Simple answer, WIDE OPEN SPACES!
Imagine learning to fly on a huge flat grassy field, with nothing to hit, no other traffic, and no obstacles upwind to spoil the smooth wind. In this ideal condition, you can always take off and land straight into the wind, and you don’t have to worry about hitting the runway edge lights if you get a little off track. Unfortunately those big wide open fields are very rare to fly from. Sod farms come close, if you know someone who owns one that will let you learn to fly from it. But the typical medium to large body of water does even better than our theoretical huge field. It has all those advantages, and the water doesn’t normally generate thermals!
Posted 16th January by Michael Percy