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10,000 Feet & Climbing
The Aviation Adventures of Richard E. Schreder
Author:  Karen Schreder Barbera
Paperback, many black and white photos, 253 pages
Dimensions: 5.39 x 8.39 x 0.67 inches (137 x 213 x 17 mm)

Back Cover - About the Author, recommendations

A compilation of the real life stories in the life of one of the leaders in the sport – Dick Schreder. Compiled by his daughter, Karen, the book contains a delightful blend of history, great humor, and a love of a father and the sport of soaring. A must for entertaining reading and a look at one American hero.

Review by Dick Johnson
This fascinating book was written and contributed to by many authors who know him, and Richard's daughter Karen, who as a youngster accompanied him during his later gliding adventure years, and carefully compiled it. For those who do not know this modest aviator, it is a real inspiration to read about his trying real life childhood days, how he went on to support himself at an unusually young age, and then to earn an engineering degree. After that he joined the pre-war U.S. Navy where he flourished as a young pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for sinking a German submarine during WW-II.

After the war years, Dick became enamored with sailplaning. He flew sailplanes exceptionally well, and with his previous experience with Navy metal aircraft structures, he started to design modern all metal, high performance sailplanes of remarkable quality. His first sailplane design was his sleek high performance HP-7 design which he flew during 1957. It exhibited outstanding speed performance and its design was well ahead of its time. He placed well in the U.S. National Championships that year. After that there was no stopping him in his pursuit of gliding perfection, both in design and pilotage.

He went on to win 3 National Contests in sailplanes of his own design; and more importantly, he produced a long series of modestly priced sailplane kits so that everyone could enjoy the sport of flying high performance sailplanes (I built one myself, and enjoyed it immensely). I personally believe that Dick's gentlemanly flying, brilliant ideas, and low cost kit production for the U.S. Gliding movement were for 20 some years, the single most significant contribution to the American sport of soaring.

This book is well endowed with many interesting photographs and flying accounts from the past, often told humorously by those who were there.

Unfortunately, Dick's flying days are now over. He is tied more closely than he wants to be to medical devices, but he does that gracefully at his home in Bryan, Ohio, where his wife Angie and family assist him. He still plans to develop his patented pulse jet propeller design, which he first planned to use for a self-launching device for his sailplanes many years ago!

Review by Duane Eisenbeiss
If you have been involved in soaring at all, you know the name Dick Schreder. He has won many soaring contests. Most will know of him as the designer of the HP series of sailplanes. Wherever Dick attended a contest you would hear stories of Dick’s unbelievable but true flying experiences, usually told by his wife Angie. Many of us continually told her she should write a book.

Well a couple of years ago Dick’s daughter started such a book. I had the pleasure of reading an early draft and found it very enjoyable. It tells of Dick’s early flying and building while in collage. Then continues with his Navy flying. He was first to sink a German sub during WW2 and from an observation plane! It tells of his many soaring stories including his landing behind the Iron Curtin and his stay with primitive people in Argentina during World Championships.

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Asiago 1924 - International Gliding Competition in Italy
Author: Vincenzo Pedrielli
Glider drawings by: Vincent Cockett
Artistic Illustrations: Werner Meier

Hard Cover, 144 pages, 90 vintage photos and detailed 3-view glider drawings, Copyright 2014
Dimensions: 8.9 x 12.24 x 0.51 inches (225 x 311 x 13 mm)
Language: Italian, German, and English

Overview
This fantastic historical document is a daily chronicle of the events that transpired on the mountain slopes of Sisemol and Catz during the First International Gliding Competition in 1924. The event was organized by the National Air League and sponsored by the newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport". It also includes the written reports from German pilots Arthur Martens and Fritz Papenmeyer, who were (together with university students from Pavia) - the true performers of the competition.

It includes writings from several different perspectives, based on different cultures and experiences. The Italians, for instance, were experiencing motor-less flight for the first time, while the German pilots had the advantage of several years of experience with gliders. In addition, the Germans gliders were technically much more advanced and had already participated in other gliding competitions at the Rhön.

A true live chronicle - from which have emerged curious anecdotes, such as the gliders sent via railway by the German pilots and held hostage by the customs in Verona for many days. Included also is the story of the mule"Matricola" which, after consuming his ration of hay and being secured near the glider "Condor", began gnawing the wing-tip of the glider. This and many other stories are retold, making the development of the first international gliding competition in Asiago most enjoyable and interesting reading.

All this is the result of meticulous research carried out by the author, who in addition to describing in detail each day of the competition, has enriched the book with 90 vintage photos and drawings of gliders masterfully executed by Vincent Cockett and watercolors designed by Werner Meier. A fun and interesting read. A book not to be missed!

Vintage Photos
The vintage photos alone are worth the price of the book. They are fantastic! They are sharp and detailed and really transport the reader back 90 years to this historic international soaring event. Any fan of vintage soaring will love seeing the gliders, automobiles, clothing worn, buildings, craters from WWI, etc.

3-View Glider Drawings
Vincent Cockett's scale 3-view line art drawings of many of the gliders at the event will be appreciated by gliding enthusiasts and builders of scale model gliders. They are nicely detailed and pretty enough to frame and display.

About the Author
The author, Vincenzo Pedrielli, was born on the 27th of February, 1941, in Carpi (Modena). He is married and has two sons. Today he lives in Desio, in the green land of Brianza.

At the age of 14 he built his first flying model glider. In Milan, after he had finished his studies, he cultivated his hobby and attended meetings on vintage gliders all over the world. The model builder also became a passenger in two-seat gliders. For several years he attended international meetings and even became a promoter of such events.

His passion made him a major collector of books, old magazines, historical photographs and drawings of powerless aviation. In time he became familiar with Italian gliding VIPs like Adriano Mantelli (best Italian pilot), Ermanno Bazzocchi (technical director of the Macchi Company), Edgardo Ciani (glider designer) and Professor Piero Morelli (OSTIV).

Today he writes for newspapers and aviation magazines.

His book "Italian Vintage Sailplanes" about Italian classic gliders is a definitive book dedicated to all modelers, aviation enthusiasts and pilots.

Review by Paul Remde

I love books about vintage gliding - about the people and gliders which shaped our sport - about the difficulties and risks taken by daring glider pilots - true explorers. This book captures a unique event in gliding history. It describes the frustrations and successes and the lessons learned. I particularly love the photos, the 3-view line art glider drawings, and the technical details about the gliders. The photos allow you to see the excitement and boldness of the pioneers involved. Every fan of vintage gliding will enjoy this wonderful book. Like all books from the publisher Klaus Fey at Eqip - the book is extremely well put together - a very high quality book.

Review from "VGC News" by Gábor Fekecs

Following Vinzezo Pedrielli’s two previous books- ‘Asiago: la nascita del volo a vela in Italia - The Start of Gliding in Italy' (2002) and – ‘Alianti Italiani d’Epoca - Italian Vintage Sailplanes’ (2011), With the book and old dream of the author has been realized, disclosing to the world’s gliding community how Italian gliding movement started. His first book dealt with the same topic, however it was a private publication and is not widely known.

This book is the definitive story of how gliding was born in Italy. For those who are interested in vintage gliding and gliders, the name Asiago might be not completely new, as in 2010 an International Vintage Glider Meeting has been organized there to commemorate  the 1924 event, which was followed by a series of International Vintage Glider Meetings in Italy.

It is a unique story of how the first gliders in the country were born. In many other countries there were groups of enthusiastic youth already experimenting with gliders, built their own initative, and had come together to learn from each other and exchange the experiences.

In Italy’s case such groups were non-existent, so the National Aero League, which was sponsored by a newspaper, aimed to stir up interest for this new sport. Selecting a supposedly suitable location for gliding, they announced an Italian Gliding competition, inviting German pilots as well. The location, Mount Sisemol, proved to be a very good choice however, as some German pilots were even contemplating that it might be a better site for soaring the Wasserkuppe! The story is presented on a day-to-day basis giving detailed descriptions of the flights, the gliders, the pilots, events and incidents, including frustrating as well as humorous ones. The competition regulations, the list of registered participants, as well as final results, are also presented. Participant’s reports are also included, and come from likes of Franco Segre of Italy, H. Reinhardt, Fritz Papenmeyer and Arthur Martens of Germany, all of which, help to complete the story.

These remarkable day-to-day events are based on the contemporary journalist reports of Spartaco Trevisan, and it is  illustrated with the excellent photos of the contemporary photographer, Domenico Bonomo, Who meticulously documented the event. The description of the gliders are supplemented with excellent 3- view drawings of Vincent Cockett, well known for his excellent scale- soaring website

The result of persistent research conducted by the author over a long period, now this first event in Italian gliding history is documented with an enviable collection of contemporary and outstanding material. 

The book is a new path for the author, and is presented in the same format of his two previous books, which aim  to make information readily available for non-Italian speaking enthusiasts and are published with text in more and one language. In this case he provides us with three languages; Italian, German and English, which can only be an advantage in adding to the appeal of the book.

The Layout of the three language text is such that the Italian and the German text is arranges in a two column format, with related pictures and drawings inserted. The English text also follows a similar arrangement, which serves well with most of the text for the more typical chapters, as the test to the photos are relatively short. In dealing with the longer participant reports however, It can be a bit bothersome having to turn back the pages form English text to Italian-German texts to find the related pictures.  

Unfortunately the name of one of the report’s authors, Arthur Martens, is missing for the German and English title of this report, notwithstanding however, these are but only, minor details.

The cover page, the high quality of the printing and the eye-catching colour background of the paper, all help in making this a very attractive book indeed.
 

Sale: $59

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Danger and Poetry: One Glider Pilot's First Hundred Hours, from Flight School to Rescue Mission
Author:  Joe Karam
Paperback, 136 pages, Copyright 2016
Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 0.34 inches (128 x 203 x 10 mm)

Overview
Joe Karam was born to transcend, but perhaps not to fly. When at twenty-seven his quest for freedom led him to set foot in a glider for the first time, he was overcome with fear and desire. Nothing seemed to have prepared him for such a formidable test of courage, nor did he know any­thing about Charlie, the taciturn flight instructor he had just entrusted with his life. And yet the sky kept calling... A didactic memoir and a passionate love letter to aviation, "Danger and Poetry" unites heart and mind to celebrate the pursuit of dreams and the power of teachers.

Excerpt
". . . This whole sequence repeated itself over and over, each time becoming more dire as I was losing my grip on the situation. Pitching, rolling, yawing, shifting up and down, left and right, forward and back, the glider seemed out of control, and I started envisioning how this was going to end: with glider and tow plane swirling around each other like violently hurled nunchaku, spiraling down into the ground with horrifying elegance, as empty fields, mountain ridges, blinding sun and infinite ocean cycled furiously around us. “I’ve got the glider!” boomed a merciful voice inside my headset, filling the tiny cockpit with instant relief. Certificated Flight Instructor Charlie Hayes, sitting directly behind me, was back at the controls. My first day in a glider wouldn’t have to be my last."

Sample Pages (PDF)

Particularly recommended for:

  • Individuals curious to learn about the joys and challenges of gliding and soaring in a sailplane
  • Prospective or existing aviators interested in the mental aspects of the pilot training journey
  • Novice or student pilots eager to compare notes on flight training basics and early milestones
  • Airplane pilots aspiring to upgrade to more affordable and more silent aerial experiences
  • Young freedom lovers, who in many countries can legally fly solo in a glider at age 14
  • Flight instructors (especially CFI‑G) seeking relevant reading material for their students
  • Fixed-base operators (FBO) looking to stock, display, and retail enticing products

About the Author

An American immigrant of French upbringing and Lebanese descent, Joe Karam was born in a Christian family in Beirut during the Civil War and was then raised in Paris with a Jesuit education before deciding, at seventeen, to pursue the American Dream. Beginning anew in California, he received three college degrees and a teaching award from Stanford University, generated a dozen patents as an inventor at Google, composed piano scores for film and dance, raised funds for cancer research, completed long course triathlons, swam across the Golden Gate, and earned his airman certificate as a private glider pilot. Upon becoming a United States Permanent Resident, he launched an acting career in San Francisco before relocating to West Hollywood. Having now starred in over 80 film productions and helped as many teams of storytellers bring their stories to life, he got around to crafting one of his own, "Danger and Poetry", an aviation memoir written for prospective and novice pilots as well as anyone who hasn’t stopped dreaming and daring.

Review by Tom Knauff
“Insightful and revealing.” - Thomas L. Knauff, member of the United States Soaring Hall of Fame and glider pilot from the 1999 motion picture "The Thomas Crown Affair"

Review by Paul Remde
I haven't read it fully yet, but so far it is a nice, short, easy read that reminds me of the book "Once upon a Thermal" by Richard A. Wolters. I enjoyed that book very much when learning how to fly gliders because it showed me that learning to fly gliders was attainable. This book looks equally suited for those just getting into soaring. It promises to be inpiring, motivational, and fun. I'll update this page when I finish reading the book.

 

Sample Pages (PDF)

 

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Desperate to Fly
by Kai Gertsen
Paperback, 201 pages, 64 black & white images and many drawings, Copyright 2012
Dimensions: 6.69 x 9.61 x 0.43 inches (170 x 244 x 11 mm)

Award
This book received the 2012 Joseph Lincoln Award for 'Outstanding contribution to the sport of soaring through the use of the written word'.

Overview
Kai Gertsen was an optimist, always able to smile at life; a pilot at heart, with a passion for cross-country soaring, and a desire to share his love for soaring by teaching others. In these memoirs he tells vivid stories of Danish traditions, family, and summer vacations in the countryside; a tribute to his love for the country he left behind. During WWII he finds his passion - gliders - and forges friendships that last a lifetime. He describes his families' move to the Yukon Territory with humor and price, despite the dire living circumstances, which lacked 'the finer things' he had become accustomed to in Denmark. After leaving the Yukon, he finds Helga, moves to the U.S. and gets back into soaring. For the next 55 years, he pours his life into cross-country soaring, with amazing flights to show for it - and not just on the good soaring days.

The appendix includes 3 excellent and widely used instructional manuals by Kai:

Review by John Seaborn - from the November 2013 issue of Soaring magazine

As the winner of the 2012 Joe Lincoln Award for "outstanding contribution to the sport of soaring through the use of the written word," Kai Gerten's book entitled Desperate to Fly celebrates the passion for motorless flight shared by our small band of intrepid aviators. But can one man's passion for soaring and his journey of adventure inform our own?

Published in 2012, Desperate to Fly tells Kai Gertsen's life journey from his happy childhood in Denmark, his introduction to soaring during World War II, right through to his long ridge missions in Pennsylvania with the likes of Karl Striedieck and John Seymour. In 1944, Kai soloed in an SG-38 primary glider; no instruments, no canopy, no tires and no dual instruction. Over the next 67 years, Kai logged over 6000 glider hours and in impressive 144,000 cross-country miles. His soaring records for the state of New York still stand, with an 18,047-foot altitude gain in a wood-and-rag Ka-6 and Free Distance of 350 miles in a 1-26.

To say Kai was old-school does not do him justice. To call him dapper may be overreaching, but Kai was solid in the way of a generation schooled in adversity and challenge. When things got tough on course, Kai could be counted on to bring it home, earning him the nick name "Iron Man." He shared his love for cross-country soaring with many students while he instructed at the Harris Hill Soaring Club in Elmira, NY. He had an eye for beauty, a healthy sense of humor and contagious optimism - and all are evident in his usual generous way throughout this book.

True to his lifelong desire to share his love for soaring, Desperate to Fly goes far beyond being just an interesting biography, and includes an appendix with Kai's notes on cross-country soaring, based on his extensive experience, as well as excellent guide to off-field landings. Perhaps the most valuable section is Kai's common sense, easy to understand manual on spin training, which is a must-read for glider pilots of all levels.

Desperate to Fly is well written, and Kai's dry humor shines throughout the book, making it easy to look and laugh at life through his positive eyes. And as a testament to his lifelong passion for soaring, at Kai's request, all profits from Desperate to Fly will go to the U.S. Junior Soaring team. This year Kai's family and the publisher have made the first annual donation.

Before he (Kai) passed away in 2011, the publisher, Karin Schlösser, asked Kai about a title for the book. After some thought he left her a message; "I have the title: Desperate to Fly. That pretty much sums up my entire life."

What about yours?

About John Seaborn: Since his solo in 1974 at age 14, John has accumulated over 3,500 hours of glider time in over forty-five types of gliders. Winner of the PASCO Sawyer Award, John earned FAI Diamond Badge 377 in 1977 at the age of 18, and was awarded the Joe Giltner Trophy for the fastest speed in a 15-meter Nationals four times. He was a member of the 1985 and 2012 U.S. soaring teams.

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Fundamentals of Sailplane Design
"Grundlagen für den Entwurf von Segelflugzeugen"
Language: English
Author:  Fred Thomas
Translated by Judah Milgram
Published: 1989, English Translation: 1993
Hard Cover, 274 pages

Many drawings and graphs and photos, includes 3-view line drawings of many glider types

Dimensions: 9.4 x 10.7 x 0.9 inches (238 x 273 x 24 mm)

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The definitive text on sailplane design by Fred Thomas, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany). Covers the basics of sailplane design, including aerodynamics and flight mechanics, operational and regulatory requirements, aerodynamic design optimization, wind tunnel and flight test procedures, and historical outlook. Appendix with extensive collection of detailed design data and 3-view drawings for over 150 sailplanes, including both vintage gliders and modern sailplanes.

Contents

  • Basic Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics: Fluid dynamics and the sailplane - Airfoil and wing theory - Performance and handling qualities - Aeroelasticity
  • Design Requirements: Certification requirements - JAR-22 - Cross country theory - Thermal models and climb performance
  • Sailplane Design Optimization: Basic considerations - Wing design - Variable geometry - Flying wings - The World Class
  • Fuselage and wing-fuselage transition - Empennage and controls
  • Determination of Performance and Handling Characteristics: Theoretical methods - Experimental methods
  • Trends in Sailplane Development: Sailplane class definitions - Early glider designs - Sailplane development to date - Outlook
  • Appendices: Tabulated design data and three-view drawings - "Zacher" flight test protocol - German-English glossary of technical terms

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Gliding: From Passenger to Pilot
Author:  Steven Longland
Book, Paperback, 184 pages,
154 black and white, 8 color photo pages, Published in June of 2001
Dimensions: 7.44 x 9.69 x 0.43 inches (189 x 246 x 11 mm)

Gliding is for everyone who has ever dreamt of escaping to thousands of feet above the ground, with a view stretching to the horizon, and barely a whisper to disturb the moment. Written by an experienced instructor, this book guides you through how to realize that dream, and goes on to explore the many opportunities this compelling and beautiful sport offers.

About the Author (from back cover)
Steven Longland has been instructing since 1974 and has flown over 4,500 hours in gliders, both in the UK and abroad.  A regional examiner for the British Gliding Association, he holds a Gold Certificate badge with the coveted three diamonds, and has flown over 70,000 km cross-country, including both competition and mountain flying, with the latter being a particular favorite.

Topics covered include:

  • A history of the sport
  • An introduction to gliding clubs
  • Getting started and what to expect
  • An insight into how gliders fly and detailed instruction on how to fly them
  • Launching
  • The cockpit
  • Safety
  • Weather forecasts
  • Ideas for cross-country and competitive flying
  • Tips for owning a glider

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Goodhart: The Story of an Exceptional Man (Nicholas Goodhart)
Authors: Richard Harris, Barrie Williams

Paperback, 180 pages, many black and white photos, Copyright 2012
Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches (23.4 x 15.6 x 2 cm)

A biography of Rear Admiral Nicholas Goodhart, CB, Legion of Merit, FRAeS, RN (1919–2011)

Nicholas Goodhart was indeed an exceptional man and in this enjoyable biography Barrie Williams and Richard Harris record his many achievements as a sailor, aviator, inventor and record-breaker.

Nicholas had an illustrious career in the Royal Navy, joining in 1933 as a trainee cadet at the age of 13 and retiring 40 years later as a Rear Admiral. In the intervening years, after undergoing pilot training during World War 2, he proved himself to be a first-class aviator who, as a test pilot, flew a wide variety of postwar aircraft types to assess their suitability for the Navy. He also invented the mirror-deck landing system for aircraft carriers, which was adopted by navies worldwide and saved the lives of many naval pilots by enabling safer landings at sea.

Nicholas also became a world-class glider pilot, taking part in and winning international competitions and setting records, one of which – the height record for a British pilot of 37,050 feet, which he set in 1955 – remained unbroken for 40 years.

In retirement he continued his inventing, turning his attention to man-powered flight and much else. He was appointed Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers, was an influential Lloyds ‘name’ and contributed to the development of the Lindridge Estate, where he and his devoted wife Molly shared their last home together.

All this and more is described in detail in this commendable account of a truly remarkable life.

Overview on co-author Richard Harris' web site - http://www.richardharrisnews.co.uk

Nicholas Goodhart . . . an exceptional man of extraordinary achievements.

As a naval officer – he joined as a junior cadet at the age of 13 and by the time he retired 40 years later as a Rear Admiral he had almost single handedly transformed maritime aviation with his bravery, vision and inventiveness.

He will be remembered always as the man who invented the mirror deck landing system (developed with the help of a secretary and her make-up mirror) which reduced the accident rate among pilots landing on aircraft carriers by 80% and was adopted almost immediately by every one of the world’s navies.

But there was much more to him even that that. As a glider pilot he flew higher and further than any British pilot before him, won three national championships and was a key member of the British team for more than 20 years. He combined his gliding skills and engineering know-how to design a new glider type that is still in use, and pushed back the frontiers of man-powered flight when his Newbury Manflyer, a huge aircraft propelled by two men on bicycles, flew – though not very far – at Greenham Common on New Year’s Day 1980.

As an inveterate inventor he dreamed up, among many other things, the yellow-hatched box junction several years before the Ministry of Transport, which had not even bothered to reply to his letter which originally suggested it, just happened to have precisely the same idea.

At the age of 88 he abseiled down the tower of his local church . . . before returning to work on his latest project – a huge aircraft with a 3 kilometre wingspan which was to be a ‘hurricane-buster’, dropping a lid on embryo hurricanes as they built up on the ocean.

Rear Admiral Hilary Charles Nicholas 'Nick' Goodhart CB Legion of Merit FRAeS RN Rtd – a truly exceptional man. This is his story.

Sky Full of Heat

Sky Full of Heat

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Hold Fast to Your Dreams - Passionate Desire turns Dreams into Reality
Author: George Lee, MBE

Paperback, 184 pages, many black and white photos, Copyright 2012
Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches (226 x 152 x 15 mm)

"I was delighted to hear that you are writing a book telling your own story... I am sure it will be an inspiration to others. - His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Overview
Dreams can be very powerful. Some may be without substance, even insignificant—but then there are the dreams that deeply impact the very core of your being. Hold fast to these!

From humble beginnings in Ireland, George Lee’s inspiring, dream-catching story soars through blue skies that include piloting Royal Air Force Phantom fighter jets, winning three World Gliding Championships titles, and taking HRH Prince Charles on his first gliding flights.

An intensely personal account, Hold Fast to Your Dreams is a witness to an ordinary man’s passionate pursuit of his extraordinary dreams that lead him through the clouds of Europe, Asia, and the United States as well as into the back streets of Hong Kong and the halls of Buckingham Palace where he dines with The Queen.

Believing strongly that people’s choices determine their destinies, this high-flying and motivating true-life adventure is full of remarkable achievements as well as disappointments—both creating foundations on which the author builds his exciting life of success and dream fulfilment.

About the Author
George Lee lives with his wife, Maren, on a small farm in Queensland, Australia. He previously flew in the Royal Air Force and for Cathay Pacific Airways. Gliding has been a major part of his life. He and his wife have two children, Sonja and Brian, and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Anna, and Dominic.

Review by Brian Spreckley
This review was written by Brian Spreckley who has won gliding World Championship Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. He was 7 years National Coach for the British Gliding Association before founding a commercial recreational flying operation. Brian is currently Vice President of the International Gliding Commission and very active in the organisation of International competition programmes.

"There is something compelling about looking back on a man’s journey through life particularly those men who have stuck steadfastly to their chosen path and with hard work and good fortune have achieved even more than their early ambitions.

George takes us on his journey from his post war childhood in Ireland to becoming three times World Gliding Champion, an outstanding fast jet pilot, and a Check Captain on 747s to a remote farm in Australia. If, like me, you take exception to the modern tendency of using superlative adjectives and creating drama at every opportunity you will enjoy reading George’s understated but engaging account of his progress through life

George’s book is not a “how to do it manual” for success in life but with a little imagination the reader can discern how application and dedication to each aspect of life is the most likely route to achieving your dreams. There was no privileged start in life for George who was born to a working family in Ireland in the post war years.

Even though the 60’s and 70’s were years of great opportunity and creativity very few people would have thought you could make it from state school educated trainee airman to Phantom pilot, becoming three times World Gliding Champion along the way makes that even more remarkable.

If you were gliding in the 1960’s and 70’s you will recognise the gliding world that George joined, first solo in Grunau and first cross country in an Olympia The experience of pure flight captured George’s imagination like many young people of that era. For those who have come to gliding since the 70’s this book is an introduction to this era of gliding in the UK, a period of great growth and enterprise in the sport.

George’s classic account of his 1971 British distance out and return record flight from Spitalgate in a Libelle was one of the milestones in the transition from wooden to fibreglass gliders.
 George takes us from his early days as a contest pilot when success and disappointment were companion experiences highlighting two of the essential qualities required to be a successful contest pilot, tenacity and patience. George relives the important moments in each of his three World Championship wins giving the reader a fascinating insight into the complex nature of competitive gliding. The stress of having to get back to the airfield for a relight may no longer be a part of contest flying but all the other skills are the same and the transition from despair to elation following each day’s result has not changed over the years.

The fact that George can devote at least as much space to his gliding adventures as to his Air Force flying is a significant reflection on the compelling nature of the sport of gliding

George’s achievement in winning the Open Class World Championships three times created a legend that George did not make mistakes. However his intimate account of the route to winning highlights the disappointments and tribulations that dispel any such myth. If there is a message for future champions in George’s book it is all about determination and attention to detail.

George comprehensively describes his RAF flying career from his first Chipmunk flights to operational action as a Phantom pilot during the Cold War, intercepting Russian bombers and practising the skills of dogfights in a fast jet. His account outlines in detail the professionalism required and how much hard work and self-discipline was necessary to make the grade in this elite environment.

It is obvious from George’s story that his life was dedicated to aviation and achieving so much in the aviation world would leave little time for any other interests, but his accounts of bird watching, fishing and his interest in nature are further evidence of the sensitive reflective qualities required to be a great pilot.

Regardless of any interest in aviation George’s story leaves a deep impression of a man not only fortunate enough to find and marry his true soul mate but wise enough to maintain the relationship and dedicate time to his family and his beliefs which are both of great importance to him.
 
This Autobiography is another remarkable achievement in a remarkable life and a worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in people and their lives."

George Lee's Web Site: http://holdfasttodreams.com/



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with Ingo Renner in Finland

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The Otto Lilienthal Medal - Awarded to the Czech Republic For The First Time - (To Hana Zejdová)
Author:  Vladislav Zejda (Hana Zejdova's father)
Book, Hardcover, 88 pages, many excellent color photos
, Published in 2008, Text in both the English and Czech languages
Dimensions: 8.39 x 8.54 x 0.47 inches (213 x 217 x 12 mm)

Overview
This is a very interesting little book - in many ways.  It starts with a nice history of Otto Lilienthal's contributions to aviation and goes on to describe the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) award bearing his name.  It then describes the first time the medal was awarded to someone in the Czech Republic - to Hana Zejdová.  The reason I stated that the book was interesting in many ways is that many aspects of the book make it interesting to just about any pilot - especially any glider pilot.  I learned a lot from the book, and I was inspired by the book.  I learned a lot about Otto Lilienthal and other award winning legends of aviation.  I learned much about the many amazing accomplishments of Hana Zejdová.  The book was more about Hana than Otto or the Medal - which is fine.  I was inspired by how Hana has overcome many challenges and discrimination and earned more world records than anyone else in aviation history (man or woman) - a total of 57 world records to date.  I enjoyed reading about Hana's success as a soaring contest pilot, and her amazing record setting adventures in Australia.  I also found here plans for the future equally intriguing.  The ICADA Project has among its goals to fly a glider across the Atlantic Ocean and even around the world. 

This book should be appealing to every glider pilot, young and old, male and female.  It should be especially appealing to women.  It is a story of a woman overcoming many obstacles and achieving greatness.

Excellent Photography
Along with her obvious drive to set world records in sailplanes, Hana has a passion for photography.  The book is filled with many wonderful photos taken on her soaring adventures.  These are very high quality images!  You can see a few examples at right.  All the photos at right are in the book (without the copyright watermarks).  As someone who enjoys taking photos of sailplanes, I have become a fan of her soaring photos.  You can see a collection of her glider photos here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/diana2.szd56.2.vh.vhz/GlidingPictures#

About the Author
The book was written by Hana's father, Vladislav Zejda.  He obviously loves his daughter very much and has done much to support her love of aviation.  He is also a soaring world record holder and accomplished soaring contest pilot.  Below is the text from the "A word about the author" page of the book.

Vladislav Zejda (1934) began to fly in Brno at Medlánky airfield in 1951, first Czechoslovak World record holder in gliding, Champion of Czechoslovakia and France from 1957, successful member of the national team in the 50's.  During the period of "normalization" after 1968 was not admitted to the national team.  As an instructor, he trained dozens of pilots who became successful sportsmen, transport and military pilots.  After 1989, as an old-pensioner, organizes trips to Australia and takes part in preparation of gliding expeditions that have broken many gliding records for the Czech Republic.  Thanks to him, Kangaroo expeditions and the Icada project have international significance.

Review by Kathleen Winters - Sailplane Pilot and Author of Anne Morrow Lindbergh - First Lady of the Air

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, an inspiring and entertaining account of Hana Zejdova’s stellar achievements in soaring -- she holds 57 world records to date! --and the hardships she overcame on her path to greatness. Readers will learn of her struggles and sacrifices along the way, and her ongoing dedication to the sport of soaring. Accompanying the narrative are many scenic photographs taken by Hana."

Personal Note
When Hana approached me with the idea of selling this book in the USA, I remembered that she and I had both been soaring in Tocumwal, Australia at the same time (December, 1996).  I don't think I met her (I'm sure I would remember if I did), but I was there while she was there on one of her record setting adventures.  I was in Australia on a 2 week business trip.  I had 1 day set aside for soaring so I decided to make the most of it.  I reserved a Nimbus 4DM sailplane and Ingo Renner as my instructor.  I had a wonderful 5 hour flight with Ingo that day - covering hundreds of kilometers just below cloudbase at 8,000 feet in the wonderful Nimbus.  I learned a lot that day from Ingo, and I had a ball.  I remember that at some point in the day Ingo said I should be sure to meet Hana.  He said that she was an amazing woman setting many world records.  It was clear that she had impressed the 4-time world soaring champion Ingo Renner.  I now regret that we did not meet at that time.  I hope we will in the future.

Ingo Renner is now flying from the Southern Riverina Gliding Club in Tocumwal, Australia.

Notes on Hana from the FAI web site

Ms. Hana Zejdova, born in 1962, is a Czech citizen and a member of the Aero Club of the Czech Republic, and has flown more than 4,000 flying hours and over 150,000 km as a glider pilot. She won the title of European Women's Gliding Champion in 1993 in 15m, broke more than 225 national gliding records in both general and women's categories). Between 1997 and 1999 she broke more than 50 world gliding records (in both categories). In addition, Hana Zejdova holds the FAI Gold Gliding Badge with three diamonds as well as the 1,000 km FAI Glider Flight Diploma and the Pelagia Majewska Gliding Medal.

FAI Awards Received by Hana Zejdová

  • 1996 - The Pelagia Majewska Gliding Medal
    This Medal was created by the FAI in 1989, following a proposal by the Aero Club of Poland, in memory of Madame Pelagia MAJEWSKA, eminent Polish glider pilot awarded the Lilienthal Medal for 190, and holder of 17 world gliding records, who lost her life in an air accident in 1988. The Medal is offered to the FAI by the Aero Club of Poland. It may be awarded annually, on recommendation by the FAI Gliding Commission, to a female glider pilot to reward : a particularly remarkable performance in gliding during the past year, or eminent services to gliding over a long period of time.
  • 1999 - The Lilienthal Gliding Medal
    To reward a particularly remarkable performance in gliding, or eminent services to the sport of gliding over a long period of time, the FAI created this medal in 1938. It may be awarded annually to a glider pilot who has : - established an international record during the past year ; or made a pioneer flight (defined as a flight which has opened new possibilities for gliding and/or gliding techniques) ; or rendered eminent service to the sport of gliding over a significant period of time, and is still an active glider pilot.

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Locomotive to Aeromotive - Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution
Author:  Simine Short
Cloth Hardcover, 360 pages, 67 black & white photographs, 5 maps, 2 tables
Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25 inches (165 x 235)
Release Date: August, 2011
Forward by Tom D. Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The first in-depth look at an influential engineer and aviation pioneer

French-born and self-trained civil engineer Octave Chanute designed America's two largest stockyards, created innovative and influential structures such as the Kansas City Bridge over the previously "unbridgeable" Missouri River, and was a passionate aviation pioneer whose collaborative approach to aeronautical engineering problems encouraged other experimenters, including the Wright brothers. Drawing on rich archival material and exclusive family sources, Locomotive to Aeromotive is the first detailed examination of Chanute's life and his immeasurable contributions to engineering and transportation, from the ground transportation revolution of the mid-nineteenth century to the early days of aviation.

Aviation researcher and historian Simine Short brings to light in colorful detail many previously overlooked facets of Chanute's professional and personal life. In the late nineteenth century, few considered engineering as a profession on par with law or medicine, but Chanute devoted much time and energy to the newly established professional societies that were created to set standards and serve the needs of civil engineers. Though best known for his aviation work, he became a key figure in the opening of the American continent by laying railroad tracks and building bridges, experiences that later gave him the engineering knowledge to build the first stable aircraft structure. Chanute also introduced a procedure to treat wooden railroad ties with an antiseptic that increased the wood’s lifespan in the tracks. Establishing the first commercial plants, he convinced railroad men that it was commercially feasible to make money by spending money on treating ties to conserve natural resources. He next introduced the date nail to help track the age and longevity of railroad ties.

A versatile engineer, Chanute was known as a kind and generous colleague during his career. Using correspondence and other materials not previously available to scholars and biographers, Short covers Chanute's formative years in antebellum America as well as his experiences traveling from New Orleans to New York, his apprenticeship on the Hudson River Railroad, and his early engineering successes. His multiple contributions to railway expansion, bridge building, and wood preservation established his reputation as one of the nation's most successful and distinguished civil engineers. Instead of retiring, he utilized his experiences and knowledge as a bridge builder in the development of motorless flight. Through the reflections of other engineers, scientists, and pioneers in various fields who knew him, Short characterizes Chanute as a man who believed in fostering and supporting people who were willing to learn. This well-researched biography cements Chanute's place as a preeminent engineer and mentor in the history of transportation in the United States and the development of the airplane.

"An impressive, truly significant addition to the field of engineering and aeronautical history. Simine Short shows how Octave Chanute's personality and method of problem-solving enabled him to make meaningful contributions in diverse fields such as railroad and bridge engineering, stockyard design, and the early phase of aviation." --Robert W. Jackson, licensed glider pilot and author of Rails across the Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis Bridge

"As the first detailed biography of civil engineer and aeronautic pioneer Octave Chanute, this book fills a gap in the existing literature and is suitable for both the lay reader and the expert."--Anthony M. Springer, editor of Aerospace Design: Aircraft, Spacecraft, and the Art of Modern Flight

"We have waited a long time for a solid biography of Octave Chanute. Simine Short has given us a book worth waiting for. She succeeds in situating the details of Chanute’s long life and extraordinary career squarely in the context of his time.”--from the foreword by Tom D. Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

About the Author

Simine Short is an aviation historian who has researched and written extensively on the history of motorless flight. Her first book, Glider Mail: An Aerophilatelic Handbook, received numerous research awards worldwide and is considered a standard reference by aerophilatelists and aviation researchers. She lives with her husband (sailplane pilot Jim Short) outside Chicago, Illinois.

Dedication: "This book is dedicated to Jim, my favorite glider pilot, who is just as interested in the history of the sport as in flying."

Cool quote in the front of the book

"From the locomotive to the aeromotive," shouted the noisiest of all, who had turned on the trumpet of publicity to awaken the Old and New Worlds. ...  A flying machine must be constructed to take advantage of the natural laws, but it is not necessary to copy Nature completely.  Locomotives are not copied from the hare, nor are ships copied from the fish.  To the first we have put wheels, which are not legs; to the second we have put screws, which are not fins.  Besides, what is this mechanical movement in the flight of birds, whose action is so complex? - Jules Verne, The Clipper of the Clouds (1887)

Review by Paul Remde
Few people (even well-read glider pilots) understand just how much Octave Chanute contributed to the development of aviation in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Did you know that hundreds of gliding flights were safely performed over the Indiana dunes near Lake Michigan in the years around 1896 in gliders designed by Octave Chanute?  Did you know that he acted as a mentor to the Wright brothers and witnessed some of their early flights?  At the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, William Avery performed glider flying exhibitions in a glider designed by Chanute and using an electric winch that was also designed by Chanute.  Octave also acted as a clearinghouse of aviation information - meticulously collecting every document he could find on the subject and sharing them along with friendly letters of support to aviation pioneers around the world. 

Simine Short has a passion for aviation history and has thoroughly researched and documented the life and work of Octave Chanute in this book.  She also included many wonderful photographs and diagrams.  Well done Simine!!!

As a mechanical engineer, MBA graduate, and glider pilot, I found the entire book very interesting.  It is an amazing trip back in time - to the time of steam ships and steam locomotives.  Octave Chanute was an amazing man, engineer, and pioneer.  The first half of the book covers his early life and his work for railroads - helping them extend across the central U.S.  He was a respected railroad bridge designer (first in wood - later in steel) and was responsible for innovated work in railroad tie preservation (life extension through the injection of preserving chemicals).  Any glider pilot will find his life and accomplishments fascinating.  The life history and engineering parts of the beginning of the book are a welcome look into what makes-up the character and experiences of the man - helping to explain his later aviation achievements.  Glider pilots will find the last 1/3 of the book the most interesting - which details his aviation accomplishments. 


The 2 images above are the front and back sides of a brochure I found at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Porter, Indiana.

The images below are from the Chanute Aquatorium in Marquette Park on the Miller Beach dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan in Gary, Indiana.
http://aquatorium.org/

The Chanute statue, erected in 2003, is located in the front of the Aquatorium.  The statue is pointing to the actual site on the dunes where his flight experiments took place.  The dunes are somewhat overgrown - which may just protect them from disappearing.

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The Platypus Papers
Fifty years of powerless pilotage

Author:  Michael Bird
Hard Cover, 160 pages, many black and white illustrations and a few photographs
Dimensions: 8.46 x 12.13 x 0.75 inches (215 x 308 x 19 mm), Copyright 2000

Review found online
This is a collection of columns from the British magazine "Sailplane & Gliding." I had the very distinct pleasure of spending some time with the author of this book recently as he prepared to address a group of U.S. glider pilots at the national convention, where Mr. Bird (Platypus) was honored with the Joseph C. Lincoln award for this collection. Naturally I bought a copy of the book and it has hardly been out of my hands since then. Platypus' writings are insightful, opinionated, and hilarious. His brand of humor contains more than a kernel of truth. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in soaring, gliding, aviation, or a good laugh, or for anyone who appreciates a keen-eyed observer of (one's own) human nature.

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Soaring and Gliding: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area, Michigan, USA
From the "Images of Aviation" series

Author:  Jeffery P Sandman and Peter R. Sandman
Paperback, 128 pages, Hundreds of photographs (black & white)
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.3 x 0.35 inches (165 x 235 x 9 mm)
Copyright 2006

A wonderful collection of soaring photos with captions describing the people and gliders and locations in the photos.  This book does not have a plot, but it does succeed greatly at taking you back to a time when soaring was new and exciting.  It also introduces you to many of the people and gliders from those times.  The photos are reproduced in excellent quality.

To fly as the hawk and eagle has been mankind’s dream for centuries. Modern sailplanes make soaring and gliding flight possible, and with them, humans can fly higher, faster, and farther than the greatest of birds, using only an invisible force of nature to stay aloft. The terms soaring and gliding are used interchangeably, and the sport is appealing to pilot and spectator alike. Sailplane enthusiasts have always been explorers, always looking for a more ideal site that will provide the intellectual challenges of soaring as well as the sheer beauty and relaxation the sport can offer. Michigan-based glider pilots and designers found their soaring paradise in the early 1930s when they ventured north to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. The explorers began to promote the sport to national and international prominence, and many came to make up a veritable who’s who of American aeronautics. Over a century after Octave Chanute discovered motorless flight on the Lake Michigan dunes, sailplanes, hang gliders, and paragliders still fill the skies.

Author Bio: In Soaring and Gliding: The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Area, historian Peter R. Sandman, recipient of soaring awards from the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, New York, and the Los Angeles–based Citizen Savings Athletic Foundation, joins forces with his son, Jeffery P. Sandman, who has written extensively on soaring in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area relative to early tourism promotion in northwestern Michigan.

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Soaring Beyond the Clouds - Einar Enevoldson Reaches for 100,000 Feet
Author:  Bertha M. Ryan
Book, Paperback, 318 pages, Published in 2010
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches (152 x 229 mm)

Soaring Beyond the Clouds tells the fascinating story of Einar Enevoldson’s life on the leading edge of flight. It is a book that will be enjoyed by all aviation fans whether or not they are pilots.


Author Bertha M. Ryan

Review on rec.aviation.soaring by Val Paget
"Add this to your Christmas list! 

Author Bertha Ryan, MIT educated aerospace engineer and much honored aviator, puts you in the backseat and takes you through Enevoldson’s many amazing and often tense moments as a glider pilot, Air Force pilot, and NASA research test pilot.

Einar Enevoldson is forever connected to the world record altitude flight he and Steve Fossett made, but that is just one of his amazing flights. Recovery from a flat spin while testing an F-14 and his land-out in an F-104 are just two of the “interesting” moments described.

The Appendix, a four page, two-columned list of the planes Enevoldson has flown, adds the final “Wow!” factor.

Ryan presents the complexities of the aviation design, flight characteristics and aviation weather in ways that both the general reader and an aeronautical expert will find fascinating. The information about such phenomena as the Stratospheric Polar Night Jet deepens our understanding of the world of high altitude flight. The stories about Enevoldson and other illustrious people in aviation, and the many pictures make this book an essential part of any aviation collection.

Ryan is generously donating all proceeds to the SSA. Go order copies for yourself, your friends and family."

Review by Paul Remde
I enjoyed the book very much.  My favorite parts included:

  • History of “University of El Mirage” - El Mirage is a soaring site that was home to many famous soaring pilots.
  • Test pilot with NASA at Edwards Air Force Base: lifting body aircraft, etc.
  • World record altitude flights with Steve Fossett
  • Plans for the future of the Perlan project

Cover photo by Michael Aley
Perlan glider being towed off from Inyokern Airport (California, USA) where they did some testing before setting the record in Argentina.  Einar and Steve Fossett are in the sailplane.

The 2 photos below are produced in black and white in the book. 


Einar Enevoldson in Perlan Glider - Photo by Bertha M. Ryan


Einar Enevoldson in X-24B - Photo from NASA


Einar Enevoldson & Steve Fossett with Perlan Glider - Photo by Bertha M. Ryan


Einar Enevoldson with X-24B - Photo from NASA

 

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Soaring Through the 20th Century
Author:  Paul A. Schweizer

Hard cover book, 299 pages, dozens of excellent black and white photos
Dimensions: 8.66 x 11.30 x 1.0 inches (220 x 287 x 25 mm)
Copyright: 2004

In Paul A. Schweizer's final book, readers are treated to a personal and insightful memoir, not only about gliders and sailplanes, but about family and the people Paul met during his more than 70 years as a sailplane visionary. The book also documents soaring history throughout the last century, and also the creation and growth of the Soaring Society of America and National Soaring Museum. Paul's experiences as pilot, competitor, and manufacturer present a first-hand account of a life intimately entwined with the sport of soaring.

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Stick and Rudder - An Explanation of the Art of Flying
Author: Wolfgang Langewiesche
Hardcover, many black and white illustrations, 390 pages, Copyright 1944, renewed 1972, Publication Date: 1990
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.3 x 0.87 inches (155 x 236 x 22 mm)

Overview
In the early 1940's, Wolfgang Langewiesche wrote a series of articles in Air Facts analyzing the various aspects of piloting techniques. Based on these articles, Langewiesche's classic work on the art of flying was published in 1944. This book explains precisely what pilots do when they fly, just how they do it, and why. These basics are largely unchanging. The book applies to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and instructor. Today, several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But Stick and Rudder remains the leading think-book on the art of flying.

About the Author (from inside back cover)
Wolfgang Langewiesche first soloed in 1934 in Chicago. Early in his flying he was struck by a strange discrepancy: in piloting, the words and the realities did not agree. What pilots claimed to be doing, in flying an airplane, was not what they were in fact doing. What the pilot really did was poorly described in print and in airport talk.

Langewiesche set himself the task of describing more accurately and realistically what the pilot really does when he flies. The first result, from 1940 on, was a series of articles in AIR FACTS, analyzing various points of piloting technique. In 1944 STICK AND RUDDER was published.

Langewiesche has been a test pilot for Cessna, Change Vought, and Kollsman and has also done free-lance testing. He was written on flying, and other matters, in HARPER'S, the SATURDAY EVENING POST, and READER'S DIGEST. He has made long trips over large parts of the world in airplanes of his own.

Back Cover Text

What's in Stick and Rudder:
  • The invisible secret of all heavier-than-air flight--the Angle of Attack. What it is, and why it can't be seen. How lift is made, and what the pilot has to do with it.
  • Why airplanes stall
  • How do you know you're about to stall?
  • The landing approach. How the pilot's eye functions in judging the approach. The visual clues by which an experienced pilot unconsciously judges: how you can quickly learn to use them.
  • "The Spot that does not move." This is the first statement of this phenomenon. A foolproof method of making a landing approach across pole lines and trees.
  • The elevator and the throttle. One controls the speed, the other controls climb and descent. Which is which?
  • The paradox of the glide. By pointing the nose down less steeply, you descend more steeply. By pointing the nose down more steeply, you can glide further.
  • What's the rudder for? The rudder does NOT turn the airplane the way a boat's rudder turns the boat. Then what does it do?
  • How a turn is flown. The role of ailerons, rudder, and elevator in making a turn.
  • The landing--how it's made. The visual clues that tell you where the ground is.
  • The "tail-dragger" landing gear and what's tricky about it. This is probably the only analysis of tail-draggers now available to those who want to fly one.
  • The tricycle landing gear and what's so good about it. A strong advocacy of the tricycle gear written at a time when almost all civil airplanes were taildraggers.
  • Why the airplane doesn't feel the wind. Why the airplane usually flies a little sidewise.
  • Plus: a chapter on Air Accidents by Leighton Collins, founder and editor of AIR FACTS. His analyses of aviation's safety problems have deeply influenced pilots and aeronautical engineers and have contributed to the benign characteristics of today's airplane.

Inside Front Cover Text
STICK AND RUDDER is the first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted. It has been continuously in print for thirty-three years, and has enjoyed steadily increasing sales. Flight instructors have found that the book does indeed explain important phases of the art of flying, in a way the learner can use. It shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why.  These basics are largely unchanging. The book therefore is applicable to large airplanes and small, old airplanes and new, and is of interest not only to the learner but also to the accomplished pilot and to the instructor himself.  When STICK AND RUDDER first came out, some of its contents were considered highly controversial. In recent years its formulations have become widely accepted. Pilots and flight instructors have found that the book works.Today several excellent manuals offer the pilot accurate and valuable technical information. But STICK AND RUDDER remains the leading think-book on the art of flying.One thorough reading of it should be the equivalent of many hours of practice.

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WA - The Life of Soaring Legend Wally Scott
Author:  Samantha Hilbert Thomas
Paperback, 220 pages, ~31 black and white photos
Dimensions: 5.94 x 9.2 x 0.47 inches (151 x 234 x 12 mm)
Release Date: January, 2011
Forward by Ben Greene

Overview
The life story of Wallace A. Scott, who during his 36 years of soaring pushed the limits of how far one can fly without an engine. His Texas childhood and his families movie theater business set the roots for an adventurous life. He learned to fly in a J-2 and continued his flying career in the US Air Corps during WWII. He came to soaring later in life but quickly made up for the missed years by starting his quest for long distance records within a few years after learning to fly a glider. He became a pioneer of free distance, straight out flight and won 4 FAI international records, 20 Lewin A. Barringer Trophies for longest flight, and numerous other awards. The book incorporates Wally’s own words by using his personal journals and Soaring magazine articles as well as interviews with his wife Boots. In addition to his lifelong romance with flying, there are many other facets to this man, called the ‘John Wayne of soaring’, that make this book a fascinating addition to your soaring library.
  • 20-time Winner of the Lewin A. Barringer trophy
  • Two-time Winner of the Smirnoff Derby (cross-U.S. sailplane race)
  • Set 4 World Soaring Records
  • Wally's Longest Flight in a Sailplane: 808 miles (1300 km), Out & Return Flight, July 14, 1995

From the Back Cover
How far can one fly without an engine?  Wallace Scott pushed that limit during his 36 years of soaring, setting four world records, winning the Lewin A. Barringer trophy for the longest free distance flight 20 times, by winning two Smirnoff Derby's, and with his legendary dual 716.95 mile world record flight with Ben Greene.

Using extensive parts of Wally Scott's personal journals and his many Soaring magazine articles, WA (Whiskey Alpha) is the story of 'a John Wayne type of guy' who pushed himself with every flight.

Wally Scott was part of the band of pilots that made Odessa, TX into a famous soaring site and will always be remembered as the pioneer of soaring free distance - and as Boots' husband.

About the Author
Samantha Hilbert Thomas is an Associate Producer for NBC Sports and won an Emmy for her work on the NBC coverage of the Beijing Olympics. A graduate of Tufts University, she lives in New York City with her husband Charlie Thomas. This is her first book.

Review by Paul Remde
Wally Scott was an amazing man.  Author Samantha did a fantastic job of pulling together material from several sources and creating a nice, easy-to-read summary of Wally's life and major accomplishments.  I'm sure many current soaring pilots knew Wally as the pilot that George Moffat battled and beat in the classic film "The Sun Ship Game".  He flew a huge ASW 12 with great skill in that film.  He was a tough competitor, but mainly he enjoyed long-distance record flights.  It is remarkable that he had the longest flight of the year in the U.S. for 20 years out of his 36 years of flying sailplanes!  I enjoyed reading about his early life, experiences flying C-47's in World War II, and his adventures in sailplanes - especially his articles as printed in Soaring magazine.  It is certainly a motivational book!  It has me excited and enthused to do more long soaring flights myself!


Wally Scott and Ben Greene in front of a map showing their 716.95 mile record flight from Odessa, TX to Columbus, NE
on July 26, 1970.


Wally Scott in Schweizer 1-26 over hangers at North side of Odessa-Schlemeyer Airport

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Wings Like Eagles - A History of Soaring and the SSA
Author:  Paul A. Schweizer
Paperback, hundreds of black and white photos, 376 pages
Dimensions: 7.95 x 9.96 inches (202 x 253 mm)

This is a history of the sport of soaring, the individuals involved and the personalities that make soaring what it is today. Well documented and thorough in presentation. The author folds the story of the Soaring Society of America into the history of soaring.

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Garmin inReach Mini

Overview for Glider Pilots
The inReach Mini uses the same satellite network and data plans as the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+. It is much smaller and slightly lower cost, but has a much smaller screen, no QWERTY keyboard, and no "breadcrumb trail" on the display. It can be used with the free Earthmate® app  - which syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device. It doesn't have the built-in topographic maps of the inReach Explorer+ and it is much more difficult to send messages using the much smaller user-interface. But it should be equally good for allowing your friends and family to follow your soaring adventures as they unfold.

My 2 Cents
I sometimes fly my sailplane in extremely remote regions in the Western USA. I therefore opted for the inReach Explorer+ because it offers built-in color topographical maps and a digital compass. I thought that could be worth the extra $100 in an emergency.

Note: This inReach Explorer+ is only $100 more expensive than the inReach Mini and includes the following features - not found in the inReach Mini:

  • Full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit
  • Built-in digital compass,
  • Built-in barometric altimeter
  • Built-in accelerometer 
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Breadcrumb trail

Recommended Accessory - Backpack Tether
I highly recommend the optional Backpack Tether. It is inexpensive and makes it easy to mount the inReach to a parachute harness. The inReach Mini in supplied with a Spine Mount Adapter which is used to connect it to the Backpack Tether.
inReach-BackpackTether-03

Two Color Options

The inReach Mini is available in either organge or black/gray color. They are functionally identical. Other inReach products (SE+ and Explorer+) have different colors and different features.

Overview

Fit global connectivity in your palm with our smallest, lightest satellite communicator yet. Weighing a mere 4.23 oz, inReach Mini provides global messaging and interactive SOS plus basic GPS and compass page navigation. It can pair with a smartphone, tablet or compatible Garmin outdoor device to access topographic maps, aerial imagery, U.S. NOAA charts and other advanced features.

inReach Mini lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

Fit Global Connectivity Into Your Palm

  • Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium® satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required)
  • Access downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more by using the free Garmin Earthmate® app and compatible devices
  • Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired device; basic and premium weather packages available
  • Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices, including connected wearables and handhelds
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 50 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode

inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact. It’s our palm-sized satellite communicator for adventures where size and weight matter. inReach Mini lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

Travel Lighter, Communicate Smarter

Measuring just under 4” tall by 2” wide and weighing a mere 4.23 oz, inReach Mini is fit for exterior pack pockets or accessory loops. It connects for messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower or encountering spotty coverage. Your inReach Mini works anywhere.

Who will answer your SOS? GEOS will.

GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And they’re standing by 24/7 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Once you’ve triggered a distress signal, you can expect a delivery confirmation that help is on the way and be continually updated on the status of your response team.

Multiple Ways to Connect

Wireless unit-to-unit connectivity lets you remotely control inReach Mini to send and receive messages using compatible Garmin handhelds, wearables or other mobile devices. GPS-based location tracking lets you share your whereabouts with those at home or out in the field. You can also post your adventures on social media. For basic navigation, there’s an electronic compass that shows bearing and distance along a route or to a waypoint.

Pair with Your Mobile Device

For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® wireless technology with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also access your phone’s contact list from the Earthmate app to connect with fewer keystrokes.

Pair with Garmin Pilot™

In the aviation world, inReach Mini becomes a valuable air communications link. When paired via Bluetooth to a compatible tablet or smartphone running the Garmin Pilot app, your inReach Mini makes it easy to send and receive text messages while in the cockpit — even from areas without cellular reception. The app pulls in your smart device’s contact lists, so access is simple and seamless. And since your inReach Mini is also a handheld GPS, Garmin Pilot can leverage its rock-solid position source to drive a georeferenced aircraft position symbol on your tablet’s moving map display. Also, for your followers on the ground, inReach Mini can provide tracking of your flight, using the web-based MapShare™ page created for your inReach account. You can also link via Facebook® or Twitter®.

Additional Aviation Services

Your inReach Mini is also a supported device for the Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS) Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS), Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue (SE-SAR) and Enhanced Special Reporting Services (eSRS). If you register for ACAS information, alerts provided via LMFS prompt you to call for an abbreviated briefing to address any specific adverse condition situation that might affect your flight-planned routing. Likewise, automatic monitoring provided by the SE-SAR service enables the system to identify potential flight emergency situations and/or signals to promptly initiate search and rescue procedures for your aircraft.

Get Weather on the Go

The optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or compatible device paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. And you can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary.

Rugged, Robust inReach

Tough, durable, impact resistant (MIL-STD-810F) and water-rated to IPX7, inReach Mini is built to keep you up and running. It includes an internal, rechargeable lithium battery for up to 50 hours’ use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20days in power saving mode. Recharge via the microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12-V charger.

Includes Unlimited Cloud Storage and Trip Planning

Every inReach device comes with free access to the cloud-powered Garmin Explore website to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more.

Affordable, Flexible Satellite Airtime Plans

To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach Mini, inReach SE+ or Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan.

Specifications

General

Physical dimensions 2.04” x 3.90” x 1.03” (5.17 x 9.90 x 2.61 cm)
Weight

3.5 oz (100.0 g)

Water rating IPX7
Battery type Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Display type sunlight-readable, monochrome, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size 0.9" x 0.9" (23 x 23 mm)
Display resolution 128 x 128 pixels
Battery life Up to 50 hours at 10-minute tracking with 2-minute logging (default); up to 30 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 1 year when powered off
Memory/history none
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
Interface USB

Maps & Memory

Preloaded maps

No

Ability to add maps Yes
Waypoints/favorites/locations 500
Routes 20

Sensors

Barometric altimeter No
Compass No

Outdoor Recreation Features

Camera

No

Additional

Additional
  • Wireless compatible: yes (Bluetooth®)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS with 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center: yes
  • Send and receive text messages to SMS and email: yes
  • Send and receive messages with other inReach users, exchange locations: yes
  • Track and share location with friends and family on web-based MapShare® portal: yes
  • Request weather forecasts for current location and planned destination: yes
  • Virtual keyboard for custom text messaging: yes
  • Send waypoints to MapShare portal during trip: yes
  • Send route selection to MapShare portal for friends and family to see progress: yes

In the Box

  • inReach Mini
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Spine Mount Adapter - used to connect to mounts below
  • Documentation

Downloads:

Sale: $275

Normally: $350

$75 OFF

In Stock


inReach Mini Orange


inReach Mini Black

 

Garmin-inReachSEplus

Garmin inReach SE+
You may venture off the grid, but you’re never out of reach – as long as you’re carrying an inReach SE+. These handheld satellite communicators are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more – without compromising their loved ones‘ peace of mind. From backcountry experiences to international adventures, inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies.

Note: The inReach Explorer+ (above) is only $50 more expensive than this product and includes the following features - not found in the inReach SE+:

  • Full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit
  • Built-in digital compass,
  • Built-in barometric altimeter
  • Built-in accelerometer 

Recommended Accessory - Backpack Tether
I highly recommend the optional Backpack Tether. It is inexpensive and makes it easy to mount the inReach to a parachute harness.
inReach-BackpackTether-03

Explore Anywhere. Communicate Everywhere.
Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, these go-anywhere portable devices let you exchange text messages with any cell phone number or email address anywhere – while using GPS to track and share your journey’s progress. You can also post to social media or even communicate inReach-to-inReach in the field.

In case of an at-risk situation, you can also use inReach to trigger an SOS to the 24/7 monitoring center, text back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way.

No Cell Tower? No Phone Service? No Problem.
inReach SE+ and Explorer+ give you all the tools to stay totally connected. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower – or encountering spotty coverage in fringe zones or blackout areas. Your inReach communicator works anywhere and everywhere – so you’re never out of range, never out of reach.

Track and Share Your Whereabouts
Turn on the tracking function of your inReach SE+ or Explorer+ communicator, and let family and friends follow your progress on their computers or mobile devices, using the web-based MapShare® portal. The inReach device will send waypoints at preselected time intervals, so followers can track your whereabouts online. You can also invite your crew back home to use MapShare to ping your inReach unit and see your GPS location, track your movements and exchange messages during your trip. You can even embed your MapShare page on a blog, website or social media.

Pair with Your Mobile Device
For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate® app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device¹ so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also sync your inReach device with your phone’s contact list to reach anyone, anywhere – with fewer keystrokes.

Get Weather Wherever
The optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach device, compatible smartphone or tablet paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. And you can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary.

Who Will Answer Your SOS? GEOS Will.
GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And they’re standing by 24/7/365 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Then, while help is on the way, GEOS will continue to text back and forth with you, providing updates and critical information until your situation is resolved.


Which inReach Is Right for You?
As satellite communicators, both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base – the inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings anywhere on or off the beaten path.

Affordable, Flexible Satellite Airtime Plans

To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach Mini, inReach SE+ or Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan.

Unlimited Cloud Storage and Trip Planning are Included
Every inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered portal to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, download additional TOPO maps, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more.

Built for the Rugged Backcountry
Tough, durable, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ handhelds are built to keep you up and running – no matter what the elements throw at you. An internal, rechargeable lithium battery comes standard on both units so you can count on long battery life in every mode of operation (up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default); up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off). Recharge via the standard microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12 V charger.

Specifications

General

Physical dimensions 2.7" x 6.5" x 1.5" (6.8 x 16.4 x 3.8 cm) with keypad and SOS door bump
Weight

7.5 oz (213.0 g)

Water rating IPX7
Battery type Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Display type transflective color TFT
Display size 1.4"W x 1.9"H (3.5 x 4.7 cm); 2.31" diag (5.9 cm)
Display resolution 200 x 265 pixels
Battery life Up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default); up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off
Memory/history None
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
Interface USB

Maps & Memory

Preloaded maps

no

Waypoints/favorites/locations 500
Routes 20

Outdoor Recreation Features

Camera

no

Additional

Additional
  • Wireless compatible: yes (Bluetooth®)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS with 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center: yes
  • Send and receive text messages to SMS and email: yes
  • Send and receive messages with other inReach users, exchange locations: yes
  • Track and share location with friends and family on web-based MapShare® portal: yes
  • Request weather forecasts for current location and planned destination: yes
  • Virtual keyboard for custom text messaging: yes
  • Send waypoints to MapShare portal during trip: yes
  • Send route selection to MapShare portal for friends and family to see progress: yes

In the Box

  • inReach SE+
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Documentation

Downloads:

inReachSEPlus-08

inReachSEPlus-03

inReachSEPlus-04

inReachSEPlus-05

inReachSEPlus-06

inReachSEPlus-09

inReachSEPlus-10

inReachSEPlus-07

inReachSEPlus-01

inReachSEPlus-02

 

Sale: $325

Normally: $400

$75 OFF

In Stock
Garmin-inReachExplorerPlus

Garmin inReach Explorer+
You may venture off the grid, but you’re never out of reach – as long as you’re carrying an inReach Explorer+. These handheld satellite communicators are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more – without compromising their loved ones‘ peace of mind. From backcountry experiences to international adventures, inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies.

Note: This inReach Explorer+ is only $50 more expensive than the inReach SE+ (below) and includes the following features - not found in the inReach SE+:

  • Full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit
  • Built-in digital compass,
  • Built-in barometric altimeter
  • Built-in accelerometer 

Recommended Accessory - Backpack Tether
I highly recommend the optional Backpack Tether. It is inexpensive and makes it easy to mount the inReach to a parachute harness.
inReach-BackpackTether-03

Explore Anywhere. Communicate Everywhere.
Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, these go-anywhere portable devices let you exchange text messages with any cell phone number or email address anywhere – while using GPS to track and share your journey’s progress. You can also post to social media or even communicate inReach-to-inReach in the field.

In case of an at-risk situation, you can also use inReach to trigger an SOS to the 24/7 monitoring center, text back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way.

No Cell Tower? No Phone Service? No Problem.
inReach SE+ and Explorer+ give you all the tools to stay totally connected. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower – or encountering spotty coverage in fringe zones or blackout areas. Your inReach communicator works anywhere and everywhere – so you’re never out of range, never out of reach.

Track and Share Your Whereabouts
Turn on the tracking function of your inReach SE+ or Explorer+ communicator, and let family and friends follow your progress on their computers or mobile devices, using the web-based MapShare® portal. The inReach device will send waypoints at preselected time intervals, so followers can track your whereabouts online. You can also invite your crew back home to use MapShare to ping your inReach unit and see your GPS location, track your movements and exchange messages during your trip. You can even embed your MapShare page on a blog, website or social media.

Pair with Your Mobile Device
For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate® app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device¹ so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also sync your inReach device with your phone’s contact list to reach anyone, anywhere – with fewer keystrokes.

Get Weather Wherever
The optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach device, compatible smartphone or tablet paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. And you can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary.

Who Will Answer Your SOS? GEOS Will.
GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And they’re standing by 24/7/365 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Then, while help is on the way, GEOS will continue to text back and forth with you, providing updates and critical information until your situation is resolved.


Which inReach Is Right for You?
As satellite communicators, both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base – the inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings anywhere on or off the beaten path.

Affordable, Flexible Satellite Airtime Plans

To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach Mini, inReach SE+ or Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan.

Unlimited Cloud Storage and Trip Planning are Included
Every inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered portal to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, download additional TOPO maps, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more.

Built for the Rugged Backcountry
Tough, durable, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ handhelds are built to keep you up and running – no matter what the elements throw at you. An internal, rechargeable lithium battery comes standard on both units so you can count on long battery life in every mode of operation (up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default); up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off). Recharge via the standard microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12 V charger.

Specifications

General

Physical dimensions 2.7" x 6.5" x 1.5" (6.8 x 16.4 x 3.8 cm) with keypad and SOS door bump
Weight

7.5 oz (213.0 g)

Water rating IPX7
Battery type Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Display type transflective color TFT
Display size 1.4"W x 1.9"H (3.5 x 4.7 cm); 2.31" diag (5.9 cm)
Display resolution 200 x 265 pixels
Battery life Up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default); up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off
Memory/history 2 GB
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
Interface USB

Maps & Memory

Preloaded maps

yes. The North America SKU of the inReach Explorer+ comes preloaded with a 1:24k map of Garmin Yarmouth (Former DeLorme) North America data of the U.S. and Canada. Mexico also is included at a 1:125k scale (derived from Garmin Yarmouth’s Digital Atlas of the Earth).

Ability to add maps Yes
Waypoints/favorites/locations 500
Routes 20

Sensors

Barometric altimeter Yes
Compass Yes (tilt-compensated 3-axis)

Outdoor Recreation Features

Camera

no

Additional

Additional
  • Wireless compatible: yes (Bluetooth®)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS with 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center: yes
  • Send and receive text messages to SMS and email: yes
  • Send and receive messages with other inReach users, exchange locations: yes
  • Track and share location with friends and family on web-based MapShare® portal: yes
  • Request weather forecasts for current location and planned destination: yes
  • Virtual keyboard for custom text messaging: yes
  • Send waypoints to MapShare portal during trip: yes
  • Send route selection to MapShare portal for friends and family to see progress: yes

In the Box

  • inReach Explorer+
  • Preloaded with TOPO
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Documentation

Downloads:

inReachExplorerPlus-04

inReachExplorerPlus-10

inReachSEPlus-08

inReachExplorerPlus-03

inReachExplorerPlus-06

inReachExplorerPlus-08

inReachExplorerPlus-09

inReachExplorerPlus-07

inReachExplorerPlus-01

inReachExplorerPlus-02

 

Sale: $375

Normally: $450

$75 OFF

In Stock
SPOT
SPOT-X

SPOT X Satellite Messenger
The SPOT X offers 2-way satellite messenging with a buit-in hardware keyboard. It also sends your altitude with every message and tracking point. The built-in backlit keyboard makes it easy to send and reply to messages from anywhwere.

Sale!
We have more SPOT X units in stock than I need - so we're offering them for sale at $75-off their usual price.

Previous SPOT units were one-way messengers. You could send messages out, but couldn't receive or respond to messages. Also, previous SPOT units couldn't send altitude data along with your position in tracking mode. The new SPOT X can do all of that.

Tracking Service Options


Click on the image above to view a larger version.

Specs

  • Height: 6.54" (16.6 cm)
  • Width: 2.9" (7.5 cm)
  • Thickness: 0.94" (2.4 cm)
  • Weight: 7.0 oz (198 grams)
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
  • Weatherproof Rating: IP67 – Tested for submersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes
  • Impact Resistance: Mil-STD-810G for shock, IP67 for dust
  • Operational Temperature: -4° F to 140° F (-20° C to +60° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4° F to 140° F (-20° C to +60° C)
  • Operating Altitude: -328 ft to 21,320 ft (-100 m to 6,500 m)

Not Included:

  • The price does not include the annual service plan (see image above). The service plan is selected and paid for at www.findmespot.com once you have the unit in hand.

SPOT X Quick-Start Guide

SPOT X User Guide

Sale: $175

Normally: $250

$75 OFF

 

In Stock

Segelflug-Bildkalender
Calendar-Segel-Bild-2013

Segelflug-Bildkalender (Sailplane Photo Calendar), 2013
by Werbe-Verlag - Cornelia Temlitz
The Segelful-Bildkalender offers fantastic soaring photos in a large format. 

Note: These calendars are somewhat out of date, but the photos are still awesome.  The calendar data is at the bottom of every page that is perforated so that it can be removed easily.  I have just a few of these remaining in stock.  $10 is a great deal for 13 very nice soaring posters.

This 44th edition of the Soaring Calendar has 13 brilliant color photos and captures the fascination and aesthetics of this wonderful sport. The reverse of each page bears further details about the how, where and when of the picture; for example: the "Adventure Sailplane" - agile in the air, and convenient on the ground; nine months' preparation for the World Championships; a Winter Dream ; the ASW 27 B - the long-distance runner. Another page tells of the further development of the Akaflieg Braunschweig SB 10. Also the first flight of Cumulus III f D-6059, nearly 60 years ago. We may not have been there at the time, but know what happened next. And there are other surprises; in large format 48 x 29 cm (18.9 x 11.4 inches) and the folding monthly dateline.

This calendar offers extremely well written and interesting information on the back of each photo.  It makes this calendar really stand out from all others. 

Note: This calendar includes a very basic calendar.  It does not have a large grid of days that can be used to write appointments or notes.  The SSA Soaring Calendar is more suited to use writing notes on specific dates.  But this calendar's large photos look great on the wall of your office or soaring club clubhouse.

Makes a great gift!

Dimensions
18.9 inches (48 cm) x 11.4 inches (29 cm)


Click on the images above to view larger versions.



$10

In Stock
Calendar-Segel-Bild-2011 Segelflug-Bildkalender (Sailplane Photo Calendar), 2011
by Werbe-Verlag - Cornelia Temlitz
The Segelful-Bildkalender offers fantastic soaring photos in a large format. 

Note: These calendars are out of date, but the photos are still awesome.  The calendar data is at the bottom of every page that is perforated so that it can be removed easily.  I have just a few of these remaining in stock.  $10 is a great deal for 13 very nice soaring posters.

The 42nd issue of our internationally popular wall calendar has 13 color photos revealing the fascination and beauty of soaring flight.  The rear face of each page bears a description in English, German and French. Subjects include the very latest sailplanes under test, popular vintage and veteran gliders such as the L-Spatz III and OSV bungee launching, coastal soaring, circumnavigating Cologne in an ASW 15b, plus the story of the only woman flying in the Unlimited National Team.

Do you know where the 2011 FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Finale is to be held, and the anniversary commemoration date of Soaring’s most important event?  All this and more in the latest issue of the Soaring Picture Calendar; make sure of your copy and you will be up-to-date with coming events. Produced in the popular wall format 48 x 29 cm with an unfolding weekday panel: this is a unique product – so order now!

This calendar offers extremely well written and interesting information on the back of each photo.  It makes this calendar really stand out from all others. 

Note: This calendar includes a very basic calendar.  It does not have a large grid of days that can be used to write appointments or notes.  The SSA Soaring Calendar is more suited to use writing notes on specific dates.  But this calendar's large photos look great on the wall of your office or soaring club clubhouse.

Makes a great gift!

Dimensions
18.9 inches (48 cm) x 11.4 inches (29 cm)


Click on the images above to view larger versions.

$10

In Stock
Calendar-Segel-Bild-2010 Segelflug-Bildkalender (Sailplane Photo Calendar), 2010
by Werbe-Verlag - Cornelia Temlitz
The Segelful-Bildkalender offers fantastic soaring photos in a large format. 

Note: These calendars are out of date, but the photos are still awesome.  The calendar data is at the bottom of every page that is perforated so that it can be removed easily.  I have just a few of these remaining in stock.  $10 is a great deal for 13 very nice soaring posters.

We are proud to present the 41st annual Segelflug-Bildkalender, with 13 fabulous color photos showing a wide range of beautiful sailplanes and landscapes.  The back of each monthly page has an extended description in English, French and German.  Subjects include the very newest sailplanes, "jet-flying made easy", much-loved vintage and veteran gliders, flying over the Mojave Desert, and historic early attempts at flight.  This exciting range of subjects is rounded off by: "Four generations of the same flying family" and "Hans Jacobs' Rhönsperber".  Each page is 48 x 29 cm (18.9 x 11.4 inches) with a fold-out monthly calendar panel.

This calendar offers extremely well written and interesting information on the back of each photo.  It makes this calendar really stand out from all others. 

Note: This calendar includes a very basic calendar.  It does not have a large grid of days that can be used to write appointments or notes.  The SSA Soaring Calendar is more suited to use writing notes on specific dates.  But this calendar's large photos look great on the wall of your office or soaring club clubhouse.

Makes a great gift!

Brochure-Segelflug-Bildkalender-2010.pdf

Dimensions
18.9 inches (48 cm) x 11.4 inches (29 cm)


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$10
 

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Soaring Society of America
Calendar-SSA-2016

SSA Soaring Calendar, 2016

Sale: These are out of date, but the photos are still awesome.  $5 is a great deal for 13 very nice soaring posters.

From the Soaring Society of America
The 2016 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Discount for quantity purchases - If you purchase 3 or more you will be charged $13.95 each rather than $15.95 each. 

Dimensions
14 inches (35.6 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

Sale: $5
(formerly $15.95)

In Stock


2016 - $5

Calendar-SSA-2015

SSA Soaring Calendar, 2015

Sale: These calendars are almost out of date, but the photos are still awesome. The photographs look great on your home or office wall.  I have just a few of these remaining in stock.  $5 is a great deal for 13 very nice soaring posters.

From the Soaring Society of America
The 2015 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Dimensions
14 inches (35.6 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)


Click on the images above to view larger versions.

Sale: $5
(formerly $15.95)

 

In Stock


2015 - $5


2014 - $5


2012 - $5


2011 - $5


2010 - $5


2009 - $5


2007 - $5

Calendar-SSA-2014

SSA Soaring Calendar, 2014

Sale: These calendars are almost out of date, but the photos are still awesome. but the photographs can be cut-out and look great on your home or office wall.  I have just a few of these remaining in stock.  $5 is a great deal for 13 very nice soaring posters.

From the Soaring Society of America
The 2014 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Discount for quantity purchases - If you purchase 3 or more you will be charged $13.95 each rather than $15.95 each. 

Dimensions
14 inches (35.6 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

SSA Calendar 2013

Sale: $5
(formerly $15.95)

 

In Stock


2014 - $5


2012 - $5


2011 - $5


2010 - $5


2009 - $5


2008 - $5


2007 - $5

Calendar-SSA-2012 SSA Soaring Calendar, 2012
Sale: The calendar is out of date, but the photographs can be cut-out and look great on your home or office wall.
From the Soaring Society of America
The 2012 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Discount on quantity purchases.  If you purchase 2 or more you will be charged $8.95 each rather than $12.95 each.  The discount will be applied when the order is entered into my accounting software. 

Dimensions
14 inches (35.6 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

$5
 

In Stock
Calendar-SSA-2011 SSA Soaring Calendar, 2011
Sale: The calendar is out of date, but the photographs can be cut-out and look great on your home or office wall.
From the Soaring Society of America
The 2011 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Discount on quantity purchases.  If you purchase 2 or more you will be charged $8.95 each rather than $12.95 each.  The discount will be applied when the order is entered into my accounting software. 

Dimensions
14 inches (35.6 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

$5


 
In Stock
Calendar-SSA-2010 SSA Soaring Calendar, 2010
Sale: The calendar is out of date, but the photographs can be cut-out and look great on your home or office wall.
From the Soaring Society of America
The 2010 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Dimensions
14 inches (35.6 cm) x 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

$5

In Stock
Calendar-SSA-2009 SSA Soaring Calendar, 2009
Sale: The calendar is out of date, but the photographs can be cut-out and look great on your home or office wall.
From the Soaring Society of America
The 2009 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions. Makes a great gift!

Dimensions
Width: 14 inches (35.6 cm)
Height (of photo pages): 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

$5

In Stock
Calendar-SSA-2007 SSA Soaring Calendar, 2007
Sale: The calendar is out of date, but the photographs can be cut-out and look great on your home or office wall.
From the Soaring Society of America
The 2007 SSA Calendar is custom-designed with spectacular full color photos of sailplanes from photographers spanning the globe. Monthly grids feature plenty of space to write notes, make appointments and keep special occasions.

Dimensions
Width: 14 inches (35.6 cm)
Height (of photo pages): 11 inches (27.9 cm)
Height (open): 22 inches (55.9 cm)

$5

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Winter
W-5011-1-26A Winter MacCready Ring for Schweizer 1-26A, 57mm - Sale

I'm not sure how I ended up with this extra ring, but I don't need it. It is designed for use on a standard 57 mm Winter W-5453 variometer (or similar) in knots or ft/min. The ring is marked for use with an airspeed indicator that is in units of knots. A ring like this normally sells for $94. I am selling it for $45.

The MacCready type ring is an indispensable aid in cross-country soaring.  The ring is rotatable and is marked with speeds and a white triangle.  The chief use of the MacCready ring is to achieve the highest possible cruising speed (average cross-country flying speed) on thermal cross-country flights.  This involves setting the white arrow to the anticipated rate of climb for the next thermal.  Optimum flight performance is assured when the airspeed indicated by the airspeed indicator corresponds to the preselected flying speed to which the MacCready ring has been set.  The MacCready ring allows gliding distance and final approach  to be optimized.  Please refer to relevant literature for further details.  When ordering, please do not forget to state the type of aircraft in which the ring will be used.  If the ring is retrofitted to a variometer of older design, the original threaded ring of the instrument must be removed and replaced by a grooved threaded ring onto which the MacCready ring can be fixed with ease.

photo above not correct
bezel-ring not included

$45 In Stock
W-5011-DG-1000 Winter MacCready Ring for DG-1000, 57mm - Sale

I'm not sure how I ended up with this extra ring, but I don't need it. It is designed for use on a standard 57 mm Winter W-5453 variometer (or similar) in knots or ft/min. The ring is marked for use with an airspeed indicator that is in units of knots. A ring like this normally sells for $105. I am selling it for $45.

The MacCready type ring is an indispensable aid in cross-country soaring.  The ring is rotatable and is marked with speeds and a white triangle.  The chief use of the MacCready ring is to achieve the highest possible cruising speed (average cross-country flying speed) on thermal cross-country flights.  This involves setting the white arrow to the anticipated rate of climb for the next thermal.  Optimum flight performance is assured when the airspeed indicated by the airspeed indicator corresponds to the preselected flying speed to which the MacCready ring has been set.  The MacCready ring allows gliding distance and final approach  to be optimized.  Please refer to relevant literature for further details.  When ordering, please do not forget to state the type of aircraft in which the ring will be used.  If the ring is retrofitted to a variometer of older design, the original threaded ring of the instrument must be removed and replaced by a grooved threaded ring onto which the MacCready ring can be fixed with ease.

photo above not correct
bezel-ring not included

$45 In Stock
W-6001-Nimbus4DM

Großkinsky - Variable-Camberflap Ring, 80 mm - for Nimbus 4DM - Sale
I'm not sure how I ended up with this extra ring, but I don't need it. It is designed for use on a standard 80 mm Winter W-6423 airspeed indicator (or similar) in knots. A bezel ring is not included. A set like this normally sells for $170. I am selling it for $50.

Application
As is generally known, wing load and, in turn, the optimum flap positions for the varios speed ranges of a variable-flap glider changes with take-of weight.  Until now, selecting the right flap position has involved using special tables carried on board or observing a confusingly large number of marks on the airspeed indicator.  The new adjustable ring for airspeed indicators makes these complicated methods things of the past.

Features
As the illustration shows, the ring has a double scale for aircraft weight "G": and wing loading "G/F".  Four arrows can also be seen, showing the corresponding angles for the flap positions.  The number of arrows depends on the number of flap positions for the type of glider in question.  Like the MacCready ring of the variometer, the rotatable ring is simply push-fitted onto the airspeed indicator.

Use
One the take-off weight has been calculated by adding the empty weight of the aircraft, the weight of the pilot and the weight of any water ballast on board, the "G" scale is simply turned until this figure is aligned with the 0 mark on the airspeed indicator.  The arrows on the ring now automatically show the correct flap positions on the airspeed indicator scale.  Furthermore, the correct wing load for the take-off weight can be read from the "G/F" scale and entered in an electronic variometer or flight computer, if fitted.  If wing load changes in the course of the flight, due to a reduction in ballast, for example, the ring need only be turned back to the new flying weight, and immediately, the arrows show the new, flight-dependent flap positions.  The ring is calibrated for a standard preset acceleration of 1 g.  If values as high as 1.2 g should occur, as they do in high-performance competition gliding, a second ring with the appropriate values can be fitted during the flight, or changed as required.  If the  Großkinsky ring is not ordered along with a new airspeed indicator, please send us the airspeed indicator and state the type of aircraft in which it is installed, because the scales vary from model to model.  Only the 6 FMS 4 or 7 FMS 4 series airspeed indicators with 510° scales are suitable.
Note: Airspeed indicator not included.

If the  Großkinsky ring is not ordered along with a new airspeed indicator, please send us a digital photo of the airspeed indicator and state the type of aircraft in which it is installed, because the scales vary from model to model. 

$50 In Stock
 

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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