The Best Time to Fly

If you are keen to fly high and experience the power of strong thermal updrafts, then summer is the best time to glide. However it can be very hot and sometimes uncomfortable on and or near the ground in summer. The aircraft are fitted with air vents to provide a cooler airflow through the cockpit and a sliding clear vision panel on the side of the canopy is also fitted with an air scoop if you feel that you need a cooler stream of air. That said, as you climb higher both you and the aircraft progressively cools and the flying is more pleasant. On the really hot days. The nature of thermals is such that the air both within and surrounding them can get turbulent. Most pilots and or trainees get used to this and actively seek out such areas to see if they can get higher and or stay aloft longer. It’s all part of the gliding experience. If you tend to get a tad unsettled in these conditions, then flights early in the morning and or late in the evening can provide you with a more gentle yet no less exhilarating experience. The advantages of flying in summer notwithstanding, winter flying in Western Australia can be very pleasant indeed, and even with a modest amount of ground surface heating from the sun, good thermals to quite reasonable heights can be found.