Pilot Level & Suitability
These XC trips are suitable for XC pilots of all levels but you must be realistic on distance and airtime goals, based on your current skill level.
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 you must be self-reliant and be able to make your own decisions.
If you bomb out then it is sometimes possible get a lift back up to Ansermanuevo launch take-off for another “free flight” in your own time, because the guides could be occupied taking the main group on the planned XC route of the day. Roldanillo is usually a one-flight day, as the pacific wind stops launching around noon.
We do not guide pilots into landings, this you do yourself. Making sure that you always have an easy landing option throughout your flight. It is important that all pilots are self reliant and are capable of choosing their out-landing options. Colombia is great for low saves, but make sure you always have a safe landing option and you give yourself space for changing wind direction as thermals can release giving 180 wind changes low down.
Please be aware of your own physical and mental limits throughout the tour and on each flight. We aim to do a lot of flying and this can be tiring, especially in heat that you may not be used to, so please be realistic and fly within your comfort and skill levels, landing early if you feel tired, or selecting more relaxing flatland flights, if you feel you have had too much of the mountain conditions.