One of the things that makes flying so expensive is the cost of aviation fuel, which currently costs more than $5 a gallon. You can avoid that issue by going soaring in a sailplane – basically, an airplane that doesn't have an engine. To get airborne, you'll be pulled behind a regular airplane with a rope, which you release once you've reached the desired height. To stay aloft, glider pilots look for areas of rising air, which can be found near mountain slopes or where the sun is heating the ground. It may sound like a precarious way to stay aloft, but gliders have reached altitudes of more than 50,000 and traveled nearly 2,000 miles in a single flight. Earning a gilder license is easier than earning a PP-ASEL; instead of 40 hours aloft, you only need 10.
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