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Glider Basics from First Flight to Solo Hardcover – October 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0960567638 ISBN-10: 0960567631 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Knauff & Grove; 6th edition (October 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960567631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960567638
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tom Knauff is acknowledged as leading instructor and has written a very good book. It leads you through an entire flight training plan to solo with an emphasis on safety and decision making. However, it is meant to be used in conjuction with your actual flight training so be sure to discuss using this book with your flight instructor. There is an updated (1995?) edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BillR on June 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Beginning note: The version listed here is not the latest edition.

"Glider Basics from First Flight to Solo" by Tom Knauff is hands down the best, most practical guide for anyone that wants to learn to fly gliders. It is the accumulation of his decades of experience as a flight instructor and FAA flight examiner and along with his "After Solo" book, meets all the flight requirements in the FAA standards for training. Tom maintains and updates the book as needed to keep up with the latest FAA requirements. Tom is also a competition pilot, multiple world record holder in gliders, and SSA hall of fame member that has a deep interest in safety that is evident in all of his training books. He speaks with authority and deep knowledge of the subject to help you learn to fly safely every step of the way.

Glider Basics is clearly written and is organized to introduce concepts in the same sequence as practical flight training. The writing is clear and accessible to readers of all ages too. The chapters tend to be short and focused on key knowledge and skills you'll need as a pilot. No previous experience or aircraft knowledge is required, in fact he makes no assumptions on previous knowledge at all.

I can add that I earned my own Glider Pilots license using Tom's flight training books as the backbone of my flight training. Of course if you want to get a pilots license you'll also need other additional texts required by the FAA to pass their knowledge and flight tests (books such as FAR/AIM, Pilots Handbook Aeronautical Knowledge, and the Glider Flying Handbook are a few of the books the FAA draws upon to create the tests themselves). Tom's books focus on learning flying skills and provide vital knowledge you'll need every time you climb into a glider. They are an essential part of any glider pilots library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By skid on September 25, 2011
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An excellent book about the very basics of flight. A must read for anyone beginning to fly sailplanes and a very good primer for powered flight also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rustyjetta on September 22, 2011
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If you only buy one book, to help you get started with Soaring and Gliding, This is the One ! Very easy to read and understand. Great details for someone who has no experience or knowledge.
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