Quiz: Glider Flying Techniques

Glider flying is a great way to get into aviation at a young age, hone your powered flight skills or simply a way to enjoy the thrill of soaring through the skies. Answer these ten questions and test your sailplane knowledge.

1. While a glider is in soaring flight, the lift vector has double duty to act as lift and:
1. While a glider is in soaring flight, the lift vector has double duty to act as lift and:
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2. In order to operate as pilot in command of a glider, you must hold what category of medical certificate?
2. In order to operate as pilot in command of a glider, you must hold what category of medical certificate?
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3. Instead of flying a traditional rectangular pattern suggested in the AIM, glider pilots are encouraged to use the:
3. Instead of flying a traditional rectangular pattern suggested in the AIM, glider pilots are encouraged to use the:
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4. Over banking tendencies in gliders are primarily the responsibility of:
4. Over banking tendencies in gliders are primarily the responsibility of:
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5. How old must you be in order to be eligible to obtain a Private glider certificate?
5. How old must you be in order to be eligible to obtain a Private glider certificate?
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6. The most prominent indicator of vertical speed found in gliders is the:
6. The most prominent indicator of vertical speed found in gliders is the:
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7. When the tow plane rocks its wings, it indicates to the glider pilot to:
7. When the tow plane rocks its wings, it indicates to the glider pilot to:
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8. Lift created by wind that is forced up the side of a hill or mountain is called:
8. Lift created by wind that is forced up the side of a hill or mountain is called:
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9. Multiple gliders working inside the same thermal should always turn:
9. Multiple gliders working inside the same thermal should always turn:
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10. The speed to use while maximizing a thermal's lift potential is:
10. The speed to use while maximizing a thermal's lift potential is:
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Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris first became an Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot's license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating. While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and content for Sporty's Pilot Shop.