Canadian Soaring Links
Online Contest Links
Manitoba Aviation Links
Other Soaring Related Links
Manitoba Non-Aviation Related Links
One can get a proper insight into the practice of flying only by actual flying experiments. The manner in which we have to meet the irregularities of the wind, when soaring in the air, can only be learned by being in the air itself.
Otto Lilienthal, 1896
GLIDING WEB SITES
The British Gliding Association site has a safety site with articles and accident reports.
The Essex & Suffolk Gliding Club site operates the British Gliding Association data base of glider and tow plane accidents.
Glasser Dirks is a well known sailplane manufacturer. Their site has several documents dealing with the design aspects of safer gliders and articles on several safety aspects of soaring.
The Gliding Federation of Australia has online manuals available for standard operating procedures and accident reports available online. There are also instructor self test questions available.
HOW WE COULD REDUCE FATAL GLIDING ACCIDENTS BY ABOUT THE HALF is a paper by Dr. Herbert Pirker about the most common fatal accidents in gliding and suggestions for reducing the accident rate.
Knauff & Grove Soaring Supplies is a business run by Tom Knauff and Doris Grove, well known gliding instructors and operators of the Ridge Soaring Glider Port in the Eastern United States. There are articles on this site about glider towing, glider instructing and an article about glider flight training and its relationship to accidents.
The rec.aviation.soaring safety FAQ version 1.02 has articles on a variety of human factors subjects. Our own Flight Training and Safety Commitee contributed some of the material.
The Soaring Safety foundation is a division of the Soaring Society of America.
LINKS TO SAFETY ORIENTED
The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a confidential reporting system for incidents primarily funded by the FAA and administered by NASA. Callback and Directline are the two publications available online.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has a site devoted to accident and incident reports and safety programs.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia publishes Flight Safety Australia which is available online.
The CHIRP Chariable Trust operates the Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Program in the United Kingdom. Reports are available for General Aviation and Air Transport incidents in Feedback which is available online.
The Flight Safety Foundation is a nonprofit orgaization devoted to flght safety. Many reports are available most dealing with human factors.
The National Transportation Safety Board is the organization in the United States that investigates aircraft accidents and those involving other forms of transportation.Their data base can be searched and some reports are available online.
LINKS TO AVIATION ORIENTED
Home Page of John S. Denker. This site has a link to the online flying manual See How It Flies. This book is very theory of flight oriented. It starts with energy managment and gives good insite into the circulation of an airfoil. There is also a link to a site which provides animations of airfoils showing the velocitys and pressures around an airfoil at different angles of attack.
Avweb is an aviation news site. In addition there are articles about many aviation areas including aeromedical, airmanship and training.
A reconstruction of the Wright Brothers 1900 glider is flown at Kitty Hawk North Carolina.