gliding range

gliding distance

The maximum horizontal distance that can be reached from a given height in a normal glide. Also called a gliding range. The maximum gliding distance can be achieved only by flying at the best gliding speed and in tailwind conditions.
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First, they cannot soar when vertical airspeeds within thermals fail to reach a critical threshold value, and second, they cannot glide efficiently when inter-thermal distances exceed their maximum gliding range (Kerlinger 1989).