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The SOSA Curriculum

Groundschool is a self-study online course available from the Soaring Association of Canada.  An alternative commercial training course is also available to supplement that training for $100.

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Stage

Exercise

Description

Flights

Total

A

1

Familiarization Flight

-Familiarization with surrounding area

1

1

A

2

Aircraft Familiarization and Preparation for Flight

-controls, instruments, cockpit checks *

0

A

3

Ground Handling *

-Take-off signals/ glider hook-up/ wing-running

0

A

4

Daily inspection and walk around*

0

B

5

Attitudes and Movements

-look-out *

-effects of controls

- Cover ASI/Altimeter in stages B, C and D

1

6-11

B

6

Aileron Drag, Straight Flight*, Gentle Turns*

-straight flying towards a point on the horizon

- coordinated 90o, 180o, and 360o gentle turns

1-3

B

7

Further Effects of Controls

-stability,

-attitude (speed control) and use of trim

1-3

B

8

Turns *

- gentle and medium turns

2-3

C1

9

Take-off *

1-2

13-27

C1

Student progress evaluation at flight 12

Pre-solo Exam is to be completed after approximately 15-20 flights

C

10

Aerotow *

- Low and High tow *

1-2

C

11

Effects of airbrakes on attitude (speed)

1-2

C

12

Approach and Landing *

- under and overshooting

2-5

C

13

Circuit Planning *

- High and Low Key Areas

2-5

D

14

Reduced G, Slow flight * and Gentle Stalls *

1-2

20-40

D

15

Spin Recovery*

1-3

D

16

Spiral Dive Recovery *

1-2

D

17

Sideslips *

2-3

D

18

Rope Breaks

2-3

D

19

FIRST SOLO

1-2

1 Pre-solo Exam is to be completed within Stage C after approximately 15-20 flights

All paperwork for student pilot permit should also be completed at this time.

E2

20

Boxing the Wake *

Emergency Procedures *

Thermalling

ongoing

40-75

E3

Solo

Practice specific pre-solo exercises as determined by instructor/student

1-2

E

21

Illusions Created By Drift (when conditions allow)

- review pre-solo exercises

- thermalling

1-2

E

Solo

Thermalling and practice specific pre-solo exercises as determined by instr/student

1-2

E

22

Thermalling

ongoing

E

Solo

Practice boxing the wake, thermalling and specific pre-solo exercises as determined by instr/student

1-2

E

23

Slipping Turns and Slips on approach

1-2

E

Solo

review pre-solo exercises and thermalling

1-2

F

24

Advanced Take-off and Landing

- crosswind *

- downwind

- abbreviateed circuit

- short field */spot landing

1-2

F

Solo

Practice advanced T/O and Landing

1-2

F

25

Steep Turns *

1-2

F

Solo

Practice steep turns and thermalling

1-2

F

26

Advanced Stalls and Spins

recognition, entry and recovery

2-3

F

Solo

Solo spins at the discretion of the instructor

1-2

F

27

Off-field Selection *

1-2

F

Solo

Practice to flight test standards

1-4

G4

28

Pre-Flight Test

2

FLIGHT TEST

2

2 Single seat checkout for Junior in stage E – after a minimum 5 solo flights and a mandatory dual check flight in the Puchacz or DG-505.

3All solo flights must be pre-authorized and supervised by an instructor

  • A maximum of 2 solo flights are allowed between dual flights until all post-solo exercises are signed to a level 5, then a maximum of 4 solo flights are allowed
  • A maximum of 7 days may elapse between dual flights
  • No Solo spiral dive practice

4 Students must have a minimum of 6 hours flight time, including a minimum of 2 solo hours and minimum 20 solo flights, and have successfully completed exercise 28 to be eligible for the Flight Test.,

* Indicates required test items for the Flight Test

 
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