Exclusive SIV Course for FlySpain Pilots
It has been almost 10 years since I did an SIV with FlySpain so I am pleased to announce that in May 2024 I will be back with an SIV exclusively for Flyspain pilots. We have come a long way from our first SIV courses over Bornos lake (as fun as those were) and I can't wait to get started.
What is SIV?
SIV is an acronym for the French phrase ‘Simulation d’incident en vol’ or in English 'In-flight incident simulation. The idea of an SIV course is to give a pilot the opportunity to experience potential in flight situations that can and do occur whilst paragliding, in order to learn how to manage these situations safely. This can be anything from simple deflations, 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.
Our course developed over the past 12 years, is designed to progressively build skills at a pilots own pace in order to cover all the essential basics of safety in flight.
Why do an SIV?
Glider technology has advanced significantly over the last few years and modern wings definitely ‘look after you’ in a way that they perhaps did not in the past. However this inbuilt safety should not be a reason to let your skills become rusty or to rush progression through the glider range. The leading cause of accidents is still poor piloting.
An SIV can remove the fear of the unknown by giving you the opportunity to experience a range of in-flight scenarios in a controlled environment. It can also help you gain a ‘feel’ for your wing and to understand where the line between too little and too much input lies. As paraglider pilots we invest upwards of £4000 in our kit and this course is designed not to scare you off flying but to show you how little you need to do, to safely fly your glider at 100%.
This course is suitable 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 with their XC or into Acro and more dynamic flying. The course can be tailored to each individual pilot so you can cover manoeuvres you feel are most relevant to your type of flying. However, this does not mean you can pick and choose the entire course. There are certain non-negotiable manoeuvres that 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 for these essential manoeuvres we can then move on to a more personalised programme, best suited to your preferred type of flying whatever that may be.
The cost of this course is £1,150 per person Group size is capped at 10 pilots
- Pre-trip consultation to identify personal objectives
- Transport to launch on SIV manoeuvres days
- A safety boat in the water at all times
- Wet bags for radio’s
- Life jackets
- Full expert tuition
- Pre and post flight briefings
- Optional daily debrief using HD video footage
- video footage of your weeks manoeuvres (you need to bring a 16GB+ memory stick or hardrive)
What's Not Included
- Airport transfers
- Forestry tax up to launch of around 210TL per trip up (roughyly 6 GBP)
What to bring
- Glider in fully serviceable condition
- Harness with adequate back protection. We fly over water but take off and touch down over land
- Suitable reserve parachute system that has been checked and repacked within the last 12 months.
- At least one 2M Radio able to receive and transmit from 142.100 up to 146.400, although we recommend each pilot brings a second spare radio if possible.
Please also take a look at our terms and conditions.
- May 4th - May 11th
Arrive into Oludeniz
9AM - Meet for Kit Check and Initial Briefing at Maguc Tulip Hotel
|Monday - Thursday||
2 x Instructional Flights per day covering the following manoeuvres:
Pitch Control and Energy Management
Asymmentrical and Symmetrical Deflations both unaccelarated and accelerated (speedbar)
Held in Asymmentrical and Symmetrical Deflations both unaccelarated and accelerated (speedbar)
Rapid Descent Techniques such as Big Ears, B-Line Stall and Spiral Dives
Search for Spin
In the morning Pleasure Flight / Reserve Day in case of bad weather
Example ACRO Programme
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.
Hotel Recommendations and airport transfers
- 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, I have included details below of the hotel the Free Flight Academy team stay at and where the briefings will be located. However, there are many other options so if you are looking for something with a little more luxury or you have a tight budget you will be able to find something suitable.
The Magic Tulip
- The Magic Tulip is a friendly family run hotel in a comparatively quiet location just off the main Oludeniz strip. Information can be found at www.magictulip.com. As this is where the free Flight Academy team stay we have special rates with the hotel. To book or obtain a quote please email the hotel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Lee SIV to access the preferential rate: Room rates for May 2024 Single room with breakfast - £ 30 per room per night Twin room with breakfast - £ 33 per room per night Please note there are two Magic Tulip hotels so when booking please be aware it is the Magic Tulip and not the Magic Tulip Beach hotel where we will be staying (although the other hotel is just a 3 minute walk away, owned by the same family and also lovely).
- 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 considerably cheaper if arranged in advance from Oludeniz rather than at the airport.
Additional hints and tips regarding accommodation:
Some package holidays offer very good deals including flights and half board accommodation so it is well worth searching on line or popping into your local travel agent for details of offers.
OluDeniz is a very popular destination for Pilots and tourists so it is worth booking your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
If you choose to book a hotel not mentioned above it is important to make sure your hotel is an easy walk to the sea front and to the OluDeniz main street; as we have known pilots who have ended up in different resorts that require transport in and out. If you have any doubt please don't hesitate to contact us as we will be happy to let you know if the options you are looking at are suitable.