Wing Runner Course required for all new members
“Glider Flight Training Manual”
by Thomas Knauff
Ground School Presentations
- Aeronautical Decision Making
- Aeronautical Information Manual by the FAA
- Crew Resource Management for Glider Pilots
- Federal Aviation Regulations for Glider Pilots
- Flight Instruments
- Radio Communication
- Risk Management
- Weather Data: METARs, TAFs, etc
- Weather Theory
- Weight & Balance
Private Pilot Tutorial 1: Introduction to Flying
Private Pilot Tutorial 2: Aircraft Structure
Private Pilot Tutorial 3: Principles of Flight
Private Pilot Tutorial 4: Aerodynamics (Part 1 of 3)
Private Pilot Tutorial 5: Flight Controls
Private Pilot Tutorial 6: Aircraft Systems (Part 1 of 2)
Private Pilot Tutorial 7: Flight Instruments (Part 1 of 3)
Private Pilot Tutorial 8: Flight Manuals and Documents
Private Pilot Tutorial 9: Weight & Balance
Private Pilot Tutorial 10: Aircraft Performance
Private Pilot Tutorial 11: Weather Theory (Part 1 of 3)
Private Pilot Tutorial 12: Aviation Weather Services (Part 1 of 3)
Private Pilot Tutorial 13: Airport Operations (Part 1 of 3)
Private Pilot Tutorial 14: Airspace
Private Pilot Tutorial 15: Navigation (Part 1 of 4)
Private Pilot Tutorial 16: Aeromedical Factors (Part 1 of 2)
Private Pilot Tutorial 17: Aeronautical Decision Making (Part 1 of 4)
What should be in your personal glider library?
Exams, Tests & Flight Reviews
FAA Knowledge Exam (“The Written”)
Before you can take your flight test for your Private Glider Certificate, you need to pass an FAA knowledge test. You should start to prepare for this as soon as you go solo.
- The test is computer-based multiple-choice derived from a large bank of questions. It is highly recommended that use online test prep as described on this page.
- The bulk of preparation is conducted as self-study. But, you will need to engage with a specific instructor to help you with any difficulties in your studies.
- The cost of the FAA Knowledge Test is at least $150 so you will want to be well prepared to avoid retaking the test in case you fail (70% required). List of FAA Knowledge Test Centers .
- You must have an instructor’s written endorsement before taking the exam.
After the Test
FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test Guide
There are many excellent online sources for preparing for the Knowledge Test listed on this page. We highly recommend that you prepare by using an online exam study program.
- This prep will tell you why the correct answer is correct and why the wrong answers are wrong. Studying using this method helps you understand the sometimes devious way that questions are posed and what the FAA is trying to get at.
- The test prep exactly duplicates the look of the actual computer based testing interface. You can take practice tests multiple times and know how well you are likely going to do on the test before arriving at the testing center. Although the official pass mark is 70%, we aim to get scores of 95% or better.
FAA Practical Test
Preparing for the FAA Practical Test will require a significant effort on your part. Your instructor will help guide and prepare you but it is your responsibility to study and ask questions. The following book is an excellent resource to help you be successful:
The FAA Practical Test Standards are a set of specific ‘guidelines and rules’ for the way the check ride is conducted. Print or buy a booklet of the PTS for your check-ride.
IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA’s airman application process.
Book: “Safer Soaring…Made Easy”Book: “Glider BFR and Spring Checkout…Made Easy”
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Online: Flight Review Prep GuideThe above link will bring you to the FAA’s online list of courses.The “Flight Review Prep Guide” course is an excellent summary of the part 91 regs as well as judgement based decisions. The content is oriented towards powered aircraft but most of it applies to glider flying. There is an exam at the end that allows you to answer the questions over and over until you get it right. Getting the correct answers is the only goal of the exam. You don’t have to pass on the first try to get credit.
Federal Aviation Regulations
The only differences between publishers is the formatting and some formats are more readable than others. Here is a link to Amazon for ASA’s version of the 2015 FAR/AIM. ASA is nice because they have bold headings for new sections which makes finding what you want easier out of all the noise of the “dense” regs.
FARs for Glider Pilots
Preventing Launching & Landing Accidents by Thomas KnauffGlider Emergency Procedures by Thomas KnauffOff Field Landings by Thomas KnauffGliding Safety by Derek PiggottSafer Soaring by Bob Wander
The FAA’s website contains a huge range of useful information, though finding your way round can be a challenge at times. Here are some direct links to commonly used documents:
FAA Glider Practical Test Standards (PTS)
FAA Glider Flying Handbook
Cumulus Soaring has perhaps, the most comprehensive range of gliding and soaring books (as well as soaring equipment).
Bob Wander’s site also has an excellent range of glider training books.
sportys.com to buy sectionalsskyvector.com to view online and/or buy sectionals