Soaring Safety Foundation Landing Workshop
The SSF sponsors Flight Instruction Refresher Clinics around the country
on an as needed bases. A major goal of these clinics is to introduce the
CFIG to new teaching and training activites. In the 2001 and 2002 FIRC
we presented one such teaching activity, an interactive landing workshop.
The goal of this workshop was to engage the FIRC participants in a role
playing activity suitable for class-room instruction. Eight different
aircraft, gliders and towplanes, are engaged in normal flight operations.
Eight different scenario's were written that describe the last 2:30 minutes
of each flight. The result is that all 8 aircraft are going to try and
land on the same runway at the same time. The students need to figure out
how this will be accomplished.
To run this workshop, we recommend the following:
- Print off enough copies of each scenario so every student has
a copy to read. The classroom instructor will find the instructor
page useful as it contains a summary of all the actions to be
taken by each aircraft. It is also recommended that you use
multi-colored paper to make it easier to keep track of everything
- Provide the students with a blank piece of (colored) paper and have
them fold it into a paper airplane.
- Next setup the 'runway' and the surronding area as described in the
handouts. The 'runway' should be a table of other suitable area marked
out on the floor.
- Then place the 'pilots' in their starting points. Each secnario describes
the initial setup and the starting position for all aircraft. Have the
students physically take the relative position described in the handout.
- The instructor is then ready to begin. This can then be a free-for-all
or the instructor can keep track of the time. One way is to jump in
descrete 'time steps' where all the students advance 30 seconds in time
and take their new positions. The instructor can then poll each student
to see if they are going to continue on as the handout describes or
if they want to deivate and generate a new plan.
- Once the time has expired the classroom instructor can re-convine the
class and lead a discussion on what happened and what options each
'pilot' had. Some questions include: did anyone make a 'radio' call and
who heard it?, Who landed where, when did it become obvious that the
written plan needed to be modified if a successful outcome was to be
achieved?. Feel free to add your own.
Each of the secnarios are available by following these links. Each one starts with
the same introductory paragraph. They then provide a modivation that will cause
the 'pilot' to attempt to land in the next 2.5 minutes. New secnarios are welcome
as are reviews of the ones presented here. Have fun, and fly safe.
The idea for this workshop, and the scenario's presente here, was originally created
by Richard Carlson. The information contained in these pages has been donated to the
SSF and may be freely used by the soaring community. Please inform the SSF if
you find this workshop useful.
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