Why Fly A Sailplane

Why Fly A Sailplane

by Joseph Dobronski SR.
     
 

Nearly everyone is curious about what makes sailplanes fly with confidence-giving predictability. Joe Dobronski has risen to the challenge with this master work that will satisfy many aspects of your curiosity. His prose is in a fun-to-read storyteller style, while introducing you to what makes a glider fly and how modern day gliders, now called sailplanes because

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Nearly everyone is curious about what makes sailplanes fly with confidence-giving predictability. Joe Dobronski has risen to the challenge with this master work that will satisfy many aspects of your curiosity. His prose is in a fun-to-read storyteller style, while introducing you to what makes a glider fly and how modern day gliders, now called sailplanes because of their high performance that permits them to fly many hours and extraordinary distances. Joe tells how he got involved in soaring in 1956 and the advantages of belonging to a Sailplane Club to get the required training. He explains how a pilot can utilize the awesome forces of nature to his/her advantage, resulting in shear pleasure. He covers lift created by thermals, ridges and mountain waves. These challenges are rewarded with the issue of Badges by the Soaring Society of America in the interest of the Gliding Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and are awarded for tasks ranked in the order of increasing difficulty. Record flying and contest flying for the more experienced pilots is also explained, which includes non-powered as well as auxiliary powered sailplanes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044674448
Publisher:
Joseph Dobronski SR.
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,054,924
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

J.F. “JOE” DOBRONSKI graduated from high school in western Pennsylvania and entered the NavyV-5 Program in 1945. He attended Worchester Polytechnic Institute and Cornell Univ. prior to preflight. He was designated a Naval Aviator 1947. Joe flew in VA-1L and VX-3 prior to discharge in 1949 and then the Naval Reserve until 1954. After graduation from Northrop Aeronautical Institute in 1951, he worked as a Flight Test Engineer at McDonnell Aircraft in St Louis; became a production test pilot in 1953 flying the F2H Banshee, and was promoted to experimental pilot after graduation from the USAF Test Pilot’s School in 1954. As an experimental test pilot, and later Chief Test Pilot in 1966, he helped develop the Demon, Voodoo, Phantom II, Eagle, Harrier, Hornet and other experimental aircraft and a three jet helicopter. Joe became Director of Test Operations in 1972 and Director of Flight Test and Operations in 1976. Following retirement in 1984, he became Chief Pilot for Wings of Hope, a humanitarian organization where he worked for fifteen years. He flew medical missions in Central America, and also delivered aircraft for missions in Belize, Botswana South Africas, and the Galapagos Islands. With over 1700 hours instructing, he was awarded the FAA Central Region Flight Instructor of the Year 2000 Award. He is a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was granted an Honorary Doctorate Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is actively instructing aerobatics and sailplanes in which he holds the Diamond C award. In 1998, he self-published the book titled “A Sky Full of Challenges” (web page omnishops.com/TestPilot). Joe married Virginia Hausmann in 1957 and lives at 1008 Cla-Ter-Ri Drive; Ballwin, MO 63011. Joe and Ginny have four children, nine grand-children and five great grand-children.

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