"Soaring gracefully through the air, along with the meditative silence that surrounds you, is refreshing and exciting." That rare FAA eloquence is from the Glider Flying Handbook, which says that a glider is a heavier-than-air aircraft supported in flight by the dynamic reaction of the air against its lifting surfaces. What, according to the same Handbook, defines a glider that is designed to fly efficiently and gain altitude solely from natural forces, such as thermals?
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