Glider Preflight Briefing

Launching a glider is much more hands on, than launching a powered airplane. For this reason, all members that are going to participate must have completed the following:

  • Aircraft Ground Handling – Moving, launching, and positioning the glider is a very hands on activity since it can’t move on its own power.
  • Wing Runner Course – This is presented at the SoaringSafety.org website, however when you reach the final exam, click on “CAP Members” link and it will take you to eServices for the test.
  • Cadets and attending officers should read and become familiar with the following documents:

All Members (Senior and Cadet) must have their CAP ID’s with them and on their person (in your pocket, wallet, etc.)  If you are new to CAP and have not received your ID card, you can print a temporary one from e-Services, ask your Commander for help if you can’t find it.

Access through the gate at the Airport is by a code. You will receive the code in your confirmation email for your scheduled slot. These codes are changed periodically and are not to be disclosed to unauthorized persons. Airport security standards require you to keep the code confidential and do not share. Please make sure you have the code prior to driving to KJCA.

Dress code for gliders is different than for powered airplanes.

  • Closed-toed shoes, no sandals, no boots
  • Shorts/Pants any color/material
  • T-Shirt
  • CAP Identity Clothing Item – Something worn must distinguish you as CAP — we recommend wearing your squadron T-Shirt.
  • Optional, but highly recommended:
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen (Don’t just bring it… wear it!)

There are very few services at and around Jackson County Airport so bring what you need:

  • Depending on weather, ensure you have an adequate supply of water. If the day is hot, bring twice what you think you would need, the glider’s cockpits have a really nice view of the outside, but the sun can make it warm.   Stay Hydrated.
  • There are restrooms available.
  • Bring a snack and/or your lunch if you are going to be there the whole day.
  • We do have a popup tent, but please bring your sports folding chair if you don’t want to sit on the ground.

If you are not a senior member, don’t ask to drive the golf cart; sorry you can’t.

We need senior members present to help with ground operations.  Please come prepared to help.

Parents are more than welcome to watch and take pictures. However, unless they are CAP members that have completed the Aircraft Ground Handling and Wing Runner courses, they are not permitted to handle the aircraft or assist in launching the glider. Parents must obey all commands by the ground operations team.

Parking only at FBO, just as you enter the gate. No cars in any other area of the airport.

Set-up of staging area depends on the wind direction (Runway 35 or 17).

Ask questions.

Have Fun!

Be Safe!

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