The wording of FAR 61.87 seems to indicate that a flight instructor may not authorize a student pilot to solo a single-place glider. What is the FAA interpretation of this regulation? Answer:
From John Lynch, Federal Aviation Administration: "In reviewing the final rule document (62 FR 16259; April 4, 1997), the words ' . . . or similar make and model of aircraft . . .' in 61.87(n)(1)(i) were written that way to address the situation where the flight instructor gives the student dual training in the multi-place Schweizer 2-33 sailplane, but gives the applicant a solo endorsement to solo the single place Schweizer 1-26. The endorsement will specifically state solo authorization for the Schwiezer 1-26, so the student is legal under 61.87(1)(i).
FAR 61.56 requires one hour of flight training and one hour of ground training to meet the requirements for a flight review. Glider pilots may substitute a minimum of three instructional flights, each of which includes a flight to traffic pattern altitude, for the one hour requirement. Does a simulated low altitude release meet the requirement for a flight to traffic pattern altitude? Answer:
From John Lynch, Federal Aviation Administration: Yes, the intent of the regulation is satisfied if one of the three flights involves a simulated low altitude emergency to a landing.