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  • By John Wreford
    Nov 23, 2015
    At 3.5 yrs post CP and still no XC, this is just the book for me. Very comprehensive and very nicely written, this is an ideal companion before I first go "over the back". Thanks to Nigel for putting his experiences onto paper.
  • By simonpblake
    Oct 15, 2015
    Skywings, the magazine of the British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association, had this to say about the second edition: "The strength of this book is its no-nonsense approach, and the fact that most of its wisdom and advice has been learnt the hard way. There are a thousand mistakes to be made on the road to attaining paragliding prowess and Simon Blake is quite open about having made many of them. This refreshing honesty adds bite to the various lessons and certainty to his conclusions. Absolutely stuffed with good ideas and entirely free from being overawed, in particular by contemporary gizmology, reading Prepare to Fly is a bit like planning to go flying with a knowledgeable but non-judgemental friend. When we first reviewed this book we reported, 'It¹s like having a very knowledgeable coach at your elbow who can never be bored with your enquiries or become impatient with your rate of learning. And one of Simon¹s many bits of good advice is to find a coach and... More > become good friends with them.' To succeed at this game every newbie - and improver - needs a good friend, and this book really is exactly that. Rather than a list of what's included, it's easier to enumerate what isn't: nothing! If a developing pilot needs to embrace it, it's here! Although aimed at new CPs there¹s much that will enlighten more experienced pilots. The new sections cover planning flights with XC Planner and Neil Charles's amazing Flight Browser. There are also details about Kobo flight instruments, phone-app varios and emergency satellite beacons, all technology that has become prominent since the original version was published. There is, of course, no substitute for good hands-on instruction. But our game has always been bedevilled by the difficulties of making the next steps to improve and aim higher. In outlining how to make best use of the time that you aren¹t flying by planning, preparing and sorting your equipment, this book is the answer. It is the lifeline to reaching undreamed-of horizons beyond the newbie struggle. Although there's a lot more content, the font size has been reduced to make the book only slightly bigger than the original (now 176 pages), and it retains the same bargain price. I wouldn't leave for the hill without it, and I'd encourage every new pilot ­ and anyone who is struggling to progress ­ to get hold of a copy."< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781326396725
Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
Psi
Published
August 31, 2015
Language
English
Pages
178
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.71 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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