Gliding: From Passenger to Pilot

Gliding: From Passenger to Pilot

by Steve Longland

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Gliding is for everyone who has ever dreamt of riding the air currents with the view stretching to the horizon, and with barely a sound to disturb the moment. Written by an experienced instructor, this book guides you through the first steps to realizing that dream, and goes on to explore the many opportunities offered by this compelling and existing sport. Gliding is for everyone who has ever dreamt of escaping to thousands of feet above the ground, with a view stretching to the horizon, and barely a whisper to disturb the moment. The book guides you through how to realize that dream and goes on to explore the many opportunities this compelling and beautiful sport offers. Topics covered include: a history of the sport; an introduction to gliding clubs, getting started and what to expect; an insight into how gliders fly and detailed instruction on how to fly them; sections on launching, the cockpit, safety, and weather forecasts; and finally ideas for cross-country and competitive flying and tips for owning a glider.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847973931
Publisher: Crowood Press, The
Publication date: 08/27/2012
Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Steve Longland's 30-year career as an instructor has included being chief instructor of the Cambridge Gliding Club and a regional examiner for the British Gliding Association. He holds a Gold Certificate Badge with the coveted three diamonds, continues to fly solo, and has amassed 5,000 hours in gliders and flown approximately 90,000km cross-country.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

1 The Early Days 8

2 The Modern Gliding Club 16

3 How Gliders Work 28

4 Methods of Launch 38

5 What's in the Cockpit? 46

6 Gliding Basics 58

7 The Instruction 68

8 Preparation for Flight 72

9 The Flight Exercises 82

10 Lift 122

11 Glider Performance 134

12 Cross Country Flying 138

13 Owning Your Own Glider 148

14 Competitive Flying 152

Useful Contacts 158

Bibliography 159

Index 159

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