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          Fly Gliders At                          Located In Cherry Valley, Arkansas



General -
NOTE:   It is MSS's policy that it's members who hold a private glider rating (or higher) maintain their own currency per the Federal Air Regulations.  Members are reminded that if they have not flown for an extended time that they consider having an instructor (or another rated member who is current) ride with them as a safety pilot.

Pilot Ratings - FAA Minimum Requirements - We often get questions surrounding what it takes to get a particular rating.  Whether starting from scratch or transitioning from a power rating one can start to understand by reviewing the regulations.  The Soaring Society of America has a useful discussion and summary that can be found HERE.

Individual lessons with MSS instructors are conducted at the discretion of each instructor.  Duty 
instructors are assigned on Saturdays in the months of April through October.  The following resources will be employed in varying ways by the instructor and are here for reference for members to study and maintain 

Glider Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083 - The Handbook has a variety of information which can be useful.  It is available under the Member Resources menu> Documents>Handbook.
Aircraft Manuals 
Tow Pilots - Memphis Soaring Tow Pilots can review the following link to the Soaring Safety Foundation's tow pilot course to learn and refresh important aspects of towing:
Safety Officer Duty - Memphis Soaring requires its members who are rated as a private glider pilot and are not either an instructor or tow pilot to serve as a Safety Officer in rotation with other members.  Safety Officers are required to be rated, at a minimum, a private glider pilot.  All members should review and maintain an understanding of wing running which can be seen at the following links:
Cross Country Flying - Flying cross country is the goal of many who get into soaring.  To test ones ability get away from the field is a challenge between the pilot and the weather that is very satisfying. The following book can help get one better prepared for the experience!
Cross-Country Handbook
FAA Requirements for Glider Pilot Certificates - (Not currently active link, needs work)
On-Line Practice Tests
Kip's FAA Written Test Preparation Page
Practical Test Standards - For glider pilots
Private Pilot
Commercial Pilot
Instructor Pilot
Federal Aviation Regulations
Part 61--Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors (376 KB)
Part 91--General Operating and Flight Rules (442 KB)
Introduction to the Meteorology of Soaring Flight
The Thermal Soaring Adiabat Chart