Tow Plane Pilots

Tow Plane Pilots operate the Bellanca Scout (8GCBC) tow plane. Only individuals who have completed the “Tow Plane Pilot” training course and who have been approved by the Chief Tow Pilot may operate the tow plane.

Tow pilots are also expected to maintain compliance with all FAA regulatory requirements  for both initial training and currency.

 

Minimum Qualifications

No pilot may commence training as a Tow Plane Pilot unless (s)he meets the following requirements.

  • Must have at least 500-hours of total time in Airplane Single Engine Land aircraft.
  • Must hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate with ratings for Airplane Single Engine Land.
  • Must hold a valid First, Second or Third Class Medical Certificate.
  • Must have a current Biennial Flight Review
  • Must have at least 100-hours of experience in tailwheel aircraft.
  • Must have at least 25-hours as PIC in tailwheel aircraft within the last 12-months.

Selection Process

Selection to the position of Tow Pilot is made by a selection committee. The selection committee will include the Chief Tow Pilot, one or more officers of the club (as appointed by the President) and the owners of the tow plane. Individuals wishing to become tow plane pilots will express their interest to the Chief Tow Pilot, and supply an “aeronautical resume”. When additional pilots are needed, the Chief Tow Pilot will compile a list of the “best qualified” applicants (i.e. “Candidates”), request updated resumes from the Candidates (if necessary), and forward the resumes to the selection committee.

Candidates will be invited to meet with the selection committe for a brief interview. The committee will select the number of pilots required. Criteria used in the selection process will include:

  • Airplane Experience
  • Glider Experience

Here are some guidelines specific to our Scout: SSC_Towing_Procedures

Initial Training Program

Sec. 61.69

[Glider and unpowered ultralight vehicle towing: Experience and training requirements.]

[(a) No person may act as pilot in command for towing a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle unless that person-
(1) Holds at least a private pilot certificate with a category rating for powered aircraft;
(2) Has logged at least 100 hours of pilot-in-command time in the aircraft category, class and type, if required, that the pilot is using to tow a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle;
(3) Has a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who certifies that the person has received ground and flight training in gliders or unpowered ultralight vehicles and is proficient in–
(i) The techniques and procedures essential to the safe towing of gliders or unpowered ultralight vehicles, including airspeed limitations;
(ii) Emergency procedures;
(iii) Signals used; and
(iv) Maximum angles of bank.
(4) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, has logged at least three flights as the sole manipulator of the controls of an aircraft towing a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle simulating towing flight procedures while accompanied by a pilot who meets the requirements of paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section;
(5) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, has received a logbook endorsement from the pilot, described in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, certifying that the person has accomplished at least 3 flights in an aircraft while towing a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle, or while simulating towing flight procedures; and
(6) Within the preceding 12 months has-
(i) Made at least three actual or simulated tows of a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle while accompanied by a qualified pilot who meets the requirements of this section; or
(ii) Made at least three flights as pilot in command of a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle towed by an aircraft.
(b) Any person who, before May 17, 1967, has made and logged 10 or more flights as pilot in command of an aircraft towing a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle in accordance with a certificate of waiver need not comply with paragraphs (a)(4) and (a)(5) of this section.
(c) The pilot, described in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, who endorses the logbook of a person seeking towing privileges must have-
(1) Met the requirements of this section prior to endorsing the logbook of the person seeking towing privileges; and
(2) Logged at least 10 flights as pilot in command of an aircraft while towing a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle.
(d) If the pilot described in paragraph (a)(4) of this section holds only a private pilot certificate, then that pilot must have- (1) Logged at least 100 hours of pilot-in-command time in airplanes, or 200 hours of pilot-in-command time in a combination of powered and other-than-powered aircraft; and
(2) Performed and logged at least three flights within the 12 calendar months preceding the month that pilot accompanies or endorses the logbook of a person seeking towing privileges –
(i) In an aircraft while towing a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle accompanied by another pilot who meets the requirements of this section; or
(ii) As pilot in command of a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle being towed by another aircraft.

Recurrent Training Program

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