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Soaring at Pic de Bure

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When I started working on the LFNA scenery for Outerra, I already knew that the area was really popular among glider pilots. Recently, Balleka published a video of a flight near the Pic de Bure (most of his mountains videos are from this location). I had never tested the nice Ask-13 from Levi and Bomber in this area, so I set up a quick flight around this mountain.

As the tag says, engine is Outerra.

 

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Clear sky at start, but things will change

 

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West view. Pic de Bure is visible on the right side of the picture.

 

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For some reason, anti-aliasing was off :(

 

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Closer. The radio telescopes models are here for a reason, the Pic de Bure is also the home of the IRAM.

 

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I'm not far away from the cliff, as you can see with the glider shadow.

 

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North of the Pic de Bure, I'm following the ridge.

 

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Outerra is great for low level flight, a ton of details to catch as you flight above the terrain.

 

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East view, the city of Gap is visible in the valley.

 

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Still heading north, to the ridges at the north of Devoluy.

 

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A great view of the Massif des Écrins

 

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I should extend the scenery to this area...

 

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The area is not really safe...

 

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Heading back to the airport, I have a better view of Gap

 

Since there is no real wind model in Outerra yet, flying a glider is mostly a controlled fall experience. To achieve long flights, I simulate some basic thermals effects by increasing my altitude or my speed with the flight parameter menu. Simon "Bomber", our FDM model specialist, said that there is actually some wind parameters in JBSIM. I will take a look to see if it's possible to add some random  (or user controlled) effects in the aircraft script.

No matter what is your simulator, I think you should take a look at this area. Great landscape, really looking forward to see the 30m dataset in Outerra, it will make this kind of experience even better.

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I know the location....there is a radio wave observatory on the summit....small airport south in Gap/Tillard, France.

 

HLJAMES

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I know the location....there is a radio wave observatory on the summit....small airport south in Gap/Tillard, France.

 

HLJAMES

Yep, that's here :)

 

If you open picture #4 and #5 in full screen, you'll see the observatory.

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Unbelievable comes to mind.  How in the world is this not overtaking P3D, FSX and X-Plane?  The realism is nothing I have seen before in a sim.  Can this be downloaded for free or do you have to pay?  Wow, just WOW!

 

-Jim

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Thanks guys!

 

 

Unbelievable comes to mind.  How in the world is this not overtaking P3D, FSX and X-Plane?  The realism is nothing I have seen before in a sim.  Can this be downloaded for free or do you have to pay?  Wow, just WOW!

 

-Jim

Hi, Jim,

 

You can test en base version of the engine for free, but some functionalities (planes/scenery tools) are for the full version (15$). It's not a full sim yet, but it has potential in many fields.

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Thanks guys!

 

 

Hi, Jim,

 

You can test en base version of the engine for free, but some functionalities (planes/scenery tools) are for the full version (15$). It's not a full sim yet, but it has potential in many fields.

Well that's more than reasonable and appreciated.  I do hope this continues to evolve as it does show some great potential.  I spent an hour or so checking out the various videos on Youtube of people using it and it's just breathtaking.

 

-Jim

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