Instructors and Intro Pilots

When you commence your duty as Line Chief on any particular day it is recommended that you make a list of the instructors that are available. This will give you an idea of what the capacity for training flights and introductory flights is. Whether you’ve got two instructors and ten students, or ten instructors and two students, makes a big difference in the training and intro flights that can be undertaken. Of course, these extremes are rarely realized – it’s usually somewhere in between. However, the availability of instructors can vary during the day as they arrive, depart, take breaks, or quit flying for the day.   

When an instructor is needed to fly with a student see who is available on the ground and get the instructor assigned to the student as early as possible. This gives the instructor time to talk to the student, find out what stage he is at, decide what he is going to do on the flight, and then brief the student accordingly. So when the glider is available they are ready to go flying

Introductory flying is an important part of our operations because it is our only way to show people what soaring is all about and hopefully generate new members, and it provides revenue that we will not have otherwise. As a side benefit it creates free flying opportunities for our members.

Intro pilot selection guidelines:

  1. The pilot must be qualified to fly rear seat of whatever glider is to be used.
  2. The Twin Astir is the preferred glider for giving intro flights followed by the ASK21, DG500, SGS2-32, and then the 2-33 providing suitable pilots are available and how club members are requesting the aircraft for their personal use.  Some introductory passengers may be requesting a flying lesson, in which case a 2-33 is the preferred glider.
  3. Intro flights should be shared fairly amongst those available to fly.
A source of contention in the past has been the apparent preferential treatment that introductory flights might have received at the expense of the members. There is some reason for concern in this area and it is a pressure that the Line Chief will face from time to time. We always feel the pressure to get passengers up as quickly as possible so that they haven‘t got to wait too long, get fed up, and possibly go home and never come back. At York we are fortunate that we have more two-seaters than any other club and waiting times for intro flight are normally not very long unless the day is very busy, and certainly shorter than at most other clubs. But sometimes they just have to wait – just like everybody else. So it is essential that the Line Chief get a good feel for maintaining a balance between allocating passenger and member flights to a particular glider. Passengers do not have preference over club members, but they are paying for a flight as a day member and must be given the same right to fly as a club member.