Front Seat

In draft stages. Don’t read – not yet ready for viewing. 10/30/16


See the introduction to this page on the ASG-32 Page.
By Peter Kelly

I’ve snapped a few photos and present them here, along with a few comments and personal opinions – all non-instructional in nature, starting with the front cockpit.
If and when I take a few better photos, I’ll update this page – hopefully.


fnt-panelWhen I decide to fly a new aircraft, I find it necessary to spend time just sitting in the cockpit and looking around.  Sitting in there for the first time, ten minutes before the rope is hooked up is just not adequate time for me to feel comfortable.   You can use your personal pre-launch checklist that you always use.  This is just another glider.  Send me your pre-takeoff mnemonic if you want to share it with others.  As for me, I always use CBSIFTCB….   C = Controls, B = Ballast, S = Straps, I = Instruments, F = Flaps, T = Trim, C = Canopy, and B = Brakes.  Each pilot has their version, but i suspect whatever you are comfortable using will probably work in this model.

Lets look at the underside of this panel before we review the instruments.

My feet are on the rudder pedals, and I have raised the canopy and instrument fnt-underside2panel.   On the left and right underside there are circuit breakers and in the center there is a placard labeled “Pre Flight  Check”

Here is a photo of that placard.
It appears on page 4.9 of the flight manual as well.  Obviously this Pre Flight  Check is accomplished, before you entered the cockpit.cklst-fnt-underside

cklist-p4-9This would be a good time to set up references to the flight manual.  Note section 0 paragraph 0.3 is a table of contents.
0.3 Table of Contents
Issue: 01.12.2015 MG, PA















Let’s look around the cockpit, a section at a time.

fnt-panel-lower-left Here is the lower left part of the front panel.  The battery charging cord is plugged in.  When it is removed, the hole is covered.  Above the charger socket are two switches labeled “AVIONIC PWR”.  Left one is MAIN and the right switch is AUX.

Before takeoff place the …..??Switch..    ….?

There are two batteries on board.  From the manual it states in part, in paragraph 7.10:sw-battery

To the right of the battery switches is the “ILEC Engine Control Unit and Tank selector switch”.  It is often referred to by the brand name of “ILEC” or alternatively, but not commonly, it is also referred to as the “ECU”, which, as you can see, is the label on the right side of the face.  From part of page 7.22 of the flight manual, here is some description: ecuThe odd thing you may note is that it may be difficult to recognize the various switches and lights on the control unit while you are flying.  The ECU is not used frequently enough for you to know the switches by feel, and I can assure you they are tough to read.  the ECU looks different – depending on how the light is striking the panel.


The point is, the actual ECU panel does not look as clear in the cockpit, as it does in the drawing in the manual, and viewing it from a normal distance it will appear as it does in this photo:

fnt-panel….. You will need to spend some time studying this ECU panel, learn every light and switch, and know the engine operating procedures. Or, alternatively, just fly with pilots who already know all of those things.  Granted, you probably won’t be authorized to fly as PIC, but that is not a great loss, since this ship will probably always be flown by two pilots most of the time.  OK, enough stress and pressure about the engine, besides, I will create a new web page to provide sufficient detail and info which will enable you to feel more comfortable with engine operations.  For now, let’s get back to getting comfortable in this “glider” cockpit!  More about engine procedure and operation later.  It’s a glider! … first and foremost.



Let’s look above the ECU and see

  • the airspeed indicator and,
  • to the right of that, a small placard of Vne Speeds for high altitudes,
  • above the Vne speeds to the right is the Vario/ Vertical Velocity Indicator (VVI), and,
  • to the left of the VVI is the Fire Warning light

The only item discussed here is the airspeed indicator.


A single needle now at zero knots.
Read the outer ring and see the white arc beginning on the outer ring at 43 knots.
See the blue line at 49 kts
See Yellow Triangle at 54 kts
See WK L mark at 81 kts
See WK 5+6 and White Triangle at 97 kts (end of white arc and beginning of yellow arc)


From the book:
4.5.2 Aero Tow
CAUTION: The sailplane is only certificated for aerotow operation
when the forward tow release is used.
The take-off run is usually made in flap setting 5. On hard surfaces flap
setting 4. The trim should be set half-way nose-heavy. and see the remainder of the info in that paragraph.  Read the Manual.

Note the tow speeds stated in that same paragraph:

Other speeds:

Maneuvering – Va = 97 kts
Rough Air – Vra = 97 kts
Never Exceed – Vne = 146 kts

This might be a good time to show you the flap handle – located on the left side panel.  It is aft of the Tow Release and above the trim position indicator and the Spoiler Handle.


Reading from left to right – all the way aft is Landing, 6 and 5 are thermalling flap settings, 4 and 3 are neutral, with the shift from 4 to 3 occurring above approximately 80 kts (depending on weight).  Setting 2 and 1 are for flying fast (SCHNELLFLUG), but study your polar curve to see the altitude price you pay for  speeds above 90 kts.











Back to the front panel – I won’t comment on the Fire warning light, VVI.

fnt-left-upperThe  Vne Speed Limit placard is rather fine print for those with weak eyes.











And on the right side is the Altimeter and Radio


Altimeter may not be what you are used to seeing – it is a small one.

altimeterThe Radio is immediately below the Altimeter
A common Becker Radio.










In the center of the panel is the Clear Nav and below that screen is the Transponder

xponderAnd, not part of the front panel, but immediately below it is the throttle quadrant.

fnt-throttle-quadrantThrottle on the left and prop brake on the right.  The Red Starter button is below the prop brake.

On the lower right of the quadrant is the rudder pedal adjustment release. Another view….









Finishing up on the left side…

See the pocket adjacent to your left shoulder.  Forward of that is the Pre Take-off Check. Then the flap handle and then the tow release.

fnt-left-panelfnt-left-panel-cklistThe Spoiler handle also serves as the brake handle.  note the placards showing a skidding tire on the left and a turbulent spoiler on the right placard.








The Elevator trim is very effective and easy to use.  Pull the green trigger to release the trim.
Full aft and full forward move the neutral position of the stick about six inches.  This is full aft – see the green indicator button on the aft stop.


Front set, right panel also has a pocket near your shoulder.

fnt-right-panelA close up of the placard above that pocket…







Forward of that placard is the crank for adjusting your seat back and forward of that is the air vent.

Along the lower part of that panel, front to back , you can see the gear handle, the water dump control handle, and the knob for the fuel shut off valve (below the crank handle for the back rest).


A very special note about that gear handle.

There is no outboard detent in the extended (or retracted) position (like there is in the ASH26E and others). So a positive lock is not easy to observe after you PUSH THE GEAR DOWN.  Further on this special note – if you push the gear down the handle will meet resistance just before it is fully down and locked (how bad is that!), so LOOK at the handle after you give it an extra shove forward during gear extension.

That’s it on the front seat.  You’ve seen all of the panels and most of the placards.




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Last Revised: 10/28/2016



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