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So You Want To Fly Gliders

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Perfect for power pilots who want to discover the joy of soaring--or for beginning glider students--this app shows you “what you should know” about flying gliders. Bob Wander, noted glider instructor and best-selling author, joins the Sporty’s Academy team to take you into the cockpit of several training gliders. With exciting in-flight footage, you’ll see all the maneuvers from inside and outside the aircraft, and you’ll ride along for a self-powered launch, an aero-tow and a winch launch. In addition to over 100 minutes of exciting video, this app also includes the FAA’s Glider Flying Handbook and a 35-question review quiz.

Using a visual menu system, So You Want to Fly Gliders is broken down into 18 individual video segments for quick review. In all, this app contains over 100 minutes of engaging 3D animations and in-flight video from the award-winning team at Sporty’s Academy. Step into the cockpit of popular glider trainers, including the Diamond Extreme Motorglider and Schweizer.

Also included is a review quiz based on content from the videos. After finishing the questions you’ll receive instant feedback on your score and be able to review missed questions. There’s even a way to quickly review the video segment from which the question was taken!

Training topics include:

• Introduction to glider flying
• Visual signals
• Gliderport operations
• Glider aerodynamics
• Learning something new
• Flying on tow and with power
• Fundamentals of gliding flight
• Variometers
• Glider polars and speed to fly
• Slow flight, stalls & performance maneuvers
• Weather for soaring
• Glider traffic pattern
• Communications & right of way
• Advanced landings
• Soaring safely
• Emergencies
• Airspace & gliders

So You Want to Fly Gliders includes several FAA publications for additional study – complete with a table of contents for quick access to each page:

• Glider Flying Handbook
• Advisory Circular 21-17-2a
• Advisory Circular 61-64