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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (4 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1291012931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291012934
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alf on 20 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book will not teach you how to fly - there are other books that do that - tried and tested and they get you your CP licence.

What this book does tell you is what to do WHEN you fly...or in fact before you fly...preparation is the key before you even get off the ground.

The little tips dotted throughout the book are also great.

This book certainly looks like it is by someone who is a keen flyer who has made the odd mistake but also thought about how to make the most of his flying - mostly common sense and experience...but of course common sense is hard to come by sometimes.

If you have your CP or even EP licence this book is worth owning to get you into a flying mindset - it will allow you to concentrate more on flying rather than realising you have forgotten something or not prepared properly and hence not had the best flight you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 31 Mar. 2013
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This is a comparatively slim volume at around 144 pages, but packed with handy tips on everything from what to do when you are getting dragged to removing insects (and possibly rabbits) from your wing, also covering instruments, launch techniques, XC flying and dozens of other things along the way. There won't be too many surprises for a pilot with a couple of years experience, but still a few hidden gems, and it is so readable that it makes a great refresher. For the newly qualified or aspiring club pilot it will be invaluable. The style is relaxed and often humorous eg. "We all remember the three kinds of altimeter settings from our textbooks, don't we? QFH, QE2 and QPR wasn't it?" The text is interspersed with the authors 'Personal Lessons' and these frank, sometimes self critical observations are particularly helpful - para-chat in book form. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Downie on 26 Dec. 2012
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I was given this book for Christmas having gained my CP (club pilot) rating at the end of the Summer and reading through this book briefly I found myself saying "that's a good idea" and "oh I hadn't considered that"; now I've read from cover to cover, this book is not a flying manual but a series of hints from an experienced pilot, like what to carry with you when flying or simple little tips on how to read the weather. The phraseology is colloquial and conversational which I found to be both grating and endearing in equal measure but the actual substance of Simon Blake's text I know will prove invaluable come the forthcoming flying season. Strongly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Cartwright on 3 Feb. 2014
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This book was a present from my brother. Great Advice for the inexperienced para-glider pilot.
Takes you through equipment choice, handling all your kit and avoiding not-so-obvious pitfalls. There's a good section on planning cross country trips too. A good read for the novice or newly qualified pilot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon P Blake on 21 Nov. 2012
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Skywings, the official magazine of the British Hanggliding and Paragliding Association, called this "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 [...], which also has live versions of the links in the final chapter.
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