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  1. Q:  How much will it cost me to learn to fly at Cu Nim?
    A:
       The total cost of a full season's membership in the club, is approximately $1495.00. This includes all required associate memberships, the use of the club ships and facilities, free instruction, and instruction manual.  There is a slight reduction in price if you join after August 1st. Tow tickets cost $30 per flight.
  2. Q:  Is there an introductory package of some sort available? I'd like to do more than just an introductory flight, but I'm not sure that I'm ready to commit $1495 until I've experienced a bit more.
    A:
      Yes. The club offers a "Student Intro Package" of five instructional flights for $495 (an additional $120 is required for Soaring Association of Canada membership - mandatory). If you wish to continue on, you can then upgrade to full club membership. The total cost is the same as it would have been if you had started directly with a full club membership.
  3. Q:  I'm ready to start learning. How do I sign up?
    A:
      Just come out to the field during the flying season. We'll get the appropriate forms filled out and get you started.
  4. Q:  When is flight instruction offered?
    A:
      Flight instruction is offered every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the flying season, at the Cowley summer and fall camps, and at the Invermere Mountain flying camp. Generally it is only during the Cross-Country week that instruction is not provided. Weekday evening flight instruction can also be arranged.
  5. Q:  It's winter and I plan to join Cu Nim in the spring and start learning to fly. Is there anything that I can be doing to prepare in the meantime?
    A:
      Definitely. Your learning in the aircraft will proceed more quickly if you have a basic understanding of the concepts before you begin. There are a number of good gliding books available on the Internet. The manual used at Cu Nim is "SOAR and Learn to Fly Gliders" from the Soaring Association of Canada (www.sac.ca).
  6. Q:  How long will it take me to learn how to fly?
    A:
      That is difficult to predict. Some students start, solo, and license in a single season, but most take longer. The controlling factor will be the amount of time that you can commit. You'll probably fly between 40-60 flights before you're ready to fly solo. Depending on how many other students are on the field the same day you are, you can fly between 2-5 flights a day.
  7. Q:  What is the student/instructor ratio?
    A:
      This is also difficult to predict. Up till now we've managed a scheduling system where a volunteer instructor and tow pilot are scheduled for every morning and afternoon of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Students have not been required to commit to a particular schedule. Usually an instructor teaches 4 to 5 students.
  8. Q:  How can I accelerate flight training to get to the solo stage?
    A:
      The club has formal incentives to get operations started early on weekends. The "Nine O'clock Rule" gives priority over aircraft and instructors to students who are at the field before 9:00 AM. This is one way to get more flights flown.

    Most students find that their progress accelerates when they compress the training into a shorter period. For example, most will be further ahead after 3 weeks of flying every Saturday and Sunday then 6 weeks of just Saturdays. Less time is spent re-learning material from the previous session.
  9. Q:  Who are the instructors?
    A:
      All of our instructors are club members volunteering their time. They are not paid. They are all licensed glider pilots with instructor ratings. The experience and knowledge of every one of them far exceeds the minimums required by Transport Canada . We are proud of the exceptionally high standards that we set for flight instruction at Cu Nim.
  10. Q:  What can I contribute to the club as a student?
    A:
      Like other club members, you'll be expected to participate in running the operation at the airfield. This includes daily inspections on the training aircraft, retrieval and launching of aircraft, etc.
  11. Q:  Is there a classroom component to flight training?
    A:
      Yes, every morning when there is an operation we meet and discuss one topic of interest for 30 minutes before starting the operations. In addition the club runs ground school sessions during the winter for our students.
  12. Q:  What are the medical requirements?
    A:
      Transport Canada's requirements for a Glider Pilot's License is a "Category 4" medical. In order to fly Cu Nim gliders solo, we insist on a more rigorous "Category 3" medical. The difference is that a "Category 4" medical does not require an examination. It is a self-declaration that you do not have an condition that would cause you to lose control of the aircraft while in flight. A "Category 3" medical requires that a qualified doctor make that determination. Don't worry. It's just normal stuff - vision, etc. If you're over 40 years old, you'll be required to have an ECG to check your heart.