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"Eric Greenwell has extensively revised and expanded his previous edition (written in 2000), with much more material and pictures. This new edition covers more types of powered sailplanes than before, emphasizing common methods and concerns, rather than things specific to only one model. In addition to Eric's experience, this guide reflects the experience of it's 12 reviewers from the USA and Europe. It is the most complete guide available today."
Pete Williams - ASA Mar-Apr 04 Newsletter
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2 About this Guide
2.1 Acknowledgments3 Why Fly a Powered Sailplane?
2.2 The author
3.1 Powered sailplanes provide opportunities4 Preparing Yourself
3.2 Powered sailplanes add responsibilities
4.1 Licensing and insurance requirements5 Power Operation
4.2 Read the manuals
4.3 Ask questions
4.4 Develop a flight checklist
4.5 Have a plan
5.1 Pre-flight6 Advanced Power Techniques
5.2 Before launch considerations
5.3 Starting the engine
5.5 The takeoff
5.6 Takeoff emergencies
5.7 The climb
5.8 Becoming a glider
5.9 In-flight restart
6.2 Wave flying
6.3 Taxiing nuances
6.4 Landing with the propeller extended
6.5 Landing with engine running
6.6 Operating from a tower controlled airport
|7 Glider Operation
7.1 Ground handling8 Power Emergencies
7.2 Launching without using the engine
7.3 Flying without the engine installed
7.4 "Proper" spoiler usage
7.6 Contest flying
7.7 Badge and record flying
8.1 In your manual...9 Sustainer Operation
8.2 Power failure
8.3 Accidents DO happen!
9.1 Limited engine use10 Safaris (Touring) Without Support
9.2 Self-retrieve limitations
11 Maintenance Considerations
11.1 Engine storage12 Staying Safe
11.2 Charging batteries
11.4 Testing the motor without rigging
12.1 Are you safer with a motor?13 Appendix
12.2 The culture of the "Low Save"
12.3 How is your memory?
12.4 Determining a "Minimum Turn-around Altitude" (MTA)
12.5 ELTs, cell phones, and other emergency gear
13.1 Where to get more information
13.2 Affording a self-launching sailplane
13.3 Instruments and gadgets
13.4 Final Remarks