Russell Holtz, along with his sister, Rhonda Clerkin, are the team behind GLIDERBOOKS.com. Rhonda, with her graphic design and publishing company, White Oak Communications, LLC, provides the publishing and marketing expertise while Russell contributes his passion for teaching aeronautical concepts.
Russell grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Russell obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in gliders in 1995, in airplanes in 1996, his Commercial Certificate in Gliders in 1998, and his Certified Flight Instructor rating in gliders in 1999. He completed the FAI Silver Badge requirements in 1997, and the Gold and Diamond requirements in 1998. In 2000, he helped to create the Youth Soaring Academy in Hollister, California, and was the volunteer instructor for the
organization from 2000 until 2004.
Russell has instructed at glider operations in California and Nevada and has given over 2,800 hours of primary, cross-country, contest, and aerobatic flight instruction, and has over 4,000 hours total time in gliders.
Together, Rhonda and Russell publish two popular and widely respected textbooks, run an online ground school for aeronautical knowledge training, and sell/build the Mach 0.1 Simulated Glider Cockpit and related lesson plans for simulated flight training. Their goal has been and will always be to
improve the quality and availability of glider pilot training resources.
They are currently exploring opening a glider flight school in North Carolina.