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If you’ve ever wished to float thousands of feet in the air with nothing on your back but a pair of wings, you don’t have to be a bird — try hang gliding instead.”Florida is really a mecca for a lot of pilots,” said David Lopez, a Fort Lauderdale resident who recently competed in the Quest Air Open National Championships, held in Groveland.The steady warm, humid climate creates a perfect swirl of conditions for hang gliding, Lopez said. Because gliders are flying on a 50-pound piece of equipment that contains no engine, they depend on whirlpool-like eddies called thermals to lift them up.

Source: South Florida is the perfect place for flying for many hang gliding pilots. – Sun Sentinel
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