Cross-Country Soaring

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A cross-country flight is defined as one in which the glider has flown beyond gliding distance from the local soaring site. Cross-country soaring seems simple enough in theory; in reality, it requires a great deal more preparation and decision-making than local soaring flights. Items that must be considered during cross-country flights are how good the thermals ahead are, and if they will remain active, what the landing possibilities are, which airport along the course has a runway that is favorable for the prevailing wind conditions. What effect will the headwind have on the glide? What is the best speed to fly in sink between thermals?

Flying cross-country using thermals is the basis of this section. A detailed description of cross-country soaring using ridge or wave lift is beyond the scope of this section.

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