Believing a picture to be worth a thousand words, I have attempted to graphically represent the certification requirements for a private pilot certificate with glider category rating, and then incorporate those requirements into a process diagram.
Certification Roadmap – Detail
At a relatively high level of detail, this diagram organizes and then graphically displays the certification requirements specified in
To view the Detail diagram in a more readable format, download Roadmap_Detail.pdf.
The shaded areas on the diagram identify requirements that do not apply when adding a glider category rating to an existing private pilot certificate.
Certification Roadmap – Overview This diagram graphically represents the certification requirements at a summary level, and organizes them into a process.
In its entirety, the diagram represents the requirements for an initial certificate and rating.
The shaded areas identify the requirements that would not apply when adding a glider category rating to an existing private pilot certificate.
The Overview diagram also contains a number of non-regulatory (blue) items including:
- Introductory Glider Ride – a recommendation to begin the journey toward a glider rating by first taking at least one demonstration flight in a real glider.
- Simulation – my recommendation to maximize the use of simulation-based glider fight instruction in the development of your flying skills.
To view the Overview diagram in a more readable (PDF) format, download Roadmap_Overview.pdf.
If you are able to open a Microsoft Excel document, Roadmap_Interactive.xlsx contains both the Overview and Detail diagrams, each of which incorporates interactive hyperlinks.
Underlined text in the Overview diagram links directly to the corresponding pages of the Certification Roadmap on this site.
Underlined text in the Detail diagram links directly to the appropriate references in the F.A.A.’s web-based Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR); the authoritative source on pilot certification requirements.