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CRITICAL ASSEMBLY CHECK (CAC) – A CAC is a control connection check plus an assembly verification, confirming that all required assembly components have been installed and locked properly. Wing pin locks and control connections are typical areas that should be checked. Refer to your specific manufacturers manual for your requirements.

The left wing tape of newly assembled gliders should be noted (date plus initials) prior to pulling the ship to the flight line. FMs and AFMs can deny staging or launch if you do not have a CAC documented by your wing tape notation. The Pilot-in-Command is ultimately responsible to verify control operation with a Positive Control Check (PCC).

Useful links:

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Soaring Safety Foundation

SSF – Standard American Soaring Signals (Air)

SSF – Standard American Soaring Signals (Ground)

SSF – Wing Runner Course


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Tom Knauff Safety Articles and Presentations

Civil Air Patrol – Safety Presentations and articles.

DG Flugzeugbau (DG Sailplanes) – Articles deal with attitudes and perspectives of the soaring community in general and technical safety issues.