Gliding: Theory of
Flight - The British
Gliding Association Manual
Author: Steven Longland
This book is no longer available here (due to slow sales). It is still in print and in use by the British Gliding Association. At right
are links to new and used copies.
Book, Paperback, over 400 black and white illustrations, 313 pages,
First Published in 2002, 2nd Edition published in 2007
Dimensions: 7.44 x 8.98 x 0.79 inches
(189 x 228 x 20 mm)
manual of the world famous British Gliding Association. This book is
recommended reading for all glider pilots and instructors.
This second edition combines must-have
scientific material and over 400 illustrations to take the reader
through the key theories of flight. Providing an authoritative and
updated resource, this book includes:
- Basic Aerodynamics
- Cross-Country Flying
- Stalling and Spinning
Highly illustrated and beautifully
designed, this book explains how and why gliders work, making this
complex topic comprehensible.
The British Gliding Association is the
national governing body for gliding in the UK. Under delegation
from the Civil Aviation Authority, it is responsible for the standards
of instruction and tuition of pilots at over 100 gliding clubs and
Review by Paul Remde
This is an excellent book! The illustrations and explanations are
fantastic. It is a great first book for new glider pilots.
Review by CFIG (Certified Flight
Instructor - Glider) Stephen Nesser - Chief Flight Instructor of the
Minnesota Soaring Club
The British Gliding Association
Manual: Gliding Theory of Flight, is remarkable for the depth of its
explanations, the breadth of subjects covered, and its clarity.
There are hundreds of illustrations which deepen the lessons, and
would be especially helpful to visual learners.
As a glider flight instructor I
strongly recommend this book to all gliding students. Mastery of the
material in this book would go far to prepare any candidate
(including transitional pilots) for their written and oral flight
Seasoned pilots will find new
information that will deepen their understanding of safe piloting
(such as the cross coupling of gyroscopic forces in spins) and
increase their technique for longer flights.
Glider owners will find useful
information on structure and design that will aid in maintenance and
Overall, it will serve as an
excellent reference book for any glider pilotís library, and would
be on my list of essential books for gliding pilots.
Stephen Nesser, CFI-G