Soaring Book Library
My favorite book on soaring
Once Upon A Thermal
gives a flavor of the fun and wonder of our sport.
Sadly it is out of print and largely unavailable. I've been able to get it as a used book on Amazon.
Helmut Reichman created what are by far the best reference books on soaring.
One is a basic text for the person learning to fly gliders:
and the second is the
generally recognized 'Bible' on cross country and contest soaring:
The best flight training guide is Tom Knauff's book
Glider Basics From First Flight To Solo,
also available from Knauff & Grove Soaring Supplies.
Tom's other books in this training manual series
Transition to Gliders
are the appropriate training manuals for other stages of learing.
My favorite text on flying is the classic
Stick and Rudder
by William Langewiesche.
This book has the simplest clearest layman's explaination of how airplanes
are operated from the pilots perspective.