X-Ctry brief

The following is a brief for people wanting to do a cross country endorsement from Cambridge Gliding Club.

  1. Read up about how to navigate in a glider. There's a section in Ken Stewart's "The Soaring Pilot's Manual" for example. I think there are copies in the clubhouse if you don't have it.
  2. Review what you learned in your Bronze about airspace and maps.
  3. Prepare a route - the standard GRL, RUS, RAM, GRL 100km. You'll need to mark up your map appropriately. Make sure you know what all the symbols on the map mean!
  4. Get hold of one of the electronic nav systems, make sure it's got current airspace and waypoint data and learn how to use it. With most of them you can practice on the ground. (Choices include Oudies, or your phone with LK8000 or XCSoar on it). We'll be using that for part of the flight.
  5. Find out how to download and review NOTAMs. I use SPINE (google it), which I think works well for gliding, but you could use SkyDemon or Notam Info.
  6. Watch carefully the BGA field landing videos here. They are a very good briefing on what to look out for when picking fields.

You can expect one or two flights in the Motorglider carrying out the navigation and field landing exercises. I will be responsible for the flight, and I'll fly the takeoff and landing. I'll look after the engine during the flight.

We will need reasonable weather - cloudbase of better than 2500 feet, and winds that aren't too strong. On the other hand, if it's a good soaring day we may reschedule.