An opportunity to soar at Centennial Campus

March 23, 2011
By Bill Krueger

Aerospace engineering students at NC State will be soaring – or at least talking about soaring – on Centennial Campus on Thursday. And the public is invited to join the fun.

Members of NC State’s chapter of the Sigma Gamma Tau Honor Society for Aerospace Engineering are teaming up with the N.C. Soaring Association to show how modern gliders, or sailplanes, can fly more than 100 miles without an engine.

As many as six such gliders will be on display from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at 890 Oval Drive on Centennial Campus. A seminar on soaring will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Those attending will be able to learn the basics of glider flying and how to earn a pilot’s license. There will also be discussions about how gliders can be used for activities ranging from racing to wave soaring.

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