Glider time

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Mjg2011, Jul 2, 2022.

  1. Mjg2011

    Mjg2011 Pre-Flight

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    Quick question. When flying gliders, can I log the tow time before pulling the release or is it only after? I interpret fight time as under the aircrafts own power so that is after release.
     
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    When the wheel(s) start rolling. If you’re not flying while being towed, I hope I’m never your tow pilot. That time is probably more critical than any of the rest of the flight.
     
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    Don’t interpret…read. ;)
     
  4. Lindberg

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    Where's the fun in that?

    (And also, what CFIG didn't explain this?)
     
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    I apologize…I probably should’ve waited a couple of pages.:rolleyes:
     
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    Easy thing to rectify. You and @Lindberg delete your posts. Do not reply to this one. When I see yours are gone, I'll delete this one. Hurry:ihih:
     
  7. Lindberg

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    I bet we could get a few pages regardless.
     
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    Maybe do it kinda like using a Hobbs where the clock starts when you start the engine. Lotsa folk do that. Start the clock when you're done with the pre flight and start dragging(aka taxiing) it out to get hooked up.
     
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    as already said: from when the wheels start rolling until the wheel(s) stop.

    When doing pattern-tows, you get alot of "0.1 hour" or "0.2 hour" flights. That's why glider training is also predicated on the number of launch/landings instead of (in addition to) a flight-time requirement, since you tend to get alot of very short flights when training/practicing.

    For me, learning to aero-tow was probably the hardest part of all of it.
     
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    Among the glider folks, there's a legend told of one competition event where the towplane was hooked-up and thought they were ready, and started the takeoff roll with nobody in the glider.

    ^I find such story to be unrealistic (hey, it is a "tall tale") or if it did happen they likely didn't' get very far down the runway before it was obviously a problem.... because even on a nose-hook pulling it straight: without a competent pilot at the controls the glider would quickly depart controlled flight to create a dangerous situation for the towplane (either balloon up and rise above the towplane, or dig a wing into the dirt during the takeoff roll, or nose down into the dirt).
     
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  11. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    How do you log this:
     
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