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Competing in Gliders:
Winning With Your Mind

Competing in Gliders

General Description

Competing in Gliders is written by father and son, Leo and Ricky Brigliadori. Together they have a combined phenomenal 70 years of experience, from rookie competition pilot to World Championship and beyond. This is more than just a book about flying – the techniques described in the book apply to many facets of life, covering; self–motivation, team work, and how to overcome failures and disappointment. This is a must read for all gliding enthusiasts, whether as a manual for flying safely to success, inspiration for the future competition pilot, or simply a wonderful read about places, people and adventures we all recognize.

Forward by Alvaro de Orleans–Borbon

"A book for everyone! Two international champions, father and son, transmitting not only the extraordinary wealth of experience they have gained in decades of gliding contests all over the world, but, by making the person central to the discourse, offering us much more than the title of this book might suggest.

As an instruction manual for winning gliding competitions, it is a veritable gold mine for passionate followers of this sport, but the enthralling narrative style, rich in anecdote, will fascinate all those who love flight.

But it is, above all, the analysis of the human qualities universally, necessary to winning, such as curiosity, tenacity , self–knowledge, which make this book of great general interest: the authors, in revealing the secrets of competing in glider, succeeding conveying, however elegantly disguised, their reflections on confronting quite different battles in life."

Authors: Leo and Ricky Brigliadori
Edition: 2nd
Pages: 383 – 120+ Full color photos (50+ double page spreads) and 79 Tables and/or color graphs
Dimensions: 6.42 x 9.25 x 0.83 inches (163x235x21 mm)

Why a Second Edition?

This handbook of sport gliding was born in 2001. Since then, several significant things have changed on the international competing scene. We thus took advantage of the two foreign language editions, in German and the most recently 2nd Italian edition, to bring in the updates, improvements and inclusion that have become necessary.

So the need arose to make sure that English speaking glider pilots were not denied access to these significant updates. We set about revisiting the various topics, including and most especially the part regarding psychological aspects and the training in making winning decisions. We have tried to explore new frontiers of the competition pilot's brain and mind and feel confident that we have finally completed the necessary in–depth study of the subject

We have taken the opportunity to replace the lower–quality photographs and have added some new and highly–spectacular ones to make reading this book more enjoyable since it could, otherwise, be considered quite hard work! In addition, as authors, we wanted the book to reflect what we consider to be the real essence of gliding: to give the excitement of conquest, freedom and contemplation that perhaps no other sport is able to give.

Leo and Ricky – February 2009



Table of Contents

Part one: TECHNIQUE

  1. The generations..........16
  2. Centering in thermals..........20
  3. The traverse..........40
  4. Pace..........74
  5. Analyzing your flights to improve your performance..........133
  6. Flying as an individual or as a team?..........139
  7. How to also be competitive flying a two seater in open class..........151
  8. New forms of competition..........153

Part 2: STRATEGY

  1. Objectives..........170
  2. Strategies as applied to the different moments in competition..........173
  3. Strategies linked to your position in the results..........188

Part 3: TACTICS

  1. The sport of managers..........194
  2. Tactics in the three key moments for those who want to win..........206
  3. Mental attitude towards landing out in competition..........238
  4. Tactics in A.A.T. (Assigned Area Tasks) – speed tasks..........242

Part 4: HUMAN FACTORS

  1. The man motor..........248
  2. Skills..........250
  3. Personality factors..........255
  4. Mental preparation..........263
  5. The mental and decision making process..........284
  6. The training process..........294
  7. Physical preparation..........300
  8. Nutrition..........305
  9. The road to victory..........313

Part 5: ORGANIZATION

  1. The glider and related instrumentation..........338
  2. The ground crew..........343
  3. Equipment..........347
  4. Pre–competition logistics..........353
  5. Final Considerations..........354
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