ABC BRONZE TRAINING PROGRAM
The SSA ABC Training Program was developed at the prompting of Society members to
have a standard of training available. It is designed to provide a basic approach
to flying for the student glider pilot as well as to give the accomplished power
pilots the necessary points unique to soaring so that the transition may be made
This program is administered by designated SSA Instructors who must have 50 hours
of glider time with 100 flights and hold a current CFI-Glider.
The SSA Instructor is responsible for ascertaining that the training requirements
have been met. The appropriate pins and blue cards are awarded to the students who
achieve the level indicated by A, B, C, and Bronze, each designated to develop skills
and experience necessary for future safe flight and FAI Badge attempts.
A Badge Requirements
Applicant Demonstrates Knowledge of:
Sailplane Handling Procedures
Sailplane Pre-flight Check
Airport Rules and Federal Aviation Regulations
Tow Equipment, Signals, and Procedures
Hook-up of Towline
- Pilot Responsibilities
Valid FAA Pilot Certificate
- Pilot Logbook or Suitable Permanent Record
Applicant Has Completed the Following Minimum Flight Training Program:
Cockpit Check Procedure
Effects of Controls - Ground and Flight
Takeoff Procedures - Normal and Crosswind
Flight During Tow
Straight Gliding Flight
Circuit Procedures and Landing Patterns
Landing Procedures - Normal, Downwind, and Crosswind
Moderate and Steep Turns Up to 720 Degrees in Both Directions
Stall Recognition and Recovery
Conditions of Spin Entry and Recovery
Effective Use of Spoilers/Flaps/Slips
Oral Examination on Federal Aviation Regulations
- Solo Flight
B Badge Requirements
- Soaring ability by a solo flight of at least 30 minutes duration after release from
a 2,000-foot tow (add 1 1/2 minutes per 100 foot tow altitude above 2,000 feet).
C Badge Requirements
Pre Cross-country Phase
Applicant Has Completed the Following Flight Training:
Dual Soaring Practice, including instruction in techniques for soaring thermals,
ridge soaring, and wave (simulated flight and/or ground instruction may be used
when suitable conditions do not exist).
- Has Knowledge of:
Sailplane Assembly, Disassembly, and Retrieves
- Hazards of Cross-country Flying
Demonstrates Soaring Ability by Solo Flight of at Least 60 Minutes Duration After
Release From 2,000 Foot Tow (add 1 1/2 minutes per 100 foot of tow above 2,000 feet).
- While Accompanied by an SSA Instructor, Demonstrate the Following:
Make a Simulated Off-field Landing From the Approach Without Reference to the Altimeter
- Perform an Accuracy Landing From the Approach, Touching Down and Coming to a Complete
Stop Within an Area No Greater Than 500 Feet in Length.
Bronze Badge Requirements
Complete the ABC Training Program with the C Badge Awarded.
Log at Least 15 Solo Hours in Gliders. This Time Must Include 30 Solo Flights with
at Least 10 Flights Flown in a Single-Place Glider if Possible.
- Log at Least 2 Flights, Each
Having Duration of Two Hours or More.
Perform at Least 3 Solo Spot Landings in a Glider Witnessed by an SSAI. The Accuracy
and Distance Parameters Established Should be Based on Glider Performance Data,
Current Winds, Runway Surface, and Density Altitude. As a Guideline, a Maximum Distance
of 400 Feet Would be Acceptable for a Schweizer 2-33 Glider.
Log Dual Time in Gliders with an Instructor during which at Least 2 Accuracy Landings
are Made without Reference to the Altimeter to Simulate Off-field Landings.
- Pass a Closed Book Written Examination Covering Cross-country Techniques and Knowledge.
The Minimum Passing Score is 80%. This Examination is Administered Only by an SSAI.