Why fly gliders?

Flying a glider can be a lot of fun. I was actually a little surprised about my first glider ride since it isn’t quite as smooth and quiet as I thought it would be. You hear the wind and feel the updrafts (which you get to like and appreciate later in your glider career).
But after initially flying gliders and motor gliders, deep down I am a motorhead and a rotorhead so in this strip Chuck kinda was me.
Btw: In a helicopter, it’s very comforting to hear the engine roar 😉

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6 comments on “Why fly gliders?
  1. Wintebeast says:

    It should be noted, the pilots who saved the day on the Hudson, and earlier on the Gimli Glider, both had glider training before they went on to the larger aircraft.

  2. anna says:

    I hold a gliders license, as well as all the way up to my A’s, but the stuff you learned about gliding an airplane will never leave you. I haven’t been gliding in about 8 or 9 years now, but it is certainly a unique form of flying that I enjoyed.

  3. mike says:

    I have a glider license and I have to say everything I learned flying gliders even helps when I fly helicopters. When you know where the winds are and the updrafts and things like that you can fly the helo way faster and more efficient compared to just pulling pitch and burn a lot of gas. The machine will do it, no doubt, but on many occasions I use glider tricks to get that bucket up on the hill and on the fire faster and with less effort instead of making the engine work really hard….

  4. jp says:

    I think the fun-gauge in gliders is formally called the vertical speed indicator, it shows either positive fun or negative fun…

  5. mike says:

    HA HA! Yes, that is sooo true!
    I think we might have new strip here……

  6. jpg12305 says:

    And your smile is generally proportional to the altimeter indication…..

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