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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
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- and Glider Racing.
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03/03/2015 14:30
Friday 17th April Pre season dinner at the Woodmans inn at Fernham near Shrivenham. All members and friends welcome. Be nice to get some members from the past too. Time 19.30hrs 17th april. Come and h

18/02/2015 18:33
Popped in this afternoon to admire the new Twin Astir. Looks good.

16/02/2015 23:47
... but we're hoping to make a move to Joomla! Smile

16/02/2015 23:45
Beware! This site is going to go offline within the next few days. I've backed it up just now, so anything new will be lost. I'll bring it back with a new provider if I can ...

07/02/2015 11:07
Sunday 8th Feb is looking flyable so if anybody fancies a flight come on down. Be good to do a few tows.

04/02/2015 17:11
Looking forward to the arrival of our club G103 Twin astir. Be good to fly a glassfibre 2 seater and some great soaring weather.

22/01/2015 19:39
AGM on Saturday 24th Jan at the Clubhouse 3.00pm. Make sure you are there!

07/01/2015 10:39
Looking forword to a good season with some lovely thermals. Got a feeling its going to be a good one.

24/10/2014 13:23
SUPER SATURDAY OCT 25th. Aerotow discounts for members - two new tugs to try out - come along!

16/09/2014 09:22
Big thanks to everybody who worked so hard to make the Festival so enjoyable - even the weatherman!

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