Pilot Requirements

Our pilot safaris are for not just for skygods - pilots with an ability to thermal confidently and at least a little cross country experience will find the tours perfect and good for improving their skills. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there may be some walking to be done while carrying kit (although you shouldn't have to walk too far uphill if you don't want to - you can usually hire a porter or donkey).

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All pilots need to bring their own flying kit, which must include the usual safety equipment, i.e. a helmet and a recently repacked reserve. For communications you'll need a 2-metre radio, preferably with a decent headset so you can talk easily while flying, and a mobile phone. Make sure the latter is unblocked (they’re available in Bir) so that we can sort you out with a local simcard. A gps is useful but not essential. For peace of mind, an epirb, delorme or SPOT transmitter is a good idea. We may have a spare - let us know in advance if you're interested. The HSS team used to fly with two satphones but satphones are now illegal in India. We are hoping to negotiate an exemption. Please contact us for the latest information.

All pilots must have comprehensive medical insurance with cover for repatriation.

It can get pretty cold while flying high over the back, so bring plenty of warm clothes and a pair of good gloves. Temperatures generally are similar to Spring Alpine conditions.

Lightweight gear is favourable but certainly not essential. If you want advice on kit we can help.

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Above all, you need to have a sense of adventure and a willingness to enjoy whatever India throws at you!