|Safer Soaring ...Made
Author: Bob Wander
From Bob Wander's "Gliding ...Made Easy" series
Paperback, many illustrations and black and white photos, 72 pages,
3rd Edition, Copyright 2005
Dimensions: 8.31 x 11.0 inches
(211 x 280 mm)
Table of Contents #1
Table of Contents #2
About the Author
Personal preparation, assembly and preflight
preparation, launch and climbout, free flight, and approaches and
landings are all covered. Covers the common causes of the large majority
of serious accidents and shows you how to help yourself, and help your
soaring friends, to avoid them.
This is the most comprehensive treatment of gliding safety and of
aeronautical decision-making available.
Recommendation by Burt Compton -
Master NAFI / SSA Instructor & FAA Designated Pilot Examiner,
Read Wander's "Safer Soaring" on patterns. That book is a
goldmine of brilliant observations. Read his "Sinking Airmass"
and "Spin Training" chapters - essential for the 21st Century
Safer Soaring ... Made Easy! Is my twelfth book about soaring. It has
been very exciting and satisfying to write this book and to prepare it
for publication. It's an appropriate choice to make an even dozen.
Most soaring pilots were initially attracted to soaring because it's
beautiful. And it is! But we all know that the beauty of soaring is
marred, from time to time, by the ugliness of a serious accident. Many
of these accidents - almost all of them, in fact - are preventable. This
book aims to help prevent those accidents from occurring in the future.
Some books are meant to be read from page one straight through to the
last page of the book. You can use this book that way, if you like. I
have organized the book so that the sequence of chapters follows the
phases of a flight: Pilot preparation and assembly come first, then
launch considerations, then free-flight considerations, then landing
considerations. But, if you prefer, you can read the chapters in any
order that you like. Re-reading chapters in months and years to come
will help you keep sharp, and reinforce good safety habits.
For a number of years I have had the opportunity to travel all over the
USA and present safety seminars to soaring pilots and their
organizations. These travels have taken me all over the USA, ranging
from Anchorage to San Diego to Boston to Atlanta and dozens of other
cities in between. During these travels I have met hundreds of soaring
instructors and literally thousands of soaring pilots. It has been a
tremendous learning opportunity to meet, and to listen to, so many
talented soaring people. Many of the chapters in this book are based on
presentations that I have developed for these road shows. In each city,
after each presentation, talented and thoughtful soaring people would
come to talk to me and offer their thoughts on the topics at hand and
suggest additional topics or considerations to include in future
offerings. I am grateful to them all.
Finally, when my son Max asked what this book would be about, and I told
him it was about identifying the main causes of serious accidents and
recommending strategies to prevent them, he said that this is the book I
should have written first. That's good enough for me!
Note To Glider Flight Instructors
Safety of flight is every CFIG's main concern. You can use Safer
Soaring... Made Easy! to enhance safety of flight for every soaring
pilot with whom you come in contact.
Chapters 1 through 9 can be assigned, one at a time or in groups, as
study units for any pilot at any level of training or licensure, from
pre-solo student pilot to commercial pilot or fellow CFIG seeking
Chapters 1 and 8 satisfy the Aeronautical Decision-Making and Judgment
Training requirements of FAR Part 61.105 (Private Pilot applicants) and
FAR Part 61.125 (Commercial Pilot applicants).
Chapter 10 (Recurrent Training) can be used as a guide for recurrent
training for any soaring pilot at any level of expertise.
- Bob Wander