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Ground Launching Speed Flying Sportss: Intermediate training

Intermediate training

REQUIRED TASK FOR INTERMEDIATE RATING

1. Attends and completes the “intermediate” ground school.

2. Pilot has logged a minimum of 90 flights from level 1 or 2 launch points (see launch point chart).

3. Must have logged a minimum of 10 flying days.

4. Demonstrates unassisted layout and preflight of canopy and harness with ability to connect with cleared lines and risers before inflation.

5. Must give reliable analysis of general conditions of the site and flight plan including flight path, areas to avoid in relation to wind flow, and obstacles to stay clear of.

6. Demonstrates 5 consecutive unassisted forward inflations with visual check of canopy each time.

7. Demonstrates 5 consecutive unassisted reverse inflations with control.

8. Demonstrates controlled kiting in both the forward and reverse positions for a minimum of two minutes each.

9. Demonstrates 5 consecutive successful, aggressive, confident no wind inflations and launches with  smooth transitions from running to flying. Flights with slow, unstable inflations/launches will not be considered adequate for witnessed tasks.

10. Demonstrates 5 consecutive successful, aggressive, confident inflations/launches in winds not to exceed 12 mph. Flights with unstable inflations/launches will not be considered adequate for witness tasks.

11. Demonstrates smooth flight with deliberate, controlled turns not to exceed 90 degrees with control of Pendulum action.

12. Demonstrates smooth flight along a planned flight path with smooth, controlled turns not to exceed 90  degrees with heading control and ending in a safe, standup landing into the wind.

13. Explains the right of way traffic rules.

14. Demonstrates the ability to judge and allow for proper clearance from ridge and other pilots.

15. Demonstrates how to brief and instruct a ground crew and explain when an assisted launch is necessary.

16. Demonstrates 5 high wind inflations/launches with control, in winds not to exceed 15 mph. Flights with unstable inflations/launches will not be considered adequate for witnessed tasks.

17. Demonstrates 10 landings within 50 feet of target, standup and into the wind.

18. Must pass “Intermediate” written Exam.

Recommended Operating Limitations for Intermediate Pilots

1. Slope angle not to exceed 50 degrees.

2. Fly in winds not to exceed 15 mph.

3. Avoid steep turns close to the ground.

4. Turns are not to exceed 90 degrees.

5. Avoid stall or near stall control positions.

6. Fly sites for appropriate skill level. Launch points not to exceed level 2.

7. Fly recommended canopy suitable for skill level.

8. Fly under direct supervision of GL certified instructor.


LAUNCH POINT LEVELS

Level 1- 500ft or less with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 2- 500-1,000ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 3- 1,000-1,500ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 4- 1,500-2,000ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 5- 2,000-2,500ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 6- 2,500-3,000ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 7- 3,000-3,500ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 8- 3,500-4,000ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 9- 4,000-4,500ft with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

Level 10- 4,500-5,000ft greater with a slope angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.

*If slope angle is greater than 45 degrees the level increases by one.


WIND CHART

Calm winds-less than 7 mph

Moderate winds- 7-12 mph

High winds- greater than 12 mph

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