Spend an afternoon drifting calmly and peacefully above the Texas countryside.
See for miles.
Fly like a bird, kept aloft by nothing more than rising air.
Explore the world while circling with a red-tailed hawk.
Find space to think. MORE..
Cross Country & Racing
Gliding is not only about gently floating around the clouds near the SCOH gliderport. Some glider pilots complete long cross country flights as well as participate in organized competitions.
Competitions involve a group of gliders flying the same task. This task is set as a series of turnpoints, or locations. For example you might fly from Houston to Austin to San Antonio and then back to Houston.
Modern high performance gliders cruise between thermals at speeds in excess of 90 mph. When the thermals are strong, a good pilot can average more than 80 mph over a task of a several hundred miles!