Books on Gliding
An excellent selection of gliding and soaring books available for purchase at Amazon.com and Kalahari.net. Kalahari.net is recommended for people living in Southern Africa.
The Soaring Pilot's Manual
Ken Stewart
This is one of the best books on the subject of how to soar, rather than the mechanics of getting up and down in one piece. The book covers the pros and cons of the different soaring techniques and how different styles best work. Clear diagrams illustrate the text throughout and make complicated facts seem simple to understand. It also progresses to cross country flying and contains exercises that should be found useful by any glider pilot.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
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Advanced Soaring Made Easy
Bernard Eckey
Most books on gliding are specifically tailored to either beginners or competition pilots, but gliding enthusiasts trying to make the transition from solo pilot to a competent cross-country pilot are often searching in vain for suitable literature. But thanks to Bernard Eckey they can now stop looking. Only two years after his first edition the second edition of his bestseller Advanced Soaring Made Easy is now available.
Category:Theory, Intermediate
 
Gliding
Derek Piggott
Gliding has become one of the most authoritative gliding works in print, it is recognised throughout the world and is known as the 'Gliding Bible'. The author is a well respected gliding instructor with vast gliding experience. Fully illustrated (over 200 pictures) and contains everything a glider pilot needs to know about soaring. Includes a section for the student pilot and with information on flying techniques, instruments, conditions, equipment, circuit procedures, turns, launches, safety and emergency parachuting.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
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Gliding: The Theory of Flight
British Gliding Association
The official manual of the British Gliding Association, aimed at all glider pilots and instructors, this user-friendly guide explains the key theories of flight. Packed with clear illustrations, Gliding makes complex topics comprehensible and includes over 400 illustrations detailing how and why gliders work.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
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Glider Flying Handbook
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
An official book released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the sole purpose of glider and sailplane instruction and knowledge, this book answers all the questions related to glider flying and soaring found in the FAA's required knowledge exams for pilots. Included is detailed coverage on decision making, aerodynamics, aircraft performance, soaring weather, flight instruments, medical factors, communications, and regulations, all in relation to the world of glider flying.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
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Beginning Gliding
Derek Piggott
This book contains everything a glider pilot needs to know to understand how to properly launch, control and land a glider. It views the whole process from the perspective of a beginner tackling all the difficulties and concerns experienced by students, tells you how to correct all of the usual mistakes, and lots of different ways to think about the same thing.
Category:Theory, Basic
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Understanding Flying Weather
Derek Piggott
An excellent introduction to meteorology for glider pilots. Written in simple and accessible terms, and with many diagrams, this book explains how to interpret flying weather by looking at the causes and effects of atmospheric phenomena, including air masses, high and low pressure areas, cloud formation, fronts, thermals, inversions and anti-cyclones.
Category:Theory, Intermediate
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Understanding Gliding: The Principles of Soaring Flight
Derek Piggott
A comprehensive study of gliding theory and how and why a glider flies. Written by a gliding instructor who seeks to demystify the theory behind gliding in understandable text with many clear diagrams. Includes design limitations, safety, performance and much more. Excellent reading for the experienced and inexperienced alike.
Category:Theory, Intermediate to Advanced
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The Handbook of Glider Aerobatics
P Mallinson and Mike Woollard
This extreme fringe in the sport of gliding is becoming increasingly popular as more and more glider pilots seek a greater challenge from their flying. This text provides a reference point for use in conjunction with aerobatic instruction. It aims to help provide an understanding of the important subjects, techniques and methods that are essential for safe and successful aerobatic flying.
Category:Theory, Intermediate to Advanced
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Cloud Dancing: Your Introduction to Gliding and Motorless Flight
Robert F Whelan
A great book on soaring and the history of sailplanes that wonderfully descriptions what you can expect from a sailplane flight. The author, a veteran sailplane pilot, provides a personal, experienced insight into what a budding glider pilot can expect during their initial flights, while working towards their license and then engaging in soaring competitions.
Category:Theory, Basic
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Gliding: From Passenger to Pilot
Steve Longland
This book is well laid out with clear diagrams, and explains all the necessary information for both the novice and more experienced pilot. The illustrations are particularly helpful and the explanations of various techniques easy to follow. Topics include: the history of the sport, gliding clubs, getting started and what to expect, how gliders fly, how to fly them, launching, the cockpit, safety, the weather, cross-country and competitive flying.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
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Gliding: The British Gliding Association Manual
Steve Longland
The official manual of the British Gliding Association. Highly illustrated and designed to be user-friendly, it guides the user through a comprehensive range of key subjects making complex topics comprehensible and including 400 illustrations to enhance the explanatory material.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
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Bronze & Beyond: A Glider Pilot's Guide
John S McCullagh
Gliding and soaring manual, bronze and beyond.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
 
Complete Idiot's Guide to Flying and Gliding
Azriela Jaffe and Bill Lane
In this guide, the authors trace the progress of aviation from the classic age to the fastest and largest of modern airliners presently operating. Opening the cockpit door they offer an insight into how pilots do their job. Bill Lane, a writer and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time as a flight instructor and owver of a vintage 1950's Cessna.
Category:Theory, Basic to Intermediate
 
Soaring (First Book)
Phyllis J Perry
Full colour photographs, as well as old black and while photos and illustrations, highlight this brief description of the sport of soaring. Soaring terms are defined for the reader, offering opportunities for the explanation of such basic physics principles as lift, thrust, and drag. Readers will be introduced to a brief history of gliders, their physical description, their recreational uses, and even their lucrative competitions.
Category:Theory, Very Basic
 
Know the Game: Gliding
Ann Welch
This short guide of 48 pages combines practical text with photographs and diagrams as an introduction to the sport of soaring. It includes details of the rules, equipment needed and much more information for this sport.
Category:Theory, Basic (Out of Print)
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Gliding Safety
Derek Piggott
This guide to gliding safety by renowned gliding instructor Derek Piggot, explains the move away from the square circuit pattern, a move which promises to eliminate many accidents caused by pilots making a rigid circuit instead of being more flexible and many other safety advise.
Category:Theory, Basic to Advanced
 
To Fly the Gentle Giants: The Training of U.S. WW II Glider Pilots
J Norman Grim
This is the story of the training of U.S. WWII glider pilots, mainly in the U.S., but also includes some training that took place in several foreign countries. Excitement, daring adventures, and horror were not exclusive experiences of WWII pilots flying combat missions in bombers, fighters, and gliders.
Category:Historical
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Silent Wings at War: Combat Gliders in World War II
John L. Lowden
The pilots were known as suicide jockeys and the aircraft they flew were called flak bait. Towed behind modified bombers or transport aircraft, Allied combat gliders were used in some of the riskiest missions of World War II, landing miles behind enemy lines with specially trained assault forces. John L. Lowden combines his own recollections with those of fellow veterans to create a vivid, gritty, jocose memoir of war.
Category:Historical
 
The Leading Edge: A Life in Gliding
Dick Georgeson and Anna Wilson
The story of one of the most famous figures in world gliding, SH (Dick) Georgeson. By 1951 Dick had his first New Zealand gliding record and by 1960 his first world record. A succession of remarkable achievements followed over the next 25 years. A bold pioneer in long cross-wind wave flights, Dick pursued his addiction with courage and tenacity. His story is a vivid account of his experiences in gliding, with gripping descriptions of many of his record-breaking flights and other dramatic adventures in the sky.
Category:Autobiography
 
In Love with Flying
Kenneth W Ford
A memoir in which the physicist Kenneth Ford provides tales from his fifty years of flying light airplanes and gliders. He also explains for the aspiring pilot many aspects of flying with and without an engine. And he profiles nine aviators whom he met along the way, people whom he admired for their passion, their skill, and their style. This book is for anyone of any age who is thinking of becoming a pilot, or is already one, or who just appreciates the romance of the air.
Category:Autobiography
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The Gliding Flight (Paper Aeroplane Design)
John M Collins
Something a little different. A return to paper airplane basics: one person, one piece of paper, and a few folds later, one airplane. Using a refreshingly inventive approach to designs and flying characteristics, you can make 20 original paper planes. The book demonstrates the basic folds, with clear step-by-step assembly for each design. All you need to create high-performance aircraft.
Category:Paper gliders
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Fantastic Flight (Paper Aeroplane Design)
John M Collins
They loop, they circle back, they flap their wings and spin, they tumble, they soar, and, of course, they glide. This book is the sequel to The Gliding Flight and reveals the next generation of fold-and-fly fun and explains how to craft 25 new and amazing flying machines.
Category:Paper gliders
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Some of these book may no longer be in print, however often second-hand copies are still available.