The Hexagon Theory – Bruce Goldsmith

In this Icaristics article Bruce Goldsmith explains the Hexagon Theory (thermal cloud forming and cloudstreets) and how to use it for flatland flying.

I first found out about the hexagon theory of cloud formation in 1992. It helped my own understanding of the sky and improved my XC flying significantly. I wrote an Icaristics about it at the time. Since then I have always had it in the back of my mind when looking at cloud formations.

Let me start by explaining the Hexagon Theory from the beginning. In the 1980s there was a group of French meteorologists who went on a trip to the Sahara to study the way that clouds form in a region with no thermal sources… click to continue

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XC Seminar at Mount Olympus with Bruce Goldsmith 23. – 30.8.14

Olympic Wings organises a XC seminar with Bruce Goldsmith from 23. to 30. August 2014 at Mount Olympus in Greece. 

Bruce Goldsmith is a famous and well-known pilot – World Cup Champion, Author of Fifty Ways to Fly Better and Paraglider Designer at BGD – Bruce Goldsmith Design.

The topics on the XC seminar are based on Bruce’s book, Fifty Ways to Fly Better:

  • Heaps of tips to help you climb fast and efficiently
  • Psychological techniques to help you perform at your best
  • In-depth guides to flying the flatlands and mountains
  • Advice to keep you safe while flying near clouds and terrain
  • Skills and tactics to help you fly bigger cross country distances
  • Straight-forward illustrations to help you maximize flying conditions
  • Simple explanations of diverse wind and thermal flow patterns and structures
  • Insights into paragliding design. What do the modern design features mean to the XC pilot

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain range in Greece with its highest peak Mytikas at 2.917 m. The south western area of the mountain has fantastic cross country and thermalling conditions. The large flatland area of Thessaly towards the south offers a big potential for open distance and triangle XC flights. The main take-off for the XC seminar is located on the western side of Mount Olympus, on top of the village Kalivia. It is called Tourtofolia and provides take-off directions towards west, south and east at a height of 1.250 m. Several paragliding and hanggliding competitions up to world cup level have been organized here already.

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