Solo to Cross-Country

Finally gone solo?  You will forever have that flight imprinted in your mind.

Going solo for most glider pilots is one of the most emotionally exciting days in their life. The apprehension, the excitement, the exhilaration, all rolled into one.

But there is much more to gliding than just going solo.

After you have gone solo there is a whole world that opens up to you once you have your wings.

You can choose the direction you want to take your gliding career, whether it be aerobatics, cross-country flying, wave flying, or flying in unique places and countries, it's completely up to you!

Gliding gave me a reason to look up at the sky and take notice of the clouds, the wind etc.
When I was a teenager learning to fly it was time spent with my Dad at the airfield and flying together which is very precious as he is no longer around. Now it gives me a sense of achievement as there are constantly new goals to reach for. Also, when flying I just think about flying, no time to dwell or ruminate on troubles elsewhere in life!!!

Check out one of our very own pilots, Claudia, who found the advice of the Women Gliding community very helpful on her journey to the British Women’s Gliding Team.

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