Gliders fly in an aerial towing event in northern Alabama this weekend

HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – The North Alabama Radio Control Association (NARCA) takes flight for the 13th annual Aerotow event at Harvest October 7-9.

The group flies gliders. These are gliders attached by a long rope to a tow plane. The tow plane takes off, pulls the glider into the sky, the rope detaches, and the glider glides on air currents or thermals. The glider can continue to fly for minutes, sometimes even hours.

“It’s actually a really fun thing to do, chasing thermals, and you know, you get up there,” contest director Tim Batt said. “You need really good eyesight to see these planes because you’re looking for small movements as you bump into the air.”

Glider pilots flying at this event are permitted to take their planes to a maximum altitude of 2000 feet.

“Once you start something like this and catch your first thermal, that plane just keeps going up and up with no engine, watch out, it just keeps going up, and it’s up to you where you want to exit “Bat said.

NARCA pilots will fly gliders at their Harvest airfield Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The airfield is located near the intersection of Harvest Road and Carroll Road. The event is free, open to spectators, family friendly and includes concessions.


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