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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 (or another rated member who is current) ride with them as a safety pilot.

Resources - There are a number of informative documents under the Member Resources>Training menu.  It is suggested that members visit this folder and read items of interest.

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.

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 has a variety of information which can be useful.  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 shoaled review this document
ASK-21B Familiarization Worksheet

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.
L-33 Manual

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 expect to operate.  Members are encouraged to reference this document and maintain proficiency to increase the safety of their operations.

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 Officer Duty - 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.  All members should review and maintain an understanding of wing running which can be seen at the following links:
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 
Flying Further and Faster - Part 1
Flying Further and Faster - Part 2

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 - (Not currently active link, needs work)
On-Line Practice Tests

Kip's FAA Written Test Preparation Page

Practical Test Standards - For glider pilots
Private Pilot
Commercial Pilot
Instructor Pilot
Federal Aviation Regulations
Part 61--Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors (376 KB)
Part 91--General Operating and Flight Rules (442 KB)
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.   A link to it can accessed HERE
Introduction to the Meteorology of Soaring Flight
The Thermal Soaring Adiabat Chart

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.     Weight and Balance