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Introduction to XC flying

Everyone wants to be a cross country sky god, but you have to start swomewhere! Once you’ve got the hang of thermalling and got some SIV experience, we’ll start introducing you to the joys of XC flying.
In between flying cross country and building up airtime, we’ll have lectures and briefings on the weather and XC routes to help you start to build your XC skills.
We’ll be covering:
  • Leaving the hill – where to go next
  • Landing out
  • Mountain weather
  • Observation
  • Route planning
  • Instruments and other XC kit
  • XC decision making
  • Flight analysis
  • Thermal sources and triggers
  • Inversion busting

We have a low ratio of pilots to guides (3:1 or better) to make sure you have maximum input, can learn as much as possible from the week and clock up some real XC distance.

Pilot requirements:

If you’re not sure if this is the course for you, contact us to have a chat about your experience and ambitions. As a general guide, this course is aimed at pilots with:

  • at least 10 hours flying experience
  • SIV experience
  • some thermalling skills


  • Airport transfers
  • All transport to take-off, retrieves, take-off fees
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation (based on two sharing)
  • Guiding and coaching from our team
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals (usually group meals either at restaurants or in the accommodation)
  • Lift passes (if applicable)
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Contact Fly Sussex

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about any of our products or courses call our office to chat with a member of our team.

Office hours are 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday

Outside of office hours feel free to drop us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

01273 858170
[email protected]
Tollgate, Beddingham. Near Lewes

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