Pilot Rating: Club Pilot / APPI 2 Explore

Is this course for me?

This is an initiation into the art of Thermalling. A logical next step for Club pilots looking to gain more skills and progress towards an APPI 3 license. If you are thirsting to fly higher and longer our Thermalling Clinic will call out to you.!

What do I learn from it?

Learn the fine art of thermal flying and expand your piloting skills, your ability to stay up in the air when the dynamic lift is not working thereby taking your flying to the next logical level and preparing you to fly confidently, efficiently, and comfortably in different sites.


Nirvana Adventures conducts this 4-day thermalling course at Kamshet in January at the Tower Hill site as this is the best time for thermic conditions. Specific dates will be announced closer to the clinic. Mail us and we will keep you posted.


  • 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

If the conditions are right and if you do well, you may even be able to leave the ridge, attempt a small XC flight and land closer to Native Place.


Once you have the basics of thermal flying you will want to keep honing this skill. Practice your Thermalling skills at every opportunity you get and plan to hop onto our thermalling Course in the Himalayas to take your thermalling to the next level.

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

Nirvana Adventures puts your safety first: We are conservative when it comes to training you on bunny slopes, tandem flights or High mountain sites. We do this only when the conditions are ideal. Safety is our main concern and we rely on good weather conditions for training you. Kamshet is fortunate enough to have the best climate with light and moderate winds for most of the year round, so fly-able days are plentiful.

"I have been flying with Nirvana Adventures for several years during which they attentively nurtured my skills and knowledge. I have invested in my own wing now and the four day thermalling clinic came up just at the time when I was ready for more. It was the right mix of theory and practical classes under the watchful eyes of the most experienced trainers. We could understand all the nuances and challenges of the complexities of thermal flying and cross-country flights, which we put into practice. My first thermal soaring and long-distance flight is etched into my memory and I replay it often. My eyes always look skyward that my heart longs to revisit soon… I am looking forward to their next clinic!!"- Group Captain CN Satish Indian Air Force / Club Pilot , Kerala, India