Solitaire XP Sailplane
The "Solitaire" (a.k.a. Tweety Bird) is CSA's primary training sailplane for pre-solo student pilots. Student pilots learn all their basic gliding and soaring skills in this glider in preparation for their first solo flight. The Solitaire is also the preferred CSA sailplane for a student pilot's first solo and many subsequent solo flights (under the supervision of their instructor). Once a student pilot demonstrates advanced mastery of the Solitaire, their instructor will transition the student pilot to the Blanik for further training and soaring flights in preparation for the Private Pilot - Glider test.
The Solitaire XP is a bit of an unusual aircraft. It is one of a kind and built from the wings of the prototype Schweizer SGS 2-33 and a "homebuilt" fuselage which highly resembles a SGS 2-33 fuselage. Hence, why it is certified as an "Experimental" aircraft. Under this certification CSA cannot give scenic rides in this sailplane.
|CSA Solitaire Information|
|CSA Crew Chief:||Merl Raisbeck|
|Documentation:||Flight & Maintenance Manual
|Country Of Origin:||United States|
|No. of Seats:||2|
|Structure:||Steel tube/fabric fuselage, aluminum wings|
|L/D Max:||23 @ 72 kph / 39 kt / 45 mph|
|MinSink:||0.85 m/s / 2.8 fps / 1.66 kt|
|Span||Area||Empty Weight||Payload||Gross Weight||Wing Load||Water Ballast|