30 tips for successful cross-country flying
#13: The sun is your best friend
“Tomorrow we will fly the Stoderzinken triangle. At the weekend we will go to the Grente. Someone will fly 250 km.” Or, “We’ll do the Pinzgau amble from the Schmittenhöhe!”. Which ambitious XC pilot has not heard those, or similar, statements before?
All promising triangle flights have one thing in common: exposure to the sun. In the morning head to the east or southeast, around noon to the south, in the afternoon to the southwest or west. You should consider this especially if you don‘t just want to follow the common routes, but are ready for something new. And en route it can also be smarter to wait patiently until your friend, the sun, shines on the next stretch again.