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Detailed Description

Advanced Soaring Made Easy Edition 4
By: Bernard Eckey

General Description

Advanced Soaring Made Easy This 4th edition is now the all–encompassing book on advanced soaring. New topics have been included, the structure of the book was changed, the page layout and graphics were much improved, the text has been revised or extended throughout, and the quality of many new photographs is simply spectacular – all courtesy of my editor, who until recently was the 35–year editor of the Canadian gliding magazine, Free Flight.

Advanced Soaring Made Easy

Previous editions have quickly turned into best sellers (the third edition was available in four languages) and have already helped many solo pilots become highly skilled and very competent cross-country pilots. This new and final edition is completely up–to–date with current changes in the sport and offers new pilots a self–coaching tool with all the information needed from a single source.

This doesn’t mean that performance oriented pilots were forgotten; on the contrary, chapters on competition flying, glider fine–tuning, and the all-important psychological aspects assist experienced pilots to improve their success rate in competitions or enhance their chances at record attempts.

Advanced Soaring Made Easy

Every glider pilot can benefit from the breadth of information in this book. Inexperienced pilots will gain valuable insights while building basic skills, avoiding setbacks and disappointments. Cross–country pilots can use the advanced theoretical knowledge in the development of superior practical skills. Competition pilots will find their knowledge challenged, resulting in insights that will greatly contribute to rapid progress. In short, Advanced Soaring Made Easy is the ultimate book for pilots trying to get on the fast track to success – a book that no ambitious glider pilot can afford to ignore.

Advanced Soaring Made Easy

Technical Data

432 Pages
187 Illustrations
176 Photographs
7.87 x 10.63 x 0.91 inches (200 x 270 x 23 mm)

Table of Contents

Advanced Soaring Made Easy

About the Author

A 40 year love affair with aviation started for Bernard as a young boy when he visited a model aircraft field. After 15 years of building, flying and later even designing model aircraft he decided to take up gliding and obtained his German license in 1982.

In 1983 his professional career saw him transferred “down under” to head up his employer's Australian operations. The truly excellent gliding conditions in Australia convinced Bernard to become a private owner of a PIK 20 in 1985 and from then gliding has occupied most of his spare time.

While serving his club as a committee member, president, gliding instructor and state association delegate he obtained his “Form 2 Inspector Rating” in 1991 and his private pilot license in 1992. In 1996 he became a gliding coach and was made a GFA level 2 coach in 2002. He was later appointed head coach for South Australia and Northern Territory.

In 1996 he was able to acquire a damaged self–launching open class ASH–25 two–seater sailplane. Re–building the aircraft with the help of friends increased his enthusiasm for the sport even further. Since then he has taken his pride and joy to many places in Australia and pilots from many countries have benefited from free coaching sessions.

Over the past 20 years Bernard has retained his excellent contacts with various European glider manufacturers. He and his wife Chris became agents for a number of manufacturers during the nineties. Today they run successful agencies not only in Australia but also New Zealand and Japan with an excellent reputation and first class relationships with their customers.

With over 3500 hours soaring in his logbook Bernard always strives to extract the maximum distance out of any gliding day. He can look back to an estimated 300,000 km of cross-country flying. He is holder of all GFA distance badges, has performed 6 flights in excess of 1000 km and set a new Australian record for a 1000 km out & return flight. In addition he has performed an 1134 km FAI triangle.

Although he is not a regular competition pilot he has competed at national sport class events and won a number of competition days. He also won several state championships.


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