Operations Summary

Silent Knights, Inc


1. First Aid & Safety

A. All pilots must have a handheld radio on their person and have it turned on.

B. First Aid kits and extinguishers are in the towplane hangar.

C. Emergency personnel may be directed to Hap’s Air Service for access to the field.

Notify Hap’s by radio (122.7) or phone (515-232-4310).

D. Unicom/CTAF is 122.7; KAMW ASOS is 132.025; Fort Dodge FSS is


E. Direct all visitors to meet you at Hap’s Air Service. Club members must personally

accompany any non-member to the site of glider operations.

F. Check for NOTAMs and TFRs with Flight Service or http://tfr.faa.gov. NOTE: home

football games are governed by a standing TFR, require communication with Des Moines

Approach and a discrete transponder code.



2. Scheduling & Membership Privileges.

A. Scheduling is handled primarily by email to the club president or designee, usually

the club vice-president. Students may rely on their instructors to handle scheduling.

B. Only club members may handle the controls of club equipment.

C. Membership applications are available at www.knightglider.com.

D. Club equipment may not be operated for compensation or hire.

E. Members may not fly with a balance owing greater than $50.

F. Students have priority before 12:00pm; private pilots have priority in the afternoon.

G. Cross-country flights in club aircraft may be authorized by an officer or instructor

provided insurance and other requirements are met.



3. Preflight: Aircraft preflight inspections, including positive control checks, should be

conducted at the tie-downs or near the hangars.

A.Equipment (seats, batteries, etc.) are located in the towplane hangar.



4. Field Practices

A. Move sailplanes by hand from the “hold-short” line and on to the runway. No cars.

B. Vehicles must remain clear of the runway safety zone unless towing a glider.

C. Cell phones and smart phones shall be used only outside the runway safety zone.

D. Canopies must be closed and locked and the forward control stick secured by seatbelts

when the glider is unoccupied and/or being moved.

E. All spectators must remain behind the “hold short” Unless in emergency, only the

glider pilot(s) of the launching glider and wingwalkers may pass the “hold short” line.

F. Use established taxiways as much as possible because light placement and runway

edges are variable and non-standard.



5. Launch

A. Only pull a glider past the hold short line when assured of five minutes for launch.

B. Perform pre-takeoff checklist in 60 seconds or less. If unable or an item fails, remove

the glider from the runway.

C. At launch, one wingwalker stands at the glider and clears the pattern and one walker

(if available) stands off the runway facing rearward in the towpilot’s sight.

D. Use SSA signals and radio announcement to commence launch.

Example: “towplane 4384Z, glider 8694R. Canopy and airbrakes closed and

locked, ready for takeoff.”


E. The towpilot may decline to give a tow for any reason, including but not limited to

unpreparedness, unsafe aircraft or weather conditions, or reasonable belief the glider pilot

is unqualified for flight or ineligible for club tow service.

F.Any person observing an imminent unsafe launch may terminate it by signal.



6. Flight:

A. Unlimited on weekdays; one hour on weekends, unless by consent of those waiting for

the glider.

B. Limit use of 122.7 to safety of flight communications and use standard phraseology

according to the Pilot-Controller Glossary of the Airman’s Information Manual.

C. Communicate glider to-glider on 123.3 above 3000 MSL or to minimize frequency


D. Observe all regulatory requirements, including cloud separation, airspace rules,

visibility limitations, and temporary flight restrictions.



7. Recovery:

A. Plan to enter the pattern at an Initial Point (IP) at or above 1000' AGL.

1. No thermalling below the IP altitude.

B. Use “Dog leg base” patterns.

C. State altitude on the radio in MSL only.

E. High or low approaches, non-standard patterns, or long landings require a radio call.

F. Unplanned non-standard landings require an instructor debrief before further flight.

G.After landing, immediately exit runway, if possible beyond the “hold short” line.



8. Securing:

A. Gliders stored in hangars must use the wheel dolly and the taxi-centerline to avoid

hangar rash. Opening and closing hangar doors pose a risk to long wings.

B. Gliders stored in tie-downs must be secured at the nose, tail, and wings and have

canopy covers and control surfaces brackets.

C. All gliders must have the forward stick secured with a belt. Do not tie the rear stick.

D.Return seat cushions to the towplane hangar.



9. Maintenance: Notify the club president or maintenance officer immediately of any

maintenance issue and place a note on the pilot seat.

A. Only a licensed mechanic may perform maintenance on a glider or aircraft.

Effective September 1, 2011

Check with your instructor or club officer for the most up to date information.