Gliding originates from the earliest days of aviation. Modern gliders or sailplanes incorporate many technological advances both in performance and in innovative design features.
Gliders are launched in a number of ways: by a winch, aero-tow or self-launching. The pilot’s ability to locate and fly in currents of rising air allows the glider to remain aloft for a number of hours.
Australia is internationally recognised as having excellent conditions for gliding. Cross-country flight in gliders, covering long distances by capitalising on weather or ground conditions, is known by the term ‘soaring’. Competition flying is a major part of the sport, with participants vying for the fastest speed/shortest time over a given route.
There are gliding clubs throughout Australia. For information on a club near you contact the Gliding Federation of Australia