Burkhard Martens, author of the best-selling book Thermal Flying, has published a new book. It’s called Cross Country Flying and is aimed squarely at pilots who. Cross Country Flying is the very latest in cross country flying techniques from Burkhard Martens, author of the international best-seller Thermal. Cross-Country Flying has 3 ratings and 0 reviews: Published April by ThermikWolke, pages, Hardcover.

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When I began flying inI was immediately fascinated by the feeling of taking to the air. The first time I left the ground — only a couple of metres — was indescribable. There ocuntry nothing better than flying for lifting your spirit.

I quickly wanted to learn how to thermal — possible with the gliders available on a good day. Thermal flying, together with cross-country flying became, and remains to date my counntry passion.


In I ranked 14th in the German cross-country championships with points. In I came 4th with points, and improved through to to win the sport class, and to win the open class in the championships.

My ambition lead me to spend almost every spare minute I had in the air. I flew with the German League, with the World Cup and various other championships too.

Cross-Country Flying

Over the last 10 years I have concentrated on the German cross-country championships, and this is still the aspect of the sport which fascinates me most.

When I think back to my beginnings it is always with big respect.

I had a lot of luck, on several occasions. I hope to help enable all enthusiastic thermal pilots to begin to go cross-country flying with this book. For more experienced pilots, I have included a lot of information on route fountry and choosing the right site. In the descriptions I use, I almost always address paraglider pilots, but all the information is equally relevant for hang glider pilots.


My special thanks go to all the world class pilots who have added their personal tips and tricks to my text — these are particularly valuable! Also included is an interview with Sepp Gschwendtner on flatland flying, accompanied by plenty of photos.

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The book concludes with a selection of Alpine sites, and information on how to go cross-country from them. Welcome to cross-country flying When I began flying inI was immediately fascinated by the feeling of taking to the air.

I wish you all plenty of wonderful and accident-free cross-country flights!

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