The first step
starts with flying together with an instructor until such time as the
instructor judges that you are capable of safely flying solo. The length
of this dual-instruction stage varies from one person to another. It may
take 30 to 50 flights for new student pilots, depending on how frequently
they fly, or 10 to 20 flights for licensed power pilots, depending on
their level of experience.
You must have your student
pilotís license to be able to carry out solo training in a glider. During
this period you must be under the supervision of a glider instructor and
you cannot carry a passenger.
To fly solo, you must:
∑ be 14
years of age or more
∑ successfully complete the PSTAR theory exam
with a score of 90% or better
∑ successfully pass a pre-solo flight
∑ have a student pilotís license
The holder of a valid power
pilotís license, private or commercial, has the privileges of a student
glider pilot, and is subject to the same restrictions as a student glider
pilot. To fly solo however, a power pilot is only required to pass the
pre-solo flight test.
To obtain a student pilotís permit, you must
submit the following documents in triplicate to an authorized person of
∑ Proof of citizenship and
age (copy of passport, birth or baptismal certificate)
∑ Results of the
PSTAR exam showing a result of 90% or better
∑ Medical permit, Class 4
∑ Attestation, submitted by an authorized
Step 2 Ė
The written GLIDE exam
second step towards becoming a glider pilot consists of passing the GLIDE
exam, which is set by Transport Canada. To write the exam, you must
arrange a time with Transport Canada Dorval at 514-633-3863.
To write this exam you
∑ Have followed a theoretical course of at least 15 hours.
This ground-school course is given by the club every fall
successfully carried out at least 10 solo flights representing a minimum
of one hour total solo time.
∑ The cost for the exam is $105, and the
required pass level is 60%
∑ Present a letter of recommendation from
the Chief Flying Instructor of the Club, authorizing you to write the
Ė Obtaining a glider pilotís license
Once these two first steps are complete (note
that power pilots are exempt from steps 1 and 2), the next task is to pass
a flight test to the satisfaction of a Class 1 instructor.
to obtain a glider pilotís license
∑ Be 16 years of age or
∑ Have carried out more than 6 hours of flight (3 hours for a
licensed power pilot) including 20 solo flights and 2 hours solo flying
∑ Have passed the flight test (see the procedure above).
Have passed Transport Canadaís GLIDE exam.
All thatís left is the
paperwork! To obtain your glider pilotís license you must now submit the
following documents in triplicate to the authorized MSC person:
letter showing that you have passed Transport Canadaís GLIDE exam (power
pilots are exempt from this requirement).
∑ A photocopy of all the
pages of your log book.
∑ An attestation in your log book by a Class 1
instructor of your having passed the required flight test, together with
the Clubís stamp.
∑ Certification of the hours and flights in your log
book by an instructor, together with the Clubís stamp
∑ A letter signed
by the Chief Flying Instructor attesting that you have the required skill
and competence for the license.
∑ A cheque or money order for $55
payable to the Receiver General of Canada
∑ Completed forms required to
obtain the license, which are submitted by the authorized person of your