This is a nice short piece about being a glider pilot and his first off-airport landing. There's a lot powered pilots can learn from gliders, but making peace with off-airport landings may be one of the best. Modern light airplanes are highly survivable in a crash--if they're flown all the way to the ground. If you stall and spin from 100 feet, the seatbelt airbag and collapsing honeycomb seats aren't going to help you. If you fly it all the way to the ground and touch down at stall speed, you can survive a landing almost anywhere.