Author: Rolf Hertenstein, Ph.D., Meteorology, Triple Diamond Glider Pilot
From Bob Wander's "Gliding Mentor" series
Paperback, 92 pages, many illustrations
Dimensions: 8.43 x 10.87 inches (214 x 276 mm), Released in 2005, 1st
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. Imagine that a teenager becomes a full-time glider flight instructor.
He instructs full-time for ten years, logs thousands of hours, and earns
his Diamond Badge.
2. He earns a Ph.D. in Meteorology.
3. He becomes a research scientist, specializing in atmospheric
turbulence, with specific emphasis on thermal analysis, mountain wave
analysis, and rotor analysis.
4. He writes a superb book about thermals and convection that
non-scientists can understand.
The latest book in the Gliding Mentor
series - "Thermals" by Rolf Hertenstein, Ph.D. - came about EXACTLY as
What's in it? Just about everything that you ever wanted to know about
thermals. From the rankest amateur, and up to and including the finest
triple-diamond cross-country pilot, you will find TONS of information
about thermals, soundings, thermal waves, and thermal prediction that
you can USE to extend your knowledge and your flight performances. In
the five months that I spent editing and illustrating this book, I
learned LOTS of new things about thermals, convection, the Skew-T,
thermal prediction, numeric weather modeling, weather resources on the
Web, thunderstorms, and a host of other important topics in its 92
large-format 8.5 by 11-inch pages. And recently, I used what I learned
from this book to select the day to fly my Diamond Distance flight - 515
kilometers. Fun! - Bob Wander