Definition of SOARING

:  the act or process of soaring; specifically :  the act or sport of flying a heavier-than-air craft without power by utilizing ascending air currents

First Known Use of SOARING

15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sport of flying a glider or sailplane. The craft is towed behind a powered airplane to an altitude of about 2,000 ft (600 m) and then released. The glider pilot makes use of rising currents of warm air, such as those above a sunlit field, to maintain or gain altitude. Instruments used include the altimeter, airspeed indicator, compass, and turn-and-bank indicator. National soaring contests, which include events for altitude, speed, distance, and accuracy in returning to a starting point, are held annually.

Variants of SOARING

soaring or gliding


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