The cross country endorsement is aimed at the solo glider pilot who has or is working towards their Bronze badge.
You will be flying in our SF25 or Dimona motorglider, in which cross-country skills, field selection and landings can be learned and practised with the aid of our experienced instructors.
Classroom work will include pre- and post-flight briefings, cross-country techniques, route planning, navigation, airspace and weather.
Before you fly with us, we will email you some bedtime reading and a video of field landing techniques.
How long will it take?
- We always try to ensure that you complete the Cross Country Endorsement in one day.
How much will it cost?
- FIXED PRICE - The complete endorsement, which includes 2 hours’ flying and an hour’s ground school, will be £250 (SF25) or £270 (Dimona).
- Extras - If you require extra flight training it will be charged at £112 per hour and ground school at £20 per hour. Most students complete in the 2 hours’ flight training.
- Homework - If you have a little practice at your home club and read the documents I send you before the course then you should be able to complete within the fixed price course.
Call or email us to book your training session.
What happens on the day?
We will spend about an hour talking about the briefing material we sent you before the start of the course. We will look through NOTAMS, weather and charts, and then we will discuss field landings using an interactive whiteboard, where together we will look at fields in the local area.
Then it’s time to fly! We normally try to simulate a normal cross country flight. For the first hour or so we will be navigating cross country whilst taking thermals where possible, then towards the end of the navigation we will simulate the loss of lift and start selecting fields and making an appropriate circuit and approach. We will practise this quite a lot until you have perfected the art of field selection.
What are the BGA looking for?
Field Selection Test
- Ability to select or reject fields as to their suitability for landing
Field Landings Test
- Minimum of two successful approaches in a motorglider towards a field landing area selected by the candidate.
- The altimeter should be covered or the scale offset for this exercise.
- Approaches must be flown without any assistance or prompting from the instructor.
- Demonstrate an adequate level of judgement and skill.
Navigation Skills Test
- Demonstrate an ability to navigate
- Plan a triangular task of at least 100km
- Demonstrate the ability to read an aeronautical chart
- The field landing and navigation elements must be completed within the 12 months prior to the application (we will try to complete both in one day).