3 -    GLIDERS

1 - Before flight.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

It is the responsibility of supervising instructors, to ensure that pilots, up to and including check 2 level must ensure that they are at least 15kg above the min cockpit weight as specified on the glider placard when flying solo.

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.

Aifield Brief

Flying Ops


Club Aircraft

Check System

Ground Ops


Fault Reporting

Radio Use

Ground Vehicles

Mutual Flying




Motor Gliding

Power Flying

Child Protection

Launch Point Ops


Go/No go


Cable on Road