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Waldo Pepper

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  1. In sims you'll usually find me driving the word not allowed cars or flying slow and low. I like to look at the scenery going by, while having enough tasks to keep me occupied. I'd like soaring in MSFS to be 100 realistic, but I'm happy with what they have so far. I can fly slow and low, not have to listen to an engine, and there is still the strategy of trying to figure out where your lift will be. I can see the things they got right, but I don't have the experience to spot the issues that would poke an experienced glider pilot in the eye. 😄 Oh well, I"m going to use it as an enjoyable enough pass time and a chance to learn about real weather behavior patterns.
  2. Links to freeware gilders, https://flightsim.to/file/30384/dg-flugzeugbau-dg-808s https://flightsim.to/file/15090/as-33-me https://flightsim.to/file/25518/discus-2c-glider
  3. That group seems to be an excellent group, and a great source of info for gliders. To me, gliding is very intense in the first place. I don't know why but I'm transfixed by the concept of going cross country at 150mph with no engine. With an advanced glider like the DG-808 you have flaps, spoilers, and water ballast. There is something engaging about constantly managing energy state with your configuration, while constantly wagering where the lift will be. The 808 has 3 notches of positive flaps, then it has a zero setting, and 3 notches of negative flaps. It can really haul, man. I mean, I always flew around in gliders by just wandering about wherever I wanted to go, but flying prescribed tasks is completely different. Waypoint 2 in Chile today is a perfect example. It was a big hollow surrounded by mountains, and reverses course roughly 160 degrees. Upwind was a pita because I made stupid decisions in that waypoint area. I actually started cursing myself. But it makes you learn, and that is fun. IF anyone wants to try it, here's SSC's pln and wpr. (I'm leaving it up on my google drive for a few days, then I'm deleting it because I didn't ask for direct permission. Just putting it here as a courtesy for avsim users who don't' discord and thus would never see it in the first place) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IYsrkyS0nFawcBaGxbxUa1lej7YKDl1R/view?usp=share_link
  4. ANRI over in the Sim Soaring Club Discord group recently posted a detailed analysis of vertical winds in SU11. A sizeable number of Avsim users refuse to use discord as a source of information, so I'm going to relay his post to you all. Here is an invite link to the SSC discord group, https://discord.gg/3yZzrGp4 Here is a link to ANRI's post, https://discord.com/channels/876123356385149009/1046456516066168902 Here is ANRI's presentation, presented in quotations. Finally, FYI, "CaptnJackBilbo" created a NAV Mod for the DG-808s, and Discus 2-C. It greatly extends the functionality and makes it much more useful for gliding tasks. https://flightsim.to/file/41698/dg808s-lxn-nav-replacement https://flightsim.to/file/41623/discus-2c-lxn-nav-replacement I'm using the latest version of the DG808s nav mod from Jack's Github instead of the currnet FS.to version, because it moves the DG808s to MSFS's new "Glider Category" and thus enables the wing walker / tow plane. https://github.com/JackBilbo/lxn-dg808s/releases/tag/v0.1.2.1 BTW, Flew along with SSC today across Chile. It was really relaxing, and there were approx. 25 gliders ranging from the DG808s, to the AS-33ME, to the Discus 2-C. SSC provides weather presets and flight plans for each flight. IF everyone hits the "Fly Now" button at the same time, everyone will have the same weather / clouds / winds.
  5. MSFS Addons Linker also displays the version number.
  6. While not directly related, you may find this interesting. Vertical Wind Analysis - SU11 https://discord.com/channels/876123356385149009/1046456516066168902
  7. In addons linker, run "ModelLib Changer", "MaterialLibs Changer", "Scan ICAO / Check for duplicates", "Check Addons", and right click to "delete all invalid links".
  8. Personally, I like my Goose to have retractable wingtip floats. I'll stick with rebuilt FSX version. https://flightsim.to/file/19718/grumman-goose-g21a-redux-ii
  9. /Still waiting on Alex from Beautiful Models of the World to resurface.
  10. Regarding exterior lights, I like this mod, https://flightsim.to/file/12071/new-light
  11. https://flightsim.to/file/44552/dhc2-beaver-c-gzbe-cottage-air Just thought this one was particularly nice.
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