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What is Gliding?

Gliding is many different things to many different people. For some, it is just a casual hobby, and a way to meet new people. For others, it is an inexpensive way to get airborne. For others, gliding offers the exhilaration of spectacular looking aerobatics. For many, including the competitors in these world championships, it is a cutting edge sport.

For all, though, it is a silent and graceful way of flying without an engine.

Gliding is the ultimate free flying experience. It is a truly diverse sport that can be enjoyed at all levels: from the thriving club scene, to aerobatics, to the international racing competitions, currently dominated by British pilots (with five World Champions).

Gliders soar using the same air currents that birds use to fly, but have also been designed with the kind of aerodynamic efficiency that enables top speeds of up to 170 mph. Distances of over 600 miles have been covered in one day in the UK and heights of almost 40,000 feet have been achieved.

Gliding is also a sport for all ages - from those who go solo on their 16th birthday through their club cadet schemes; there is no upper age limit.

Having learned how to fly the aircraft, students go on to learn how to keep the glider in the air for many hours at a time - often called "soaring".

In this section we have information on;

- Staying Up,

- Modern Gliders

- and Glider Racing.


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18/04/2014 21:52
Another great day to cap a glorious club week. two 300k's, another nearly and five other significant cross country flights....and welcome new member Greg. A very busy day!

14/04/2014 22:05
Another good day. Flights in all directions including Lasham, Hus Bos, Great Malvern, Long Mynd, Devizes...and Bob's Triangle. We are open this week, come and join us!

14/04/2014 17:36
How did you all get on today? The sky looked rather good.

13/04/2014 21:38
Who is out monday 14th?

13/04/2014 20:43
The forecast is good for the rest of the week, so forget work and come and play!!

13/04/2014 20:14
Well done Steve - 270k today! Hope you all have a good Soaring Week.. Cool

11/04/2014 19:04
Great day today - Thanks Kev & Pete. Great effort to all - JEV, S5, L19, and JER. TM went to better weather... Nice work team Aardvark. Grin

11/04/2014 18:41
Another good day,thanks Kevin for the tows .Saturday is looking good also.

11/04/2014 06:43
A good day yesterday. Did some work around the airfield and a couple of tows. There again today so come and fly as weather is looking great.

09/04/2014 07:41
I will be at the club Thursday 10th and Friday 11th this week doing some work so come and fly. Wink

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