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Colombia XC 3

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Colombia XC 3

Availability : Fully Booked

£800.00

Colombia gives you a great opportunity to get some equatorial XC flying while northern Europe is still in the icy grip of winter. You should go home having flown hundreds of kilometers and dozens of hours, completely current for the start of the flying season in the northern hemisphere. The course includes tuition, briefings, air-to-air training and lectures. For an additional feel, we will also manage the transport, B&B accommodation for 13 nights.

Details

Feb 15 - 26, 2019 (12 flying days!)

These have been fabulous trips the last 4 years and will be again ! I went there 20 years ago on a recce for the PWC and to teach some locals, it was stunning. The countryside, the people, the wildlife and the flying sites were all fantastic. I came back and said "we should have a comp in Roldanillo" but they thought is wasn't safe enough at that time. Politics and opinions have changed in recent years and two years ago, 2013, saw the PWC Superfinal held at Roldanillo and all pilots loved it, thanks to the great flying. 

On a typical day you will be driven up to the take off. There you'll be given a team brief/ de-brief, and lecture. Once everyone is ready we'll set a task to fly and then take off together, flying as far as possible, under radio tuition, as a team. One of us will be with the first group and the other instructors will be positioned throughout the pack, with the last one bringing up the rear. After a few days into the course we may change to position ourselves to look after the pilots who may need more instruction.

Our aim is to have everyone getting personal bests and making the most out of the conditions, so please feel free to ask loads of questions and make sure you sap us of all knowledge. To give you an idea this year we flew everyday and 40/50km was a common average. We have a great deal of information on the flight plan that we will be sending out when you book.

The launches are generally smooth but steep and grassy with a gentle up-slope breeze. As XC pilots, you should all be good enough to fly from there with no problems so there won't always be a take-off instructor there. Please remember that although you are on a course and we are giving you full instruction, where possible, you must be self-reliant and be able to make your own decisions as well. If you bomb out then it is sometimes possible get a lift back up to take-off for another go. With regard to radios, make sure they're 2-metre band. Most electrical equipment these days will take a 110 or 220 volt charge, but it's up to you to check your gear. You may need to get a 110 volt to 220v transformer.

The course will start at 10AM on February 15th and finish the evening of 26th February. After the briefing, we will go up to launch, treating it as a relaxing orientation thermalling flight to get pilots familiar with the area and their kit and blow away the cobwebs. The big Xc's will start on the second day, where we start the day at 09:30.

Additional Info

Location Different sites in the Cauca valley region of Colombia varying from Piedechinche which is close to Cali, then Roldanillo, where the PWC superfinal was held in 2014, then on to Ansermanuevo and Jerico.
Site details and weather updates

Paragliding Earth has lots of information on flying sites in Colombia including tracklogs, photos and much more.

Here are a list of co ordinates for the flying sites that we plan to visit. Use them with Google Earth to check out the terrain, you can also pre-load them into your instruments.

  • Piedechinche (Belo Horizonte) take off N 3d38'11" W 76d10'38"
  • Roldanillo (compe) take off N 4d28'35" W 76d9'12"
  • Ansermanuevo take off N4d48'50" W 76d0'22"
  • Ansermanuevo landing N 4d48'3" W 75d59'27"
Guide / Instructor Chris White, James Petts
Course Fee Details

This will be a 12 day tour of these great sites, you will sometimes be staying on farms, so that you really get a feel for the country, the culture and the people as well as the flying. The tour part of the trip will cost £775, which is good value when you look at the 12 day (13 night) schedule and what is included below. Our guiding fees will be £800 So the 12-day package price is around £1575.

Included in course fee :

  • Guiding on a ratio of about 5:1
  • Transportation to all the take offs
  • Retrieve wherever the Pilot Lands (GPS Coordinates)
  • Tickets to the take offs (In Colombia we pay most of the take offs a value between 1 and 2 Euro per day per Pilot) but you will find the best take offs of the world..

Not Included :

  • Air Tickets to Colombia
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Visa Expenses
Accommodation
Flights & Transfers

We will be flying into Pereira Airport on 14th Feb, which is about 1hr 45 min drive away from La Union. After settling in, we will use Ansermanuevo as our first flying site.

For those travelling from the UK, travelup.co.uk are offering the best deal at the moment.

The last flying day is the 26th Feb, and we will be booking flights out from Pereira on 27th Feb.

For airport transfers, we will collect pilots from Pereira airport (at a time that works for most of the group) on 14th Feb and drive down to La Union.  At the end of the trip, we will drive all pilots down to the airport in the morning of 27th Feb. In case your flight time does not match our transfer service time, or you decide to fly in and out of Cali Airport, we can organise a taxi for you at an additional cost.

Checklist

Visa’s

Check your visa’s. The Brits do not need one providing we are staying less than 3 months and have a passport valid for at less 6 months. Our Canadian and American pilots will need visas.

Vaccinations

Make sure you have the correct vaccinations for the area. Tell the doctor you will be in an urban area as opposed to the Amazon. Give yourself plenty of time to get them as having them all at once can be a pain in the arse literally ! You don’t need malaria injections/drugs as there are few mosquito’s. Obviously seek correct advice. Bring proof of your vaccinations with you as they can ask for proof at the airport.

There are certain vaccinations recommended for visitors to Colombia.

Recommended for all travellers are:

Yellow fever

Tetanus

Hepatitis A

Vaccinations sometimes recommended for high risk groups are:

Hepatitis B

Rabies

Typhoid

Cali and the Cauca valley where we will be, are in an area of Colombia where the Malaria situation is said to be "low or no risk"

For more information for UK residents, please go to www.travax.nhs.uk  

Insurance

ALL PILOTS MUST HAVE FULL "FLY YOU HOME" PARAGLIDING MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP. Airsports can insure any pilot from any country so if you need insurance call on + 44 1983 298480.

Flight Logs

Click here to look at the classic routes flown by our team from various sites in the lovely Colombian Cauca Valley

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The world renowned pilot, Jocky Sanderson, leads a squadron of experienced instructors and guides who provide coaching on courses all over the world.

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Check out the classic routes regularly flown by our team during various XC courses, from superb flying sites in France, India, Colombia, Australia & UK

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As a way of saying thank you to our clients, we are offering a loyalty discount for all pilots who have flown with us in the past. Use the coupon 'escapecourse' during checkout.

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