Reopening Gliding Clubs

Gliding is a sport that lends itself to social distancing. With current procedures flying gliders, particularly flying solo can be easily achieved. Only three people are required to launch a glider; the pilot flying, the wing tip holder and aerotow pilot or winch driver. All can maintain social distancing. We have five vibrant and active gliding clubs in Scotland People are out in the fresh air, socializing (whilst maintaining social distancing) and engaging in activities which brings a sense of well being.

Why the contribution is important

Unless flying operations resume the future viability of our gliding clubs in Scotland is under threat. Scotland has gliding sites of European and some would say, world class status. Scottish soaring conditions attract many visitors which has, in the past and looking to the future, promote the attraction of Scotland as a place to live and work. It is part of the fabric that makes Scotland what it is.

by sant on May 09, 2020 at 07:40AM

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  • Posted by RoyOne May 09, 2020 at 08:43

    Absolutely support Opening Gliding Clubs. Solo Flying is particularly easy to implement and comply with distancing and other measures needed to keep us safe and minimise the spread of Covid19. Gliding is particularly special to the highlands of Scotland offering some of the best soaring conditions in the world. Opening Gliding Clubs would provide members with some flying and begin to offset the not inconsiderable costs of maintaining the facilities.
  • Posted by Eladram May 11, 2020 at 13:00

    Solo gliding is by definition the ultimate socially distanced sport. There is no reason why it could not safely be resumed.
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