“Thermal Flying” / edition 2021 by Burkhard Martens


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How to fly thermals with a paraglider or hang glider by Burkhard Martens

Published August 2021, the new edition is thoroughly revised and updated, and packed with real-world advice on how to thermal efficiently. It’s clearly written, with hundreds of illustrations and photos. “Thermal Flying” has been published in 15 languages and has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide. This third edition brings the art of thermal flying to a whole new generation of pilots. Burki Martens is a multiple XC League champion and an excellent coach and communicator.

Thermal Flying is the world’s best-selling guide to the art of thermalling and XC flying. Cross Country’s team has been hard at work thoroughly revising and updating the title, line by line, and the design and photography has been refreshed to bring it bang up to date.

Learning to climb well is probably the most valuable skill of all in free flying, but it can be an incredibly frustrating experience. Burki Martens’ Thermal Flying has been written as a guidebook, and whether you have one hour or a thousand hours’ airtime, you’ll find it incredibly useful.

Hundreds of photos and illustrations make technical concepts come alive and easy to understand. Technical theory is kept to a minimum while real-world experience and practical advice help you grasp tricky concepts easily.

Shipping delay :  France : 3/4 days – 1 week Europe : 3/4 days

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Thermal Flying Includes comprehensive instructions on:

How to predict and find thermals
How and where thermals form – sources and triggers
Different types of thermal models
Windward and lee-side thermals
The theory of temperature gradients
Vortex ring structure and lift distribution in thermals
How to read clouds and weather

Plus hundreds of helpful tips on:

Soaring, staying up and top-landing
Coastal flying and sea breezes
How to core thermals and get to cloudbase
Valley winds, mountain flying and magic air
Flying the flatlands
XC tactics from first flights to 100km

“I love the style of this book – you can jump around and learn loads. It deals with both the science of how thermals are formed and also the art of how to ride them – plus what to do in between. Brilliant!” – Pete Logan

The author, Burkhard Martens flies 411 km au Quixada on November 2016

Burkhard Martens was born in 1962 in Lower Saxony, Germany. After studies, he moved to the south of Germany and took up paragliding. For several years, he managed to work as an environmental engineer and be a very passionate pilot, but from 1994, his life has been inseparable from flying (worked for paraglider manufacturers, owned and ran a paragliding school, worked freelance as a paragliding instructor, journalist and author).

Burkhard did the comp thing, flew in the German league, the Nationals and in the World Cup. He bagged several national and international records during this time, and some of them still stand. His most recent record was a 411 km at Quixada (Brasil).

Burkhard’s passion is cross-country flying, and after flying in the German XC League for twenty years, he finally managed to win the Sports Class in 2004 and the Open Class in 2008. This success was followed by the publication of the book “Thermal Flying“ in German in 2005. This book has since been translated into 9 languages.

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Weight 0,58 kg