2018 FLYING TOURS
This year we are doing things a little differently! For the 2018 season, we have not scheduled any firm flying tour dates, but that does not necessarily mean that we are not running any flying tours.
As we have seen a significant increase in demand for our SIV and XC courses, we have scheduled a number of courses and clinics for the first half of the season (mid Jan to mid Feb).
We have left the diary completely open for the second half of the season (mid Feb to end of March) so that we can allocate time for flying tours if there is sufficient demand for it, but if there is insufficient demand, we will continue to run SIV and XC/thermalling courses.
We will organise our Thailand flying tours on a bespoke basis for groups of 5 pilots or more. Please see below for details about our flying tour and when is the best time to come to Thailand for XC. If you are a group of pilots looking to experience flying in paradise during our 2018 season, please get in touch with us and let us know more about your group and when you would like to come out to Thailand.
2018 FLYING TOUR DATES
Teague and manu flying at 'Khao Daeng'
*Note. Text colour indicates places are available (GREEN), limited availability (ORANGE) and fully booked (RED).
We have learned that the best way to ensure everyone flies as much as possible and gets exactly what they want out of their time in Thailand, is to remain flexible throughout the tour, but in particular with respect to our daily flying destinations. We generally decide the night before where we will fly the next day. This way we are taking pilots to the best possible flying site based on the most current weather data in conjunction with each pilot's desires and goals as they evolve throughout the tour.
We start fairly early most mornings to take advantage of the morning convergence lift which often forms right over the beach soon after 9am. This is the tropics! Daily travel times are variable depending on where we decide to fly on the day, but our premier flying sites are all within a 20 minute drive from the tour base.
During the tour we may utilise any combination of one of our 2 foot launch sites or 5 tow launch sites, all of which are great starting points for reliable user friendly XC - and most offer great soaring potential too.
Both Dolphin Bay & Paradise Bay offer pilots the unique opportunity to release from tow and potentially do anything they like, from long XC flights (100km +), to local out and returns above picturesque coastal mountains. Paradise Bay is a class soaring (& XC) site, with a 1km headland and a 35 storey condo to soar, and above which the morning convergence works like clockwork. A little to the south, Dolphin Bay offers a cirque of 500m mountains dropping down into the ocean. It's spectacular to fly here.
There are too many ridge soaring locations to list, and of course there are the ubiquitous SIV & Acro training runs available at any time from all of our tow locations.
Our latest site discovery in 2015, 'Khao Daeng' is a perfect spot to build confidence, with reliable thermo-dynamic winds that offer the perfect bridge between soaring and thermic flight - suitable especially for pilots that want to increase their airtime and build confidence.
In addition to our local tow and foot launch sites, there is an excellent flying site further to the south in the province of 'Chumphon'. We take a scenic drive down to this beautiful region, staying for two nights in a beach hotel in a beautiful tropical bay. We include a half day snorkelling trip to the remote and spectacular islands off Thung Wualem beach and plenty of thermic / dynamic flying at the spectacular local site 'Khao Pang'. If you want to scuba dive, you can do that here as a bolt-on to your trip.