"Self-Launch!" by Pete Williams

"Self-Launch!" by Pete Williams

ASA, with permission of Charm Williams, is re-publishing Pete Williams definitive (1998 publishing date) book on retractable engine, self launching gliders. The book is available by download (~60 MB) only, but is the complete book, cover to cover.

A download link will be sent by email, which may take up to a day. Contact

Available free Here

Table of Contents (66 pages)

1 Disclaimer

2 About this Guide

3 Why Fly a Powered Sailplane?

4 Preparing Yourself

5 Power Operation

6 Advanced Power Techniques

7 Glider Operation

Table of Contents (cont)

8 Power Emergencies

9 Sustainer Operation

10 Safaris (Touring) Without Support

11 Maintenance Considerations

12 Staying Safe

13 Appendix

Other ASA publications


Why Own a Powered Sailplane? and some of what's involved - by Eric Greenwell


These publications are available only as downloads:

    • DG800B Pilot's Briefing by Pete Williams

    • Glaser-Dirks DG-400 Pilot's Briefing by Pete Williams

    • Motor Glider Matters by Pete Williams

    • Sailplane Operations - A Power Pilot's Briefing by Pete Williams

Publications from other sources

Soaring Magazine The official magazine of the Soaring Society of America (SSA)