How does a glider land

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-> Control an airplane yourself!
-> Hundreds of kilometers, thousands of meters high, fly for hours ... without a motor!
-> Everyone can learn to fly, at the age of 14! No special requirements necessary!
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Today's glider

The times when brave pioneers made short leaps in the air with rickety wooden boxes are long gone. Today's glider is a sleek machine, built from composite materials, state-of-the-art in aerodynamics. You can easily fly several hundred kilometers with it and reach speeds of well over 200 km / h.
Our current club record: 630 km in 7 hours (take-off and landing in Dehausen)

The start

Real pilots don't need a motor to fly. However, this has the disadvantage that you have to rely on others at the start. You can pull up the gliders with a powered airplane or, much more spectacularly (as we do), catapult them into the sky with a winch. The aircraft is clipped into a rope. At the other end of the track is our winch with a fat V8 engine. In just 4 seconds, the aircraft is accelerated to over 100 km / h and just a few seconds later the rope disengages in approx. 300m.

The flight

Contrary to popular belief, a glider doesn't need the wind to stay up. You can also fly very long distances against the wind. Upward air currents (thermals) are decisive. These do not have to be strong and can even arise over a running combine harvester. Even if the pilot does not find any updraft for a long time, he can still cover long distances in gliding flight. Often the thermal can be found under clouds. So you fly from cloud to cloud and gain altitude again under them. Now and then it happens that the pilot does not find any updraft for a long time and therefore has to land in a field. The frequent claim in the media that these are emergency landings is wrong. It is quite normal that you occasionally land on a field and is not a problem at all for the aircraft.
Due to the good gliding performance of the aircraft, the pilot has enough time and range to reach a large, good field. You also practice landing outside during training.

One of them didn't make it back
The aircraft is fetched from the field and can be dismantled in a few minutes and stowed in the trailer. Incidentally, the glider pilot is allowed to land on any field, regardless of whether that suits the owner or not. The aircraft is insured against damage to the corridor.