How to Pilot a Glider or Sailplane : Obtaining a Student Glider Pilot License

How to Pilot a Glider or Sailplane : Obtaining a Student Glider Pilot License


Hi! My name is Gene; I’m glider flight instructor
on behalf of Expert Village. With the students, you start to learn to fly. First you have
to learn how to control the airplane then you have to go where you want to go, and then
you practice take offs, landings, and maneuvers so that when I get out of the airplane, I’m
confident that the student can handle it, goes where he wants to and make a safe take
off and landing. Our key is safety. We don’t care how long it takes or how many tries.
We want to be safe when we solo the student. Typically, a student is going to solo at about
20 flights. Typically, they’re going to get their pilot’s license in about 40 flights
in a glide. That grading will be a private pilot glider rating. So there are private
pilot gliders. If later on they want to go and add single engine land, that’s another
rating on the same pilot’s license. They need more instruction and more sign offs to get
that rating.

4 Comments on “How to Pilot a Glider or Sailplane : Obtaining a Student Glider Pilot License”

  1. Nice video. Is the plane L-13 Blanik? I did my license on that type in the Czech Republic. But my license expired many years ago. 🙁

  2. I learned to fly in a Bocean– Such beautiful aircraft!– At one time it held the highest flight record (38,000ft if I recall)

  3. do you have to have the single engine pilots license for the gliders that have fold away motors to get them in the sky?

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