C-172RG Ground Reference Maneuvers


This C-172RG Ground Reference Maneuvers Lesson Plan has come from Chapter Twenty-Nine of The Complete CFI Binder. They can be purchased a la carte. This chapter is a total of 20 pages and contains a complete lesson for teaching your students and FAA Examiner. This file can be directly downloaded from our server and immediately consumed in any PDF viewing application, on any device that you choose. There are no viewing restrictions or limitations. You will receive instant access to the PDF File immediately after checkout.



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Ground Reference Maneuvers

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Preferred Configuration

Maneuver Setup

Maneuver Execution

Selecting Your Point

Wind Correction

Downwind Leg

Base leg

Upwind Leg

Crosswind Leg


Preferred Configuration

Maneuver Setup

Maneuver Execution

Selecting Your Point

Maneuver Basics

Executing The Maneuver

Preferred Configuration

Maneuver Setup

Maneuver Execution

Selecting The Reference Point

Executing The Maneuver

Downwind Half of Circle

Upwind Half of Circle

Division of Attention

Exiting the Maneuver

Operational Considerations

Preferred Configuration

Maneuver Setup

Maneuver Execution

Banking Onto the Pylon

Keep Wingtip Reference on Pylon

Wings Level (3-5 Seconds)

Bank Onto Second Pylon

Keep Wingtip Reference On Pylon

Avoid Slips and Skids

Pivotal Altitude Explained


Finding Pivotal Altitude

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