GLIDING - the sport of soaring

GLIDING - the sport of soaring

The sport of gliding is an exhilarating, spectacular yet serene flying experience. Gliders take to the air like birds with wings outstretched, soaring on rising air currents, immersed in three dimensional space and flying silently with an eagle’s view of the world. Gliding is for all agesMen and women of all ages fly gliders. In Australia you can fly solo from the age of 15 and some pilots continue gliding into their eighties. It is never too late to learn to...

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Gliders what are they?

What are gliders made of? Gliders are made of a wide variety of materials, from wood and fabric, to ultra-modern fibre glass, carbon-fibre and kevlar based materials. Australia has an active vintage glider movement, with many gliders over 50 years old. Gliders are often designed for a specific purpose such as training, cross-country flying or aerobatics, but most gliders can do a bit of everything.High performance gliders are very streamlined with a minimum of obstructions to the airflow, which would otherwise...

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Gliding in Australia

Gliding in Australia is based on a club system. There are nearly one hundred clubs located throughout the country in all states, the ACT and Northern Territories. The sport is self administering under the auspices of the government regulator CASA. Gliding has well developed systems and structure, with roots extending back to the 1930s. It is a mature sport, and used as a model for other recreational aviation. Most clubs operate every weekend, weather permitting. You can find the club nearest...

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