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Old May 7th 08, 05:40 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default Close call -- glider ops

On May 5, 4:21*pm, "Vaughn Simon"
"Brian" wrote in message

... with the exception
of Take-off and landing there is little a student pilot can do that I
don't have a lot of time to react to.

* *Then you have not had to teach glider aero launch/tow.

* *With new primary students, the glider tends to flop around at the end of the
tow rope like a freshly hooked fish. *A new CFIG must learn very quickly how to
react instantaneously. * You may take over the controls, save the situation, and
then transfer control back to your student two or three times in the space of a
single minute!


I considered Aerotow as part of take-off and laniding

With the Blaniks and 2-33 that I usually teach in it usualy isn't much
of an issue. Pretty much as long as the student keeps me where I can
see the tow plane I can usually talk them back into position. But then
again once we hit 500 feet there isn't much the student can do that
can't be delt with in a reasonable amount of time. Don't get me wrong
I don't mean I can be sleeping in the back seat. It may require a
timely pull of the release or a push on the stick to maintian airspeed
but these are usually pretty easy to see coming, at least from the
instructors point of view.

Now the landing and take-off thing is a different story, the Student
can suddenly stand on the brakes of a tailwheel airplane, I think this
is why tailwheel trainers should have fairly weak brakes. The
student can push full right rudder when left is required to straighten
the aircraft. The student can push forward on the stick for the
roundout instead on pulling back. These all require immediate action
on the part of the instructor.