Gliding is a fantastic sport and without doubt the most affordable and by far the quietest form of aviation. Floating effortlessly like an eagle has always been one of man's oldest desires. Today, many thousands of pilots around the world regularly enjoy the beauty, challenges and joys of this unique and environmentally friendly sport.
Gliding means flying modern, technologically advanced machines of the greatest beauty and elegance over hundreds (or sometimes even thousands) of kilometres in absolute comfort and without the use of engines. Success depends on the ability to generate the necessary energy, which is so abundantly provided by the atmosphere surrounding us.
Determination is a good starting point for success, but real fun and good progress require a certain familiarity with the theory of gliding. Background knowledge is always essential for success and that is what this book is all about. It not only covers all the energy sources for gliding, but also deals with weather analysis, flight preparation, mental aspects, safety issues, technical questions and participation in competitions. In short, it is a first-class training aid that accompanies pilots from local gliding to advanced cross country flying and beyond. But that is not all! The comprehensive coverage of all topics related to gliding gives essential advice even to pilots striving for records or competition success.