Instructional Materials


The following are my recommendations for instructional materials.



At the top of my list is Condor the Competition Soaring Simulator.  In addition to the software, you will need a joystick and a set of rudder pedals.   Cumulus Soaring, Inc.. offers all three items .  Connect to the Condor page.  About 2/3 of the way down you will find the product offerings.  Select the Condor Standard Package.



Russ Holtz has produced a number of excellent, glider-specific training resources including:

  1. Flight Training Manual for Gliders
  2. Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  3. Practical Test Preparation Progress Record

Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Sporty’s Pilot Shop offers an excellent video production entitled “So You Want to Fly Gliders“.  Available formats include electronic download, DVD, and iPhone/iPad app.  Connect to Sporty’s website, enter “glider” in the search window, and click the Search button.  All three media options are displayed as well as a number other glider-related publications.


Federal Aviation Administration


Aeronautical Information Manual

Glider Flying Handbook

Private Pilot Glider Practical Test Standard