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Some consideration for making an approach with others

Know your surroundings while flying and especially going to out land or just plain sinking out.

Be observant and predictable

Look around and behind you during your setup and on your downwind leg and be aware of any other HGs or PGs that may either be following you or cutting in to the pattern ahead of you.

Use of common sense (courtesy) must prevail. Once on the ground clear the LZ when it is SAFE to do. Be sure to clear the traffic before moving the wing. Also, if the landing area is big enough it's sometimes better to just stay put while other pilots are landing right after you so they won't have to dodge a moving obstacle when they are on final.

In case, of injury and the pilot can not move avoid the down pilot. Look to where you want to land NOT at the glider.

The lower pilot always has the right away.

Follow the established landing pattern whenever there's a chance of landing with traffic. Within reason of course you would not want to follow a pilot who is completely screwing up.

Be prepared for a large number of gliders to descend on the LZ at once in case of a flush cycle.

Some considerations:

To avoid traffic on landing consider landing early. You know you are landing GO LAND!!


Don't zoom ahead and then cut in front of another pilot in the staging area just so you can have clear access to the runway with no one else in YOUR landing path.

Some consideration:

So your following a glider into the LZ he is clearly on an approach pattern but slows to work any and all lift

They just lost their right of way. Do whatever you need to do to preserve your own landing.

Also try: A) screaming at him or her or blow a whistle if you have one. B) Burn it in then get out of way C) Fly at minimum sink and pray he some how lands before you. See above.

Another glider is on your tail.

Land as short or as long as you can safely, to give the other pilot maximum runway and minimum wake.

If you have a choice it would be better to land short and allow the other pilot to fly over and land beyond you. That will leave the least wake for the other wing to fly through.

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