What is gliding?

Gliders are aerodynamic craft that use the lift created by air currents to fly, often distances of several hundred kilometres. Because they have no engines, they are towed up into the air by a powered light aircraft and released, or are launched into the air using a winch and a long cable. Once airborne, glider pilots fly along mountain ridges using rising air to gain height, or in flatter areas use columns of hot air to thermal higher and higher before flying on.