GLIDERS

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1 - Before flight.

a. The Daily Inspection (DI) must be completed before the glider is towed to the launch point.

b. DI’s can only be completed by pilots a:) are 16 years old or over, b:) Have completed and passed the bronze theory test, c:) Have read and understood the flight manual of the glider to be DI’d and d:) are trained and checked out by an instructor.  Their training record/logbook must then be signed to show that they are able to carry out a DI unsupervised.

c. If a glider is ‘newly rigged’, an independent inspection must be performed covering at least the main pins, the tailplane attachment and the control connections.  The person performing this must be competent to do so and must not be the same person who carries out the DI.

d. Checking NOTAMS and weather before flight is the responsibility of each pilot.

e. All pilots wishing to fly must inform the Duty Instructor.  The pilot must state their Club ‘Check Level’, currency on type of launch, currency on the glider type and their intentions for the flight: whether local flying or cross-country and any special activities that are planned such as aerobatics; type conversion etc.  The Duty Instructor will ascertain the need for individual briefing or check flight and arrange if necessary.

f. Pilots that wish to use Ballast Weights are only permitted to use recommended weights as laid out in the operations manual for that aircraft. Any pilot unsure or wishing to seek clarification should speak with a Duty Instructor or the CFI. If aircraft pilot weights cannot meet minimum or maximum placard weights then flight is not permitted.

g. It is the responsibility of supervising instructors, to ensure that pilots, up to and including check two level ( and when flying a new type) must ensure that they are at least 15kg (33lbs) above the min cockpit weight as specified on the glider placard when flying solo. Only fixed approved weights may be used. NO LEAD CUSHIONS that are not secured cannot be used!!!

.h. It is the responsibility of the pilot in charge to ensure that the glider is flown in accordance with the limitations specified on the glider placard, including maximum and minimum cockpit weights.

I.   No compressible ‘soft’cushions are to be used in gliders.  Any cushions used MUST be Non-compressible and must be secured so that they cannot come loose under acceleration and foul the controls.

J.  Any occupants of a club glider must wear a parachute.

 

 

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