RENO, NV - Catching an updraft and riding it as far as it will take you is an exhilarating feeling that draws glider pilots from all over the world to Northern Nevada.
They say the unique landscape creates ideal conditions for the aircraft, which are on display this weekend at the Reno Sparks Convention Center.
This weekend the Soaring Society of America invites the public to stop by and learn more about the sport.
“Soaring is extremely empowering,” says pilot Neita Montague, “and what actually keeps a glider in the air is your brain.
Like birds staying aloft is about looking for updrafts and reading the winds.
“You can't see what the air is doing,” notes Fred LaSor of the Soaring Society of America “and so you've got to find ways of figuring out where the air is going to be rising and staying in that rising air.”
At the Convention Center you'll find all the latest gadgetry to get the most out of your glider experience.
You can even test your wings as a certified instructor shows you how to fly a glider using a flight simulator called "Condor".
The system includes a joy stick and rudder pedals to control a glider projected on a video screen.
The show only takes place every two years and moves from city to city, but it's open to the public in Reno through Saturday.