slow glides in rising currents probably hold out greater hope
of extensive practice than any other method within man's reach...
...when gliding operators have attained greater skill, they can,
with comparative safety, maintain themselves in the air for hours
at a time in this way, and thus by constant practice so increase
their knowledge and skill that they can rise into the higher air
and search out the currents which enable the soaring birds to
transport themselves to any desired point by first rising in a
circle and then sailing off at a descending angle."
Wilbur Wright, Sept 18, 1901.
Gliding is many different
things to many different people. For some, it is a hobby, and
a way to meet new people. For others, it is an inexpensive way
to get airborne. For many, it is even the cutting edge sport of
either racing or aerobatics. For all, though, it is a silent and
graceful way of flying without an engine.
Gliding is a sport
that all can enjoy.Because training is carried out by highly qualified
volunteers, learning to fly is inexpensive. Once you are a member,
a day at the Airfield flying and helping others to fly is going
to cost you between £20-30!.
"For once you
have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned
skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
Leonardo da Vinci
If you fancy becoming
a pilot you will need between 40 to 80 takeoffs and landings before
you are allowed to fly without an instructor. This will cost you
between £450 and £750 (on average) depending on how
quickly you pick it up. Read
My first flight experiences.
Even better you could
join one of our week long training weeks for as little as £350.
Flying experience gift
vouchers are available for sale on-line Please
visit a local gliding club for more infomation. It can be
a life changing experience gliding for the first time! With prices
starting at £50 for up to 3 flights.
||Flying a glider is probably
the closest thing any human will come to feeling like a bird. Powered
only by gravity and air currents, these gliders move silently through
the sky, often for hours at a time. Because they have no engines,
gliders, or sailplanes, can be thought of as pure flying vehicles,
staying aloft by balancing the forces of gravity, lift, drag and
about how gliders fly.