The Soaring Engine volume 2 - 'Wave and Convergence'
The first volume covered the basis of using ridge and thermal lift to soar in both flatland and mountain terrain.
Volume 2 goes on to describe the more advanced techniques required when flying in convergence or wave systems.
Illustrated with clear simple diagrams, this book is a primer for soaring pilots flying anything from a paraglider to high performance sailplanes.
The Soaring Engine volume 3 - 'High Performance Flying'
Flying techniques are looked at in detail, covering aspects such as 'Speed flying in the real world', Thermal and route selection and specific aspects of the flight such as cruising, climbing and the final glide. It also looks at how we use our brains in flight and covers techniques to improve some of the most common pitfalls. How to practise and competition flying is also looked at in detail.
You may have read other books on how to fly gliders fast, however none of them are as up-to-date with modern techniques, equipment and perceptions as this one.
The Soaring Engine volume 4 - 'Airframes and avionics'
Volume four is about the equipment. Gliding is an unusual blend of technology andartistry, and today’s sailplanes are aerodynamically refined and optimised. Current avionics suites are equally sophisticated, with powerful processors, moving maps, complex user interfaces, electronic conspicuity systems and internet connectivity. This high performance comes at the cost of significantly increased complexity.