At 05:27 PM 5/19/2005, you wrote:
think that's cool? Try flying a sailplane instead.
You offering? Since I know little of the training/education/experience
needed to fly a plane, what does it take fly a glider?
1) a glider
2) a tow plane
3) an instructor, for getting started.
As far as the ride I imagine its great since from what I know you’re more
or less falling with style. I guess you could stretch and compare it to
surfing or skiing/boarding (trying to keep it somewhat related to
skiing). It must be a smoother ride too, right?
It's a lot quieter. But a sailplane is even more subject to little
jolts and bumps than a powered craft - there's much more wing area, which
makes it more sensitive to rising air currents.
Falling with style? Not if things are going well. You figure
out the wind direction, you look for a cumulus cloud, you fly over
towards that cloud and, if the luck is with you, you feel a bump when you
hit the thermal that created it. You circle back, find that
thermal, put the plane into a tightly banked turn and if you've done
everything right.... you start going UP. You leave the thermal as
you approach the top, and fly away, looking for the next one.
There's a pretty serious soaring program at Sugarbush:
and no, it isn't cheap. But it is worth it, at least for the
initial lesson. It's like finding yourself in bottomless
There. Sugarbush, powder. Obligatory ski content!
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