Airport Familiarization

Operating Procedures | Markings | Lighting | Traffic | Wake Turbulence

About the course

Prerequisites: None

Approximate time to complete: 2 hours

If you are fortunate enough to be receiving instruction at a dedicated gliderport, much of this course may seem to be overkill. However, after receiving your license, you will most likely be venturing off to other airports that may have more traffic and more complex procedures. Before you can get your license, you need to be prepared to operate in all types of airport environments. Your safety, and the safety of your fellow pilots, depends on it.

In this course, you will learn about procedures, markings, lighting, and hazards associated with the airport environment.


Please Note:

This course is designed for use by a single individual. It is against the Terms of Use to share this course, in part or whole, with other users, or to teach others using the content from this course. The time and effort that goes into the development of these courses is immense. To ensure that we will be able to offer more courses, we need to collect a fee from every student who takes a course. Thank you for supporting our effort!


Course Overview

  • Welcome FREE PREVIEW

Operating Procedures

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 1 & Instructions

Airport Markings

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 2 & Instructions

Airport Lighting

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 3 & Instructions

Airport Traffic

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 4 & Instructions

Wake Turbulence

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 5 & Instructions

Final Test

  • Final Test & Instructions

About Your Instructor

Russell Holtz

Russell Holtz

Russell is the author of two well-respected and widely-used soaring flight training books in the United States - the Glider Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and the Flight Training Manual for Glider Pilots.

Russell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

He obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in gliders in 1995, in airplanes in 1996, his Commercial Certificate in Gliders in 1998, and his Certified Flight Instructor rating in gliders in 1999. He completed the FAI Silver Badge requirements in 1997, and the Gold and Diamond requirements in 1998. Russell has given over 2,800 hours of primary, cross-country, contest, and aerobatic flight instruction, and has over 4,000 hours total time in gliders.

Russell's passion for understanding and communicating soaring knowledge is evident in his teaching.


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