Online References for Pilots



Main FAA site
This is an entry point to many other things for pilots.


FAA TFRs site

This map view is particularly useful.  When you select it and then choose PA or NJ from the state drop-down list; select NY from the center drop-down list also works. The main page also shows upcoming TFRs, not just current ones.

Caution: TFRs can change quickly, especially presidential ones as successive POTUSs have tended to change their schedules at very short notice.


FAAST: FAA Safety Team 

They organize and/or advertise a lot of safety-related seminars and webinars, mostly related to power flying or general safety topics, but including some soaring-related ones.  They also seem to manage the “Wings” program. The website also includes useful materials and lists of upcoming events. 
Signup page:


WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program
The objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community. By focusing on this objective, we hope to reduce the number of accidents we see each year for the same causes. As you will see, it is not a simple “Award” program but is instead a true proficiency program, designed to help improve our skills and knowledge as pilots.


Local mailing list

A FAASTeam Representative, Len Levy, maintains an e-mail list for our region, so you get useful news and in particular “push” notifications of upcoming TFRs. Note: Len provides useful rather than “official” information – so this is not a substitute for Flight Service or the TFR site.

There doesn’t seem to be an associated web site for sign up – just send an e-mail to the following address and ask to be added.


FAA application used to formally apply for airman certificates. You may need a login/password here that is separate from the one you use to access the main FAA site. Or CFIG will no doubt walk you through the IACRA process.




Soaring Society of America (SSA)

Our club rules require you to be a current member, which gives you access to the entire site.  You can also buy books and other soaring merchandise through the site.


Soaring Safety Foundation

The Soaring Safety Foundation (SSF) is the Training and Safety arm of the Soaring Society of America (SSA). Their mission is to provide instructors and pilots with the tools needed to teach/learn both the stick and rudder skills and the Aeronautical Decision-Making skills needed to safely fly a glider. They also provide information and analysis of incident and accident trends in order to develop better training tools.


SSA Wing Runner course

This resource doesn’t take long to run.  It’s essential to ensuring safe ground operations.


Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

This is the major national organization for General Aviation. The organization and its website are oriented towards power pilots, but some materials are open access to non-members. Soaring benefits indirectly from AOPA’s advocacy efforts with Federal and State Governments.


AOPA also has a foundation that sponsors the Air Safety Institute. Their part of the website includes useful aviation safety materials.




CAUTION: Our flight instructors preferred training syllabus and approach may differ from those used by sites and materials listed here. Our club requires that you follow our CFIG’s direction.

CAUTION: Simulator-based training (e.g., Condor) is not a substitute for training in a real aircraft, even if you find it useful as supplementary training for grasping concepts.


Scott Manley has developed an extensive training course based on Condor, complete with lesson plans and organized into a complete course.  See “Cautions” above. Scott has discussed his course in a major series of articles in “Soaring” magazine.  Back issues of “Soaring” may be visible on the SSA website.


Condor Soaring Simulator

You will need to ensure that you have a suitable PC and peripherals – the best experience requires multiple screens as well as joystick and rudder pedals.

Note: despite the high quality of this simulation, some experienced pilots in our club find it difficult to fly and somewhat unrepresentative of being in a real glider.
may also be available from some of the “Supplies” sites listed below.  The current version of the software (10/2021) is Condor 2.


Condor2 Soaring Simulator Online Resources
The series of articles in Soaring magazine on how to use Condor2 for training is very intriguing,

and the author has done a tremendous amount of work setting up a syllabus and lesson plans.

If you have good joystick and rudder pedal attachments for your PC, and especially if you have

multiple screens, it might well be worth a try.


Condor2 Soaring Simulator Sticks, Rudders and Other Devices

This is a listing of devices that connect to Condor to enable you to simulate the controls in your cockpit.


Made Easy book

Bob Wander has published a series of “Made Easy” books on different aspects of flying gliders – e.g., “The Art of Thermaling Made Easy”. At least some of these books can be purchased via the SSA website.




Wings & Wheels

This is a specialist supplier of soaring accessories.  They also maintain listings of gliders for sale and provide a good newsletter on advanced soaring topics. Sign up via their website.


Cumulus Soaring
Likewise, though I don’t believe they publish a newsletter.  They also seem to act as a seller of Condor software.


Sportys Pilot Shop

They offer an extensive range of flying accessories and training materials, mainly oriented to power pilots. Most useful for their chart subscription service.  Sectional charts are now published every 56 days or so (used to be every 6 months).

It is worth getting a subscription to the New York sectional so that you always have an up-to-date chart.




There is a large number of soaring videos of varying quality available by searching on YouTube.

CAUTION: A number of these are of the “don’t try this at home” variety.