Glider Performance

Low wing loading: 1-26

Advantages: Forgiving and safe flying qualities, low airspeeds allow high climb rates in thermals. Can land on a dime using a slip.

Disadvantages: Penetration against headwind is very poor leading to poor cross country capabilities

High wing loading: Grob 102

Advantages: Excellent penetration against head winds. Cross country flight more viable

Disadvantages: High kinetic energy requires longer landing distances