Glider pilots always make sure that they are able to reach a safe landable place in case they can’t find any more lift and they are trained and practice outlandings before being allowed to fly cross-country by themselves.
Outlanding occasionally is part of the sport. If in a paddock, you often get to meet the friendly local farmers who don’t mind the occasional drop in provided you respect their property and thank them accordingly. Depending on your distance from home, you can often call up the tow plane to fly out to re-launch you and tow you back. Alternatively, club members are always ready and willing to drive your trailer out to where you landed, and help you dismantle your glider into the trailer for a road trip back. Remember, one day, they may call on you to do the same for them!
To learn more about gliding, visit the Gliding Federation of Australia.
To see some movies of flying at our club click here.