Airspace for Glider Pilots

Airspace Concepts | Classes of Airspace | Cloud Clearance and Visibility

About the course

Prerequisites: Airport Familiarization

Approximate time to complete: 2 hours

The national airspace system was developed to allow many types of aircraft to safely use the skies at the same time. In this course, you will learn about the different types of airspace and the requirements for using them.



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Please Note:

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Course Overview

  • Welcome FREE PREVIEW

Airspace Concepts

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 1 & Instructions

Classes of Airspace

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 2 & Instructions

Cloud Clearance and Visibility Limits

  • Section Overview
  • Video
  • Quiz 3 & Instructions


  • Section Overview
  • Review 1
  • Review 2
  • Review 3

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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