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The glider

The glider
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Copyright: Nathalie Turon (Viaticum) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 2 N: 76] (948)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-01
Categories: Transportation, Decisive Moment, Action
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-04 9:18
Viewed: 1788
Points: 2
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A glider plane landing.

Gliding is a recreational activity and competitive sport in which pilots fly un-powered aircraft known as gliders, also known as sailplanes. Properly, the term gliding refers to descending flight of a heavier-than-air craft, whereas soaring is the correct term to use when the craft gains altitude or speed from rising air. When soaring conditions are good enough, experienced pilots can fly hundreds of kilometres before returning to their home airfields, and occasionally flights over 1,000 kilometres are made. However, if the weather deteriorates, they may need to land elsewhere, but motorglider pilots can avoid this by starting an engine.

While many glider pilots merely enjoy the sense of achievement, some competitive pilots fly in races around pre-defined courses. These competitions test the pilots' abilities to make best use of local weather conditions as well as their flying skills. Local and national competitions are organized in many countries and there are also biennial World Gliding Championships.

Powered aircraft and winches are the two most common means of launching gliders. These and other methods (apart from self-launching motor-gliders) require assistance from other participants. Gliding clubs have thus been established to share airfields and equipment, train new pilots and maintain high safety standards.

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Интересно, а права на управление таким летно-транспортным средством нужны?:)) Я бы на таком на дачу летала))
Очень красивый ландшафт! Такое удивительное всегда чувство, когда пересекаешь Польшу: сначала пейзаж совершенно аналогичный (если закрывать глаза на приятные инфраструктурные улучшения)), а уже на повторном пересечении границы - ГОРЫ!

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