About the Course

Prerequisites: None
Approximate Time to Complete: I hour

Glider pilots are not required to undergo a medical examination or obtain a medical certificate, as is the case with airplane pilots. However, as a glider pilot, you are responsible for making sure that you do not have a medical condition that could prevent you from safely conducting a flight.

Flying in general, and soaring in particular, requires intense concentration and some physical endurance. Accordingly, glider pilots should try to keep in good physical shape and recognize their limitations. Minor illnesses, especially those requiring medications, can seriously impair a pilot’s abilities. Even commonplace conditions such as fatigue, stress, and allergies can hinder performance. The safest decision when feeling ill is not to fly. If you are unsure about how a medical condition will affect your ability to pilot a glider, consult an Aviation Medical Examiner.

In this course, which is mainly text-based with two short videos, you will learn about the physiological, mental, and chemical issues that can affect flight safety.

Purchase of this course entitles you to one year of access to the course material.

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About the Course

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Course Overview
  • 2
    Physiological Issues
    • Section Overview
    • Middle Ear and Sinus Problems
    • Spatial Disorientation (Vertigo)
    • Motion Sickness
    • Dehydration
    • Heatstroke
    • Sunburn
    • Hypoxia
    • Hyperventilation
    • Decompression Sickness After Scuba Diving
    • G-Loading
    • Quiz 1 & Instructions
  • 3
    Mental Issues
    • Section Overview
    • Stress
    • Fatigue
    • Anxiety
    • Extreme Emotion
    • Quiz 2 & Instructions
  • 4
    Chemicals
    • Section Overview
    • Alcohol/Recreational Drugs
    • Medications
    • Quiz 3 & Instructions
  • 5
    Final Test
    • Final Test & Instructions

  About the 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.