Prepare to Fly 2nd Edition
Paperback, 178 Pages
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Second edition of the best-selling guide for paraglider pilots, revised and considerably expanded with over 35% more content. Paragliding tips I wish I'd learned sooner - an extensive and now considerably extended collection of hints, tips and advice to smooth the progress of the newly qualified paraglider novice towards being a confident, organised, successful pilot. The focus is on preparation - learning early the habits that will make flying easier and more pleasurable. Concludes with an extensive selection of additional online resources. Live versions of those links can be found at the website for the book, http://www.preparetofly.co.uk/. Skywings, the official magazine of the British Hanggliding and Paragliding Association, called the first edition "very, very good indeed and ridiculously cheap", and concluded their review with "Not simply recommended... but essential!". You can read the full review at the website.
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Nov 23, 2015At 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.
Oct 15, 2015Skywings, 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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- Simon Blake (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- August 31, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.71 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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