5 -   THE GLIDING CENTRE POST-SOLO TRAINING SYSTEM

CHECK LEVELS – club aircraft

· If the pilot fails to meet the standard to which they are qualified, he/she may be assessed at a lower ‘Check Level’  - for example reduced from Check 4 to Check 3.

Separate check flights are required for each type of launch:

· For winch launching, the pilot must fly a normal winch launch plus at least two satisfactory launch failures.

· For aerotow, the pilot must fly at least one satisfactory launch demonstrating satisfactory recovery from out of position, plus at least two satisfactory low aerotow rope-break simulations in the motor glider.

Post-Solo Training (Club Check levels and Procedures)

 

Solo Pilots Currency Period Notes

Pilots, subject to their currency, can fly solo at their check level, or one check level above at the Team Leaders discretion, or after satisfactory check flight on the day.

 

Currency periods are there to define a typical period of elapsed time between flights after which a check flight would normally be required. Team Leaders have the authority to make a decision on an individual basis.

 

‘Pre-Check 1’ pilots have a currency period of 2 weeks

‘Check 1’ pilots have a currency period of 3 weeks

‘Check 2’ pilots have a currency period of 4 weeks

‘Check 3’ pilots have a currency period of 6 weeks

‘Check 4’ pilots have a currency period of 12 weeks

 

Pilot ‘Check Flight Assessment’ Notes

Check level minimum launch requirements are based upon winch launching, at Team Leader discretion aero-tows can be traded on a ratio 1:2

i.e 1 aero-tow = 2 winch launches

 

At least one check flight at each check stage must be carried out with a Team Leader. The balance of flights may be carried out with any Full Category Instructor.

 

Pilots are required to pass their ‘Flight Assessments’ on all launch types that they are solo on. Their logbook and training record should be marked up accordingly.

If a pilot is:

Solo on A/T only: 2 x A/T ‘Flight Assessments’ are required.

Solo on both A/T and Winch: 1 x A/T and a minimum of 2 x Winch ‘Flight Assessments’ are required.

Solo on Winch only: A minimum of 4 x Winch ‘Flight Assessments’ are required. Where not enough height can be gained to cover all of the required flight exercises safely then 2 x Winch launches can be substituted for 1 x A/T flight with the pilot not being assessed on the A/T performance.

 

 

---------------- ‘POST SOLO CHECKS’ AIMS, REQUIREMENTS AND PRIVILEGES: ----------------

AIMS:- Demonstrate a safe level of airmanship and flying skills to a Club Assistant or Full rated instructor during the first six post solo daily check flights.

 

REQUIREMENTS:- To obtain ‘Post Solo Clearance’ status the pilot must:

Have flown solo on six separate days, each solo flight being preceded by a check flight.

 

PRIVILEGES:-  On completing the Post Solo Checks the pilot is:

Allowed up to 2 weeks of flight inactivity (currency period) before a check flight is required.

Fly solo without a check subject to the days set ‘Check Level’ and instructor approval.

Must receive a briefing from an instructor on all flying days.

 

Team Leaders have the authority to make a decision to vary requirements on an individual basis.

 

 

 

------------------------ ‘CHECK 1’ AIMS, REQUIREMENTS AND PRIVILEGES: ------------------------

 

AIMS:- Demonstrate a safe level of airmanship and flying skills to a Club Full Rated instructor. During the checking process the pilot will reach a standard that allows conversion to the Junior.

 

REQUIREMENTS:- To obtain Check 1 status the pilot must:

Have a minimum of 6 hours and 20 launches P1.

Have received ground based briefings signed off by a full rated instructor. (these briefings may be delegated to a competent pilot.)

Achieved conversion to the Junior (on authorisation of a full rated instructor only).

Have flown the required flight exercises.

Passed Basic flying skills assessments (See ‘Pilot Check Flight Assessment Notes’ on previous page).

 

PRIVILEGES:-  On obtaining Check 1 status the pilot is:

Allowed up to 3 weeks of flight inactivity (currency period) before a check flight is required.

Fly solo without a check subject to the days set ‘Check Level’ and instructor approval.

Must receive a briefing from an instructor on all flying days.

 

Team Leaders have the authority to make a decision to vary requirements on an individual basis.

 

 

 

------------------------ ‘CHECK 2’ AIMS, REQUIREMENTS AND PRIVILEGES: ------------------------

 

AIMS:- Demonstrate an advanced level of airmanship and flying skills to a Club Full Rated instructor. In addition to the airmanship and flying skill aspects there are further briefings required to give a rounded picture of how the club operates on a daily basis.

 

REQUIREMENTS:- To obtain Check 2 status the pilot must:

Have a minimum of 12 hours and 35 launches P1.

Have received ground based briefings signed off by a full rated instructor. (These briefings may be delegated to a competent pilot.)

Have flown the required flight exercises.

Passed advanced flying skills assessments (See ‘Pilot Check Flight Assessment Notes’ – see two pages back).

 

PRIVILEGES:-  On obtaining Check 2 status the pilot is:

Allowed up to 4 weeks of flight inactivity (currency period) before a check flight is required.

Fly solo without a check subject to the days set ‘Check Level’ and instructor approval.

Only require a briefing if determined necessary by the Team Leader.

May convert to the Discus with the approval of a Club Full Rated instructor.

 

Team Leaders have the authority to make a decision to vary requirements on an individual basis.

 

 

 

------------------------ ‘CHECK 3’ AIMS, REQUIREMENTS AND PRIVILEGES: ------------------------

 

AIMS:- To achieve the BGA requirements to fly Cross Country and in this process demonstrate to an appropriately qualified Club Full Rated instructor and CFI that the pilot meets these standards. Briefings and training as required may be given to help the pilot achieve these BGA qualifications.

 

REQUIREMENTS:- To obtain Check 3 status the pilot must:

Have a minimum of 25 hours and 50 launches P1.

Have gained the BGA qualifications of ‘Bronze C’ and ‘Cross Country Endorsement’.

Have received ground based briefings signed off by a full rated instructor (these briefings may be delegated to a competent pilot.)

Have flown the required flight exercises.

Passed advanced flying skills assessments (See “Pilot Check Flight Assessment Notes” – see three pages back).

 

PRIVILEGES:- On obtaining Check 3 status the pilot is:

Allowed up to 6 weeks of flight inactivity (currency period) before a check flight is required.

Fly solo without a check subject to the days set ‘Check Level’ and instructor approval.

On gaining the CFI’s approval the pilot may fly cross-country subject to the following conditions:

 

Basic Cross Country Approval (Pre Silver Distance):

 

For a Silver distance attempt, obtain prior approval from the Team Leader and receive a full brief including Notams, airspace issues, weather conditions, current state of fields for outlanding and booking out/in.  MUST be carrying a GPS moving map and be familiar in its use. The club has one in the office.

 

Advanced Cross Country Approval (Post Silver Distance):-

Having achieved a Silver distance the pilot may plan their own tasks, but they must seek prior approval from the Team Leader before attempting the task. The pilot is now fully responsible for demonstrating that they have got the relevant NOTAMS, considered the airspace issues, thought about the weather conditions, current state of fields for outlanding and booked out/in.

 

Team Leaders have the authority to make a decision to vary requirements on an individual basis.

 

 

------------------------ ‘CHECK 4’ AIMS, REQUIREMENTS AND PRIVILEGES: ------------------------

 

AIMS:- To demonstrate to an appropriately qualified Club Full Rated instructor that the pilot meets the minimum requirements for self briefing on all flying days. Demonstrate that they know how to check for relevant Notams. This will also act as an entry level requirement to acting as P1 multi-seaters, having demonstrated a high degree of airmanship and flying skills to a Club Full Rated instructor.

 

REQUIREMENTS:- To obtain Check 4 status the pilot must:

Have a minimum of 80 hours P1 and 100 hours total.

Have a minimum of 200 launches of which 100 must be P1.

Have gained the BGA qualifications of ‘Silver C’.

Have received ground based briefings signed off by a full rated instructor, these briefings may be delegated to a competent pilot.

Have flown the required flight exercises.

Passed advanced flying skills assessments (See ‘Pilot Check Flight Assessment Notes’ – see four pages back).

 

PRIVILEGES:-  On obtaining Check 4 status the pilot is:

Allowed up to 12 weeks of flight inactivity (currency period) before a check flight is required.

Fly solo without being subject to check.

To be self briefing on all flying days and fly cross country without being subject to instructor permissions.

May convert to the Duo Discus with the approval of a Club Full Rated instructor.

May act as P1 multi-seaters subject to CFI approval.

 

Team Leaders have the authority to make a decision to vary requirements on an individual basis.

 

Aifield Brief

Flying Ops

Gliders

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Check System

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Instructing

Fault Reporting

Radio Use

Ground Vehicles

Mutual Flying

Expeditions

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XCountry

Motor Gliding

Power Flying

Child Protection

Launch Point Ops

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