Living in So Cal’s High Desert has its benefits – like being at the mountains in less than an hour. Skiing is a common winter sport that draws tourists to nearby Wrightwood, but there are other fun activities in the mountain village to consider throughout the year. Take, for instance, radio control glider flying is a hobby that glider aircraft pilot Armando takes to the mountain to fly:
While eating our picnic lunch at Inspiration Point in Angeles National Forest, my husband and I became fascinated by a glider. Photographing and videoing the glider (at least attempting to as it zipped around), we were quite fascinated. At one point, a couple of birds seemed to be chasing the aircraft.
After it landed, we met Armando who had been doing the piloting. He explained thermals and how the glider works, showing us how to operate the controls. When asked what was one of the most interesting experiences he’s had with flying the aircraft, he said, “When a hawk chased the glider, attacked it at landing, and tore up the tail.” However, Armando said he was able to take it home and repair it.
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Gliders don’t have engines. A glider can gain altitude if a pocket of air rises (called an updraft) faster than the glider descends. Pockets of hot rising air are called thermals.
According to http://www.rc-airplane-world.com/beginner-rc-airplanes.html, most beginners to the hobby of R/C glider flying start with electric powered planes. The radio control glider aircraft sport is popular, and there are many types and varying prices to choose from. Learn more about how R/C gliders work at http://www.rc-airplane-world.com.