Arkansas Cadet and Senior Gliding
Arkansas Cadet and Senior Gliding
in Conjunction with the Oklahoma Wing Gliding Program
This is to outline and provide some basic and hopefully helpful introductory information to Civil Air Patrol glider operations for Arkansas Squadrons to participate with Oklahoma Gliding Program. This program is being lead by Maj Charles Rine and all questions should be directed to him as the Arkansas Gliding representative.
Information on CAP Orientation rides for parents can be found here.
Expectations for Cadets and Seniors before attending:
It is very important that both cadets and seniors are prepared for flight operations and study the provided material well before the activity day. Failure to have this complete will prevent you from participating in the activity in any capacity.
- Complete CAP Aircraft Ground Handling Course and have certificate printed out. Course will take around 20 minutes to complete. Access Aircraft Ground Handling Course Here
- Complete Soaring Safety Foundation Wing Runners Course and have certificate printed out. Course will take one hour to complete. Access Wing Runner Course Here
- Don’t forget to print out the certificates! Completed certificates can be found in LMS Past Results .
- Complete CAPF 60-80 (required for cadets only) <– New requirement for 2018
- Complete CAPF160
- Complete CAPF161
- For those that are gliding, a current weight is required.
Photography is encouraged. Material can be shared on social media but should show CAP in a good light. The glider has a go-pro mount on the wing which can be used during orides. This may be the first experience of small aircraft for many. It is important to remember this is about having fun. The more the cadet prepares for the event, the more they will enjoy it and will get more out of it. For those wanting more information, there is a cockpit guide here.
Clothing should be plain, light colors (dark clothing will get hot) – be comfortable. Preferably the clothing identifies the cadet as CAP – cadet encampment gear is ideal. ABU’s and BDU’s can be worn, but will get hot. This is ideal attire for operations in winter months.
Hi-viz safety vest or belts are required.
- Female – Shorts and T-shirt. No revealing tops. No short shorts.
- Male – Shorts and T-shirt. No muscle shirts. Avoid underwear showing
Footwear: Note that boots ARE NOT PERMITTED in gliders. They may be worn while not in the glider and are not a bad idea while moving around the airfield as gopher holes are not unheard of. Bring tennis shoes or similar light footwear to wear in the gliders.
If conditions are forecast to be sunny, bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat (eg Boonie hat) to protect the neck – ones that have chin straps are ideal for when its windy. Seniors can also wear shorts and T-shirt and ideally will be identifiable as CAP eg CAP hat, T-shirt or blue CAP polo shirt.
As in all CAP events safety is paramount. We will have a safety briefing at the hanger area before flying begins in the morning. Flying cadets and crew member in training will receive instruction on preflight inspections, ground handling, and launching and recovering gliders. Tulsa Skyhawks will show how to get in and out of the glider to avoid placing pressure on the canopy which is fragile and expensive to replace.
This is an active airport. Children, animals, others unfamiliar with aircraft operations must be supervised at all times. Foot Traffic and guests on taxiway are not permitted without direction from a Tulsa Skyhawks member or CAP Safety Officer. Please check in with a Tulsa Skyhawks or CAP member at the entrance gate for assistance when you arrive for the first time. The staging area is restricted. Personnel not directly involved in the glider operations must be cleared by the line supervisor to enter the area eg to take pictures. Tulsa Skyhawks crews will be busy with preflight inspections, ground handling, launching and recovery operations.
The glider staging area is where the gliders are prepared for flight and are the taxiways adjacent to the runway – which one will be used depends on the winds on the day. As well as glider operations, the taxiiways will be used by the towplane and other powered aircraft. Keep vigilant at all times. The active runway area is that forward of the hold short line and is for gliders and aircraft only. All private vehicles should be parked in the terminal parking lot outside the gate. There is limited parking in the grass adjacent to the skyhawks hanger.
- Wingrunners – Certificate Printed Out
- Aircraft ground handling course – Certificate Printed Out
- CAP ID
- CAPF 60-80 (For cadets only)
- Boots optional (for walking)
- Tennis shoes or other soft soled shoes for use in glider (Boots not allowed in glider)
- Uniform of the day (see above)
- Safety vest or belt
- If sunny (all optional):
- Wide brimmed hat
- Camelback for water
- Bring your lunch (there are no vending machines at the airport)
- Camera (optional)
Pryor airport (H71) is located south of Pryor and to the East of Hwy 69. Coming North on 69 from Tulsa, look for the sign to the Expo center at the retention ponds at the North end of the airport and turn East. Go to the stop sign and turn back South. Google shows the
airport road as Webb St. There is a security gate at the end of the road with limited parking. Park so as not to obstruct access.
To get through the gate, there is a pedestrian gate to the left of the main gate.
Address to use for driving directions is: 755 Webb St, Chouteau, OK 74337
Supporting Documents (Includes 2019-2020 Updates)
CAP Gliding – Introduction to CAP Gliding in OK
CAP Gliding – Welcome Letter to Pryor
CAP Gliding – Glider Syllabus 60-40
Program Point of Contact:
If you are interested in getting your glider ride and have reviewed all the information above, please work with your squadron commander. Squadron commanders, please send a request to Charles Rine once you have three (3) or more cadets interested so we can get you slotted into rotation. Thanks and happy gliding!