In many parts of the United States flying gliders has become more popular. With the addition of technology, allowing lighter weight electric motors and at lower costs, flying gliders has become more and more accessible to hobbyists. Once you have purchased a glider, it is important to choose your locations for flight wisely. When choosing a location to fly it is important to consider the terrain, obsticles, line of sight, and other variables.
Before you fly your glider the first time make sure to know the range of your remote control device. If you are not a good judge of distance, then pace it out so you have a landmark to use to gauge distance. When you start it is important to keep your glider close but of course not too close that you hit yourself or a spectator. Make certain you are flying in a place where nothing will get in the way of you seeing your glider at any time.
Terrain is an important consideration when choosing a location. An open area without fences is important because you will most likely have to retrive your glider at times. If you choose to fly on a steep slope you may find your self walking up and down that slope several times. If you choose to fly in an open flat mowed field, retrival and launching your glider again may be much easier.
When choosing a location it is important to make sure you won’t hit anything with your glider while you are flying. Of very high importance here is to consider power lines. The first rule don’t fly where there are power lines, it’s that simple. Winds can gust and you may not have any control at times where your glider goes, especially when you are a beginner. Also watch out for trees and builidngs. In short a flat open field is the best choice for a beginner.