|Cross-Country Soaring -
A Handbook for Performance and Competition Soaring
Author: Helmut Reichmann
Paperback, many 3-color illustrations and black and white photos,
172 pages, 7th Edition, First published in 1975, updated in 1993,
Copyright 1993, English edition of "Streckensegelflug"
Dimensions: 8.46 x 10.75 x 0.63 inches (215 x 273 x16 mm)
Reichmann was a very competitive sailplane racer and a strong
mathematician. This book explains the complicated speed-to-fly
theories and backs them with many equations that can be used to model
cross-country soaring flight. I especially like the sections on
how and where thermals form, competition tactics, and speed-to-fly
What's new in this 7th Edition
The 7th edition was first published in 1993 - so it is not exactly new,
but you will want to "upgrade" to this version if you have a previous
edition. New sections include the great "30 Training Tasks"
section - which gives 30 suggestions for ways to practice and
improve your cross-country soaring and thermalling skills.
Favorite Quote - From Foreword
"Surely, man's age-old dream of
flying has found its purest and most beautiful expression in
soaring. Nature opens up to the soaring pilot a world that
would have been thought unreachable only a few years ago - a world
of mighty forces, gentle or wild, majestic and mysterious. The
pilot enters this realm, flies in it, makes use of its dynamics, and
tries to explore and fathom its mysteries. The burden of
everyday life is left on the ground and becomes inconsequential
compared to the freedom that the wings of a sailplane can provide."
Part I: Flying Practice and Techniques
contains the information the pilot should have in order to participate
successfully in distance soaring for badges or competition. In
addition to practical suggestions a certain amount of basic theory is
included when unavoidable for complete understanding, and when it can be
presented in a relatively simple and compact form.
Part II: Theoretical Section provides the
basis for Part I and can serve to increase the depth of comprehension of
the material altogether. It also includes individual points which
are considered essential to a complete understanding of the problems of
modern soaring. The division of this part into individual sections
is based largely on that of Part I, so that direct correlations can be
made between theory and practice even when they are not specifically
pointed out in Part II.
- Flight in Lift
- Landing Out
- Physical Conditioning
- Competition Tactics
- Training and Conditioning
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