Go powerless, you’ll love it!
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