The gliders of Fayence-AAPCA

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Leaving the local : What you need to know!

When a Glider Pilot decides to plan a flight out of the Fayence local, he must :

  1. Prepare an AAPCA mission order, have it signed by the chief pilot on duty that day after the briefing and hand it over to the starter.

Without this mission order, you are not allowed to leave the Local!

  1. Make sure you know the procedure for disassembling and towing the assigned glider.
  2. To have the name and telephone number of the towing person with whom he has agreed the towing on the mission order.
  3. Have checked the availability of the required disassembly tools for the selected glider. (If these tools are not on board, the tow truckman must be informed of what to take with it in the recovery trailer.
  4. Check the availability of the trailer corresponding to the assigned glider (condition, tools, straps, etc).
  5. Ensure the availability of the vehicle being considered for towing.
  6. Ensure the availability of the towing vehicle documents (Insurance, vehicle and trailer registration documents).


Trailer list : Checked by Thierry Pouthé en 2020



The purpose of this Procedure is to recall the general rules applicable for the dismantling of gliders.

These general rules must always be completed by the knowledge of the specific instructions for each type of glider.

When dismantling a glider, there can be no improvisation. Each pilot is responsible for his machine and shall ensure that a competent person is present to direct the dismantling operations.

Each trailer is adjusted and adapted to the type of glider affected.
When disassembly occurs abnormally, no improvisation shall be allowed. It is not the trailer or the glider that is affected.
that needs to start changing, but it’s up to the dismantling team to think about the correct method to adopt …


– Trailer set up (floor/rear door alignment), rear stand(s) locked, jockey wheel adjusted.
– Fuselage cradle (in upper position if adjustable), wings and horizontal tailplane in place
– Miscellaneous accessories ready (control surfaces, tail, etc.)


– Position the glider on its fuselage cradle, remove the tail trolley
– On some height-adjustable fuselage cradles, retract the undercarriage to stow the glider.
– Gently remove adhesives (watch out for sealing tapes)
– Dismantle the antennas (anemometer, vario compensation)
– If the glider is not equipped with an automatic control connection, disconnect the aileron, flap, and AF controls.
– Disconnect the ballast tank vents.


Horizontal stabilizer :

– Dismantle the horizontal stabilizer as a priority and place it in its support sheltered from the wind and the dismantling area (generally on the side of the trailer).


– For gliders with extensions (>15m), remove the extensions and install the original salmon instead. Place the extension leads in the appropriate brackets or places.
– Dismantle the first wing. Relieve about 5 to 10 kg at the wingtip to remove the pin(s).
– Hold the second fender in place, resting on the trestle, while the first fender is engaged in the trailer.
– When towing, ensure that the airbrakes are retracted and locked, and even taped if necessary to hold them in place. Install the flap and aileron struts, if available.
– Monitor the distance of the wing from the fuselage pins and from the inside walls of the trailer. Check the correct positioning and shimming in the trailer.


– Put in place the fuselage cradle fixings on the wing pegs (pins or other possibly), and/or put in place the retaining strap passing through the fuselage.
– Retract the train (if not already done). If the fuselage cradle is adjustable, set it to the down position.
– Miscellaneous equipment stowed in the cockpit (battery(ies) in place in their housing(s) or removed from the glider, parachute(s), various pins, pins and dismantling accessories in their pockets, personal effects, etc.).
– Fuselage cover in place (if applicable)
– Carefully retract the fuselage, watching the approaches and the passage of the tail.
– After locking the fuselage in place, attach the tail attachment webbing.


– Check all troubleshooting accessories for proper storage and securement.
– Close the trailer carefully, watching the wingtips for chocks.
– Lift the crutches and put the crank handle away.
– Always make a visual inspection of the dismantling area to ensure that nothing has been forgotten.