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WE NEED FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS AND TOW-PLANE PILOTS:This glider only cost $21 per hour to fly.
This video is about flying gliders and sailplanes including cross country flying at Texas Soaring Association (TSA) located in Midlothian Texas which is one hour drive south of Dallas Texas.
The PW-5 was designed for, and won a competition held by the International Gliding Commission for a simple, low cost sailplane that would form the basis for a new competition class, the IGC World Class. Unlike other soaring competition classes, the World Class designation would guarantee that all pilots participated on an equal footing, and that pilots could not gain advantage by spending large amounts of money.
• Crew: One
• Length: 6.22 m (20 ft 5 in)
• Wingspan: 13.44 m (44 ft 1 in)
• Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
• Wing area: 10.2 m2 (109.8 ft2)
• Aspect ratio: 17.71
• Empty weight: 190 kg (419 lb)
• Gross weight: 300 kg (661 lb)
• Maximum speed: 220 km/h (140 mph)
• Maximum glide ratio: 32
• Rate of sink: 0.65 m/s (128 ft/min)
The Texas Soaring Association (TSA) is a non-profit corporation devoted to motorless flight. Established in 1947, the club is located 15 minutes south of Midlothian, Texas, which is itself at the southern edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The club is maintained and operated by the voluntary efforts of its more than 200 members. The club operates from its own airfield and owns six single and four two-place sailplanes, plus four Pawnee towplanes. TSA operates year round on most flyable Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The club also operates on an unscheduled basis on other weekdays when the flying weather is really good!
Why learn to fly gliders?
The Wright brothers knew that the way to get into aviation was through gliders. Their experiments in design and practical application in flying gliders helped them to understand the complexities of powered flight. If you are new to aviation, learning to fly gliders provides basic skills valuable to any aviation pursuit.
If you are an experienced pilot, you could join the rank of glider pilots such as Steve Fossett, Neil Armstrong, Chesley Sullenberger and many other renowned aviators. Flying sailplanes may re-introduce you to the joy of basic flight which doesn’t require noisy, gas guzzling engines or complicated technology to fly.
Why join TSA?
One of the oldest and largest glider clubs in America, Texas Soaring Association has been in continuous operation since 1947. We are a private club and a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation under Texas law. The concept is that all members contribute whatever they can to help the club run efficiently in order to keep the costs down. Volunteers do everything from clubhouse maintenance, hangar help (inexperienced welcome) and hooking up gliders to acting as tow pilots or instructors. No one profits from the club or gets any compensation other than the fun of hanging out around airplanes and people who love them. This is a place for families to come and spend the day.
For the beginning pilot.
After joining the club and completing the orientation process, you will be assigned an instructor. However, you may fly with any instructor who is available. Your first goal will be to solo, which permits you to fly by yourself with an instructor supervising from the ground.
This is a fun activity, but not to be taken lightly. All aircraft and pilots are regulated, licensed and inspected under Federal Aviation Regulations.
The course of instruction requires study of regulations and other written materials. Plan on about $50 for purchase of books (available at the club) to help you along. The first emphasis at TSA is safety. This is the commitment we expect from all members. In order to learn, you must keep some continuity in your training. Students who show up once a month to take a lesson will not progress at an acceptable rate and will almost certainly become frustrated and drop out. Although weather and other factors can get in the way, if you can’t plan on being at TSA twice a month when learning, you may be wasting your time. Many members will come out to the club even when the weather is unflyable. We hang around airplanes, keep things working and tell tall tales.
Once soloed, you will work towards the Private Pilot Certificate. This releases you from several legal constraints on what and where you can fly and will give you the authority to take up passengers.