If you are just beginning to learn about soaring, Hollister Soaring Center provides training with fantastic CFI-Gs. They will cover everything from your introductory flight to your certification. They offer an accelerated course for new pilots, usually spanning 6-8 weeks, and one for transitioning power pilots spanning 2-3 weeks.
Russel Holtz provides excellent introductory material for learning to fly gliders. The volume Flight Training Manual for Gliders covers flight training, while the Glider Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge covers the knowledge training. They cover all topics required by the FAA from your first flight to the Bronze badge. The material is very clearly presented with easy-to-read figures and explanations. Start here!
Private Pilot Glider Practical Test Standards (PTS) - FAA 2011. The PTS establishes the standards for private pilot certification practical tests for the glider category. FAA inspectors and designated pilot examiners shall conduct practical tests in compliance with these standards. Flight instructors and applicants should find these standards helpful during training and when preparing for practical tests. This is the material from which the examiner will pull his questions.
Hollister Soaring Net. A previous version of the HSC website, still with valuable local cross-country knowledge.
Introduction to Cross Country Soaring - Kai Gertsen. This publication does not offer any new brilliant strategies, nor does it reveal any deep-guarded secrets. This is merely an effort to compile most of the practical aspects of cross country soaring in one handy booklet for the aspiring cross country pilot.
Off-Airport Landings - Kai Gertsen. Luck plays a surprisingly small role in field landings. Ninety-nine percent is know-how, preparation, and skill. Warning: there will be a test sometime after this course. The time and place will be your first field landing, and failing is not an option.
Just a Little Faster, Please - John Cochrane. There comes a time that you want to fly a little bit faster. Maybe you’ve been to a contest or two and you’ve seen what amazing speeds the top pilots achieve – and often in surprisingly bad conditions. Maybe you want to go for a badge, or just cover a little more territory in your cross-country flying. We are glued to this sport by obsessive self-improvement, and a little more speed soon becomes the focus of that obsession.
Basic Sailplane Aerobatics - Jonathan Hughes. Jonathan presents a few aerobatic maneuvers that can be performed in our DGs in order to gain confidence, learn more precise control, to have something to do on bad soaring days, and just to have some fun!
US Air Force Academy Aerobatics Techniques Guide. This Techniques Guide outlines the training required to fly and instruct aerobatic maneuvers in the TG-9A. It prescribes the overall plan of instruction, specific instructions for each maneuver, and basic/advanced aerobatic training programs.