EFFECTIVE 1 Jan 2005

 

 *No glider shall be staged on the active runway until ready for launch*

The following should be done PRIOR to staging on the runway:

A) All pre-flight inspection (in & out) 
B) Positive control check (as needed) 
C) General airport traffic assessment
D) Wind condition (go/no go)

 

 

*Make sure that you have taken all your essential needs for the planned flight such as*

A) Water 
B) Nutrients (food for cross-country)
C) Sun Protection (hat, suntan lotion, sun glasses)
D) Map (sectional)
E) Cell phone

F) Radio (battery charged)

G) For X-Country, recovery crew assigned, and/or advise the active CFI-G
     for that day or the airfield administration your plans for the flight.

 

 

 

*Once the glider is staged, be ready for your launch, (since it will get busy as the season progresses)*

 A) Do your checklist CB-SIT-CB-E  

 B) Do not hook-up the glider to the towrope unless checklist
     done and ready to launch.  The wingman prior to hooking
     up the glider should ask you: “Checklist complete?”, and

     you should answer: “checklist complete”. Then and only
     then the wingman will hook you to the rope.

 Exceptions for this procedure might include:
   1-Instructional unassisted take-off
   2-No wingman available. (in that case, use
    caution and common sense)
 

 ***Be careful when doing your checklist that
     waging your rudder is not interpreted by
     the tow pilot as a go. One way to do so is
     to leave your canopy open and/or check
     the rudder well before the tow rope slack

     has been taken out.***

 C) Prior to thumbs up to the wingman and rudder waggle to

      signal to the tow-pilot that you are ready for launch, make

      sure that you have assessed the Emergency plan in case

      of rope break:

 
  * Wind direction and strength
  * Rope break while:
  * Rolling: release the rope and avoid tow
   plane to the right if necessary
  * 50' land straight ahead and avoid tow
   plane to the right if necessary
  * 100 to 200' if an on-airport landing is not
   possible, land in a surrounding field (make
   sure that you know where a couple of
   possible landing fields are and visit them
   on the ground)
  * 200' 180 degrees turn at 45 degrees banking
   and no less than 60 kts airspeed. Land
   downwind and watch your speed. Use
   airbrakes as needed.
  * 400' Abbreviated pattern (use radio to signal
   emergency pattern entry and landing), If
   active asphalt runway is active, use the
   grass runway.
  * Thumbs up to wingman or wag your rudder if
   unassisted take-off.

 

 

 

* Once airborne after announcing your 200' and 400' altitude*

 If needed, you may contact the tow pilot for specific intention,
  question (s) or towing request(s).  All tows are assumed HIGH
  TOWS unless you specify otherwise. (2000' and up)

 

 

 

*Learn the grass landing strip*

 Learn the grass landing strip and use it during busy weekends
  when the asphalt runway is crowded, and especially when
  you hear other powered traffic in the pattern behind you.
 Land on the main tire [this is called a flat flare] to save the
  tail tire if you are in the PW-5.
 Know the grass landing strip, drive it with a CFI if you need to.