Sailplane racing is an intricate and challenging blend of soaring skill, mental toughness, and strategic planning. Anyone seriously interested in improving their competitive performance needs to sharpen all aspects of their soaring skill set. The book, “Competing in Gliders” by Leo and Ricky Brigliadori, provides a valuable resource to help pilots of all levels perform better. Using the book as an outline, a clear and concise view of the four main areas of competitive soaring (Technique, Strategy, Tactics, and Human Factors) and how each contributes to a winning approach will be presented. The target audience is the pilot who wants to improve their standings in the score sheet, but is unsure of what they should do to improve their soaring skills.
SSA 2012 Presentation—Brigliadori Distilled
by Michael Reid •
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I have been flying gliders since April 2007 accumulating almost 200 hours total time. I'm the proud owner of a Libelle 201b that has carried me on multiple flights over 500km and above 20,000'. I recently received my diamond badge and currently hold 2 California State soaring records for sports class.