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Gliding made easy

Gliding made easy


Book 1:Private Pilot Glider Checkride

Book 1:Private Pilot Glider Checkride

Book One in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Self-study guide to the Private Pilot Glider Oral and Flight Test. Hundreds of questions, answers, explanations for the oral test. Hundreds of "do's and don'ts" for the FAA flight test. Appendix includes complete checklist to guide preparation for the checkride. Don't even think of taking your checkride without using this book to prepare!

Table of Contents

Introduction...............................................................................4
How To Use This......................................................................5
Notes To The Recommending Instructors................................6
YOUR CHECKRIDE: Oral and Flight Test
Preflight Preparation................................................................7
Preflight Procedures.................................................................29
Airport & Gliderport Operations.............................................35
Launches & Landings...............................................................39
Performance Airspeeds...........................................................49
Soaring Techniques.................................................................53
Performance Maneuvers.........................................................59
Navigation..............................................................................63
Slow Flight & Stalls...............................................................69
Emergency Operations............................................................73
Postflight Procedures..............................................................77
APPENDIX: Final Approach For Your Checkride
Common Errors (or, How To Flunk Your Checkride).............80
Checklist For Checkride Day...................................................81
For Further Reading.................................................................82
About Bob Wander..................................................................83
The FAA Glider Flying Handbook..........................................84
The Soaring Society of America (SSA)...................................84


Book 2:Commercial Pilot Glider Checkride

Book 2:Commercial Pilot Glider Checkride

Book Two in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Self-study guide to the FAA Commercial Pilot Glider Oral and Flight Test. Hundreds of questions, answers, explanations for the oral test. Hundreds of "dos and don'ts" for the FAA flight test. Includes complete checklist to guide preparation for the checkride. Essential study and preparation guide.

Table of Contents


Introduction...............................................................................4
How To Use This......................................................................5
Notes To The Recommending CFI-Glider................................6
Use of Distractions During Practical Test................................6
Positive Exchange Of Flight Controls......................................6
References & Abbreviations..................................................7
Special Emphasis Areas.........................................................8
AREA OF OPERATIONS
Preflight Preparation................................................................9
Preflight Procedures.................................................................31
Airport & Gliderport Operations.............................................35
Launches & Landings...............................................................39
Performance Airspeeds...........................................................48
Soaring Techniques.................................................................50
Performance Maneuvers.........................................................54
Navigation..............................................................................56
Slow Flight & Stalls...............................................................61
Emergency Operations............................................................64
Postflight Procedures..............................................................67
APPENDIX: Final Approach For Your Checkride
Common Errors (or, How To Flunk Your Checkride).............70
Checklist For Checkride Day...................................................71
For Further Reading.................................................................72
The Soaring Society of America (SSA)...................................74
About Bob Wander-(back cover)


Book 3:Flight Instructor Glider Checkride

Book 3:Flight instructor glider checkride
Book Three in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Self-study guide to the FAA Flight Instructor Glider Oral and Flight Test. Hundreds of questions, answers, explanations for the oral test, including the Fundamentals of Instruction, logbook endorsements, and all other required topics. Hundreds of "do's and don'ts" for the FAA flight test. Includes complete checklist to prepare for the checkride. Essential study guide to prepare for your checkride.

Table of Contents


Introduction............................................................................4
How To Use This Book..........................................................5
Notes To The Recommending CFI-Glider..............................6
YOUR CHECKRIDE: Oral And Flight Test
Fundamentals Of Instruction...................................................9
Technical Subject Areas........................................................16
Preflight Preparation..............................................................27
Preflight lesson on a flight manuever......................................38
Preflight procedures...............................................................39
Airport and glider port operations..........................................44
Launches & landings...............................................................48
Fundamentals of flight.............................................................58
Performance Airspeed............................................................60
Soaring Techniques................................................................62
Performance maneuvers.........................................................66
Slow flight, stalls, and spins..................................................68
Emergency operations............................................................73
Post-flight procedures............................................................76
APPENDIX: Final Approach For Your Checkride
Common Errors (or, How To Flunk Your Checkride)...........78
Checklist For Checkride Day.................................................79
Good Books For CFIGs.........................................................80
The Soaring Society of America (SSA)....................................80
About Bob Wander-(back cover)

Book 4:Glider BFR and Spring Checkout

Book 4:Glider BFR and Spring Checkout

Book Four in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Contains complete review of FAR 61.56 and all of FAR Part 91 applicable to glider operations. Self-assessment inventory guides the BFR applicant in assessing pilot skills and identifying areas that need attention during the flight review. Helps the flight review candidate to become a better pilot as the result of the flight review process - which after all is what flight reviews are all about!

Table of Contents


The Gliding Made Easy Series............................................2
Introduction: How To Use This Book..................................4
A Note To Glider Flight Instructors.....................................5
FAR 61.56: Flight Reviews.................................................6
How Can I Improve My Flying Skills?................................7
Glider Pilot's Overview Of FAR Part 91............................8
The FAA "Wings" Program.................................................10
FLIGHT REVIEW TOPICS
Technical Subjects..............................................................11
Preflight Preparation...........................................................21
Ground Operations..............................................................31
Aerotow Launch..................................................................35
In-Flight Maneuvers............................................................39
Approaches & Landings......................................................45
APPENDIX
What If I "Fail" My BFR?...................................................50
Checklist For Your BFR Or Spring Checkout.....................51
For Further Reading............................................................52
About Bob Wander(back cover)


Book 5:Glider Polars and Speed-to-Fly

Book 5:Glider polars and speed-to-fly

Book Five in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. User-friendly, non-technical polar analysis and speed-to-fly decision-making. 32 pages, dozens of illustrations and numerous photographs. Step-by-step analysis of glider polars, speed-to-fly and final glide. Works for any glider performance polar under any weather conditions. No math required!

Table of Contents


Foreword...............................................................................3
Introduction............................................................................4
Choosing A Glider Polar To Analyze....................................6
How Polar Curves Are Plotted..............................................7
Cruising Through Sinking Air................................................13
Cruising Through Rising Air..................................................16
Applying Your Knowledge Of Polar Analysis.......................19
Making A Rotatable Speed Ring............................................24
Final Glides...........................................................................25
Final Glides And Safety.........................................................28
For Further Reading...............................................................29
The Soaring Society of America (SSA)..................................30
Glider Polar Worksheets........................................................30
About Bob Wander (back cover)


Transition to Single Seat Gliders

Transition to single seat gliders

Assembly, cockpit considerations, flaps, trim, and airbrakes, towhook location and considerations, ground handling, takeoff and tow, free flight, patterns and landings, emergency planning, positive control checks . . . everything is covered.

Table of contents

The Gliding Made Easy Series...........................................2
Introduction..........................................................................4
How To Use This Book.......................................................5
A Note To Glider Flight Instructors.....................................6
Acknowlagement..................................................................7 GLIDER FAMILIARIZATION & PREPARATION
The Pilot Operating Handbook (POH)..................................8
Glider Worksheet..................................................................8
Assembly & Positive Control Check.....................................11
In The Cockpit.......................................................................12
The Instrument Panel..............................................................15
How Will It Feel?..................................................................16.
Flap-Equipped Gliders..........................................................18
FLYING THE SINGLE SEAT GLIDER
Takeoff & Aerotow................................................................22
In Free Flight..........................................................................29
Pattern & Landing...................................................................31
APPENDIX
Transition Checklist................................................................38
The Soaring Society Of America............................................39
For Further Reading................................................................40



Book 7: The Art of Thermaling

Book 7: the art of thermaling

Book Seven in the Gliding...Made Easy! Series. Guaranteed to make you a better soaring pilot. Finding, entering, centering, and leaving thermals. Finding and using thermal streets. Weather observation techniques. Thermal prediction. The most complete treatment of thermaling and thermaling decision-making in print. If you are not getting the most out of thermaling, you can keep on buying extra aerotow launches...or you can buy and read this inexpensive but comprehensive book and discover how to get the most out of thermals.

Table of Contents

The Gliding Made Easy Series, And The Mentor Series...........2
Authors Intorduction....................................................................3
Soaring, Speculation,& Decision-Making...................................7
Flying Round Circles.................................................................11
Thermal Structure......................................................................15
How To Search For Thermals...................................................19
Entering & Centering Thermals.................................................29
Leaving Thermals......................................................................41
Thermal Streets.........................................................................43
Minimum Sink Airspeed...........................................................47
Speed-To-Fly...........................................................................51
Thermal Weather......................................................................53
For further reading.....................................................................55
The Soaring Society of America (SSA).....................................56
About Bob Wander (Back Cover)

Book 8:Badge Soaring, the A B C Badges

Book 8:Badge soaring, the A B C Badges

Book Eight in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Everything from soup to nuts, to help you earn your A, B, and C FAI Badges. Unique checklist makes record keeping a snap. Nothing else like it in print.

Table of contents

The gliding mad easy series.................................................2
How To Use This Book.........................................................3
What Material Should I Study?..............................................4
Who Awards The A, B, & C Badges?...................................4
Note To Glider Flight Instructors..........................................5
The SSA Instructor (SSAI)....................................................6
The A Badge.........................................................................9
The B Badge.........................................................................17
The C Badge.........................................................................19
For Further Reading.............................................................25
The Bronze Badge................................................................26
The Silver Badge.................................................................27
About The SSA....................................................................28
About Bob Wander (back cover)

Book 9: Badge Soaring, the Bronze Badge

Book 9: Badge Soaring, the Bronze Badge

Book Nine in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Everything you need to know to earn your Bronze Soaring Badge. Includes comprehensive, 101-question practice examination to prepare you for the Bronze Badge Written Examination. Unique checklist makes record-keeping a snap. Nothing else like it in print.

Table of contents

The gliding made easy series...............................................2
How To Use This Book.........................................................3
Note To Glider Flight Instructors...........................................4
The SSA Instructor (SSAI).....................................................4
The Preliminaries
Bronze Badge FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)..............7
Bronze Badge Prerequisites: The ABC Badges.....................10
Bronze Badge Requirements..................................................12
Earning Your Bronze Badge
Flight Preparation And Planning............................................13
Practicing For The Bronze Badge Written Examination.........25
Answers and References for the Practice Examination..........41
Bronze Badge Achievement Checklist...................................44
Moving On...
Building A Personal Soaring Library....................................45
The Silver Badge..................................................................46
The SSA................................................................................47
Soaring Books & Supplies Order Form................................48
About Bob Wander (back cover)

Book 10:Badge Soaring, the Silver Badge

Book 10:Badge Soaring, the Silver Badge

Book Ten in the Gliding...Made Easy series. Wander, Bob. Complete preparation for earning the Silver Badge. Describes all FAI requirements for Silver Distance, Silver Duration, and Silver Gain Of Height. Includes barograph procedures, charts, navigation, documentation. Unique checklist makes record keeping a snap. Nothing else like it in print.

Table of contents

The gliding made easy series...............................................2
About This Book....................................................................4
Note To Glider Flight Instructors...........................................5
The SSA Instructor (SSAI).....................................................5 
The Preliminaries
The ABC Badge Requirements..............................................8
The Bronze Badge Requirements...........................................10
About The Silver Badge
Silver Badge FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)...............11
What Material Should I Study?..............................................14
Documenting Badge Flights: The Basics
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI)...............15
FAI Badges: General Definitions..........................................16
FAI Badges: Requirements....................................................19
FAI Flight Evidence Requirements........................................22
Position Recorders for Silver Badge Flights.........................24
Official Observers & Certification......................................25
Silver Height Gain Flight: 1,000 Meter Gain
What's Required?..................................................................28
Planning & Flying My Silver Height Gain Flight..................28
Checklist For The Silver Height Gain Flight........................32
Documenting My Silver Height Gain....................................34
Silver Duration Flight: Five Hours
What's Required?.................................................................35
Planning & Flying My Silver Duration Flight......................35
Checklist For The Silver Duration Flight.............................38
Documenting My Silver Duration Flight...............................40
Silver Distance: 50 Kilometers
What's Required?..................................................................41
The Ol' Silver Distance Confuzifier......................................45
Planning & Flying My Silver Distance Flight........................46
Checklist For The Silver Distance Flight..............................54
Documenting My Silver Distance Flight...............................56
Reference
Glossary...............................................................................57
The soaring society of america.............................................59
Notes on IGC flight recorders...............................................60
Resorces................................................................................60

Book 11:  Safer Soaring

Safer Soaring

Bob Wander’s latest book, number eleven in Bob’s well-known Gliding . . . Made Easy! series. Personal preparation, assembly and preflight preparation, launch and climbout, free flight, and approaches and landings are all covered. Covers the common causes of the large majority of serious accidents and shows you how to help yourself, and help your soaring friends, to avoid them. This is the most comprehensive treatment of gliding safety and of aeronautical decision-making available.

Table of contents

1. Soaring, Speculation, & Aeronautical Decision-Making
The gamble, the speculation, and the Sure Thing. Decision types and soaring. Sporting decisions versus safety decisions. Speculations, Sure Things, and the blurred line between them. The seductive qualities of the bad speculative decision. Factors that give rise to unsafe speculative soaring decisions. Safety decisions = Sure Thing decisions.-(Page 5)


2. Preparing Your Glider For Flight:
The Big Three Background. Causes of incomplete assembly. The Big Three. Written Checklists. Positive Control Check (PCC). The Up-Thumb tool. Visual Critical Assembly Check (CAC). The role of interruptions in assembly accidents. Lack of familiarity with type being flown. -(Page 13)

3. Kiting Above The Towplane During Aerotow Launch Kiting.
Causes of kiting. If kiting occurs. Preventing kiting accidents. -(Page 19)

4. Aerotow Launch Failures, Flight Training, & Emergency Action Plans Launch failures.
Towplane problems. Flight training for partial or gradual towplane power loss. Early detection of aerotow problems. Planning for aerotow emergencies. Very low altitude launch failures. Intermediate altitude launch failures. Cross-country retrieve aerotow failures. -(Page 23)

5. The Effects of Sinking Airmass On Glider Performance & The Role Of Sinking Airmass In Gliding Accidents
Effects of mild, moderate, and severe airmass sink rates on gliders of low, medium, and very high performance. Sinking airmass and gliding accidents. -(Page 33)

6. Spin Training
Why spin training is important. Why many pilots avoid spin training. Three spin questions for every glider pilot. Spin training methods and the advantages and disadvantages. Factors that contribute to inadvertent spins during the landing approach. The cure for inadvertent spins.-(Page 41)

7. Forward Slips, Side Slips, & Turning Slips
The three slips. Slips with straight flight paths: Forward slip and side slip. Function of the forward slip. Function of the side slip. The difference between forward slips and side slips. Curving flight path slip: The turning slip. Function of the turning slip. Learning and practicing slips. Stalls, spins, and slips. -(Page 49)

8. Landing Gliders Safely:
Serial Task Or Parallel Task?Undershoot landing accidents. Overshoot landing accidents. Preventing landing accidents. Serial Tasks. Parallel tasks. Approach and landing in a glider: Serial task or parallel task? Teaching methods and the parallel task. Danger of using serial task methods to solve parallel task problems. Flight training standards: Comparing launch training in gliders with landing training in gliders. Teaching landing emergencies. Flying the approach as a parallel task. Concentrating on the desired outcome: A safe landing on the spot you intended to land on. -(Page 55)

9. The "Traffic Pattern"
The AIM traffic pattern. Tools that fail. The traffic pattern is a tool. When the traffic pattern tool fails. History of the traffic pattern. Unique characteristics of the glider flying an approach to landing. Recommended training with CFIG.-(Page 63)

10. Getting The Most From Your Recurrent Training
Pre-flight phase. Takeoff and aerotow phase. Free flight phase. Approach and landing phase. Finishing the job. The FAA Wings program. -(page 67)

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