|Transition To Single
Seat Gliders ...Made Easy!
A Comprehensive Guide To Flying Single Seat Gliders
Author: Bob Wander
From Bob Wander's "Gliding ...Made Easy" series
Paperback, many illustrations and black and white photos, 40 pages
Dimensions: 8.31 x 11.0 inches
(211 x 280 mm)
Table of Contents
About the Author
Makes single seat glider checkouts safe and
Assembly, cockpit considerations, flaps, trim, and airbrakes, towhook
location and considerations, ground handling, takeoff and tow, free
flight, patterns and landings, emergency planning, positive control
checks . . . everything is covered.
The majority of gliders in the U.S. fleet are single seat gliders.
Accordingly, when most people think of soaring, they dream of flying a
sleek and beautiful glass fiber single seat glider, with long stiletto
wings and svelte lines. The desire to fly a glider of such beauty and
grace demands neither explanation nor apology.
In most of aviation, aircraft checkouts are conducted in multi-seat
aircraft with a qualified, experienced flight instructor aboard. In
single seat aircraft, such an approach is obviously not possible.
Therefore, the pilot who aspires to fly a single seat aircraft needs to
discover a method that teaches what to expect from the aircraft before
actually flying it. After all, there will be no chance to seek advice
from a qualified instructor once the takeoff roll begins.
Unfortunately, many pilots make their first flights in single seat
gliders without first employing a systematic method of preparation.
Single seat gliders differ from their two seat cousins in several
important ways. The sportscar-like handling of most single seat gliders
is both nimbler and more refined than the handling of most two seat
gliders. The seating is often steeply reclined in single seaters. The
controls often move through a smaller range of travel and offer less
resistance to pilot inputs. Single seat gliders weigh less than two seat
gliders. Often the whole "feel" of the glider is just different from the
familiar feel of two seat gliders.
Needless accidents occur during transition to single seat gliders
because the pilot did not know what to expect from the aircraft.
Virtually all of these accidents are preventable.
Transition to Single Seat Gliders Made Easy fills a gap in the
literature of soaring. It provides a systematic approach to help you
learn how to fly single seat gliders. From it you will determine exactly
what is necessary to perform safe, uneventful single seat glider
checkouts. Transition To Single Seat Gliders Made Easy leads you through
a complete and systematic program of aircraft familiarization and flight
preparation. By the time you have finished using this book you will be
thoroughly familiar with your aircraft. You'll know what to expect
during takeoff roll, during aerotow, during free flight, and during the
pattern and landing. You'll know what to do, and what not to do, as you
make your first flights in the single seat gliders of your choice.
When I made my own transition to single seat gliders years ago, no book
like this was available. I often wished for one! I hope this book helps
you make your dream of safe, enjoyable motorless flight come true.
Transition To Single Seat Gliders Made Easy is a comprehensive,
user-friendly guide to flying single seat gliders. It will guide you as
you make a safe and enjoyable transition into the single seat gliders of
your choice and opportunity.
Transition To Single Seat Gliders Made Easy guides you through the
following preparations and procedures:
The Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) and what information contained in it
is important for you to know:
- Storage and maintenance
- Pre-flight inspection
- Positive control check
- Ground handling
- Aerotow launch
- Free flight maneuvers including
glides, turns, slow flight, stalls, thermaling speeds, airbrake
operation, and flap operation
- Patterns and landings.
You can use this book again and again, as
you add new single seaters to your logbook in years to come. Whether you
are a low time pilot about to make your first single seat glider flight
in a 1-26 Schweizer, or you are a 20,000 hour airplane pilot about to
fly your 25th type of single seat glider, this book will help you
organize your thoughts, learn your glider, discover what to expect from
the glider in flight, avoid unpleasant or dangerous surprises, and have
many safe and fun flights in single seat and high performance gliders
for as long as you fly them.