|| 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
||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
||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).
||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!")
|| 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.
||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.
|| 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.
||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.
||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.
||The positions should rotate in this order:
pilot to mission specialist
mission specialist to Mission Control Center
Mission Control Center to copilot
copilot to pilot
||The "new" mission specialist will need to use the "new" pilot's
Landing Data Collection Sheet to record the next set of data.