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Operating Procedures
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Coburg Hills
Sailplane Club

Operating and Safety Procedures

Creswell Airport (77S) CTAF 122.7

Welcome to Coburg Hills Sailplane Club and About Time Aviation. Here are some procedures to help us all stay safe and have fun.


Our number-one priority is to operate safely. If you question the safety of any operation by pilot, passenger or bystanders, feel free to bring it to his/her attention. ( )Initial
“A sincere interest in helping another person is a legitimate reason to provide critique.” (From United Airlines Crew Training)

Safety apparel:

All ground crew and approved personnel must have and wear appropriate transportation safety apparel. Safety colors must be worn by ground crew that will be working in area of the runway. ( )Initial

Flight Currency:

About Time AviationSailplane Club requires that if you have not flown a sailplane in 90 days, a dual flight with an instructor must be completed. Student pilots must complete three dual flights. If you have never flown a sailplane from Creswell, you must fly a field checkout with an instructor. ( ) Initial


Additional Training and Ratings:

All pilots that would like to add a sailplane rating or who want to learn to fly sailplanes (or planes) can be matched with a CFIG or CFI for your training. All walk-ons (whether or not they have their own sailplane) need a check-out by our flight instructors, prior to any solos flights in any sailplane. All walk-ons must be a daily member of the sailplane club prior to any flight instruction or any tow plane lifts. ( )Initial


Each sailplane must have a radio tuned to 122.7. A hand held radio will be available for our sailplanes and ground ops. ( )Initial


Smoking is permitted on airport property in designated smoking areas only. Drinking and flying do not mix Alcohol is not permitted on airport property. Federal regulations will be followed by both passenger and pilots. ( )Initial


Starting the Day:

Preflight: A complete preflight inspection will be done to the sailplanes and tow planes at the start of each day’s operation. Inspect the tow rope and tow rings for knots, breaks or any damage. Repair if needed. Inspect hand held radios to confirm that they have a charged battery, are operational and

that they are ready for use. ( )Initial


Runway Rules:

Sailplanes and personnel approach the runway to the East and exit the runway to the West; no person may cross to the East side runway unless an emergency occurs. All personnel must exit to the West side of the runway into the grassy area between the runway and taxiway. ( )Initial


Stage the sailplanes in the grassy area (staging area) on the South end of the Hobby Field Airport (77S) between the runway and the taxiway north of the culverts in the grass. Extreme caution must be used when moving the unpowered sailplanes around on tarmac, taxiway, staging area and or onto the runway. Only trained authorized personnel may be on the taxiway, tarmac or runway at any time or may move and ground handle the sailplanes in the staging area or staging onto the runway center line. All passenger and guests will be escorted to and from the staging area and the runway area and back to parking lot.

Before moving sailplane onto runway center line, wing runner will visually clear the traffic pattern. If single pilot ops the tow pilot will well clear the clear the traffic pattern. When traffic pattern is clear of traffic, then communicate to airport traffic that the sailplane is about to be launched. Prior to launch both the sailplane pilot and the tow pilot must agree on the safety of the launch.

Sailplanes will normally be launched first-come first-served. High performance sailplane will be launched before the 2-33 if both are ready at the same time. Then, personnel will position Sailplane on the runway center line, load passenger and or guests into the sailplane. Tow plane will taxi into slack-rope position. The Pilot in Command (PIC), Certified Flight Instructor Glider (CFIG), Commercial pilot or wing runner will inspect the tow rope and connect tow rope to the sailplane. The PIC will enter the sailplane, buckle up, close canopy and signal the tow pilot (standard Soaring Society of America (SSA) signals will be used) to take up slack in tow rope. When the slack is gone, the PIC will signal the tow plane to depart. The tow plane departs, a normal climb out (at sailplane climb out speed) and then turns crosswind and climbing when turning downwind, keeping the sailplane close in until the TPA (traffic pattern altitude) is reached in case of rope break. “High Tow” where the tow plane is near the horizon, is the preferred position during tow. Training maneuvers such as “Box the Wake” etc. will be performed above 1000 AGL. If the rope breaks, the sailplane may need to make a forced or emergency landing. ( )Initial

The release:

Clear to the left and right before release. A soft release is required in the Schweitzer. This doesn’t have to be dramatic, but can be accomplished by a smooth pitch up until the tow plane is well below the horizon, then dive back toward high tow position until slack line occurs, then release and pull up to the right to avoid the wake. The 2-33 release hook will suffer less stress in this manner.

The sailplane should climb and turn to the right after release. This will clear the wake and signal the Tow Pilot that you are “off.” Turn at least 30-degrees to clear the tow plane. It is the sailplanes responsibility to locate the tow plane before turning back on your original track.

Once clear of the tow plane and returning to land it is recommend that the sailplanes use right traffic about 1,538 MSL (1000 AGL) for landing at the Hobby Field airport (77S) and also recommended that the sailplanes maintain vigilance and use proper radio calls while in the traffic pattern and landing the sailplane. If you are unable to fly a normal pattern due to “circumstances beyond your control,” then by all means, make it to the airport as best you can, use your emergency authority as Pilot in Command.

If two or more sailplanes require the use of the runway at or about the same time (right of ways rules apply) the first sailplane may expect to land long (RWY 33) and stop quickly, the second sailplane needs to land short on (RWY 33) using the remainder of the runway the other option would be to “land out.” If time and altitude permit, use Cottage Grove airport or Walker airport.

Once the sailplane is on the runway at 77S the PIC, passenger and or guests will exit the sailplane and then the PIC will turn the sailplane 90 degrees (pointing West) to the runway and pull it off the runway onto the grass by hand or with powered cart (golf cart or 4-wheeler) and then turn the sailplane another 90 degrees south, paralleling the runway (15-33) and moves the sailplane back to the staging area. ( ) Initial

Landing out:

If landing out is necessary you will be required to organize the return of the sailplane . If aero tow is possible, there will be an additional fee. If disassembly is required you will be responsible for several large pizzas and the cost of the trailer or other equipment. ( )Initial


Creswell Hobby Field Airport: (77S) 122.700 Cottage Grove Airport: 122.800 Cascade Approach: 119.600 Sailplane Frequency: 123.300

Fun Times:

Having Fun is why we are here. Take advantage of conversations with other pilots and friends. Bring a friend. Bring sandwiches or cookies. Bring the family.

Rule #23 “Any pilot or passenger seen grinning from ear to ear after a flight will be doused with water until the grin disappears.” This sometimes takes quite a lot of water.


Emergency phone numbers and other numbers:

Emergency phone number 911

Mark Stroble: CFIG, Tow Pilot 541-501-2148

Rena Cowan: CFIG 541-345-3342

Martin Grant: CFIG 541-485-8889

King Povenmire: CFIG, DPE 541-915-5151

About Time Aviation (ATA) 541-895-5984

Bill Kelly (ATA) 541-556-3609

Creswell Hobby Field Airport 541-895-2913



Disclaimer / Indemnity Clause:

All operations will be at the risk of the participants. No liability will be assigned to the City of Creswell, the tow pilot, About Time Aviation, LLC, the Soaring Club, Scotty Air, LLC, or its members.

All passengers, instructors and tow plane pilots, in any plane or sailplane associated with the About Time Aviation Sailplane Club agree to indemnify and to hold harmless the following: About Time Aviation LLC; Scotty Air LLC; the tow pilot; the instructor, any officers / directors or agents associated with any of the entities listed above, against any and all losses, claims, damages, and expenses, including reasonable and necessary attorney fees, to the extent that any such losses, claims, damages and expenses are due to the acts or omissions of the passengers, instructors and / or tow plane pilots, or any officers / directors or agents associated with any of the entities listed above, including any employee or personnel associated with the About Time Aviation LLC Sailplane Club. ( ) Initial

Binding Arbitration Clause:

All disputes arising from this signed contract agreement and or disputes about the enforceability of any clause within this contract shall be settled through binding arbitration in Eugene, Oregon. The dispute will be reviewed and decided by an independent arbitrator as set forth under the current commercial arbitration rules (JAMS, FAA). Each party will pay their own personal legal expenses, including costs and fees. The judgment of the arbitrator is binding to each of the parties and final, in the sense that you or the other parties of the contract have no legal recourse relating to the arbitrator’s decision. ( ) Initial

I have read and understand the above. I agree to follow these rules and guidelines. I am freely consenting to these rules and have had time to think about signing this agreement. No one has forced me to sign this agreement. I have had the opportunity to have the above safety plan reviewed by independent counsel, if I chose to do so.





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