“Thermal Flying” by Burkhard Martens


En rupture – Nouvelle édition en septembre / Out of stock – New edition in September

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

Thermal Flying is a comprehensive guide to the art of thermalling and XC flying. This 296 page book is illustrated with clear diagrams and photos to help pilots make sense of the concepts, techniques and meteorology knowledge you need to make the most of each flying day.

Written by highly respected competition pilot Burkhard Martens, Thermal Flying has been translated into English by PWC pilot Mads Syndergard with a bonus section by 2007 World Champion Bruce Goldsmith.

With something to learn, whether you are a beginner or seasoned campaigner, this is a book that should be on every pilot’s bookshelf!

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This hardback book covers all aspects of cross country flying and spells out priceless information on reading conditions and thermal flying like no other book. Thermal Flying is peppered with experts’ tips and the author’s own personal experiences and beautifully illustrated with succulent photographs.

This second edition has yet more input from expert pilots, new pictures and illustrations plus more detailed explanations of coring, soaring technique, the venturi effect, cloudbase height and thermal lifespans.

The second edition of Thermal Flying has been thoroughly revised and updated.

  • The absolute bible for thermaling and cross country flying
  • Easy to understand photos and diagrams
  • More than 500 illustrations
  • Perfect for beginners and old-hands alike
  • Written by experts
  • A ‘must have’ for all pilots


Just a note to say thanks for the Thermal Flying book – it is the best flying book I have ever come across. I think the best thing is that it has some quite advanced stuff, but is still written in quite simple language which is perfect for simple people like me! All the other more advanced books are really dry and I generally fall asleep by page 3! And the pictures are really good too. I will be recommending it to absolutely everyone.” Rachael, Allez Up Paragliding, France

Definitely great reading for all levels.” Honza Rejmanek, Red Bull X-Alps athlete, meteorologist

For transparency, it’s worth noting that Thermal Flying does include a few typos, but this doesn’t affect the reading of it. The original edition was a worldwide bestseller.

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