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Learning to Fly Gliders: Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus

Learning to Fly Gliders: Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus

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Detailed Description

Learning to Fly Gliders

A Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus

Introduction 1
How to use this book 4
Notes to Instructors 6

Section 1: Preflight and ground handling

Glider familiarization 10
Preflight, ground handling, airport familiarization 11
Flight instruments 12
Glider assembly and disassembly 14

Section 2: The basics of free flight

Primary flight controls 16
Other flight controls 17
Scanning for traffic 18
Shallow banked turns and short straight glides 19
Medium banked turns 21
Area familiarization, staying upwind 22
Straight-ahead stalls 23
Steep banked turns 27
Slow flight 25
Stalls from coordinated turns 26
Stalls with airbrakes 27
Crabbing during cruising flight 28
Flying in lift 30
Selecting cruise airspeed 32

Section 3: Takeoff and aerotow

The takeoff checklist 36
Introduction to flying the aerotow 37
Flying the aerotow with stick and rudder 39
Shifting through the wake 40
Boxing the wake 41
Takeoff and aerotow 43
Introduction to premature aerotow release 45
Slack rope on aerotow 48
Premature release and abbreviated pattern 50
Low release and downwind landing 51
Crosswind takeoffs 53
Takeoff without a wing-runner 54

Section 4: Pattern and Landing

The landing checklist 58
Introduction to the landing pattern 60
Normal pattern and landing 61
Introduction to the forward slip 63
Forward slip in the pattern 65
Introduction to the sideslip 66
Crosswind patterns and landings 67
Accuracy landing 69
Landing over and obstacle 70

Section 5: Advanced free-flight maneuvers

Precision turns 74
Spiral dive entry and recovery 76
Incipient spin entry and recovery 78
Zigzag turns 80
Unusual attitude recovery 82


Minimum requirements for solo flight 86
Preparing for your Private Pilot Glider Practical Test 88
Earning your A, B and C Badges 90
Bronze badge requirements 91
The Soaring Society of America 92
For further reading 93
Progress record (student copy) 95
Progress record (instructor copy) 97

This glider flight-training manual provides you with a clear picture of decision-making skills and flight maneuvers you must master to become a competent soaring pilot.

Learning to fly well is a big job. As with many big jobs, the best way to accomplish it is to break it down into a series of little jobs, so that you can concentrate on one job at a time. This book does that for you. The book is organized so that each section treats a specific area of flight training. Within each section , not only is a big job divided into lots of little jobs, but the little jobs are presented in progressive order. Structuring each section in this way provides you with a step-by-step approach to building your flying skills. It also affords you the opportunity to look ahead and prepare for our next lesson before you get into the glider.

In each lesson, you learn the objective, why the objective is important for you to learn, and how your instructor will present the material to you. Most lessons also list common student errors, so that you will be forewarned against them... as well as not too discouraged if you find yourself temporarily frustrated by them. Finally, each lesson contains a descriptive completion standard, so that you can measure and record your progress,and take justifiable pride in your accomplishments.


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