Intro to the FARs | Definitions and Abbreviations | Certification of Pilots | General Operating Rules | Accident Reporting
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for regulating civil aviation in the United States. The FAA’s goal is to ensure the safety of both the flying and non-flying public.
The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) are the FAA’s rules governing all flight operations. The FARs are Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. They are updated as necessary and published each year.
In this course, you will learn how the regulations are structured, how to read them, and about all the regulations that you will need to know as a glider pilot.
Links to the pertinent regulations are included in the explanations for the quiz and test questions. An index to the regulations grouped in the same way that the material is presented in this course is also provided.
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.