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The Proving Grounds Team is now the exclusive distributor of “The Soaring Engine” line of books in Canada.  Written by world renowned soaring coach, G Dale, these books are an excellent base for aspiring cross-country pilots or a fine tune for top competion pilots and everyone inbetween.


There are many books on soaring, plenty on “how to fly gliders” and even some on flying cross-country or racing – but few on this specific subject of where lift comes from. G wanted to engage those people who are passionately interested in the way sun, wind, terrain and the air-mass combine to create all the varied patterns of air movement that we collectively call “lift”. Ridge, thermal, wave and convergence lift are all familiar to soaring pilots, but to look ahead at the sky and predict what will happen as you fly through it has always been a hard skill to acquire.Fear not, it isn’t a black art and no talent is required – except for a hunger to know what is going on. There is a solid, well understood body of knowledge and a set of well proven techniques that you can employ to play the great game of soaring successfully and safely, in all kinds of terrain, and in all types of lift. Unfortunately although this knowledge exists, it isn’t widely disseminated. Yes, there are books, videos and magazine articles, and plenty of stuff on the internet. But it is difficult to dig out the information in any coherent way that hangs together as a set of lessons. These books do exactly that: bust myths, and unravels the black art of knowing where to look for lift, find it and then make the best of it. This is simply a must have book series that every soaring pilot will want to have.


Volume 3 of G Dale’s “The Soaring Engine” series was released in June 2020 and is being lauded as the authoritative book on high performance soaring. It describes how a pilot can learn to achieve a higher standard of performance in any of the soaring disciplines. This entails a knowledge of speed flying techniques, an investigation into the decision making abilities of pilots when under pressure, some suggestions for training, and an outline of the specific requirements for success in competition, distance or record flying. 

Combined with the information set out in volume one (the basics of using ridge and thermal lift to soaring in both flatland and mountain terrain) and volume two (wave and convergence systems), the trilogy aims to enable soaring pilots to achieve their goals in any part of the sport they choose to pursue

To keep costs low, we are creating a pre-order and only accepting e-transfers or cash as payment.  You must have your pre-order in by October 25th to secure the introductory pricing.  Each book is CAD$55 or you can bundle all three for CAD$150.

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