Pilot Rating: Club Pilot / APPI 2 Explore

Who is this course for?

Once you have completed your club pilot course and have some flying experience, you can sign up for this course, and learn to fly distances. If you have done our 4-Day Thermal Flying Course, and a SIV course, it will be an added advantage.

What do I learn from it

Bir Billing is one of the best flying sites in the world for learning and improving XC flying. In this clinic you will learn to understand the local conditions, and develop your flying skills based on it. Learn to soar, thermal, and fly distances – small ones in the beginning, and occasionally long ones – depending on the conditions and your flying abilities. Gain confidence of flying by working on your thermal flying and coring skills in the local conditions.


Nirvana Adventures conducts the 5-Day Intro to Cross Country Clinic in Bir Billing in the Himalayas in the month of October as this is the best time for low-experience pilots looking to fly the big mountains. Exact dates will be announced closer to the clinic. Mail us and we will keep you posted. A certificate will be provided on completion.


  • Rules of thermalling
  • Active flying in thermic air
  • Understanding clouds and how to read the sky
  • Understanding how, when, and where thermals form
  • Identifying trigger points
  • Formulating a flight plan
  • Identifying thermals in the air and knowing which way to turn
  • How to make use of a vario for thermalling
  • Thermal Mapping
  • Finding the core of the thermal
  • What to do if you fall out of a thermal
  • Landing option considerations
  • Proper briefs and debriefs

Note: This course is meant for pilots with their own equipment. Equipment rental is not included in the price.

Both me Patricia were very satisfied with the 5 day XC Course. On day two itself I had the best flying day for a year and best day out for ages! Sunith did such a great job as a group leader. He was professional and approachable and has solid knowledge that he applied with the students. Thanks to all for a great week especially Ravi and Vinod for helping Patricia.- Michael Prichard, Hong Kong