The sport of gliding is an exhilarating, spectacular yet serene flying experience and is the purest form of recreational aviation. The aircraft are designed to fly hundreds of kilometres across country without the aid of an engine, relying solely on harnessing the force of nature by using currents of air to stay airborne. Gliding is an all-inclusive and very social sport attracting men and woman of all ages and walks of life. In Australia you can fly solo from the age of 15 and some pilots continue gliding into their eighties. It is never too late to learn to glide and many pilots take up the sport in their 40s, 50s or even 70s.