Wave Flying Essentials
Mostly in the winter when the wind is blowing from the north-west and the wind strength is increasing with height, it is a good bet that the wave is on. Explore the resources here to get information on weather conditions that produce the wave and wave flying tips and host of other related articles.
Prior preparation is essential; this is not for a casual experience or muddling through. Wave soaring involves flying in an inherently hazardous, low oxygen, low temperature environment, often in demanding meteorological conditions. There are serious safety implications with respect to preparing the glider, equipment, navigation, radio and airspace - plus the pilot. Safety comes first, always, so pilots need to be aware of the risks and possible consequences, their emergency actions, and prepare accordingly. Visiting pilots should note that dual flights with qualified instructors may be required prior to wave flying in their own aircraft.
REGULATORY DOC (Mandatory reading incl. Essential Briefs)
INTRODUCTION, REGISTRATION, etc
Bunyan Wave Soaring 'Rules'
Rule 1: You have to be there.
Rule 2: You have to take a launch.
Rule 3: It's only fun when it is done safely.
Rule 4: Prior Preparation Prevents (P*$$) Poor Performance (Perhaps!)
Rule 5: Notch it or botch it!
Rule 6: If in doubt, head upwind first.
Rule 7: New batteries always. Cold used batteries die fast, when needed most.
Rule 8: Keep warm - more layers beats weight and bulk. Cockpits get crowded when dressed for cold.
Rule 9: Altimeters usually unwind in sink much, much faster than they wind up in lift.
Rule 10: Every wave flight is a cross-country flight, no matter the glide angle home. The day you forget that, you will outland.