Flight Training

In order to provide the best possible training we have standardized:
  • the training program
  • the material used for training and instructing
  • flight training and progress records
  • a "Cross Check", where a student is requirerment to fly at least twice with another instructor during the training period
  • a liability release form which includes the instructor as well as Utah Soaring Association
Glider Training Manuals: Initial Students

We have adopted the Holtz Flight Training material as the standard for training new members who do not currently have a pilot certficate. The Holtz flight training material includes:

  • Glider Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. It contains all of the information that a student must learn to meet the FAA requirements and to pass the FAA written test.
  • Flight Training Manual for Gliders.
    Each chapter addresses a separate stage of flight, such as takeoff, landing.
Both items are available online at gliderbooks.com.

Glider Training Manuals: Transition Students

For training new members who currently are certificated airplane pilots, the primary material will be:

  • Transition to Gliders, by Tom Knauff
    It contains the pertinent information a previously trained power pilot will need to learn to fly gliders.
This book is available at: Knauff and Grove Soaring Supplies.

FAA Glider Flying Handbook

Another valuable source of information about flying gliders is the handbook distributed by the FAA.

  • FAA Glider Flying Handbook
    This handbook is one of the several source reference materials for the FAA written and practical (flight and oral) test.
You can download a free copy of this handbook here: FAA Glider Flying Handbook.

Flight Training and Progress Records

To keep track of training progress we are using this Flight Training Progress Record document. Notes, Comments and Cross Checks are documented as well.
Other useful training records:

Cross Check

During the training period a student must fly at least twice with an instructor other than the primary instructor.

Release Form

Every student must sign the Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement form.

Airport Orientation and Airspace Documents