Self-Launch! - Retractable Engine Sailplanes (Book files on DVD)
Author: Peter A. Williams
DVD with complete book as well as every ASA (Auxiliary-powered Sailplane
Association) newsletter ever printed from 1988 through the fall of 2007, many black and white and color photos,
133 pages, Original Copyright: 1998, Copyright: 2007 by For the Birds and
Note: This is not a printed book. It is a
data DVD which contains Adobe Acrobat PDF files that can be printed.
New Printed Version
When you order this data DVD, you can
select the option to get a printed version in addition to the data DVD.
I print it on my laser printer and bind it with clear plastic covers and a "CombBind"
binder. The cost is 20 cents/page for a total of $26.60 (plus
shipping) (in addition to the cost of the data DVD). That is much less
expensive than getting the document printed at Kinkos or OfficeMax.
PDF of Pages
1 through 8
This book is the first of its kind
devoted exclusively to what it's like to fly a retractable engine
Flying an aerodynamically advanced
sailplane with the capability to self-launch is an exciting and
rewarding experience. This book traces the development of these
ships, including detailed information about 25 models. It
describes eight power plants and five retraction systems. It is a
guide to training, check lists, upkeep, engine systems, buying, selling
and safe operating procedures.
If is for sailplane pilots, power pilots
and anyone else who wants to know more about this elegant class of
About the Author
Pete Williams has flown self-launching sailplanes since 1988. He
is the author of many articles, studies and surveys about powered
sailplanes. As founder and first president of the Self-launching
Sailplane Pilot's Association, he is known as one of the leading
authorities on the subject.
"This book is a must if you want to
find out about, consider buying or are upgrading to the new wave of
soaring in a self-launching retractable engine sailplane." - Don
Engen, Former Director, Smithsonian Institution National Air and
"No one is more qualified to write on
the subject of self-launching sailplanes than Pete Williams.
This book is a compendium of historical data and information
essential to the soaring enthusiast and neophyte alike." - Stan
Nelson, President, Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association
More information on Self-Launching Sailplanes
is available at the Auxiliary-Powered
Sailplane Association web site.