Off Field Landings

When you are going cross-country if you don't find any lift you should remember that 2000 feet of height only gives you 10 minutes until you land. Off-field landing options to consider when at:

2,000 feet AGL

If landing appears probable, fly to a suitable area, preferably flat and unobstructed; remember you’ll cover far more ground if you fly downwind.

1,500 feet AGL

Pick an area with two or three potentially suitable fields: consider the surrounding terrain.

1,200 to 1,000 feet AGL

Select your field, considering the following:

  • Surface wind
  • Field length
  • Obstructions
  • Slope
  • Surface

800 feet AGL

Position the glider well upwind and well to one side of your field – visualise the length of the downwind leg at your home airfield. Use pre-selected ground reference points to maintain orientation when positioning. Be conscious of the tendency to cramp your circuit, and plan to avoid doing do.

600 feet AGL

Plan to be abeam of your touchdown point. Resist the common tendency to position the base leg too close – plan for half-brake approach.

400 feet AGL

Turn onto base leg. Last good opportunity to select an alternate field, or compensate for things like obstructions.

300 feet AGL

Wings level and on final approach.