MSC members receive free training from a staff of volunteer MSC FAA Certified Flight Instructors. Flight instruction includes basic training for new pilots, transition training for a power pilot glider add-on rating, training for a commercial or CFI rating, and ongoing training including biannual flight reviews. Training for tow pilots is also provided. No medical certificate is required to fly gliders.

Scheduled training is every Saturday and Sunday during the season from 8am –noon. All students must arrive by 8am in order to prepare the aircraft for the day. This includes washing the gliders and doing a daily inspection. Anyone desiring instruction must call the MSC message by 7pm the night before. The message line phone number is published in the newsletter. The sign-up sheet in the morning will determine your flight priority so make sure you sign in when you arrive.

New pilots – In general, a student will take one season and about 20-30 flights before they will be endorsed to fly solo. While solo, they then practice for another 20+ flights to prepare for their Practical Test with the FAA which includes taking a written test and a Flight test. Once these tests are passed, you will have a Private Pilot Glider rating and will be allowed to take up passengers. To retain legal currency to act as pilot in command, you will have to take a flight review with a flight instructor at least once every 24 months.

Transition Pilots/Glider Add-on - In general, a transition pilot is taught the same material and procedures as a new student, but because of prior experience they will progress more quickly. A written test is not required.

The MSC Training Syllabus provides a list of specific training steps to be covered for achieving certification level qualification.

Related documents and links:

FAA requirements for glider ratings.
What is IACRA?
How to apply for a Plastic Student Glider License in IACRA
MSC Handbook
ASK-21 Glider Pilot Operating Handbook
SZD-3 Owl Glider Pilot Operating Handbook
SZD-51-1 Junior Glider Pilot Operating Handbook

Practical Test Standard - Private Pilot Glider
Practical Test Standard - Commercial Pilot Glider
Practical Test Standard - Flight Instructor Glider

FAA Glider Flying Handbook FAA-H-8083-13 - Printed copies are available at Stanton Airport (recommended)

Practical Test Guide and Reference Documents

14 CFR part 43 Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance, Rebuilding and Alteration<
14 CFR part 61 Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors
14 CFR part 91 General operating and Flight Rules
AC 00-6 Aviation Weather
AC 00-45 Aviation Weather Services
AC 61-21 Flight Training Handbook
AC 61-23 Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
AC 61-65 Certification: Pilots and Flight Instructors
AC 61-84 Role of Preflight Preparation
AC 90-48 Pilots' Role in Collision Avoidance
Recommended Standard Traffic Patterns and Practices for Aeronautical Operations At Airports Without Operating Control Towers
AIM Aeronautical Information Manual
AFD Airport Facility Directory

For books to read, suggested authors: Tom Knauff, Bob Wander and Derek Piggot.
Go to: Cumulus-Soaring, Paul Remde's on-line store. If you need help give him a call at 952.445.9033.
Or go to: The SSA Bookstore.

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