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LETTERS: Flying trip rekindles memories of the past

Gazette & Herald - May 21, 2017
I was fortunate to have secured an apprenticeship with Slingsby Sailplanes Ltd in 1951. It was a great place to work. It had a gliding club for its employees and heavily subsidised operating costs. I learned to fly and got my glider pilot's licence ...

Autonomous 'soaring with solar' concept

Science Daily - May 17, 2017
Date: May 17, 2017; Source: Naval Research Laboratory; Summary: Scientists are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that ...

In the presence of patriots

McCook Daily Gazette - May 23, 2017
Having completed extensive training each will be instructing, teaching, underclass cadets how to fly high-performance gliders or in more polite parlance sailplanes. Some of those G-rated cadet pilots will also earn slots on the Academy's glider cross ...

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On The Wings Of An ALbatross: Hawley Bowlus and his BA-100 Baby Albatross

by: Jeff Byard
The Bowlus Baby Albatross was one of the most popular American designed sailplanes of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Designed by William Hawley Bowlus of San Fernando, California, this beautiful little sailplane has inspired several generations of young and old to pursue carriers in all facets of aviation including the sport of soaring. This is the story of Hawley Bowlus and his iconic BA-100 Baby Albatross. Winner of the 2015 Vintage Sailplane Association Literary Award.
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Flying Sailplanes: A Practical Training Manual

by: Helmut Reichmann
'Flying Sailplanes' is a sequel to 'Cross Country Souring,' which continues to enjoy great success as the standard reference for advanced sailplane pilots. In compiling this...guide for the beginner, Helmut Reichmann has once again combined his special talent as a teacher with his vast experience in all aspects of gliding. In a unique way the author introduces the questioning newcomer to the art and the science of his new sport.

Based on well proven German guidelines for training, this book links theory with its practical application and will prove to be an excellent training manual everywhere in the English speaking world.
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Fundamentals of Sailplane Design

by: Fred Thomas
This unique book by Prof. Fred Thomas of the Technical University of Braunschweig grew out of the author's work with the Braunschweig Akaflieg (University-affiliated Academic Flying Group). In its original German, it served as a textbook and valuable reference for students in the Akafliegs. This English edition has been expanded and updated to include many sailplanes and technical developments appearing since the latest German edition.

The book emphasizes physical relationships rather than mathematical detail, making it suitable for beginning pilots and engineers alike.
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Jane's World Sailplanes and Motor Gliders

by: Andrew Coates
This book describes over 170 types of gliders, drawn from 19 nations, embracing historic pre-war gliders as well as a number of experimental 'one-off' and home-built designs. It also includes a number of motor gliders, a breed of aircraft that has evolved through the need to dispense with the ground-crew and launching aids necessary for conventional glider operations.

Each entry consists of short description, table of data and both a specifically-prepared three-view drawing and a photograph.
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National Sailplanes Championship 2016

The South African Sailplanes Championship held in Potchefstroom, 2-8 October 2016.

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Gliders Playing Below Rim of Kolob Canyon, Utah

Launching from Hurricane, Utah a few high performance sailplanes (gliders) explored the low altitude soaring potential of several southern Utah parks and ...