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I saw the following statement on your site and came to the conclusion that I came to the right place. - "We are firm believers that touring motor gliders are the best way maximize the utility and enjoyment of pure flying" With that as an introduction, I am hoping to generate some good discussion around owning a motorglider (Pipistrel Sinus is my desired machine) and owning my own landing strip in the country somewhere. I am not a pilot yet but hope to earn my glider certificate in the next couple of years. I am nearing retirement age and wish to spend my retirement years touring the country. This generates all sorts of questions in my mind, such as: -How much does it cost to land and refuel? (Rotax 912, regular unleaded ) -Is there a forum or group of people that own and share there private landing strips, and if so how do I reach them? It would be great to build up a list of places throughout the country to land at and even greater if they had fuel at their location. -What is acceptable cross country weather for travel with a TMG and where is the distinctive line drawn to ground me? (VFR flight in a lightweight plane/glider) -Is it really that hard to maintain a grass landing strip? What are the logical things involved with the maintenance (grass cutting... grass cutting etc.. ). I have watched videos on installing the substrate: Grading, installing Mesh, Large rock, Filler rock, Sand, Soil, Grass seed. I've toyed with the idea of converting from grass to brick. All this is of course for light aircraft such as the Pipistrel Sinus. How may times larger should the landing strip be (what factor (2x, 3x ...)) than the takeoff and landing distance of my plane? -What are some recommended places in the Midwest (Minnesota) to get my Glider rating? I am told that it is possible (not probable) to get it with only 10hrs. of training at around 3 - $5K in cost. The dream for me would be to get my certificate 1st, then have my land purchased and an out building in place to house my MG, then fly a commercial flight to the location of my recently purchased motor glider and fly it home or near home. Finally, build the landing strip. In the mean time gaining some flight hours landing and taking off at different locations. _I am told that The Pipistrel Sinus is hard to beat in a number of categories: -Flight efficiency (approx. 3 gal/hr @ around 100knots) -Low maintenance all around. -Uneventful Stall Profile -Excellent glide ratio 28:1 -Excellent flight performance, with a climb rate exceeding 1000ft/min. -Short takeoff and landing ability (approx. 400') Did I forget anything? Let me know. I'm sure that you can punch some holes in my statements and philosophy (above). In fact I'm looking forward to being set straight in any areas you can enlighten me in. I really want to do this in the future, but I want a solid plan to execute by. Please help me and humor me with your discussions. Thanks in advance. -
1 downloadHere are some tips on how to get a good weather briefing. This document complements other pilot educational material published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation organizations. Just like everything else in life, practice makes perfect, or nearly so. If you practice getting a weather briefing on a regular basis, then after just a few sessions you will be like an old pro and will know how to get a quality weather briefing.