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          Fly Gliders At                          Located In Cherry Valley, Arkansas




General -
NOTE:   It is MSS's policy that it's members who hold a private glider rating (or higher) maintain their own currency per the Federal Air Regulations.  Members are reminded that if they have not flown for an extended time that they consider having an instructor ride with them as a safety pilot.

Resources - There are a number of informative documents under the Member Resources>Documents>Training menu.  It is suggested that members visit this folder and read items of interest.  They are also referenced and linked below.  Additionally, there is a site that has a huge collection or resources with hyperlinks.  Check it out:  The Soaring Page

AED -The club has an AED in the clubhouse (Located below the radio on the south wall) and this video is about using one: AED Video  

Pilot Ratings - FAA Minimum Requirements - We often get questions surrounding what it takes to get a particular rating.  Whether starting from scratch or transitioning from a power rating one can start to understand by reviewing the regulations.  The Soaring Society of America has a useful discussion and summary that can be found HERE.

Lessons from MSS Instructors - Individual lessons with MSS instructors are conducted at the discretion of each instructor.  Duty 
instructors are assigned on Saturdays in the months of April through October.  The following resources will be employed in varying ways by the instructor and are here for reference for members to study and maintain 

Glider Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083 - The Handbook is the primary reference concerning glider flying.  It is available under the Member Resources menu> Documents>Handbook.  Or, access it HERE
Manuals-Aircraft and Avionics

ASK-21B Manual
ASK-21B Pilot Briefing Document - Members wishing a checkout in the K-21 should review this document
ASK-21B Fam-Worksheet - Must be completed before checkout

LXNAV S-100 Manual (Flight computer and vario in the ASK-21B, L-33 and PW-5)
LXNAV S-100 Overview Video by Paul Remde of Cumulus Soaring.  38 minutes long, $9.95 rental, scroll to item 21.
Item #16 is for the Nano4, which we have, as well as item #17 for the S-3, installed in the 1-26.   Great production and information.
LXNAV S-100 PP MSS Member Wes Minear put together a Power Point presentation for the 2021 Safety Meeting.  Select the link to download it and use your PP program to view.
S-100 YouTube Series on the S-100 by Dave Springfield

L-33 Manual L-33 Fam-Worksheet Must be completed before checkout
NOTE: If you are needing to claim a flight for a badge, etc., the S-100 calibration sheet is in the Avionics folder under Member Resources>Documents

L-23 Manual
L-23 Blanik Fam-Worksheet Must be completed before checkout

1-26 Manual
1-26 Fam-Worksheet Must be completed before checkout

PW-5 Manual
PW-5 Fam-Worksheet Must be completed before checkout
NOTE: If you are needing to claim a flight for a badge, etc., the S-100 calibration sheet is in the Avionics folder under Member Resources>Documents

Variometer Total Energy Compensation - The metal "pole" on the glider's tail is called a TE probe.   What is it and how does it assist the variometer?   An article by Tom Knauff and Dave Nadler explains it.   You can read it HERE.

Skew-T Charts - We can assess the probability and strength of thermals using a variety of sources and apps.   One source is the Skew-T chart and the following link has a tutorial on how to use such a chart.

Tow Rope Requirements - The FAR's as well as the glider's AOM lay out the rope strength requirements.  For an overview of the way one determines the rope/weak link requirements see HERE.

Flying the pattern at Lawrence Field - An overview of a properly flown pattern is laid out in the document MSS Pattern Notes and is the standard by which members undergoing training are expected to operate.  Members are encouraged to reference this document and maintain proficiency to increase the safety of their operations.  NOTE:  The diagram shows LH pattern.   Gliders fly RH and power, LH at our field.

Runway 25 Layout - Runway 25 is the runway that is most often used due to prevailing winds being from the south and west most of the time.  There are markers consisting of flush-mounted tiles and traffic cones that provide a layout to keep things organized, especially when it is busy.   See the RWY 25 LAYOUT document for full details.

Tow Pilots - Memphis Soaring Tow Pilots can review the following link to the Soaring Safety Foundation's tow pilot course to learn and refresh important aspects of towing:
Safety/Line Officer Duty - (See the Operations manual for a full description of these duties) 

Memphis Soaring requires its members who are rated as a private glider pilot, and are not either an instructor or tow pilot, to serve as a Safety Officer in rotation with other members.  Safety Officers are required to be rated, at a minimum, a private glider pilot.  

Duty Officers are members not performing the role of Tow Pilot, Instructor Pilot or Safety Officer.   They serve in rotation with other members who meet this criteria.

A general description of these roles can be seen in the Policy Manual and some specific tasks for the jobs HERE

All members should review and maintain an understanding of wing running which can be seen at the following links:
Wing Runner Course

Soaring Safety Foundation - The Soaring Safety Foundation has a web site that has an abundance of resources for those who fly in the soaring community.  Excellent place to visit if you are a glider pilot, tow pilot or glider instructor.

Bronze Badge Study Resources - On the Foundation website there is a great distance learning resource to prepare for the Bronze Badge Test.   On that page are about 20 hyperlinks to take you to many other information sites.   Well worth the visit so check it out!
Cross Country Flying - Flying cross country is the goal of many who get into soaring.  To test ones ability get away from the field is a challenge between the pilot and the weather that is very satisfying. The following resources can help one understand more:

Cross-Country Handbook
Intro to XC Soaring - Gertsen
Off Airport Landings - Gersten
Thoughts on Bailing Out (With a Parachute)
Flying Further and Faster - Part 1
Flying Further and Faster - Part 2
Just a Little Faster, Please
The Importance of Properly Setting the MacCready Value
MacCready Theory & Uncertain Lift

When doing Badge Flying one must have a flight recorder that has been calibrated in the last 5 years.   The calibration record for each of the club's unit is under the Documents page.  Please note that before you attempt a flight you must declare it and have an Official Observer.   Ask Mark Olinger for clarity if you are not sure.

FAA Requirements for Glider Pilot Certificates - Go here to learn just what is required to secure a rating.
On-Line Practice Tests

Kip's FAA Written Test Preparation Page
Practical Test Standards For glider pilots  - After one solos they prepare to take what is referred to as the Practical Test.  It is an oral and a flight test administered by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).  These documents, relevant to the rating sought, is what the DPE follows to test the applicant.   A thorough review will make the experience less of a mystery.
Private Pilot
Commercial Pilot
Instructor Pilot
Federal Aviation Regulations and other FAA references -
Part 61--Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors (376 KB)
Part 91--General Operating and Flight Rules (442 KB)
Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement - If (when) you take the FAA written, the test makes reference to various graphics, pictures, etc.   This document is where they come from.
Learning Statement Reference Guide - After taking a written, you will receive a listing of the areas you did not answer correctly and will require remedial ground schooling in.   This document is what your instructor will use to know what areas need working on.
There are a variety of publications on weather available to us.   The FAA published one that is comprehensive and is available under an Advisory Circular publication.   The title of it in book form is Aviation Weather.   Access it here:  Advisory_Circular/AC_00-6B
Weather Services - Formally named AC 00-45H CHG 2, this AC (Advisory Circular) explains U. S. aviation weather products and services.  It provides details when necessary for interpretation and to aid usage.  This publication supplements its companion manual, AC 00-6, Aviation Weather, which documents weather theory and its application to aviation.

Introduction to the Meteorology of Soaring Flight
The Thermal Soaring Adiabat Chart
Skew T Chart Article - Most of us have heard of the Skew T chart and here is an article on how to read one.

Weight and Balance - MSS member Wayne Gelfand created the following Power Point presentation on weight and balance.  Click on the following to have a file download of the presentation.   Use your PP Program to view.    Weight and Balance

Aging Pilots Discussion - Soaring is largely made up of older pilots...certainly aging pilots!  Key Dismukes was the chief human factors research scientist at NASA for many years.   In 2019 he presented at a meeting of a group named Lighthawk on the issues of piloting and aging.   The following link is for the PP file:  Aging Pilots Power Point

Solo Students - MSS members flying solo, whether transition or new to flying, must have an instructor on the field that approves the flight.   Here is a presentation for us for further information:
Soloing and our insurance policy