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Moments Like These – Some of What Makes Gliding Awesome

by on Nov.16, 2010, under Articles, Aviation, Video of the day

Image of Black Mountains Gliding Club with snow on the mountains

Soaring really catches the essence of what aviation and flying is all about. I personally started flying gliders back in Sweden in the late 1970’s and some of my most memorable experiences in aviation have been from the years I was soaring from a small flying club in Trollhattan, Sweden.

A video was produced, which is a great display of what soaring is all about by an airline captain/soaring pilot from the UK, Matt, at a flight from Talgarth airfield in Wales.

Talgarth airfield is home to a small but active gliding club, set 970 feet above sea level in the stunning scenery of the Black Mountains halfway between Hay on Wye to the east and Brecon to the west.

With soarable conditions on most days, they have longer average flight times than any other soaring clubs in the UK. Regardless of wind directions, the area offers conditions where you almost always can fly off the mountain ridges or fly mountain waves. This is great for a glider pilot or for anyone who wish to get trained in this type of flying.

Click here or on the photo above to see this great video of his flight with a Cirrus sailplane, which shows ridge flying at the end of the day in late October.

The video shows a flight from Talgarth (Black Mountains Gliding Club) in Wales and captures some of the essence of what makes gliding such an awesome sport. Soaring in the late afternoon as the sun sets, in wave or on a ridge is truly magical, and low level, high speed runs along a ridge are pure main line adrenaline.

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