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Jet Sailplane Training

Our FAA-approved training program features ground, systems, and flight training to obtain a jet glider rating. The training program can also be tailored as "comparable aircraft training" for other aircraft utilizing PBS Engines including the BD-5. The three-day course includes up to 8 hours of ground training and 5 hours of flight training in the two-seat BonusJet. Covering all aspects of jet sailplane operation, our training program is also recognized by sailplane insurance carriers.

Upon completion of an evaluation with a qualified airman, you will be issued a rating for the TST-14 jet sailplane. This rating will appear on your pilot certificate (similar to a jet airplane type rating). This course also counts as a BFR.

Jet Ratings & BFR's

  • Prerequisite: A private pilot certificate with glider rating

  • Typical cost: approximately $2500 + Examiner's Fee* 

  • Subsequent FAR part 61.58 Yearly Proficiency Checks are available for as little as $1000.

    • Qualifies for annual currency in any experimental jet for which you are rated!

* Cost varies with experience level


take advantage of New Mexico's fabulous soaring
conditions in the BonusJet

Sample Curriculum

Section 1 — Ground Training

  1. General Overview

  2. TST-14J Flight Manual

  3. PBS TJ-100 Operations and Maintenance Manual

  4. Extension / Retract Mechanism (ERM)

  5. Fuel System

  6. Fueling / Defueling

  7. Front Cockpit Checkout

  8. Pre-flight Checklists

  9. Engine Controls, Display, Ground Starting, Shutdown

  10. Self-launching

  11. Transitioning Into Unpowered Flight

    • In-flight Shutdown

    • In-flight Engine Retract

  12. Transitioning Into Powered Flight

    • In-flight Engine Extension

    • In-flight Engine Restart

  13. Landing with Power

  14. Post-flight Checklists

Section 2 — Flight Training

  1. Normal Soaring Flight *

    • Landing without power

  2. Flight with restart *

    • Landing with Power

  3. Pattern Practice

    • Multiple Takeoffs

    • Shutdown

    • Retract

    • Landing without Power

  4. Advanced Training

    • Solo Preparation — Patterns & Emergency Procedures


* Includes self launch, shutdown, retract, restart

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