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Book Review - Pocket Aviation - 28th February 2006 - View the entire paragliding news archive



Pocket Aviation
The best paragliding manual I have read
Written out of love for the sport of free-flight paragliding comes Panayiotis Kaniamos` superb definitive manual for paragliding. Without doubt this publication will become the `paragliding bible` for a new generation of student pilots and an existing generation of pilots keen to brush up on their knowledge. But don`t just take my word for it. The entire book is available online!

Sections on Aerobatics and The Human Factor bring this book bang up to date with the latest techniques in paragliding. There is something in this book for pilots at ALL levels.
When I originally set out to write this review it was going to be in my usual `What I like` - `What I don`t like` style, but there was simply not enough material to balance the review so I scrapped that approach and this is the result!

This book is a well crafted and well researched manual, logically organised by chapters to guide the reader from the early history of aviation pioneers through to the cutting edge of the sport of paragliding we know today. It can be read from cover to cover or dipped into as a source of reference. Either way you will find this book an easy but informative read. The text is generously littered with high quality illustrations that effectively clarify the principles of aviation, meteorology and much more.
At 14cm by 21cm (or 5.5 by 8 inches) it is the perfect size to fit in your glider bag. After all it`s good to have something to read on those blown out/rainy/light wind days. This book is destined to become a curly paged; slightly muddied; but much loved addition to your library. The book is also accompanied by a CD-rom that contains all sorts of goodies such as simulations and video clips that put this a step above previous publications. Not only will students be buying this book, but I am sure it will form the basis of many instructors` teaching.

Any criticisms? Well I racked my brains on this one and the only thing I could come up with was that occasionally the book reads like a translation (which it is - from Greek), but really this is a must have book for anyone who likes to know more about their passion.
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