You might already have seen what looks like strange white birds flying
noiselessly in the sky: Gliders.
You might also, have asked yourself how it is possible to fly without
To glide, is to move, in the air, by using all the energy derived from
the atmosphere's vertical movements. This energy can allow us to fly
to the stratosphere's borders and it also makes it possible to fly trips
of hundreds, or even thousands, of kilometre.
Gliding is, before anything else, the ability to stay up in the air.
Except for any propelling device, a glider with all of its equipment
can only head downwards within the element in which it moves; the air.
To be able to stay at the right altitude or even go higher, the pilot
must find the spot
where the air moves upwards with enough trust to lift him further up.
The newly achieved altitude
can be used, by the pilot, in order to reach another atmospheric ascensional
stream, and therefore making it possible to fly for hundreds of kilometres.
The zones where the air moves upward are known as ascensional streams
and they are created, mostly, from the sun's heat. Therefore, the pilot's
attention will have to be concentrated on the need to find these areas
which will enable him to continue his flight, providing he bears in
mind the length of the sunny period is what determines the flight's
The pilot has to accept these limitations. With some degree of philosophy,
the taking off in an aircraft without any means of propulsion, means
the pilot has to realise that landing anywhere is a serious possibility.
To push the limitations as far as possible, gliders have become some
of the most aerodynamic of all sporting devices abd equipments. the
most aerodynamic of them all. The utilization of such high technology
allow us to extend, more and more, our field of action and, nowadays,
the most experienced pilots can even plan intercontinental flights.
However, gliding remains an exceptional recreational sport which is
within everyone's reach.
Who can glide?
-Over the age of 16 years old (there aren't any other age limitations)
- In good health (there is a periodical mandatory medical check- up)
- A member of a gliding club can participate.
Taken from Home page FFVV - firstname.lastname@example.org
Translated from French by Giancarlo Bresciani - email@example.com
Translated from Italian by Polly Bateman firstname.lastname@example.org