Lesson 3i - Navigation
Prior to solo, the student will learn local landmarks and how to judge distance from the airport and glide range in order to assure safe return for a normal pattern and landing. Prior to checkride endorsement, the student will learn how to plan a cross-country task for landing at another airport. As an optional post-solo task, the student may be introduced to basic navigation tools including glide computers and GPS-based moving map applications.
Private Pilot Candidates: (Maneuvers and procedures for private pilot in a glider) §61.107(b)(6)(viii) “Navigation”
The student must be able to explain:
The student must be able to perform:
Optional Glide Computer Task
If the student wishes to explore available glide computer and GPS-based moving map options, they are encouraged to work with an instructor to obtain and configure any simple tools on the hardware platform of their choice, independent of links to glider hardware. These may include applications such as SeeYou Navigator or XCSoar for Android hardware, and SeeYou Navigator or Lufty or iGlide for IOS hardware. Even simpler free options may include GPS applications that show current position and altitude and provide range and bearing to a target location such as the home airport. The focus should be on doing the preparation before flying to allow the tools to be used with minimum distraction inflight. Preparation would need to include configuration of data files for airspace, maps, airfields and turnpoints, and glider performance data. Inflight practice may include flying a declared simple course to turnpoints within easy glide distance of the airport.
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