Sporty's So You Want to Fly Gliders (DVD)

$49.99
$49.99

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Product ID: D242A

Perfect for power pilots who want to discover the joy of soaring--or for beginning glider students--this new video 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 wi...

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Perfect for power pilots who want to discover the joy of soaring--or for beginning glider students--this new video 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. Also covers aerodynamics, stalls, spins, speed-to-fly, spirals, all training maneuvers, soaring weather (including ridge, wave, convergence and thermal soaring) and much more. State of the art 3D graphics and animations are used throughout to explain complicated subjects. This comprehensive program will prepare you for your FAA glider checkride and beyond. (1 hr. 38 min.)

Accepted for FAA Wings Credit

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Pros: Video quality is excellent. The material provided is very educational for the aspiring and current glider pilot. A very well made, well shot DVD.
December 31, 2014
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Pros: Really informative with great aerial footage!
December 31, 2014
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4 / 5
Pros: Excellent video quality, a good gliding intro, nice explanation of the Vario Cons: Uses a motorglider which is the least used type in the USA. I would have liked to see a preview of the different model gliders typically encountered in the USA. I also would have liked a little more expansion on cross-country flying.
December 31, 2014
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
Pros: Very well made and made me want to look into glider flying. My kids were even impressed with a lot of the footage. I can watch it over and over and still enjoy it. Cons: A little pricey. Very thorough and detailed.
December 31, 2014
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Pros: Very thorough and procedurally correct (I believe). Good photos and diagrams. Cons: Extremely boring. I went to sleep twice watching it. While the technical content seems fine, the DVD misses the reasons for engaging in glider flying. The beauty and joy of soaring is largely missing in this by-the-numbers presentation. It has its value, of course, but it's not much fun to watch.
December 31, 2014
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5 / 5
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Pros: Bob Wander covers the topics very well, and his years of experience shine through. Cons: I purchased quite a few Sporty's videos, some appear more current while others can appear quite dated. Notwithstanding the information content may still be relevant, you might consider inserting more current videography into the content of some of the older videos to give a fresh appearance, or at least reduce the cost of videos that have been in circulation for extended periods of time. When the viewer sees huge age differences of the main host in various programs, it becomes evident that some material may be 25 or 30 years old. It might be worthwhile to re-video certain sections with the key hosts every 5 or 10 years; as people tend to respect to the look of experience, as well as giving patrons the feeling that they are getting the most current information. I'm not a pilot (I'm an Electrical Engineer), I purchased the program for my 15 year old son who is in training. We watch them together. I made several instructional video purchases from other sources, but the thoroughness and quality of Sporty's products is much higher, at a more reasonable cost.
October 11, 2013
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Pros: A great visual reinforcement that mirrors the FAA's Glider Flying Handbook.
October 10, 2011
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
Pros: Very nice interactive videos to explain things. Cons: It is about transitioning to gliders and not just about soaring. Great DVD!
May 19, 2010
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