|The desire to take to the air and
fly, something that has focused the minds of man for centuries,
the first glider flight was in 1853, Ballooning and Parachuting
all have a rich history of technical development and daredevil stunts
to bring us to the point in time where many of the sports that were
once considered High Risk are practised every day with great safety.
BlueDome staffers recently had an interesting
session with a local gliding club much to everyone's satisfaction,
we're going again, soon !!! The evening training and flight session
was a cheap, enjoyable way to start and most of the Sky Sports
that BlueDome supports have a structure where a taster session
can be booked with a local club.
BlueDome has decided only to cover the Sky
Sports which involve un-powered movement i.e. Ballooning, Gliding,
Parachuting, Paragliding and Hang-Gliding, all the sports are
supported by a governing body and a large club structure which
allows new-comers to get involved quickly and safely.
Safety is a prime consideration with all the
Sky Sports and teaching and training systems are always geared
to give beginners a safe introduction, many other subjects are
included in training programmes, navigation, meteorology, principles
of flight and because we use the same playground as everyone else
the country code is also included.
If you only try some of these sports once
you will have experienced something that is usually the province
of the birds, we're flying again soon and several other airborne
sports are planned, we'll keep you informed.
David Lynch, Editor
is the official web site of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding
association, covering all the aspects of their sport, a directory
of training schools and reports from around the world.
BGA are the governing body for gliding in the UK, their
web site has masses of relevant information on UK gliding
activities and includes a full list of clubs where you
can pursue you ambitions to get airborne.
Chris Scammells acount of his record breaking flight. Chris flew
and bivouaced across 1000 kilometres of the Alps and put himself
in the record books.