Date(s) - 12/05/2018 - 26/05/2018
SIV basically means safety or security in flight (derived from French) and is a course designed to simulate potential in flight situations that can and do occur. These situations can be anything from simple deflations, be it accelerated or non accelerated, to cravats resulting in strong G-Force evoking rotations from the glider. The aim of an SIV and this course in particular, is to build a solid foundation of knowledge and confidence regarding what the glider is telling us in flight and how we can go about dealing with each situation. Once we have an understanding of what certain movements and rustles in the glider mean, we can then start to understand how to play our part in dealing with them. There are many variations of SIV course’s available, covering all sorts of different types of manoeuvres and over the years I have had the chance to work with some of the very best and well known SIV instructors around. For 5 years I have run my own SIV courses in Oludeniz and Southern Spain, which has given me the chance to develop a course that I believe covers all the essential basics of safety in flight. Once the essentials are covered we can then provide an opportunity for pilots to move into the manoeuvres area that best suites their type of flying whether it is XC or Acro.
It’s all very well wanting to progress at thermalling and XC flying and with the technology of the Gliders ever improving we are in the sport at a great time. However what stops most pilots progression is the fear of ‘what if’. In thermal flying we can encounter rough air and at times we need to know how to both fly our glider and to trust it to fly itself. With SIV courses the aim is not to scare you off flying, but to show you how well your £3000 investment works and how little you need to do to fly your glider at 100%. We will be running an SIV manoeuvres course for any level of pilot. It is ideal for those who have just started flying, for those that think they are just getting the hang of it and also for those who want to progress into Acro or more dynamic flying. The course can be tailored to each individual pilot so they cover the specific manoeuvres they feel are most relevant to their type of flying. This does not mean that you can pick and choose the entire course. There are certain non negotiable manoeuvres that I feel are essential for every pilot and these will be a compulsory part of the first few SIV flights. Once we are at a good standard and level of understanding at these essential manoeuvres we can then move on to a more personalised programme
Please note the following is not included and must be arranged independently although recommendations can be provided:
May 12th to May 19th
May 19th to May 26th
|Saturday||Arrive into Oludeniz|
|Sunday - AM||10 AM - Meet for Kit Check and Initial Briefing|
|Sunday - PM||Orientation flight - To establish comfort with Radio, Life Jacket and Heading Instructions|
|Monday - Thursday||2 x Instructional Flights per day covering the following manoeuvres:
Pitch Control and Energy Management (Wingovers)
Asymmetrical / Symmetrical Deflations both unaccelerated and accelerated (speedbar)
Held in Asymmetrical / Symmetrical Deflations both unaccelerated and accelerated (speedbar)
Raid Descent Techniques such as Big Ears, Big Big Ears, B-Line Stalls and Spiral Dives
Search for Spin
|Friday AM||Pleasure Flight / Reserve day in case of bad weather|
If you have already completed an SIV Course and are interested in learning ACRO please contact me to discuss the options available. I am happy to tailor a program based on an individual pilots prior experience and ACRO interests. The ACRO courses will run on the same dates as our SIV courses, however due to the differing nature of the courses there will be separate briefings, debriefs and manuals provided.
OluDeniz is located within a bay so everything is close by but it is important to pick a hotel in the main resort, as this is an easy walk to the briefing area, landing areas and beach etc. To make things easier for you, below I have included details of the hotel the Free Flight Academy team stay at and where the briefings will be located. However there are others such as The Mozaik hotel and The Bronze Hotel for a little more luxury or Tonoz Beach Hotel or The Orange Lodge for those on a budget, which are all within walking distance.
Airport transfers – Taxis offer fixed rates to and from Dalaman airport for around £50. If a transfer is not included with your hotel booking it is still worth asking them to organise it for you as it is often cheaper is arranged in advance from Oludeniz rather than at the airport. Alternatively a good cost effective airport transfer can be arranged through www.shuttledirect.co.uk. Buses for up to 12 passengers cost around £5 each way and although it can mean a short wait for the bus to fill up before you get on your way it is much cheaper. If you select the speedy shuttle then your wait at the airprort will be no more than 45 minutes.