- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: The Crowood Press (November 28, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840371102
- ISBN-13: 978-1840371109
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,509,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Handbook of Glider Aerobatics Hardcover – November 28, 1999
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I found the book to be informative and useful. I just did a short aerobatic course in England and my instructor was the proofreader for this book.
As you read the book, try to visualize the control inputs and the aircraft's attitude; it will help you.
I am comfortable recommending this book and/or Les Horvath's book from the SSA. There are other aerobatic books, but very little that focusses on gliders. We have a number of energy management issues, and primacy says it would be better not to print power plane concepts on your brain first. I don't think you would regret buying this book.
This book is cheaper in the US through Amazon than it is in the UK!
I was never really into aerobatics but I still found the first part of the book on glider construction, their strengths and weakness and how the never exceed speeds and flight envelopes are calculated etc was excellent reading. Like many construction materials (rocks, concrete) gliders can be quite strong under load and compression but much, much weaker under (ex)tension. Add in the heuristics they discuss for material weakening over time of the various glider materials and your desire to hammer through rough air or pop the airbrakes to prevent an overspeed get diminished!
Once whilst practing spins, I didnt quite stop the spin with the rudder, before pushing the stick foward to recover so that I ended up in an inverted spin with the ground still coming closer! Lucky it was an aerobatic glider with thick draggy wings so I didnt go into overspeed when I pulled back through the vertical but after reading their book, other options might have been possible and or preferable?
The price of one book versus your life is an easy Cost-Benefit Analysis to undertake. In the club-based glider environment you can hear all sorts of aerobatic myths and legends so I would recommend ready this book for a solid factual basis of Theory and Practice.