Volumes 1 and 2 teach you how to be able to read the sky and how to find lift. Volume 3 will help you to develop a sound technique which you can apply to whatever part of the sport you are pursuing, from claiming the first FAI badges to racing or long-distance flying.
Flying techniques are looked at in detail, covering aspects such as 'Speed flying in the real world', Thermal and route selection and specific aspects of the flight such as cruising, climbing and the final glide. It also looks at how we use our brains in flight and covers techniques to improve some of the most common pitfalls. How to practise and competition flying is also looked at in detail.
You may have read other books on how to fly gliders fast, however none of them are as up-to-date with modern techniques, equipment and perceptions as this one.
Foreward taken from the book - written by Junior World and European Champion, Tom Arscott:
"One of the great joys of gliding is that it is many things to many people. Whilst our first steps typically revolve around learning to fly the glider, we soon start to set ourselves ever more challenging goals. Whether that be flying our first cross-country flight or entering our first competition, to setting a new national record or winning an international medal. Put simply, gliding is far more than just a form of aviation. For many people, it is a high-performance sport.
Within any high-performance sport, you find great sports men and women working alongside great coaches. But it is exceedingly rare to find someone who genuinely wears both these roles quite so comfortably as G Dale. G has been operating as a professional gliding coach for over 25 years, and racing gliders for over three decades! He is a multiple-time British National champion and current European silver medallist. I have been privileged in recent years to get to know G as a coach, a competitor, a teammate, and a friend. I have raced with him, and against him, and I can think of few people better qualified to educate others on the art of high-performance soaring.
In the first two volumes of The Soaring Engine, G explored the phenomenon of Thermal, Ridge, Wave and Convergence lift. Now, in this third volume, ‘High Performance Flying,’ G introduces us to the techniques and processes required to extract performance from the atmosphere. In other words, now we understand how the Soaring Engine works, we need to learn to drive it. Fast, consistently, and in all conditions. G will freely admit himself that he was not a natural born racing pilot. He has worked hard at developing his skills over a long period of time. But these are skills that you can learn, and that you can practice. With motivation, dedication, and armed with the right information and processes, you can achieve your goals. This book will help you identify your own strengths and weaknesses and give you the ability to improve your own flying.
As anyone who has ever had the privilege of listening to one of Gʼs lectures will know, he is incredibly passionate about his students and has an enviable ability to deliver key information precisely and eloquently. His coaching style is exciting and energetic, driven by a deep understanding after decades of asking himself ‘why things happenʼ. This latest book is no different. G has taken traditional theory and broken it down by way of simple, clear diagrams, and concise language. Throughout the book, you will find intriguing examples from throughout Gʼs international flying career, and he will suggest simple methods that you can use and practice.
Soaring pilots of all levels will be able to learn something from this book. From those embarking on their first badge flights, to pundits looking for that next international medal. I can certainly speak from personal experience of the benefit of Gʼs coaching. It was only a few years ago that I was sat in the front of a two-seater as an early cross-country Junior pilot with THE G Dale!”
- Edition: First
- Copyright: June 1st 2020 by G Dale
- Illustrations: by G Dale
- Published by: The Soaring Engine
- First printing: June 2020
- ISBN 978-0-9928270-4-5
- Softcover:148 pages