If you don’t have access to those few pilots who possess that raw championship talent, then get my new DVD Soaring Master Class 1, which is is the next best thing to having a pro as your personal teacher. Instructor Mike Smith has been flying gliders for over 25 years and has won numerous National Championships, the Soaring Masters, the huge contest at Visalia, and is a 3-time U.S. F3B team member. Besides being one of the best pilots in North America, Mike is a skilled and confident teacher, easily explaining complex subjects in an easy to understand manner. Mike covers his techniques for plane set up, launching, and optimizing performance. You will learn an amazing amount of basic and advanced soaring skills from someone who really knows what he’s talking about. The content of the DVD is aimed pilots of all skill levels, beginner to advanced, and the skills taught can be applied to all types of gliders, not just the higher performance ones. Combine this DVD with High Performance Thermal Soaring, and you get a potent pair of classes, which will surely cut years off of your learning curve. Running time: 110 minutes.