Recording Requirements FOR EACH TASK: You need an Official Observer and a barograph or flight recorder. An Official Observer is: –A member of the SSA, –Holds at least an SSA B Badge, and –Has a working knowledge of the FAI Sporting Code as it pertains to Gliders. Release from tow at or below the maximum altitude permitted for the task... Notch the barograph with the loss of a couple hundred feet, or mark the release from tow with a tight turn when using a flight recorder.
Silver Distance Requirements Minimum 50km (31.1 sm) distance Release altitude <= 1% distance flown + elevation of finish point
Planning Weekday chosen to fly based on wx forecast Minimum crew 4000 ft required for x-c Land-out plan Flight plan –Straight out to landing –No declaration required –HRJ Kennebec 5W5 Bagwell 9NC0 Aero tow retrieve from Raleigh East
Equipment L-33 Solo Peravia barograph w/seals 1 qt bottle water Cell phone Awards application form Charlotte sectional Garmin GPSMap 196 mounted on panel Casio E10 PDA w/Cambridge PocketNav (predecessor to GNII)
Ball Airport Airport ID: 79NC 078-16-54.979W/36-08-03.539N Elevation: 366 ft Unicom: 122.8 Glider ops: 123.3 Runway 18/36 Runway Length: 2459 Runway Width: 40 (Narrow!) Surface Type: Asphalt Notes: Runway slopes up from South to North; normal glider launches to the South (RW 18), landings to the North (RW 36)
Documentation Barogram – or – GNSS FR log file Barograph/GNSS FR calibration –1 year/2 year – or – within 1 month of flight Awards application form –Signed by OO, tow pilot, witnesses If turnpoints used: –Flight Declaration –Photos
Lessons Learned (or relearned) Minimum silver distance (50 km) impractical for straight flight Do you need 4000’ to head out? NO! Do you need cu’s to fly x-c? NO! Landing at new airfields Land out rope Photos Hydration PDA navigation/logging software Persistence (and preparation) pays off