What is Gliding?
First maybe we should establish what a
glider is. A glider is an aircraft without an engine, is has the same
controls as a normal aircraft and is enclosed like a normal aircraft but
doesn't have it's own source of power to propel itself through the
To get it into the air the glider must be
either towed by another aircraft (aerotowing) or launched from the
ground using a winch (winch launching). Once the glider is in the air
it is constantly exchanging height for forward speed until it lands
To extend flight times glider pilots
search for 'lift' where the air around the glider is rising faster than
the glider is sinking, on good days flights of over 5 hours and large
distances can be covered. This is the idea of gliding, to stay aloft
using rising air in the atmosphere. This rising air can take the form
of thermals, ridge lift or wave.
Why choose Gliding?
are many different forms of flight to choose from, and there are
several distinguishing features of gliding. Firstly, it is an extremely
pure form of flight. Most of the techniques required to fly any aircraft
can be learnt here.
Secondly, gliding is one of the cheapest ways to get flying experience. See our costs page for more details.
due to the lack of large spinning pieces of metal, the rules are fairly
relaxed. You can be in the air in no time and while you are waiting for
your turn, be helping launch the other gliders. This adds an element of
fun to the whole day.