FAR'S Effective August 5, 1997

FAR Requirements for Private Pilot Glider Rating: 61.109 Aeronautical Experience. (f) For a glider category rating. (1) If the applicant for a private pilot certificate with a glider category rating has not logged at least 40 hours of flight time as a pilot in a heavier-than-air aircraft, the applicant must log at least 10 hours of flight time in a glider including 20 training flights performed on the areas of operation listed in Sec.61.107(b)(6) of this part that include: (i) 2 hours of solo flight in gliders on the areas of operation listed in Sec.61.107(b)(6) of this part, with not less than 10 launches and landings being performed; and (ii) Three training flights in a glider in preparation for the test within 60-day period preceding the practical test. (2) If the applicant has logged at least 40 hours of flight time in heavier-than-air aircraft, the applicant must log at least 3 hours of flight training in a glider including 10 training flights performed on the areas of operations listed in Sec.61.107(b)(6) of this part that include: (i) 10 solo flights in gliders on the areas of operation listed in Sec.61.107(b)(6) of this part; and (ii) Three training flights in preparation for the practical test within the 60-day waiting period preceding the test.


FAR Requirements for Commercial Pilots Glider Rating: 61.129 Aeronautical Experience. (f) For glider rating. A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a glider category rating must log at least: (1) 25 hours as a pilot in gliders and 100 flights in gliders as pilot in command which includes at least--- (i) 3 hours of flight training or 10 training flights in gliders on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(6) of this part; (ii) 2 hours of solo flight that includes not less than 10 solo flights in gliders on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(6) of this part; and (iii) Three training flights in preparation for the practical test within the 60-day period preceding the date of the test; or (2) 200 hours of flight time as a pilot in heavier-than-air aircraft, and 20 flights in gliders as pilot in command, which includes at least: (i) 3 hours of flight training or 10 training flights on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(6) of this part; (ii) Five solo flights in a glider on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(6) of this part; and (iii) Three training flights in preparation for the practical test within 60-day period preceding the date of the test.

FAR Requirements to become a Tow Pilot: 61.69 Glider towing: Experience and training requirements. (A) No person may act as pilot in command for towing a glider unless that person: (1) Holds at least a private pilots certificate with a category rating for powered aircraft; (2) Has at least 100 hours of pilot -in-command in the aircraft category, class, and type, if required, that the pilot is using to tow a glider; (3) Has a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who certifies that the person has received ground and flight training and is proficient in: (i) The techniques and procedures essential to safe towing of gliders, including airspeed limitation; (ii) Emergency procedures; (iii) Signals used and (iv) Maximum angles of bank. (4) ...has logged at least three flights as sole manipulator of the controls of an aircraft towing a glider or simulating glider-tow flight procedures while accompanied by a pilot...(qualified tow pilot-Ed) (5) ...has received a logbook endorsement from the pilot described in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, certifying that this person has accomplished at least 3 flights in an aircraft while towing a glider or simulating glider-tow flight procedures; and (6) Within the proceeding 12 months has--- (i) Made at least three actual or simulated glider tows while accompanied by a qualified pilot... (ii) Made at least three flights as pilot in command of a glider towed by an aircraft.

Additional Requirements to become a C.O.S.A Tow Pilot: (this is subject to change) In addition to the above FAA requirements the following C.O.S.A. (Insurance driven) requirements must also be met and properly logged. At least: (1) 250 total hours as pilot-in-command (PIC) in powered aircraft, and (2) 100 hours as PIC in tricycle landing gear, single engine, land airplanes, and (3) 10 hours as PIC in Cessna 150 or Cessna 152 airplanes, and (4) 15 flights as sole manipulator of the controls of an aircraft towing a glider while accompanied by a qualified C.O.S.A. tow pilot, and (5) soloed in a C.O.S.A. glider.

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