Advanced XC Session 2 – Mountain Flying in New Zealand

Lesson Plan:

Objective: Continue introduction to mountain flying

Discussion Topics:

    • Mountain flying basics
      • The slope optical illusion trap
      • Need for comprehensive route pre-planning
      • Need for 3D awareness vs 2D
      • Need for S-turns vs 360 degree turns
      • Need to have landing options in mind at all times
      • Optimum vertical position
      • Wind and sun/shade side effects
    • Mountain Transitions
      • Upwind transitions
      • Downwind transitions
    • Thermalling up and off a mountain range


      • Cross-country flying concepts
      • Cross-country safety considerations


      • Mountain flying concepts
      • New Zealand Scenery

Completion Standards:

      • Ability to recognize proper crab angle and position relative to the ridge
      • Ability to perform S-turns (figure 8 turns) and safely transition to full circles
      • Proper attention to airspeed, varying as necessary to maintain ridge position
      • Ability to generate and verbalize Plan A/B/C… including landing options
      • Ability to navigate in 3D

Required Resources:

      • Omarama_NZ Scenery (available from gliderracing site)
      • Plane Pack 1 (required for Discus 2 glider)

Condor Settings:

      • Water ballast: None
      • C/G Bias: -1.6″

Lesson Files:

Pre-brief (15 minutes)

As this session is a follow-on to Session 1, the pre-brief should concentrate on route/task analysis.

Intermediate Mountain Task (2.5 – 3 hours)

This 137-mile task is set in the Omarama_NZ scenery, and can usually be accomplished in 2.5-3 hours.  It is a good follow-on to the Session 1 ‘Easy Mountain Task, and offers a bit more of a challenge.

 Other Notes:

A ‘ghost’ flight by an experienced Condor pilot has been provided as an indication of what can be done with this task.  The ‘ghost’ required 2 or 3 thermals (all on the 3rd and 4th legs) to accomplish the entire task

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