The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 57
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 57

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 D7 FREE MdDFEID) MOTOBECANE World's Leader in Sales Production & Engineering Come in & Register for 50L. No Purchase Necessary. Must be Blaine Banks and Barbara Otto push a glider onto the field at the nation's busiest gliderport at Fremont, Calif. Banks is an instructor at Sky Sailing Airport and Ms. Otto is a member of Soaring Experience, America's first all-woman gliding club. UPI Ttlephoto 18 or over To Register Drawing Dec. 23, 1976 MOPED MANOR Safes & Rental Ocean Mall Singer Island, Fla. 844-1166 WM,,ii"-,kv yr. -ivj One Interpretation of Gliding: Discovering Another Dimension $H0 Light, Sturdy Aluminum Ladders 6-FT. STEPLADDER Regular $17.99 problems due to the growing air congestion. Gliders have the right-of-way over the faster power planes, but pilots in power craft have poorer visibility. "Training includes a heck of a lot of looking around," Ms. Otto said. An introductory lesson at the Fremont field costs $17. A ride for two in a bigger model is $20. Glider students also get to participate in flying parties and educational activities. A license to solo can take a few months and costs approximately $800. Gliders have a low accident rate and are resilient ships, most of them tested to withstand at least 8 Gs, or eight times the pull of gravity. "You'll break before it does," said Ms. Otto, who says her life has changed from the joy she finds in soaring. "It's one of the world's unique sports," she said, "and the most 16-FT. EXTENSION Regular $28.99 FREMONT, Calif. (UPI) - Cattle grazed on the brown hillsides, unaware of the silent object whishing above them. A ridge loomed directly ahead. The sailplane turned sharply, catching a wind lift that eased it up and over the rocky outcropping. "We'll swing around and make another pass over the ridge," said Blaine Banks, an instructor at Sky Sailing, home of the nation's busiest gliderport. Banks performed two half-rolls and then nosed down to pick up speed, pulled up and straightened out, causing a brief moment of exhilarating weightlessness. "Now you know how astronauts feel in space," he said. About 20 minutes from when the glider was towed into the air by a light plane and with a clink, the sound of the rope release, was left alone in the sky, it circled over a row of power lines and approached the airport runway. The engineless bird touched down at 70 m.p.h., bumping to a halt within a few inches of its assigned parking space. "I enjoy gliding as a recreational thing. It's a lot of fun," said Banks, who has been flying single-engine planes for nine years. Barbara Otto, a member of Soaring Experience, America's first all-woman gliding club, said the field's gliders get taken up between 10 and 100 times a day, depending on weather conditions, particularly wind currents. "Gliding makes a good pilot out of you," Ms. Otto said. "It trains you in safety and precision with the controls." Taking away the noisy engine, she said, makes a pilot become almost one with the craft, guiding it easily without conscious effort. "With an engine things are predictable; soaring's never predictable," said Ms. Otto, an Allentown, Pa., native who now lives in San Francisco. "The emphasis is on learning the pure art of flying itself and the medium that you're moving in - the air. "One of the pleasures of gliding is you feel very much attuned to the new medium. There's the thrill of discovering another dimension." Soaring Experience is one of 197 glider clubs in the United States, four of which are located at Sky Sailing Airport. Ms. Otto said there was a "sense of comradeship" among the women, who supported each other enroute to achieving their gliding credentials. 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