SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THE PRACTICAL GLIDER EXAM
What are the privileges and limitations of a private (commercial) glider rating?
What are the currency requirements to carry passengers?
What rating is required to fly motorgliders?
What class of medical is required to fly gliders?
What logbook entries are required?
When would you need a weak link on the towrope?
How much does a knot in the towrope reduce the strength of the rope?
What does AROW stand for?
How often must a commercial operator’s gliders be inspected?
Define pressure and temperature lapse rates.
How do you calculate the thermal index?
Which of the three types of clouds is a lenticular cloud?
Is there good soaring on the day of a strong cold front passage in Florida?
Explain how the central Florida convergence sets up.
Draw a mountain wave profile.
What are the ridge soaring turning and traffic rules?
Describe the magnetic compass turning errors.
How does a mechanical variometer work?
What does a total energy probe do?
What is the netto indication when sinking at a rate equal to the glider’s polar?
What are the three types of oxygen regulators?
When is oxygen use required?
How often does a parachute need to be repacked?
Draw the force vectors of a glider in flight.
At what flap setting does the flap produce more drag than lift?
Why are winglets common on high performance gliders?
How does the glide ratio change when using water ballast?
Why is a cg aft of the manufacturer’s limit dangerous?
Why on earth would you want to add ballast to the tail of a high performance glider?
How will hot humid air affect the performance of the glider?
When would you use a zero speed ring setting?
What rule of thumb can you use to cover maximum distance with a headwind?
Does the headwind rule of thumb work for tailwinds?
Contrast the differences in tow forces between a nose hook and a cg hook.
Which aeromedical factor is important to keep in mind in Florida?
What is the legal altitude for flight over Disneyworld in a glider?
What are the visibility and cloud clearance requirements over Seminole-Lake at 1,000’, 3000’, and 11,000’?
Can you fly into a Class D airport without a radio or transponder in a glider?
What is the length of the longest runway at Leesburg?
Is it common to file a flight plan with Flight Service when flying cross-country in a no-engine glider?
Describe how to disassemble the glider you fly.
What type of pattern would you fly into a cow pasture?
After landing in the pasture, would you coast to the nearest driveway for a convenient retrieve?
Graph a cross-country profile for a roundtrip flight from Minden to Air Sailing with a NW 15kt wind.
Describe the three types of slips.
What is a positive control check and when is one needed?
Explain how to use the controls to perform a slipping turn and a skidding turn.
What are the two methods to skid during a turn (hint: one method when entering a turn and the other when exiting a turn).