WIMMERA residents are flying up, up and away with a gliding simulator at Horsham Plaza.
The life-like simulator, on loan from the Victorian Soaring Association, has come from a 10-day stint at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Horsham Flying Club is using the simulator to promote gliding and attract new members.
Club president Arnold Niewand said gliding was a tranquil sport.
"You can hear the sound of the rushing wind and that is the only sound you will hear," he said.
"It is a great relaxation experience to be up in a glider floating around the countryside.
"You can fly as free as a bird most people who enjoy flying have a passion for that freedom in the air."
Mr Niewand said despite perceptions, gliding was a safe sport.
"Even though gliders don't have an engine, they are designed to use the conditions, and they do that very well," he said.
"Horsham has some of the best flying conditions in Australia and in some ways we under-utilise that.
"There is also a perception that flying is an expensive sport but gliding is probably the cheapest way to do it."
Dooen woman Betty Heinrich tried her hand at gliding in the simulator yesterday.
"I have always wanted to go in a glider; there are no two ways about it," she said.
Mr Niewand said people could visit the club at Horsham Aerodrome on weekends or call 0429 857 275 for more information.
The flight simulator will be at Horsham Plaza between 10am and 3pm today and 9am and 1pm tomorrow.