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Getting started in soaring is pretty simple according to the Soaring Society of America (SSA). All it takes are some lessons.

If you'd like to speed up the learning process, you can also study materials on your own. The Soaring Society of America Online Store, commercial glider schools, and book dealers listed in Soaring Magazine can provide textbooks containing all the theory and essentials of flight, soaring techniques, safety, navigation and meteorology, as well as the Federal Aviation Regulations you will need to know to pass the FAA written examination.

The Soaring Society of America brought this full-scale soaring plane for display. We're going to need a bigger lens!

Lessons can be scheduled at your convenience, and the SSA recommends scheduling all lessons in a shorter time frame to build on what was learned in each lesson.

Visit to learn more about soaring and the different types of launches.

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