Cross Country Gliding
Lake Keepit Soaring Club is, above all, a Cross Country Gliding site. XC flying is possible all year round although the best conditions are spring, summer and autumn. In winter, XC flights are still possible but they happen less often.
Lake Keepit is a great place to start cross country flying or to fly long distances. Lake Keepit, however, is not the traditional Australian flat-lands site. In fact, there are many hills, slopes and ranges in the area to break up the terrain – where ridge, thermal and wave lift can often be found.
Most of the country in a radius of a few hundred kilometres from Lake Keepit is farmed, so there are often local strips that can be used for out-landings, with the possibility of an aerotow retrieve. In fact, most cross-country flying is done on a mutual retrieve basis … Everyone out-lands sooner or later, so people are happy to help. Just make sure that you have the trailer and retrieve vehicle arranged before you take off.
Lake Keepit attracts all sorts of pilots from Australia and around the world each summer, all wanting to achieve some kind of goal. Often, pilots from other countries visit LKSC to improve their XC skills, from silver distance to 500km flights and beyond.
The club gliders are well maintained modern aircraft, set up for cross country soaring. The mid-week crew are there to help you achieve your goals. In the warmer months, there’s almost always a group of pilots at the club who set informal tasks to make things interesting and who are happy to show visiting pilots the way around.