Gliding and soaring refer to motor-less flight. Gliding started with aircraft like our modern hang gliders, however the safest and most accessible form today is the sailplane. The sailplane comes in two-seat and single seat versions. They are strongly built using 'space-age' technology and easy to fly. After launch, they float through the sky sinking about one third the rate of a typical powered aircraft when its engine is idling. When gliding, from release at two thousand feet, a typical flight lasts fifteen minutes.
Here comes the magic! Glider pilots can use rising air currents to stay aloft. Sometimes a glider flight can last all day! For a quick introduction look at the video on the left. If your hooked enjoy what 'The Aviators' show discovered about gliding in the video to the right.