Glider Pilot

This is a collection of resource links for aspiring Glider Pilots. Many students have asked me what they need to buy for training, so I consolidate some currated suggestions here to help people get started. These links are just suggestions – feel free to purchase what works best for you from your preferred vendor.

The Soaring Society of America is a great resource for glider pilots.

Cumulus Soaring and Wings and Wheels are two sites that sell many glider specific items, from training items. to avionics, to glider maintenance.

Knowledge Resources

FAA Glider Flying Handbook – download here – or  you can optionally purchase a hard copy

FAA Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge – download here or or optionally purchase a print copy

FAA Aviation Weather Services – download here or optionally purchase a copy

Flight Training Manual for Gliders

The Soaring Pilot’s Manual

Cross Coountry Soaring

Bob Wander Books

Video Courses

So You Want To Fly Gliders Sporty’s Pilot Shop Offers an Introductory Overview Course about learning to sail the skies in glider.

Discount Code for Purchase: FLT9928

Enter the code during the order review for a discount valid for any Sporty’s Online. Be sure to put the discount code in the “media” code.


Cross Country Charts and Plotters

These can be purchased here

  • VFR Plotter
  • Charlotte Sectional Chart
  • Charlotte Terminal Area Chart
  • Chart Supplement (Southeast USA)

Pilot Logbook 

There are many options available.

Pilot Logbook – this is a good simple option from Sporty’s