Soaring offers a sense of freedom unique in sports. As a soaring glider pilot you are no longer earthbound; as your pilot skills increase, you will learn to venture away from the airport in your glider, relying on your own skills and judgment in analyzing the terrain and weather.
Instead of passively enjoying the countryside or the sky, you will actively look for lift clues in the air, such as birds and the maturity of cumulus clouds; and you’ll gain respect for areas on the ground that can help or hinder you in meeting the continuing challenge of staying aloft.
Flight of over 300km with average speeds of over 100km/hour are common place with a few club pilots having flown flights of over 1000km in a single day. The Western Australian wheat belt region east of Perth offers a unique combination of great gliding conditions, little air traffic and plenty of safe paddocks to land in if you can’t make it home.