Rafael Lima: Soaring, powerless flight, a feeling of absolute complete freedom. I always wondered, how do you keep an airplane in the air with no engine? Well, today we are going to find out.
I am Rafael Lima for Visit Florida. Today we are going to be taking this sailplane soaring over the Everglades. Did I mention there is no engine?
Steve: You know a lot of people come out; they just want to experience it and sit back and enjoy the ride. Other people they do it once, and then they kind of get hooked on it. Reinaldo Perez: I never flew a glider before, I have a lot of hours in engine airplanes, but never flew a glider before. So I am a little nervous, but at the same time you know it balances out with the excitement.
Speaker: Because a glider has no power of its own, a tow plane gets ready to pull the sailplane to altitude, while instructors give a short pre-flight briefing. Speaker: Give a little briefing about how it's going to take place, few safety items that we have to pay attention to and then we will launch.
Female Speaker: At first I was scared and I wasn't sure how things worked and I was always worried that we would crash or something, but I am not scared anymore, it's exciting. Not typically young girls fly, you know anybody really could do it. Speaker: Usually the people that have apprehension, once they get up in the glider and they see how stable it is, that apprehension goes away. Speaker: So what keep these gliders in the air for hours is the hot air currents rising off the ground, thermals. These gliders are so light; they can stay in the air for hours. Speaker: Florida is the flying paradise, you get amazing weather for gliders, you get a lot of out drops in the middle of the day, so you can stay up there for long. Rafael Lima: My flight experience was amazing, quite, peaceful, an unforgettable way to spend an afternoon taking in the Florida scenery. Intro flights cost under $100 and you don't have to be a pilot to enjoy a great ride. Speaker: Overall it's great, the view is amazing, we went up to 3000 feet, and I can't wait to do it again. Rafael Lima: Florida is a wonderful place to fly, the weather is great and so is the scenery. And there are Glider Schools all over Florida. Log on to our Visit Florida webpage for more information.