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  Hang Gliding Books:
  SKY ADVENTURES, Stories Of Our Heritage (Legends And Stories About The Early Days of Hang Gliding and Paragliding)
SKY ADVENTURES, Stories of Our Heritage is a book dedicated to the formation of the sports of Paragliding and Hang Gliding. It consists of stories about the early formative days of Paragliding and Hang Gliding. This book is a MUST for any Hang Gliding and Paragliding pilot. ~ SKY ADVENTURES is 505 pages long and includes an 8 article section on Francis Rogallo and 20 pages of photographs. The book is dedicated to Francis Rogallo. SKY ADVENTURES also includes poetry, 115+ contributions by almost 100 contributors, an additional 50 pages of old time photographs, 30 outstanding illustrations by Mike Vorhis, an appendix giving title and biographical sketch of you and other contributors, an appendix of all books on Hang Gliding and Paragliding, and an appendix which includes a children's story about the elements of the wind which tells the story of soaring flight. In addition an appendix in tribute to Australian Bill Bennett is included with many classic photographs. The sum total of every contributor's dedication and love for the sport has certainly come though the printed copy.
Hang Gliding Training Manual : Learning Hang Gliding Skills for Beginner to Intermediate Pilots
By Dennis Pagen
Understanding the Sky
By Dennis Pagen
Towing Aloft : Learning to Surface - Tow & Aerotow Hang Gliders, Paragliders & Ultralight Sailplanes
Towing Aloft provides 374 pages of details about the towing of hang gliders, paragliders and ultralight sail planes. The authors, Dennis Pagen and Bill Bryden, spent 3 years researching and compiling the information presented in the book. Those casually familiar with towing know there are numerous techniques and philosophies about towing and the authors have assimilated those and present what they believe are the best overall guidelines and recommendations. The text presents over 100 pages discussing just the various kinds of equipment which can provide invaluable information in helping a pilot select the towing equipment most suitable for his needs. The balance of the text discusses techniques for the pilot, instructions for equipment operators and suggestions for emergency procedures.
  The Right Stuff (for New Hang Glider Pilots)
By Erik Fair
A hilarious introduction to the Hang Gliding scene. This book does not replace a training manual, such as the excellent one written by Dennis Pagen. It is a great source of advice for novice pilots who are just coming off the training hill. Most of the advice is serious and much of it cannot be found elsewhere. A lot of what he says is incidental to actually flying, such as how to treat people who shuttle your vehicle. There is some overlap between Fair's book and a beginner training manual, but his audience is for pilots who already (barely) know how to fly, and this perspective allows him to skip much of the basic how-to stuff while concentrating on how to apply it to real-world conditions.
  Weather Books:
A Field Guide to the Atmosphere  (Peterson Field Guides)
This field guide is my personal weather bible. In-depth study on all types of atmospheric phenomenon. Excellent cloud type identification photograph section. Fully illustrated guide to the atmosphere. If you're interested in weather, you need this book.
Weather Forecasting Handbook, 4th ed.
The Weather Forecasting Handbook is a must-have for all meteorology students, advanced weather hobbyists, professionals, weathercasters, storm chasers, sailors, and pilots. Whether you want to know how a short wave works, how to find a front, what isentropic surfaces are, how to analyze a 500-millibar chart, what type of vertical motion to expect around jet streaks, or why a high pressure area is building, the Weather Forecasting Handbook's no-nonsense approach will give you a solid foundation to understanding everyday forecasting problems.
The Weather Handbook
Editorial Reviews:
From Book News, Inc.
A guide for the layman on how to look at the sky and gauge the arrival of rain, wind, and other weather elements. How to combine information gathered from weather forecasts with ones own observations is discussed.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, August 1995
Watts's latest effort, The Weather Handbook, is most informative, understandable and easy to read....I highly recommend this book.
  Bird Watching Books:
The Sibley Guide to Birds (Audubon Society Nature Guides Series)
More than 10 years in the making, David Sibley's Guide to Birds is a monumental achievement. The beautiful watercolor illustrations (6,600, covering 810 species in North America) and clear, descriptive text place Sibley and his work squarely in the tradition of John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson; more than a birdwatcher and evangelizer, he is one of the foremost bird painters and authorities in the U.S. Still, his field guide will no doubt spark debate.
The Raptor Almanac : A Comprehensive Guide to Eagles, Hawks, and Falcons
THE RAPTOR ALMANAC is a comprehensive reference to the 310 species of diurnal (day-flying) birds of prey worldwide, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. For the birder or naturalist who wants to go beyond the fundamentals, and especially for anyone fascinated by birds of prey, THE RAPTOR ALMANAC gathers virtually every important fact about these birds in an accessible and entertaining way. This inspiring, all-inclusive book covers raptor evolution, taxonomy, behavior, courtship and breeding, nesting, migration, human/bird interaction, environmental threats, and conservation efforts—from the well-known programs to reintroduce the California condor and peregrine falcon, to lesser known efforts to preserve the snail kite and the ferruginous hawk. This volume also includes the latest advances in the studies of both raptor biology and ecology.
A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors (A Volume in the AP Natural World Series)
Considered the definitive raptor identification guide for North America, this essential resource for birders includes photos and text for distinguishing between hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures in the field, paying careful attention to plumage variations in juveniles and adults.
  Field Guide to Hawks : North America (Peterson Field Guides)
Roger Tory Peterson, one of America's pre-eminent artist-naturalists and arguably the inventor of the field guide, made people love birds like no one since John James Audubon.
A Field Guide to Western Birds : A Completely New Guide to Field Marks of All Species Found in North America West of the 100th Meridian and North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides)
Editorial Review: From Book News, Inc.
, October 1, 1990
Cited in Sheehy and BCL3. Subtitled A completely new guide to field marks of all species found in North America west of the 100th meridian and north of Mexico. Has 165 new paintings showing all birds west of the Great Plains, 441 new maps, and a revised text describing each species--its field marks, habitat, voice, and its key distinguishing characteristics.
  A Field Guide to the Birds : A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
Roger Tory Peterson, one of America's pre-eminent artist-naturalists and arguably the inventor of the field guide, made people love birds like no one since John James Audubon. A Field Guide to the Birds, first published in 1934, remains his most famous and wonderful work. Peterson's original handbook covered birds of Eastern North America, and has since been followed by guides to Western birds, animal tracks, butterflies, and many other natural wonders.

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