NUTMEG SOARING ASSOCIATION
Revision February 2000
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The purpose of these Operating Rules is to provide for the safe, efficient use of club equipment, and for the consideration of the rights of all club members.
1. GENERAL OPERATING RULES
A. All flights must be made in accordance with FAR and local flying rules.
B. Only members whose assessments are paid are eligible to use club aircraft, as set forth in the By‑Laws.
C. Associate Members may receive instructional flights only if no Full Members or Family Members are on the waiting list to fly club aircraft.
D. Associate Members may not fly solo in club gliders or be towed by Nutmeg tow planes as pilot in command of privately owned gliders.
E. The pilot is responsible for club equipment from the time it is removed from its tie down until it is returned to the tie down and secured, or until it is turned over to another qualified club member.
F. The pilot is responsible for making a proper preflight inspection and, if a cross‑country flight is planned, for providing a qualified ground crew.
G. Aerobatic flight in club equipment is prohibited, except for:
1. Spins (in aircraft so approved) performed with an instructor.
2. Steep banks while thermalling.
H. A club instructor or club officer has the authority to suspend a pilot from flying activities for violation of FAR's, these Operating Rules, local flying regulations, or for any activity which could endanger the life of the pilot or others, the property of others, or the aircraft.
I. A student pilot may not fly solo unless a club instructor is on the field or the pilot has permission from a club instructor for flying on a specific day.
J. No pilot may fly club aircraft if on a given day that the pilot has consumed alcoholic beverages or has taken any drug, including antihistamines, which may affect his ability to fly.
2. ORDER OF OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
A. The order of responsibility for decisions concerning flying during club operations shall be:
1. The instructor on duty.
2. Any other club instructor present at the flight line.
3. The tow pilot.
4. Club officers.
5. The duty pilot for the day or the field manager.
B. The tow pilot is responsible at all times for the safe operation of Nutmeg tow planes.
3. GROUND OPERATING RULES
A. A duty pilot shall be appointed for each scheduled flying day.
B. When not feasible to schedule a duty pilot, an instructor, if present, shall designate and supervise a member to serve as duty pilot.
C. The duty pilots responsibilities:
1. See that all ground equipment is ready for use, is properly used during the day, and secured in the evening.
2. Keep an Operations Log Sheet for the day's flying activities with actual take‑off and landing times, and elapsed times. These should be recorded to the nearest 5 minutes. The duty pilot will collect and record the tow fees and send them to the club treasurer.
3. See that member participation in towing operations (i.e. glider hookup and launch) conforms with standard signals and is conducted in a safe manner.
4. Arrange for prompt retrieval and parking of aircraft after landing by seeing that:
a. The next pilot signed up to fly a glider which has just landed assists in returning it to the takeoff area.
b. After a trainer lands, the next pilot to fly must assist in returning the trainer to the takeoff area as a courtesy to the instructor, who can then devote attention to a review of the last student's flight and necessary logbook entries.
D. During the duty pilot’s necessary absence from the field, the field manager will assume the duty pilot function..
E. If a duty pilot cannot serve on a designated day, it will be his responsibility to find a qualified replacement.
F. Use of Operations Log Sheet and Sign‑up Sheet
1. Elapsed flight time will be logged from start of takeoff roll until end of landing roll to the nearest five minutes.
2. A member must be present on the field to sign up for a flight.
3. If a member cannot be found when his turn comes up, the name will be placed at the bottom of the list unless the member is away from the field on club business.
4. A member may sign up for only one flight at a time.
5. If a Full Member who is not qualified to carry passengers brings a guest to the field for a demonstration flight, he may sign up for a flight and it may be flown by another member who is qualified. This prerogative does not apply to Family or Associate Members.
6. A Full Member and one Family Member from that member's family‑group may sign up at the same time for a flight in club gliders.
G. The tow pilot should mail the day's tow plane log sheets directly to the club treasurer.
H. It is expected that any club member will, when asked, assist the duty pilot in the performance of his duties.
4. FLIGHT OPERATING RULES
A. Local Flight Rules
1. Flight duration, single‑place gliders.
a. Flights in single‑place gliders normally will be limited to one hour when there are other members waiting to fly, otherwise they will be subject to recall by radio.
b. Near the end of one hour of flight, the pilot should monitor the radio for a possible recall message.
c. Exceptions to the one‑hour limit on single‑place gliders may be made for one such glider to be used for badge flight, record flight, or flight to meet the two‑hour duration requirement to qualify for cross‑country flight. The pilot must announce his intention before takeoff
d. A pilot wishing to make a cross‑country or duration flight in a club aircraft shall declare his intentions as early as possible on the day of the flight. Such flight should be declared only if weather and other conditions indicate a reasonably high probability for the successful completion of the announced task.
e. Further exemptions may be made at soaring meets or encampments by agreement among those concerned, including the instructor, duty pilot, and other pilots.
2. Flight‑duration, two‑place glider.
a. The duration of training flights normally is 45 minutes, but can be altered by the instructor, taking into account needs of the student and the waiting list.
b. All flights in two‑place gliders will be planned as local flights, except that one glider may be used for cross‑country training flights.
c. Two pilots may sign up for a single flight of two hours under the following conditions:
(1) Both pilots must be Full Members.
(2) Both pilots must be qualified in the type of glider to be flown.
(3) The time flown must be accomplished in one flight only.
d. Exceptions to a and b above may be made at encampments by agreement among the instructor, the duty pilot, and the pilots concerned.
3. Minimum altitude for local flights is 1000 feet AGL. Below that altitude the pilot’s full attention must be directed toward the pattern and landing.
B. Cross‑country rules.
1. To quality for cross‑country flying in club equipment, a pilot must have logbook entries by club instructors indicating that he has:
a. Had at least one glider flight within the previous thirty days.
b. Had at least fifteen flights in the type of glider to be used.
c. Had five hours of soaring flight accomplished in five flights or less.
d. Had one soaring flight of at least two hours, using thermal lift.
e. Passed and is current with respect to the Private Pilot Glider written examination.
f. Completed the requirements for the Bronze Badge.
g. Been checked out on assembly, disassembly, and trailering of the glider,
2. The pilot must have permission from a club instructor for the specific day and location of any cross‑country flight in a club glider.
3. The pilot must make arrangements for a trailer retrieve crew even if an aero‑retrieve is planned.
4. The pilot must have tie down and disassembly tools in the glider.
5. An aircraft landed off‑field should not be left unattended unless adequately tied down and protected from farm animals.
C. Miscellaneous Flight Rules.
1. Checking out new members,
a. New members with glider rating will be required to take at least one dual flight with a club instructor and receive approval before solo flight in any club glider or tow by a Nutmeg tow plane in a privately owned glider.
b. Sudent pilots and those holding only power ratings must complete the check‑out in the 2‑33 and make five solo flights before soloing the1‑26.
2. Student pilots will be required to take dual flights at regular intervals.
3. A pilot who has not flown gliders in the previous ninety days must take a dual ride before flying club aircraft.
4. Before flying solo in wave or ridge for the first time, a pilot should be briefed by a wave or ridge qualified instructor. It is recommended the pilot also take a dual wave or ridge orientation flight with a qualified club instructor.
5. No club member may operate club aircraft above 12,500 feet MSL for more than 30 minutes, or above 14,000 MSL, without the use of supplemental oxygen.
6. High‑altitude is defined as flight above 18,000 feet MSL. No club member may operate a club glider in high‑altitude flight unless he has been briefed by a club instructor who has experience in actual high‑altitude glider flight or an altitude chamber.
7. A rated pilot may fly the 2‑33 or the Grob from the rear‑seat only after a rear‑seat check‑out given by a club instructor and a logbook sign‑off to that effect.
5. MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING RULES
A. FAI badge, record, and competition flights have priority over local flights.
B. Club aircraft may be taken to a meet or encampment as determined by a majority vote of the Full Members at a regular membership meeting or by the Board of Directors.
C. No instructor will give dual in Nutmeg aircraft until meeting the following requirements:
1. Fifty hours in Gliders.
2. Twenty Five hours in Schweitzer Gliders.
3. Ten flights in Schweitzer Gliders in the last Twelve months.
4. An FAI Silver Badge.
5. The approval of the Operations Commitee.
6. GROB 103 AND HIGH PERFORMANCE SINGLE SEAT (HPSS) CHECKOUT RULES
A. Grob 103. To check out in the Grob 103 a pilot must:
1. Hold a private pilot certificate with glider rating.
2. Have fifty flights in gliders as Pilot‑in‑Command.
3. Have twenty‑five hours in gliders as Pilot‑In‑Command.
4. Take at least five flights in the Grob 103 with a club instructor.
5. Pass a flight check and a cockpit check with a club instructor.
B. HPSS. To check out in the club High Performance Single Seat glider (HPSS), a pilot must:
1. Hold a private pilot certificate with glider rating.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in the Grob 103.
3. Have fifty flights as Pilot‑in‑Command in gliders.
4. Have a cockpit checkout and a logbook sign‑off from a club instructor qualified and current in that aircraft.
5. Every pilot qualified to fly the HPSS also must be checked out on assembly, disassembly, and trailering of that aircraft.
C. To remain current in the Grob 103 or the HPSS, a pilot must:
1. Have at least one flight as Pilot‑in‑Command of the particular aircraft within the previous ninety days, or
2. Take an instructional flight in the Grob 103 with an appropriately qualified instructor.
3. Currency in the Grob does not qualify to maintain currency in the HPSS, and vice versa.
7. TOW PLANE OPERATING RULES
A. Only tow pilots checked out by the Nutmeg Soaring Association and current as defined by FAR'S and the club's chief tow pilot may fly Nutmeg tow planes.
B. Tow planes are to be used only for furthering the interests of Nutmeg Soaring by:
1. Cross‑country ferrying of Nutmeg gliders.
2. Cross‑country retrieval of club and member‑owned gliders.
3. Qualifying new tow pilots.
4. Other soaring‑related flights.
C. Passengers may not be carried in the tow planes except for:
1. Qualifying new tow pilots.
2. Making weather observation flights.
3. Taking temperature soundings.
4. Taking a glider pilot member to or from a glider ferry flight.
D. The Cub will not tow the Grob 103.
8. NUTMEG POLICY WITH RESPECT TO GIVING DEMONSTRATION RIDES
A. Because of insurance considerations, a non‑member of Nutmeg Soaring Association may fly in Nutmeg aircraft only if:
1. He is a bona fide guest and the responsibility of a club Full Member, or
2. He demonstrates an interest in becoming a member of Nutmeg and joins as a Temporary Associate Member.
B. Exceptions to A above may be made in the case of:
1. FAA personnel with proper identification.
2. State Aeronautics Commission personnel.
3. Members of the local aviation community whose familiarity with soaring would enhance the understanding of and the safe and efficient conduct of our operation.