I’ve always enjoyed the experience of flying whenever I managed to do any, but I came quite late to the sport of gliding. At the time, I was looking for a challenge in my life and wanted to learn new skills. I thought that learning to fly a glider would fit the bill and give me something to get my teeth into. It certainly did!
I knew that learning to fly; learning to control an aircraft and safely launch and land up to solo standard, would exercise my mind. What I didn’t realise at the time, was how much else I would need to know in order to become a reasonably competent glider pilot and over the years after joining the club, I have had a wonderful time delving into a huge range of new knowledge and skills. I found the whole experience both challenging and wonderfully fulfilling.
I list below some of the areas that you will immerse yourself in on your journey to flying competence:
Meteorology (BIG topic! – I promise, you’ll never look at the sky the same way again!)
Principles of Flight and Aerodynamics
Air Law and Airspace regulations
Radio Telephony and communications
Understanding flight instruments and avionic flight computers
Airmanship - (the art of safe and considerate flying)
Air Navigation and understanding aviation maps
Human factors that affect flight
Field landing considerations
The use and care of parachutes and oxygen equipment
How to carry out pre-flight checks
Flight logging and recording
Safe ground handling of aircraft
Rigging and de-rigging gliders
Assisting launch operations
Tractor Driving, cable laying and aircraft retrieves
… and lots more!
All in all, it makes up an engrossing and fascinating course of study and I promise you, there’s something there for everyone!