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Old 09-12-2006, 07:27 AM   #1  
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Question Glider time

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does glider time count as TT in the opinion of airlines? I mean it is fixed-wing aircraft time, isn't it? I'm not sure...

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Old 09-12-2006, 08:09 AM   #2  
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Probably to an extent but I don't think it will help you. If the mins were 1500 tt and 1000 hours of that was glider, I think it would work against you. A few hundred hours of a few thousand total probably won't matter. Entry level regional job...depends how bad they need newbies.
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So it defenitly wouldn't hurt to do a glider rating? I mean I would love to do so but I really have to check out if it will help me later because of the costs. I know it isn't all that expensive but still, every buck counts for me...
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"Glider" is a different category than "Airplane"

Airlines require "Airplane" SE and ME time, so it is safe to assume that glider time will not help you to meet minimums at any airline.
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OK. Thanks alot. I will probably do it any way just because of the love...

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I got my glider license before I got my private airplane. GREAT DECISION. I made up almost 1/2 the cost of the glider license because I got my airplane single engine land (ASEL) at 48 hours instead of the average of 60-70. My ASEL checkride was incredibly easy (because I had covered most of it during my glider checkride). My oral was under 30 minutes!! Oh, and whenever the instructor/examiner pulled the engine on me, it was not a big deal.

I think glider flying makes you a better pilot. I have outclimed a 172 in a 152 just because I slowed down in lift and sped up through sink. You develop real good judgement (because if you don't judge your trip back to the airport, you will have to land off field in a glider). And it makes your ASEL rating so easy.

You could probably get your private glider for about $3000 (aerotow), or even less if you train for winch-launching (kind of like an aircraft carrier takeoff!). 1/2 that cost will be made up when you get your airplane license. The other half is just worth it. Plus you get a lot of respect amongst pilots. I know many powered pilots who think I am crazy because I fly planes without engines.
It is totally worth it. I would recommend it.
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I took a few lessons years ago and loved it. I'd like to get into now. Fly for fun and not for work.
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Thanks for your replies. I will be going to a small airfield here close to Hamburg tomorrow. I will be talking to some instructors. I might be starting glider training even this year. I know some people who fly gliders and they love it. I'm pretty sure that I'll do my licence. I will probably do winch start because it is the more common thing to do here.

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Winch launching is awesome. I had a former navy pilot tell me that a winch launch was the closest thing to an aircraft carrier takeoff he had ever experienced. But be sure and learn aerotow. I know it is more expensive, but it is a lot more common, especially if you want to get into advanced soaring!
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OK. I'll check that out tomorrow and talk to a couple of people during the next weeks. I get your point and you are probably right. I'll have to see. I have flown as a passenger on gliders a few times now and all of them were winch take-offs. They are AWESOME! I love the feeling and if you look at the instruments and you see the speed increasing extremly it's really cool. The first time I did it I was all pumped up with adrenaline when I was back on the ground! You get used to it a bit but it'd really cool! I love it.
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