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Gliding is in fact the oldest form of Aviation, the Wright brothers trying out different types of Gliders before successfully completing their first flight (with a Glider). Gliding is related to other air sports such as Hang Gliding and

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Gliding is in fact the oldest form of Aviation, the Wright brothers trying out different types of Gliders before successfully completing their first flight (with a Glider). Gliding is related to other air sports such as Hang Gliding and Paragliding because they all use a type of Glider, an aircraft that does not use an engine to fly, but instead depends on rising air currents and its superb aerodynamics. Gliders are sometimes also referred to as Sail Planes. The Glider is generally launched by a powered aircraft, although some Gliders may have their own engines that can be switched off when at the preferred altitude.

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We provide cover for Residents of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and British Forces Posted Overseas.

Summary of Cover

Section & Cover Silver Gold Platinum
Cancellation or Curtailment £1,000 £3,000 £7,500
Medical and Repatriation £10,000,000 £10,000,000 £10,000,000
Personal Baggage £1,000 £1,500 £2,500
Personal Money £150 £500 £750
Delayed Departure £100 £1,000 £1,000
Missed Departure £250 £500 £1,000
Legal Expenses £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Scheduled Airline Failure £1,500 £1,500 £1,500

History of Gliding

Although the sport of Gliding did not came into being until after the First World War, Gliding was, in fact, the very beginning of aviation. The Wright Brothers, after all, used Gliders to experiment with aerodynamics, the very first plane in history was a Glider.

Although Gliding is a non motorised sport, flights can last up to several hours and can cover hundreds of miles. Skilled Pilots are able to use air lifts to gain altitude and, by doing so, prolong their flights. Some pilots may climb to altitudes of 3,000 metres or more by using so called thermal lifts. There are three types of air currents that can be used to glide: ridge lifts, thermal lifts and lee waves.

While experienced Pilots can use one or a combination of those three air currents to stay in the air for many hours, the average gliding flight, especially on holidays, is much shorter than that.

Generally speaking, the safety of the sport is directly influenced by the skill and sense of the Pilot. A safe Pilot will not fly at sites that are too challenging for his or her skills and will not fly on days when the weather is turbulent.

Common Injuries whilst Gliding

Gliding accidents occur more frequently when a pilot is in a foreign country on holiday, as they are less familiar with the area and climate. Difficult landings or strong winds can result in a wide variety of injuries, some light, some more severe.

Fatalities in Gliding are rare, but when they do happen, it is often because the pilot was attempting to push themselves past their limits for a more exciting flight or other goal, or due to inexperience when a pilot was doing something that is strictly warned against. If you are an experienced Gliding Pilot and you use common sense, a fatal accident is nearly impossible.

Gliding is classified as a hazardous activity, with 50% Personal Accident cover (loss of limb or sight) and no Personal Liability cover. There is no cancellation cover if the trip is cancelled due to the Gliding activity being cancelled.

Gliding Equipment

In addition to, of course, the Glider itself, Pilots will require a variometer, which indicates the climb or sink rate, as well as the altitude; a radio; and possibly a GPS system.

Important Information

You must ensure that you are adequately supervised, that appropriate safety equipment (such as protective headwear, etc.) are worn at all times and you do not participate in Gliding for more than 90 days in any one Period of Insurance.

This activity does not provide Accidental Death & Disability Benefit or Personal Liability cover.

This Travel Insurance is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities and Insured by Union Reiseversicherung AG, UK. Travel Insurance Facilities are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Union Reiseversicherung AG are authorised by BaFin and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority.


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