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Chasing Heinz McArthur North Carolina Soaring Association Feb 12, 2005.

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1 Chasing Heinz McArthur North Carolina Soaring Association Feb 12, 2005

2 Agenda Silver Badge requirements My Silver Distance flight –Planning –Equipment –Weather –The flight –Cross country aero tow retrieve The paperwork (forms and documentation) Ball Airport Lessons learned

3 Silver Badge Requirements

4 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.

5 Silver Distance Requirements Minimum 50km (31.1 sm) distance Release altitude <= 1% distance flown + elevation of finish point

6 Example: Harnett Cty to Raleigh East

7 Example: Harnett Cty to Ball Airport

8 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

9 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)



12 First Launch 1900 ft msl release

13 Date: 4/6/2004 Takeoff: 17:21 Landing: 19:51 Duration: 02:30 Low point: 2150ft High point: 4477ft

14 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)


16 X-C Aero Tow Techniques –Tow plane –Glider

17 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


19 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


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