Some more soaring books – your library can never be too big
I put together a list of soaring-related books in December 2013. Now, I’d like to add to that list. Each list is descriptive, rather than suggesting any particular order of purchase; that’s up to you! The pictures are all scans of the cover of my copy of the book, not just generic/publisher’s pictures.
As before, if the link goes to Amazon and you buy the book, I get a few cents on a gift card. The other links simply go to the publisher or another vendor. Please let these folks know you saw the link here. (By the way, I’m going to get incredibly rich doing this. After more than two years, I’ve gotten exactly one ten-dollar gift card from Amazon! Why can’t I be a dot-com millionaire, too?)
I bought the first edition of Bernard Eckey’s Advanced Soaring Made EasyI was intrigued by the title, of course. This book is on its third edition already! I learned a lot from this book and refer back to it frequently. A friend described it as, “Highly recommended – not the Bob Wander baby food book series.”
Derek Piggott has long been the dean of soaring. Pretty much anything he has written is worth reading.
Gliding Safety (2nd ed) contains a lot of useful information. You might think the section on options for a first-timep purchaser might seem dated, but if you consider the aircraft discussed, they are pretty much exactly what’s on the market today.
Who can fly without Understanding Flying Weather? Although a bit Euro-centric, the information presented is applicable anywhere.
More Weather? There’s always room for more weather!
Dennis Pagen Understanding The Sky is meteorology by a soaring pilot. The link is to Amazon, though I actually purchased my copy from Paul Remde at Cumulus Soaring.
Karl Heinz Hack was the Swiss national meteorologist for many years. He’s also an accomplished artist. Like Piggott’s book, it’s somewhat Euro-centric in its examples, but the material is incredible.
Want a PhD in Aeronautics?
Wolfgang Langewiesche’s Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying
target=”_blank”>Stick and Rudder has been described as a must-read annually for every one who flies a fixed-wing aircraft. Please don’t read it and start calling elevators “flippers,” but do take the time to learn more.
Glider Pilots Ground School offers detailed outlines of study material you need for private, commercial, or CFI glider ratings. I only have the commercial book; I suspect the others are quite similar.
I suspect this book was not widely distributed and is likely not available anymore. In the early 90s I was in Ridgeland, SC, with the South Carolina Army National Guard. I met Derek Johnson and ended up doing a dual flight in a Krosno KR-03. I think Derek was the distributor for them, though that memory may be faulty. I had previously had one flight in Germany in a very old, clunky 50’s-vintage glider. I bought Derek’s book from him. Later, I spent a year as a member of the Soaring Society, but didn’t fly a glider again for almost 20 years. I got a copy of The Joy of Soaring from the SSA, but gave it away long ago. Pretty basic, but nice memories.
I don’t have these, but they’ve been suggested by others
- Welch and Irving -“New Soaring Pilot” a wealth of practical and other stuff
- C. E. Wallington “Meteorology for Glider Pilots” (the classic)
- Frank Irving “The Paths of Soaring Flight” for the “numerate” pilot
- Thomas “Fundamentals of Sailplane Design”
- ASA publications “Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators”
- George Moffat “Winning II” (and if you can find one, “Winning on the Wind”)
- Leo and Riccardo Brigliadori “Competing in Gliders”