…So you want to go Cross-Country? John H. Campbell Mile High Gliding, Inc. Winter Haven, FL & Boulder, CO X/C Motivations Of course you do … it’s high prestige Base skill at all SSA contests Required task for all FAI badges Element of most SSA and FAI records
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John H. Campbell
Mile High Gliding, Inc.
Winter Haven, FL & Boulder, CO
Of course you do… it’s high prestige
Besides… it’s pleasurable & fulfilling
But… it’s not for everyone
And… it takes extra training
What is a glider Cross-Country?
What is it NOT !?
FAA glider training standards
PVT Certificate or CFI X/C Endorsement
PTS V, VI, VIII, X. FAR 61.105
Sim. Off-field ldgs., Thermalling, Speed-to-fly, Navigation, Airspace, X/C techniques
PTS V, VI, VIII, X. FAR 61.107. ditto
Actual X/C Experience
-- none – dual or solo!
(but we like it that way… GLIDER pilots
do not all HAVE to be X/C SOARERS)
Off-field Landings (the chances are 50%!...)
I’MAIR (Resignation, No-DO, Late-DO). WSSSSW, “7S”, SCOWL. Altimeter? Should I do it like at home? Is that mowed hay?...
I’m too busy staying up. The viewing height keeps changing. The Cu’s are never on course. Ded reckoning is dead.
No point heading out on a 300k until you can do 30mph on a 100k. Try a “tiny triangle”! Twice! Shift gears. Zig Zag to speed up.
Head in the Cockpit (GPS!)
We finally have electronic NAVaids, too. How to use them safest?
Sign up for one now, do instead of read!
CD-ROM or WWW download
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Nothing builds judgment like experience,
even virtual (and it’s 100% safe!)
Inspired by existing
BGA & FFVV programs
“halfway” from C to Silver C
MASTER X/C INSTRUCTOR
Certificate, pin & patch. Qualification for 2 years.
Renewal by training 2 students
Eligible for SSA dues reimbursement
Introduction; course plan and objectives
Cross-Country philosophy, an overview
Soaring Weather – Finding & using the information
Thermal Soaring: locating, centering, leaving
Thermal Structures, Cloud Reading
Speed To Fly theory: best glide
Speed To Fly theory: best speed
Speed To Fly theory: selecting & beating MacCready
past Senior National Coach,
British Gliding Association
Maker of World Champions!
Total Energy, Netto
Averagers, Speed Directors, NAV devices
Climb Optimization: go/no-go, sampling
Course Optimization: random-field, streets
Convergences, Sea Breezes, Ridge, Wave
Height Optimization: go/no-go, height bands
Navigation: Pilotage, GPS
Glide Estimation: next lift, final glide: thumb, JSW, NAV
for copies of this Syllabus
posted for download
Controlled Airspace & FARs
SSA, FAA, Badge Systems
To fly our equipment “Cross-Country”, we require
[ Accompaniment by a staff Cross-Country authorized CFI-G (Master X/C SSAI), or ]
Dale Pizzo, 3 Diamonds
Course Week Feb. 18-25 nearly full. Feb. 11-18 and March available