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Instructions for Landing Procedures

1. copilot's position The copilot "clips" the glider onto the fishing line (from the high end) and positions the glider at the "measuring point" until Mission Control gives the clearance signal.
2. The pilot holds the "control stick" upright with one end on the floor, so that the fishing line is running down the center of the runway. Make any necessary adjustments so that the fishing line and runway are lined up, and so that the fishing line has enough slack to allow the glider to land on the runway and not glide into the "control stick".
3. Once the copilot and pilot are in position, the mission specialist and Mission Control Center will begin taking measurements (see "How to Compute Glide Slope"). The mission specialist must be ready with the Landing Data Collection Sheet and equipment (pencil, tape measure or ruler, second hand watch, calculator).
4. Mission Control Center watches over the pilot, copilot, and the mission specialist to make sure everyone is properly set-up and ready before giving the clearance signal. (The clearance signal could be a countdown such as "3-2-1 Cleared for Landing!" or simply "Ready-Set-Go!")
5. glider in flight Once Mission Control Center gives the clearance signal, the copilot releases the glider. The glider starts its descent as it zooms down the fishing line toward the pilot.
6. At the moment the copilot releases the glider, the mission specialist must be watching the second-hand of a watch or clock to begin timing the number of seconds the glider is in motion. When the glider comes to a complete stop, the mission specialist should record the Flight Time (in seconds) on the Landing Data Collection Sheet.
7. glider landing The pilot must control the glider's flight path and speed with the "control stick" to make it land on the runway. A successful landing is defined as the pilot smoothly landing the glider on the centerline of the runway.
8. If the landing is successful, have the mission specialist record all the data, then have everyone rotate positions to experience the landing from another viewpoint.
9. If the landing is unsuccessful, reset the glider and allow the pilot another chance to land the glider. The mission specialist should not record the data unless the landing is a successful one.
10. The positions should rotate in this order: diagram of position rotation
  • pilot to mission specialist

  • mission specialist to Mission Control Center

  • Mission Control Center to copilot

  • copilot to pilot
  • 11. The "new" mission specialist will need to use the "new" pilot's Landing Data Collection Sheet to record the next set of data.

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