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Learning to Fly Gliders: Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus
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Learning to Fly Gliders: A Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus

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Detailed Description

Learning to Fly Gliders:
A Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus
By: Bob Wander

General Description

Learning to Fly Gliders: A Flight Training Handbook and Syllabus Provides a comprehensive syllabus of flight training lessons. The complete flight training program provided by Learning To Fly Gliders is the ideal companion to the SSA's industry–standard ground school study guide, the Soaring Flight Manual.

Unique format for each flight lesson includes the purpose of the flight lesson, the content of the lesson (and how it will be taught), common errors students make, and the completion standard for each lesson.

Learning To Fly Gliders helps students and instructors use flight time wisely and economically. An attractive and user–friendly book. Thousands sold!

Table of Contents

• Section 1 … Pre–Flight and Ground Handling
• Section 2 … Basics of Free Flight
• Section 3 … Takeoff and Aerotow
• Section 4 … Pattern and Landing
• Section 5 … Advanced Free–Flight Maneuvers

About Bob Wander

He took up gliding in 1979 and has been a glider flight instructor since 1980. He operated a glider flight school until November 1998 and Soaring Books & Supplies, a bookstore devoted to books on soaring flight. He has written articles for Soaring magazine, and regularly travels the country to lecture and consult members of several large soaring clubs and has represented the Soaring Society of America at the Oshkosh Airshow.

Technical Data

Bob Wander
8″ x 9″
Page Count
97 Pages

Introduction by Bob Wander

This glider flight–training manual provides you with a clear picture of the decision-making skills and flight maneuvers you must master to become a competent soaring pilot.

Learning to fly well is a big job. As with many big jobs, the best way to accomplish it is to break it down into a series of little jobs, so that you can concentrate on one job at a time. This book does that for you. I have organized the book so that each section treats a specific area of flight training. Within each section, not only is a big job divided into lots of little jobs, but the little jobs are presented in progressive order. Structuring each section in this way provides you with a step–by–step approach to building your flying skills. It also affords you the opportunity to look ahead and prepare for your next lesson before you get into the glider.

In each lesson, you learn the objective, why the objective is important for you to learn, and how your instructor will present the material to you. Most lessons also list common student errors, so that you will be forewarned against them… as well as not too discouraged if you find yourself temporarily frustrated by them. Finally, each lesson contains a descriptive completion standard, so that you can measure and record your progress, and take justifiable pride in your accomplishments.

When I was learning to fly gliders, no book like this was available. I often wished for one. I hope this book helps you make your dream of motorless flight come true.

Bob Wander


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