EFFECTIVE 1 Jan 2005
*Flying at new glider fields and exploring new and varied soaring conditions makes
you a better pilot, and is great fun, too. At the Soaring Society of San Antonio
the flight check out profile for visiting pilots is a three tow minimum, as follows:*
(1) High tow
|a) Area check, visual refs, ATC/Air carriers.|
| b) Area check, Pilot proficiency, box wake, stall
recovery, air speed control, steep turns, etc...
| c) Aircraft make and model requirementrea check,
Aircraft make and model requirements if needed.
|d) Check the pattern.|
(2) Pattern tow, to be certain you didn't get lucky on the first flight
(3) Rope Break, to be certain you can handle it!
*All of the above, or at least #2 and #3 at instructor discretion, will be flown without reference to the altimeter. *
| All of the above, or at least #2 and #3 at instructor discretion, will be flown without reference to the
altimeter. Expect the airspeed indicator & altimeter to be "out of service" on a flight. If you are not familiar
with TLAR, you'll learn it here. (Knauff: "Gliders, First Flight to Solo", chapter on Patterns and Landings.)
When you leave here, you most likely will be a better and safer pilot capable of flying the aircraft without
depending on any instrument in the panel (if you can't already do so).
*You will be expected to fly...*
|You will be expected to fly a pattern making 30 to 45 degree turns, and maintaining the appropriate speed
throughout, proper parallel distance from the runway on downwind, and precise spoiler and speed control
on final. Cross-country training is a must if you plan to leave the local area; or, bring your Silver/Gold
badges or other documentation as to distance experience with you.
|We believe part of the adventure of soaring is learning as much as possible about flying
sailplanes at as many different glider ports as one can manage. This is the belief of our
instructional staff, which has experience at most major sites in America and Hawaii.