The flight office is the heart of flight operations. A team of Namibia experienced pilots takes over the task of the CFO (Chief of Flight Operations).
It's Briefing Time- Let's begin the day!
Every day at 9:00 am (after breakfast) there is a briefing in the restaurant. At this time, detailed information is provided on the weather ahead and flight operations specifics. This includes the starting position, which may change daily, or the events and flown kilometers of the previous day. Wind, its influence on the expected cloud development, the beginning of thermals etc. are of course also part of it.
It is mandatory for all pilots participating in flight operations!
- Detailed weather advice
- Weather maps from Weather-Now
- PC-Met, DWD and other aviation weather services from South Africa
- Dew point determination
- Recognition and avoidance of possible incidents
- Helpful recommendations from experts
- Professional flight management with comprehensive service
- If necessary, explanation of rules for diamond and record flights
- Safety issue
- all-day posting of weather charts in paper form
Before the first glider or motor flight, which you will perform yourself as the responsible pilot, you will receive a separate briefing in which the most important points will be explained. During the briefing you will also receive a handout with the most important information and airspaces.
After that you will have to sign a declaration that you are familiar with the procedures and that your licenses, take-off types and medical are valid. The flight operations management of Bitterwasser reserves the right to check the flight logbooks and licenses of the pilots, especially the flight experience in the last 6 months.
Of course, all take-off types and extensions you need to operate the aircraft in Namibia must be registered and valid in your license. Please note that for self-launchers you must have at least 5 launches in the last 24 months in your flight log. Pilots who have never flown at Bitterwasser must complete a familiarization flight with a flight instructor or a qualified pilot appointed by the operations management. The flight is expected to be conducted safely in all situations, in accordance with applicable regulations, and with "good airmanship".