March 2011 Issue

Glider Lessons

Adding the glider rating can teach powered pilots a lot about how to handle an engine-out emergency and squeeze into a small landing area.

A year ago and mostly for fun, I decided to obtain an add-on glider rating. For any private or commercial airplane pilot, an add-on glider usually can be accomplished in three or four days, provided the weather cooperates. You donít even need a current medical certificate or a driverís license. It also is one of the least expensive add-on ratings an airplane pilot can attain. Flying gliders is fun, but after flying single and multi-engine aircraft for almost 50 years, glider training also helped me to look at airplane flying techniques with fresh eyes. Here are some of the things I learned.

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