Go pow­er­less, you’ll love it!

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The Bri­tish Glid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is con­duct­ing a na­tional cam­paign to get more pi­lots of pow­ered air­craft to try glid­ing.

“The choice of fly­ing pow­ered or non-pow­ered within gen­eral aviation de­pends on what you hope to get out of your fly­ing, and to a cer­tain ex­tent what you are will­ing to put into it,” says BGA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Pete Strat­ten. “Glid­ing of­fers dif­fer­ent chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties from fly­ing with power. It is a great way of broad­en­ing han­dling skills and air­man­ship, and dis­cov­er­ing the thrill and pas­sion of pure fly­ing and soar­ing flight. It’s in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing to use the freely avail­able en­ergy in the sky to fly cross-coun­try or sim­ply to climb in a ther­mal af­ter launch­ing. Even com­mer­cial pi­lots with thou­sands of hours find that time in a glider im­proves their ex­ist­ing skills, knowl­edge and air­man­ship.”

BGA Chair­man Andrew Perkins, whose ‘day job’ is fly­ing Boe­ing 777s, adds: “Glid­ing is like a big fam­ily; you work to­gether in all the ac­tiv­i­ties that get you air­borne. It hones all your fly­ing skills and is a great way to learn about en­gi­neer­ing, safety, look­out and air­man­ship.”

For­mer Fleet Air Arm fighter pi­lot Andrew Ne­o­fy­tou, who now flies Boe­ing Deam­lin­ers for a liv­ing and glides at Lasham in Hamp­shire, says: “Once you’re hooked on glid­ing you will never have an­other day in your life where you don’t look up and try to pre­dict what the sky and en­vi­ron­ment around you is do­ing!” Lakes Glid­ing Club mem­ber Graham Stur­geon, a 15,000-hour pro­fes­sional who flies Air­bus A380s, con­curs: “I’m an ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lot and I’ve been fly­ing for 35 years, but I learn some­thing new about glid­ing ev­ery time I fly. It’s also fun and re­ward­ing!”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to find a club near you, visit glid­ing.co.uk

The BGA is chal­leng­ing pow­ered air­craft pi­lots to en­hance their fly­ing skills with time in a glider

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