Although glider pilots very rarely plan to land anywhere other than an airstrip or airfield, they do need to be prepared for a field landing. Circuit, approach and landing training is all based on a glider pilot needing in due course to execute a safe outlanding. Field landing training during Bronze and Cross Country endorsements training provides a foundation. Periodic refresher training and practice in a motor glider is recommended for all pilots.
A few words on managing risk
Additional hazards exist during a field landing. The vast majority of hazards can be mitigated through training, awareness and experience. Stall/spin accidents invariably result in life changing injuries. A major cause of stall/spin accidents is distraction. A field landing scenario can become very absorbing and result in the pilot becoming distracted from the fundamentally important task of flying the glider. Pilots of all experience are vulnerable to distraction. In all cases and all times, flying the glider should be the pilots highest priority.
Instruction, briefing and safety guidance
The BGA Instructor Manual provides guidance on teaching circuit planning judgement.
The Field Landing Safety Briefing provides guidance on how to select a field. It is aimed at pilots and instructors and should be used during training.
The BGA briefing Conduct of Field Landing Training is essential reading for instructors.
The Ted Lysakowski Memorial Trust has sponsored the production of training videos describing all aspects of field landings;
Very occasionally, an otherwise routine field landing results in complications. The BGA publishes Guidance for pilots following a field landing.