No. The Flight Training Manual for Gliders and the Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge includes all topics covered in the FAA's Soaring Flight Manual - and more.
Several years ago when I was the flight instructor for the Youth Soaring Academy, my students were often dismayed by the stack of books that they were required to buy and read. Even though they were only required to read a small section from some of the books, the sheer height of the stack would intimidate and discourage many students.
I was also dissatisfied with the variation in both the quality and readability of many of the existing publications. Many of the older FAA publications were especially difficult to read and understand.
I decided to try my hand at writing my own glider training textbooks. My goal was to cover all flight maneuvers required by the FAA (plus many more), and all knowledge areas required to pass the FAA written test, as well as the SSA Bronze Badge written test.
What resulted are these two books, the Flight Training Manual for Gliders, and the Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. Between these two books, all required topics are covered! The books are clearly written, generously illustrated, and have been professionally edited for content, accuracy, and style.
Almost all the publications developed by the FAA are intended for power pilots and therefore contain much information that is not of interest to a glider pilot. The Flight Training Manual for Gliders and the Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge bring all of the bits and pieces from other sources and refine them into a comprehensive training source with no extraneous information that doesn't apply to gliders.
The fact that these two books comprise a complete training program make them ideal for new instructors, or for clubs where a student has more than one instructor. The “progress record” included in each book also helps both the instructor and the student keep track of the student’s advancement, making it easier for one instructor to pick up where another has left off.
The lesson format and progress records allow the student to clearly see where they are, and what is left to complete in the overall training program. This helps students stay motivated and progress more quickly. Students can expect shorter training time and instructors can expect higher student retention rates.
No. Every question on the written test can be answered by studying the Flight Training Manual for Gliders and the Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. Students will find these books clearly explain the necessary concepts, thus eliminating the need for rote memorization.
Yes. Students will need a pilot log book and a pilot's operating handbook for the particular glider model they will be flying.
In addition, regulations require that pilots have "access" to a copy of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). The FARs are available at libraries, on the internet, and possibly at your glider port.
Yes. These books are invaluable tools for preparing for the Biennial Flight Review. Studying the Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge will prepare you to breeze through the oral examination. The Flight Training Manual for Gliders will refresh your memory as to the correct way to perform the flight maneuvers.