Safer Soaring...Made Easy
1. Soaring, Speculation, & Aeronautical Decision-Making
The gamble, the speculation, and the Sure Thing. Decision types and soaring.
Sporting decisions versus safety decisions. Speculations, Sure Things, and the
blurred line between them. The seductive qualities of the bad speculative
decision. Factors that give rise to unsafe speculative soaring decisions. Safety
decisions = Sure Thing decisions.
2. Preparing Your Glider For Flight: The Big Three
Background. Causes of incomplete assembly. The Big Three. Written
Checklists. Positive Control Check (PCC). The Up-Thumb tool. Visual Critical
Assembly Check (CAC). The role of interruptions in assembly accidents. Lack of
familiarity with type being flown.
3. Kiting Above The Towplane During Aerotow Launch
Kiting. Causes of kiting. If kiting occurs. Preventing kiting accidents.
4. Aerotow Launch Failures, Flight Training, & Emergency Action Plans
Launch failures. Towplane problems. Flight training for partial or gradual
towplane power loss. Early detection of aerotow problems. Planning for aerotow
emergencies. Very low altitude launch failures. Intermediate altitude launch
failures. Cross-country retrieve aerotow failures.
5. The Effects of Sinking Airmass On Glider Performance & The Role Of
Sinking Airmass In Gliding Accidents
Effects of mild, moderate, and severe airmass sink rates on gliders of low,
medium, and very high performance. Sinking airmass and gliding accidents.
6. Spin Training
Why spin training is important. Why many pilots avoid spin training. Three
spin questions for every glider pilot. Spin training methods and the advantages
and disadvantages. Factors that contribute to inadvertent spins during the
landing approach. The cure for inadvertent spins.
7. Forward Slips, Side Slips, & Turning Slips
The three slips. Slips with straight flight paths: Forward slip and side
slip. Function of the forward slip. Function of the side slip. The difference
between forward slips and side slips. Curving flight path slip: The turning
slip. Function of the turning slip. Learning and practicing slips. Stalls,
spins, and slips.
8. Landing Gliders Safely: Serial Task Or Parallel Task?
Undershoot landing accidents. Overshoot landing accidents. Preventing landing
accidents. Serial Tasks. Parallel tasks. Approach and landing in a glider:
Serial task or parallel task? Teaching methods and the parallel task. Danger of
using serial task methods to solve parallel task problems. Flight training
standards: Comparing launch training in gliders with landing training in
gliders. Teaching landing emergencies. Flying the approach as a parallel task.
Concentrating on the desired outcome: A safe landing on the spot you intended to
9. The "Traffic Pattern"
The AIM traffic pattern. Tools that fail. The traffic pattern is a tool.
When the traffic pattern tool fails. History of the traffic pattern. Unique
characteristics of the glider flying an approach to landing. Recommended
training with CFIG.
10. Getting The Most From Your Recurrent Training
Pre-flight phase. Takeoff and aerotow phase. Free flight phase. Approach and
landing phase. Finishing the job. The FAA Wings program
Author: Bob Wander
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