where pilots perform challenging maneuvers and are scored on their accuracy.
These competitions can take part on local, regional and national levels. To keep informed of upcoming competitions, check the British Gliding Association's Competition Calendar.
Held on a long term basis, the main online gliding competitions are the BGA Ladder and the OLC.
With the help of route tracking software, pilots upload logger traces of their cross-country flights to compare performances, scoring points for each flight which are then tallied over the curse of a year. Champions are declared at the club, regional, and national levels.
An all-Ireland Task Week is usually held in Kilrush Airfield, during August.
While gliding is a personal journey, competitions can offer motivation to sharpen one's skills and strive for excellence. They are also a great way to connect with other gliding enthusiasts around the world.
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