The Speight Papers

Garry Speight, internationally famous as “that Kiwi who can thermal a fart” has written technical articles about gliding for almost as long as gliding has been around and Keep Soaring is proud to host a collection his writing.

Garry Speight 

It's commonly accepted that Garry invented the rotating thermal (both clockwise and anticlockwise) and therefore can rightfully be thought of as inventing the thermal itself. Garry has over 14,000 hours in gliders, both instructing and cross country soaring. He presents his ideas with a mix of experience, science and an overlay of gruff humour. If you are able, it's a great idea to spend a day with Garry in a two seater, not just to learn but to experience the sense of humour which illuminates his writing.

You can download PDF files of each article in the collection or you can download the whole file for reading on a tablet or computer. If you want the whole lot, look for the "Collected Speight Papers Full" file from the list below.  

The article titles are as follows: 

  • The Collected Speight Papers Full
  • When To Circle
  • Water Ballast
  • Visit By Mitsuru Marui
  • Thermal Density
  • The Use Of Water Ballast
  • The Thermal Interception Diagram
  • The Lak 12 Re Visited
  • Sheep Goats And Water Ballast
  • Rules For Leaving Thermals
  • Rotating Thermals Simons
  • Rotating Thermals Sherwin
  • Rotating Thermals Part 4
  • Rotating Thermals Part 3
  • Rotating Thermals Part 2
  • Rotating Thermals Part 1
  • Rotating Thermals Letters
  • Rate Of Climb In Thermals
  • Probability In Cross Country Flying
  • Phasing Out Water Ballast
  • Outlanding Not Out Crashing
  • Optimal Flight Strategy
  • My Brilliant Cross Country Soaring Career
  • Lets Be Iconoclastic!
  • Japanese Gliding
  • Intro Contents
  • High Wind Rough Country And Airspace Limits
  • Climbing Faster
  • Cheaper Cross Countries
  • Canopy Marks For Attitude Control
  • Canberra Control Zone Extension Reversed
  • Best Use Of Thermals
  • 212 Mile Record O & R

 

Filename Size
An Adobe Acrobat file the_collected_speight_papers_full 13.46 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_when_to_circle 467.89 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_water_ballast 467.71 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_visit_by_mitsuru_marui 623.21 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_thermal_density 339.82 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_the_use_of_water_ballast 4.77 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_the_thermal_interception_diagram 818.81 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_the_lak-12_re-visited 589.45 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_sheep_goats_and_water_ballast 613.33 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rules_for_leaving_thermals 364.9 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_simons 521.55 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_sherwin 477.86 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_part_4 761.44 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_part_3 684.91 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_part_2 630.75 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_part_1 576.23 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rotating_thermals_letters 363.47 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_rate_of_climb_in_thermals 1.34 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_probability_in_cross-country_flying 423.9 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_phasing_out_water-ballast 587.36 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_outlanding_not_out-crashing 577.63 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_optimal_flight_strategy 353.05 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_my_brilliant_cross-country_soaring_career 1.31 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_lets_be_iconoclastic! 489.29 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_japanese_gliding 739.38 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_intro_contents 733.91 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_high_wind_rough_country_and_airspace_limits 938.8 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_climbing_faster 437.17 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_cheaper_cross_countries 651.26 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_canopy_marks_for_attitude_control 877.82 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_canberra_control_zone_extension_reversed 473.25 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_best_use_of_thermals 494.6 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file speight_papers_212_mile_record_o_&_r 550.37 KB