Okay, I've neglected this flying site for far too long, so it's time to get back on the ball.

I've been toying with the idea of working on my Commercial Glider rating for a while now. Last Thursday I began the process. I hadn't intended to, but the soaring forecast took a turn for the worse. So instead of flying the Duo Discus with Brett, I suggested that we start working on my commercial stuff.

I flew the Grob 103 from the rear seat since I've been doing that a lot lately anyway. We worked on several things:

  • Steep turns on tow
  • Turns around a point
  • Descent on tow
  • Slips to landing (no spoilers)
  • Boxing the wake

I had fun working on the slips and the tow stuff. Descending on tow was really interesting. It took a close eye on the tow plane and minor spoiler adjustments to keep the rope tight. That's really a warm up act for ultimately landing on tow. We'll try that sometime in the not too distant future I suspect.

My plan is to continue the lessons and practice every Thursday before work (9-11am) until I'm ready. That's partly how I did my original training two years ago.

It's either that or a BFR. But to me a BFR just says "I can still fly and remember some of the stuff I learned getting my private" while getting a new rating say "I'm still learning new things and trying to challenge myself."

Posted by jzawodn at September 08, 2004 10:15 PM

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