Just a quick update, I finally got my very own logbook so that I have an ‘OFFICIAL’ version of my logbook that looks good and inspires me to become the pilot that I know and aim to be. My new logbook is a ‘POOLEYS GLIDER PILOT’S FLYING LOG BOOK’ which is a hardback as I figured that if it was a paperback I would end up wrecking it and it would probably become ‘dog-eared’.
I’m so happy, makes me feel like a ‘PROPER’ pilot.
I’ll get there some time soon hopefully,
AvDan here, back to tell you about the latest flight. Today my flight instructor and I had a pleasant flight as the weather was hot and sunny making thermalling extremely fun however there was a bit of turbulence which made today’s exercise’s difficult! When I arrived today at the gliding club, I rolled up with the intention that I would stay on the ground and focus on ‘Ground Handling Movements’ which would entail I learn about the functioning of the Gliding Club and how we operate day-to-day (when we’re open Wed/Sat/Sun). Luckily for me, there weren’t many people at the club this Sunday so we were operating at a limited capacity. By limited capacity I mean, there was about 8-10 of us. In the end we ended up finishing early as my friend was going on holiday to Canada and I was heading out to France – we both had to leave the club at 14:00pm.
An hour in to my “learning the ropes’ time stuck on the ground, our friend with his own Schleicher Ka6 managed to put a hole in the fuselage after 3 successful landings…the hole only occurred as a strap on the dolly was not fastened properly and so as a result he would go on to play it safe and not do a ‘quick fix’ then resume flying…in the end – it was GROUNDED! The hole was on the right side under the horizontal fin at the back (cant think of the proper name).
To conclude my day…my CFI shouted over and asked if I would like to go up as everyone on the flying list had either flown or had to go within 30 minutes, so I had another flying lesson – of which I expected it to be 3 x 10 minute flights but…due to the hot, great thermalling weather, 3 x 10 minute flights turned into 1 x 31 minute flight. I practiced the trim exercise again…although it was difficult this time as the weather was turbulent which was INCREDIBLY FUN but it was a pain because I was trying to master my ‘Trim’ exercise so it took me multiple attempts but I GOT IT! So, that was how we spent the 31 minutes. The best part was we didn’t have to worry about altitude so much as whenever we needed to gain more altitude we could just circle around this nearby farm which had a thermal over a nearby corn field which enabled us to easily regain 1000ft+
All in all, a great day out and a successful flight lesson with a satisfied PUT.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading,
Actual Flight Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
So AvDan here, it’s been a while so for that I apologize but I did mention at the beginning of my blog that I only wanted to post reasonably good content related to my blogs specialist field, ‘Gliding’. So to begin with, what’s happened to me recently is that: I flew 2 more gliding flights which involved stalls and recovery, I learnt about ground movement procedures and I have bought a new DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera, Nikon D3100, so hopefully I can get some good quality pictures for you all to see.
Well, to begin with, last Sunday I flew again after a long over due visit to the gliding club to procure another 3 successful lessons with no fatalities and I was able to refresh on everything that I was previously taught including abbreviations (although I couldn’t remember the easiest part which was straps) but once we got flying, everything else fell into place! For example: I remembered the correct way to lookout, the correct way to bank and I then took this all in my stride and successfully completed “Stalls & Recovery” because my instructor said “if you do it at a later stage in your training and then find you cannot recover from a stall then all that training will have been wasted due to your fear of having and recovering from a stall” – so fair play to him it makes sense to do ‘Stalls & Recovery” early on rather then using all my money to get through every other barrier of training except that one which would (if I had failed the exercise) that I wouldn’t get to have my gliding license…but thankfully I took all the theory and practical in and applied the knowledge while flying and I managed to get it right first time! So proud!
Secondly on the cards, whilst I was at the gliding club last Sunday I learnt about a few of the ground movement procedures which I need to know before I can have my gliding license; such as the correct way of saying things after connecting the link between someone else’s glider and the launch winch when someone else is being launched. At our gliding club communication is vitally essential as our launch point is just over a slight hill in the field which means that the launch winch can’t actually see us until we’re about 300ft in the air by which time the launch might’ve needed to of been aborted due to the launch winch being to slow. This means that it is vital for me to master the corect terms when signalling to the guy in the control tower who then relays the information to the launch winch, after all…gliding is a team sport.
As I finally finished the long, eventful day up at the club I had completed my logbook which now stands at 57 minutes of actual flying time.
I say again I’m sorry for the late post but I’m trying to focus on keeping current with good content. Also, as you are reading this my next flight should be this Sunday so stay tuned, there should be another post shortly!
Hope you all enjoyed reading,
Well, what can I say, 2 weeks of waiting for my next flight has finally paid off! Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to go flying again with many thanks to the British weather being reasonably good and even the sun was out so the weather forecast was correct although the winds were higher than anticipated but all in all a really good…productive day flying.
This post marks my 5th gliding flight and a total of 32 minutes flight time accumulated. This time round my training flights were about: learning the use of trim, different types of trim and then going and applying what I’ve learnt in flight! The reason for my ability of already learning to trim the glider is that my CFI’s are pushing my training forward as they found that my ability to pilot the glider on straight and level and banking the glider was “perfect” (not to sound too cocky + I think my flying ability was ‘perfect because I had spent that previous year playing FSX flight sim on the computer) so now I’m pretty much being ‘fast tracked’ through the BGA Syllabus and then I can just get the required amount of flight time needed for my Gliding License and then…hey presto!
So, yesterday I was introduced to the trim for the first time and I learnt that it’s a ‘poor mans autopilot, and not a very good one at that’. The reason for this saying is that you can position the stick at a certain point to relieve tension on the stick when flying e.g. Pitched slightly nosed down to keep a certain speed and attitude without any input from the pilot. The trick is if you can trim the glider to the place where you think is right and then put your hands on your head and the glider stays in the same place…you know you’ve trimmed it out well.
To finish, my new CFI yesterday was impressed that I could remember to lookout before banking and the correct way to do that and to have a ‘perfect’ ability to fly and transition the glider smoothly without any input from him. My CFI simply told me where I needed to position the glider and then I flew it there…simple as that because my flight instructor and I found that the co-ordination between my hands and feet is really good so when it comes to banking and flying straight and level I can transition smoothly so that there is no dramatic banking or anything of the sort.
Finally, I learned that there are 2 types of trim for gliders “aerodynamic” and “spring” trim. I also learned that in all gliders you sit in the cockpit layout might be different but the controls have all the same colour coding. To finish I also was taught the pre-flight checks abbreviations – both the official one and the unofficial one (CBSIFTCBE and ABCD which I will put in my “FTT” section because my post is getting to long. For my last flight my flight instructor also taught me a ground rush technique which is rather then looking closer to the glider and the area you’re going to flare in, it’s best to look at the end of the runway so that when you come to flaring and it seems slower and you’re nearer to the ground which you then know when to flare…so that you don’t flare to early! Very important.
Today marks the day when I have been most frustrated with my flight training. I knew that getting a gliding license wasn’t going to be easy and I was prepared for early morning starts and waiting around freezing cold airfields for 6 minutes worth of flight but this just takes the biscuit…
As in life, everybody has to study at some point, wether its for a driving test or to pass a really important exam so unfortunately I have been snowed under with course work for my Photography exam and therefore I’m grounded unless I can turn 2 hours of work into about 5 minutes, and sadly my gliding club only operates on Wednesdays till 1900 so even if I could finish 2 hours of work…by the time it would take me to get there, the gliders would already be back in the hangar and everybody else would be sat in the club room filling out their logbooks and paying for their flights.
The rest of the day today was rainy and cloudy however it is starting to brighten up. I think I’ll try again on the weekend. The thing that’s still keeping me calm at the moment while I’m still stuck…stranded on the ground is the dream of one day finishing my gliding license and then looking to pursue a Glider-PPL(A) conversion or type rating so that I can fly something with power behind it and actually be able to fly with a better range e.g. London to Paris although undoubtedly the landing fees for anywhere near Paris will probably be fenominole…but one day Dan, one day…
This blog is just about an amateur teen who likes the idea of flying, of any sort, determined to one day prove to people that I could eventually be a commercial pilot. I love to fly and I have a very strong interest in ‘Transport’ in general, for example “I like trains” as do most other people on YouTube but mainly my interest is in aviation whether that would be gliders, fixed-wing or rotary and also ranging into microlights, hot air balloons etc. I have such a keen interest in aviation that I became compelled to get myself back up into the air and flying again (when I was younger I lived abroad, so naturally there was a lot of travelling on airplanes e.g. 747’s); so I became a member of a ballooning team who, in 2011 were part of a WORLD RECORD at
Chambley-Bussieres Air Base, France.
As of the 28th April 2013, desperate to get things moving on the way to becoming a private pilot first, I joined my local gliding club (Dartmoor Gliding Society) which is most friendly and everybody gave me a warm welcome which I am most grateful for…it’s a bit nerving when you walk into a club and you don’t know anyone. Luckily for me, I had picked that day because the meteorological weather conditions were meant to deteriorate which of course, this being the UK they did but not till about 8pm about an hour after gliding ceased. This meant that the gliding club on a Sunday was quite quiet because most people looked at the met and thought “nah”. This worked in my favour because the fact that most members weren’t there meant that I was a bit more confident in myself and also I managed to squeeze in 3 flights, 1 trial/see if you like gliding flight followed by 2 ‘PROPER’ training flights where by in which I handled all the controls (apart from takeoff and landing) while listening to my instructor who was naturally…very knowledgeable. At the end of the day I had successfully completed two training flights without any fatalities and I felt confident enough to jump straight back in the glider and go up again, but sadly there wasn’t enough time in the day!
Also, before I forget to mention, by the end of the day I had finally got use to the loud BANG when you detach the tow cable and the ‘ground rush effect’ had started to wear off.
1 – 6 minutes – Trial/See if you like gliding flight
1 – 6 minutes – ‘Proper’ training flight, I was tought the correct way to bank while applying the right amount of rudder and also the correct way to look back and check that there aren’t any other aircraft in your way before you bank
1 – 7 minutes – ‘Proper’ training flight where I practiced the same exercise
Hope you all enjoyed reading,
Link for ‘DGS News Sunday 28th April 2013‘
The article I was featured in when I joint the club which is on te Dartmoor Gliding Society’s blog