid back 'Intro to XC' weeks will be structured, coached & route orientated courses. Definitely NOT driving for endless hours or just being dropped off on launch with a weather briefing left to fend for yourselves.

Aimed at pilots wishing to progress in beautiful and very forgiving surroundings, whilst attempting some short, challenging yet very achievable routes while working on honing their thermal technique.

logistics & prices

Pilots wishing to attend will need at least a CP rating or IPPI 3 (P2 for USHPA pilots) plus 20hrs in the harness. This course is aimed mainly at intemediate pilots to help them get to grips with basic XC flying, but don't feel like you have to have too much experience.

We do ask however that our pilots can launch and land, unassisted. And own a rudimentary thermal technique. Having an understanding of how our equipment works is very helpful too.

For all the courses here we'll be staying in Semonzo at the foot of the main mountain, it is a very small village on the outskirts of Bassano del Grappa.

Most of the time we stay at the Garden Relais, it is a little more expensive than some paragliding trips but the accommodation is well worth it and pilots ask time and time again to stay here.

However if that is a little over your budget there is a cheaper option and you can have shared or single accommodation at the Canal guest house. See the booking page for the little extras available.

Getting to launch everyday is easy with our air-conditioned minibus, no queueing up for the over-crowded navettes. Plus getting home after a long XC flight is also no problem as we'll have a local driver. Just text in your position and he'll come and pick you up.

An interesting part of the course is a detailed look at our flights using AYVRI, so don't forget your cables for your GPS (if you use one).

Flying into Treviso or Venice is very convenient, simple and inexpensive. Aim to arrive around midday for our courtesy transfer service.

Bassano Intro to XC course: £500

Courtesy transfer from Treviso or Venice Airports.

6 days air-to-air guidance & coaching around the Bassano del Grappa area.

Plus all transport to launch and retrieval along chosen route.

Numbers are kept to a maximum of 7 pilots.

price & course overview

Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Intro to XC £500
Pure XC £550

Drautal Courses, S. Austria

Greifenburg XC £650

All Prices above are excluding Accommodation.
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