References and procedures

Glider pilot transition training as well as primary flight instruction is available to NER members. Interested members should contact your Wing Glider Project Officer for more details.

Training for CFIGs, tow pilots and glider orientation pilots are spelled out in eCFR Part 61 and CAPR 70-1.

Requirements for adding a Glider Rating to your existing certificate:

  • On a private pilot certificate
    • 3 hours of flight training
    • 10 solo flights
    • Practical test (A written test is not required)
  •  On a commercial pilot certificate:
    • 3 Hours of flight training
    • 20 solo flights
    • Practical test (A written test is not required). 

Requirements for being a Tow Pilot:

  •       Minimum of 500 hours Pilot in Command (PIC)
  •       250 hours in single engine aircraft
  •       Complex and high performance endorsements
  •       Complete the online CAP Tow Pilot Course     
  •       10 practice tows with a CAP Tow Pilot Trainer
  •       Current CAPF 5 check ride in the Maule

Once qualified, tow pilots will be appointed to serve as PIC for towing gliders.  While these requirements are high, they reflect the typical tow pilot requirements for the majority of the glider clubs in the US, and will ensure safe tow operations.

Cadet Orientation Flights

Glider Orientation Flights are designed to introduce the cadets to flying, launching, and retrieving the gliders. Commanders must send senior members to supervise their cadets when they are not actively involved on the flight line. There will be no roaming around the airport unsupervised. We have made great efforts to secure agreements with the various airports where we operate; a big part of these negotiations are safety and insurance related issues. All glider operations are in accordance with the local rules set up by the airport.  

Guidelines for Glider Orientation Flights

  • The Ground Operations Officer will check each cadet's ID card, Cadet Orientation Flight Program Guide  CAPP 60-40 and ensure they are properly attired for soaring.
  • Once assembled, the Ground Operations Officer and the PIC will brief the cadets on all safety issues for flight operations.
  • The Ground Operations Officer will teach the proper signals and launch procedures for the Wing Runner Position prior to moving out onto the flight line.
  • The Ground Operations Officer will record flight times for each sortie in WIMRS, and ensure that the PIC signs off on the each cadets CAPP 52-7.  
  • Cadets will assist with securing the aircraft at the end of the flight operations for the day.
  • The PIC has the final word on any and all aspects of the flying activities. 


  •      Proper attire for warm weather soaring will include: BDU Cover, T-shirt, shorts, sneakers (no boots), sunglasses and a water bottle (no canteens). Warmer clothing will be needed during spring and fall flights. Dress accordingly. You’re encouraged to bring a camera.
  •     Provide at least one CAP Senior member for every five cadets in attendance.
  •      The CAP Senior Member in charge of the cadets will conduct some type of activity with those cadets who are not involved with the current ground operations.
  •      Cadets shall present their CAP ID card and their CAPF 52-7 to the Pilot in Command.
  •      Cadets and CAP Senior Members shall complete the Soaring Safety Foundation Wing Runners Course prior to their scheduled flights.
  •      Squadron Commanders shall ensure all necessary paperwork is accurate and completed, including a signed CAPF 161 for each participant.  If you are leaving your home state, you should also complete CAPF 60-80 permission slip.