VSA Day 2, Flight 2+3+4

Flight 2

Goals:

  • Pre-flight cockpit checklist.
  • Practicing more slow and medium turns, more time on controls.

Conditions at CYHE:

  • 15ºC at ~10:30 AM briefing, partly cloudy, slightly damp field from rain last evening.

Flight record:

  • Flying: C-GVSA (Grob 103)
  • Tow: C-FAQX (Cessna L-19)
  • Instructor pilot: Dave H
  • Takeoff time: 12:39
  • Landing time: 12:58
  • Logged time for this flight: 0:19
  • Total glider flight time: 0:45

Remarks:

  • Initial primer to field operations from Omar D.
  • First exposure to the basics of towing, high tow vs low tow, demonstration of passing through prop wash between high and low tow, crabbing from low left to low right, etc.
  • Upon release at 3150 ft, focusing on classic (tow aircraft turns medium left, glider behind turns medium right) over the bowl.
  • First exposure to learning to trim to designated airspeeds; from 50 kn to 60 kn to 55 kn.
  • Pre-landing checklist, height and speed while entering circuit above airfield.
  • Approach and final over field, following Dave along with controls.

Flight 3

Goals:

  • Running a pre-takeoff checklist in VSA.
  • First practice of following tow

Conditions at CYHE:

  • Now 17ºC, partly cloudy, grass on feild drying out.

Flight record:

  • Flying: C-GVSA (Grob 103)
  • Tow: C-FAXQ to 3000 ft
  • Instructor pilot: Dave H
  • Takeoff time: 13:05
  • Landing time: 13:24
  • Logged time for this flight: 0:19
  • Total glider flight time: **1:04

Remarks:

  • Re-run of exit options during takeoff.

Flight 4

Goals:

  • Launch on Hope Mountain, ridge soaring seeking lift, practicing coordinated gentle and medium turns on ridge.

Conditions at CYHE:

  • Now 18ºC, partly cloudy, mixed sunny patches throughout the Hope valley.

Flight record:

  • Flying: C-GVSA (Grob 103)
  • Tow: C-FAXQ to 2000 ft
  • Instructor pilot:** Dave H
  • Takeoff time:
  • Landing time:
  • Logged flight time: 0:57
  • Total glider flight time: 2:01
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