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  1. This is the END..!!! This multi-Part Soaring-Setup .... was geared to the Soaring Beginner... (I am a Beginner also) The info in all 3-Parts ... was written account I could not find any info on the Subject.... This has only scratched the surface.. It is by no means the only way.... Things left to learn.... There is Real Weather in FS-9 & FSX.. There is a way to guide the Tow Plane....in FSX... There is the CAISET gauges in some of the Gliders... Which is a learning curve by itself.... Thanks for the Input ... Ed
  2. Hi to all Beginners & Readers of this Thread.... Going to give You ideas on how to setup for Ridge Soaring.... This is by no means the only way... I am a Beginner just like You... So if I make a mistake tell me... ---------------------------------------------------------- If you have read the last of Part-2 and watched Scott's Video ... Seems like a good place to try Ridge Soaring.... This is Oahu Island, Hawaii Dillingham Airport ( PHDH ) Here is a Link to 6 pictures of the setup... http://picasaweb.google.com/Mr.CaptED/FSX0602?feat=directlink Pic-001 Shows the Island and were Dillingham Airport is located.. Pic-002 I used the Tape Messure... and laided a line along the Ridge.. I am getting the general angle of the Ridge not the distance.... You see it is 133 degrees.... Notice the Elev. of the Ridge... 2239 feet. NOTE: I did mouse over the ridge and found that it is max elev. about 2600 ft. This and the angles will be Important as we set up the Winds in FSX Advanced Weather.... Pic-003 Now I added 90 degrees to the 133 degrees .... ended up with 223 degrees that the wind needs to blow from.... Notice also that the Ridge is 5 miles inland... Pic-004 Shows the Island Map inside FSX .... Pic-005 Show the Dillingham Airport and its general layout.... Pic-006 Shows setting up the Winds inside FSX advanced weather.... Look at the Red Pointer of where Wind is coming from... Also Notice I made the winds a little higher than the ridge.... =========================================================================== I am assuming you have saved out a Thermal Soaring setup.... I called mine "Soar_80F_Thermal" of which only has Temp. and Cloud setups... I load this file and then modify the Wind... ------------------------------------------------------------------- Now if all went well.. Lets go Ridge Soaring... I am using "Horten Ho IV" by David Rowberry... I did a Winch Launch at a reduced speed of 60 knots (To Slow) You will see that the wind did kick my sideways.... and I broke the Winch Line to low...(YES you can break it in WinchX) Ended up Slewing up to 3000 feet... When looking at the pictures do them in full screen and you will see the rise I was getting while soaring along the Ridge... I guess it would help if I put a link to the Pictures.... http://picasaweb.google.com/Mr.CaptED/OahuRidgeSoar?feat=directlink Click on the Slideshow it makes it better.... Later Ed
  3. Hi to All Beginners and Others.... Thank you Scott for your correction on the subject of FSX and Oahu, Hawaii.. (Refer Part-2 at the bottom.) I had looked in Google Earth.. and the addon KMZ for FSX ... and it did not show anything on the Island of Oahu... So I did goto FSX and put "Dillingham" in the airport search and there it was... So Thank You.... I did say I was a Beginner.... Now I do not understand how to Quote Scott inside a post so I just copyed/Pasted... ==== Message from Scott ========================================================== I always fly with real-world weather and really enjoy it. I almost always start up GoogleEarth before FSX to check out world weather conditions at a glance so as not to waste too much time going from airport to airport trying to find one with good flying conditions ================================================================================== OK Scott how about a Lesson.... Show all us beginners exactly the steps to do this.... I always enjoy learning something new.... Now I know you are using Real-World weather ... but as a beginner I am trying to set FSX for the best weather to Soar....(ie) giving us a better chance of Gliding... Now I did enjoy the Movies.... and also while not understanding the thing about you driving the Tow Plane while in the Glider... That could be a very good lesson.... Thanks Again.... Ed
  4. Hi to all Readers..... Thanks Scott for your input... Thanks "Awesome" for his input also.... Moving to the next Part .... account this thread is getting to long to email comments added... I have no idea why I just know it stops emailing you around 16-18 comments.... So here is the Link..... http://www.forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?showtopic=35468 Ed
  5. High to all that are following this thread.... Part 2 has gotten so long it no longer emailed about comments added..... So I am going to start "Part-3" Besure to click on Watch this Thread..... ED
  6. Hi to all that are Reading this.... We are using FSX and in the Advanced Weather settings.... Temp/Pressure setup....Because it effects CumulusX... ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Well if you followed the above you know I made a mistake.... It has to do with Barometric Pressure Settings.... Turns out that it needs to be 29.92 and not changed.. for each Layer.... and if I had read it correctly I would have notice it is for Ground level.... When set at 29.92 and you press "B" key for Baro. it auto sets Altimeter to AirPort Altitude... Also you probably noticed that at 6000 ft. Temp Layer it is 60 degrees F and dew Point is 55 degrees F. and up a 1000 ft... (ie) 7000 ft now temp and dew point are within one degree.... 56 and 55 ...... So Clouds will form.....in real life they will according to NOAA ============================================================================ Now click on the Clouds Tab.. and set one layer of Cumulus with a base at 5500 tops at 7500... Scattered 3/8... Besure to check your Wind Tab and make sure you got it at zero.... also make sure Visibility Tab settings are above the clouds and Unlimited if you want.... ============================================================================== http://picasaweb.google.com/Mr.CaptED/FSX_May?feat=directlink ============================================================================== The above link has 4 pictures..... Pic-1 Shows the Clouds with CumulusX turned off.. now in CumulusX click on File then Load... Now Pic-2 Pic-2 This is the Menu to pick from and I picked the Beginners one.. When you pick this all three tabs are turned on ... I unchecked Script Thermals & Ridge Lift Now at this time you will not see any difference cloud wise... the reason is UnBlue is not checked by default... So in the Help menu of CumulusX click on UnBlue for the next two Pictures to make some sense.... Pic-3 Shows Auto Thermals checked and nothing else..... Look at the clouds... Pic-4 Same angle except un-checked Auto Thermals .... If you can not see the difference then download both and compare side beside... By now you know the limits of the settings in CumulusX configuration .... or leave it at beginner.... Now go Soaring .... it will be a little harder to find and stay in the lift ... lift will be less also .... =========================================================================== Next is figuring out Wind settings for Ridge Soaring ..... Have Fun Later Ed
  7. Hi to all, and a Special Thanks to 'Awesome' for all his help.. This is mostly having to do with Thermals... Ridge lift setup in a few days... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am talking about the Advanced Weather Section of FSX where we set everthing.... I know you have been in and out of this alot as you tinker with it.... I removed all settings in the Clouds, Winds, Temps etc. Sections I am assuming you are capturing the Tables etc... and printing them.... You will need the tables.. as we enter Temp. Dew Point & Baro Pressure.... This is all a work in progress as you know I am a Beginner... You need one more table so here is the link download it and print it or make your own either way.... http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tTVXaXqzfQgFH8kErDdDPg?feat=directlink Right click and save image as ...and you can print it out..... ====================================================================== By Now you have figured out that CumulusX.. does depend on the weather settings in FSX ..... With the Graph printed out ..... You know that the temp cools by 4 degrees Fahrenheit per 1000 ft.... So on a 80 degree day on the surface (MSL) but at 10,000 ft. it is 40 degrees F. So for every 1000 feet of altitude a reduction of 4 degrees and 1 millibar less in Barometric pressure Look at the table of Temp and Baro Pressures it comes from NOAA ..... Now Dew Point Stays the same (ie) 65 degrees F in example... or what ever..... and Cumulus Clouds will form at about 4000 ft... Now less say you want Clouds at 6000 ft... leave your ground temp. at 80 degrees and decrease the Dew Point.. to about 55 degrees... Looking at the Graph will show exactly what I am in reference to .... So how do we know how high we want clouds in a area You have never Flown ... Your friend Google Earth... and you can get a reading on Altitude of things such as mountains, the Airfield... etc.... You do not want to fly inside a cloud and run into a mountain..... ==================================================================================== Now in the Temp/Pressure Layer Section... If all settings are removed..... Lets start adding layers per 1000 ft. (depending on how high you plan to Soar) will determine how many layers you need.... So lets figure on clouds at 6000 ft.. and it is Spring so 80 degrees F. is Great.... First Layer Altitude 1000 ft, Temp at 80 degrees F., Dew Point 55 degrees F. and Barometric pressure at MSL 29.92.... Add a layer Alt 2000 ft., 76* F. , Dew Point 55, Baro 28.86 add a layer alt 3000 ft. 72* F. , Dew Point 55 Baro 27.82 You got the idea by now.... NOTE: Watch as you go because if you mess up and add a layer and it has a higher temp... it is called a "Temp Inversion" << Lift Killer Inversion will be set in Cumulus X... Now after getting all your layers set in the Temp/Pressure... Lets go to "Clouds Section" and set the Clouds at 6000 Ft. and about 2000 ft thick and 3/8 coverage... basically helper clouds ... Now to the Wind Setting.... Remove all layers ... You remember from my first attempt I got Sucked into the Clouds and the wind was 20 knots... when I was thinking it was set at Zero .... On the issue of Visibility, I set my top to the top of the Clouds... and Unlimited Visibility... One other thing .... Once you got all setup like you want ... You need to SAVE it with the Glider... Call it something like "Soaring_80F" That way the next time you want to Soar then just load this... Change Location, Change Glider.... Watch your Time and Season.... ================================================================================================== Next few days I am going to tweak the "Cumulus X" settings for Thermal Soaring.... =================== IMPORTANT NOTICE =================== As a Beginner I could have missed something or mis-understood some of the info.... If you feel I am wrong ... Post it... Thanks Ed
  8. Hello to "Awesome" and all others that read this Thread..... Well my "Arky" was showing earlier... Had to look up 'OAHU' turned out to be in Hawaii... Went to check with FSX and they do not have any Airports on that Island... But they do on the next Island... I flew from Port Allen, Hawaii (PAK) Here are a couple images of the Islands.... You will be able to tell exactly what I am talking about.... http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Let3JaDkz6Be3XzsM4dmbg?feat=directlink http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/b66rt7yNAGLReMgXhWkWTg?feat=directlink -------------------------------------------------------------------- Found out real quick Ridge Soaring looks easy but it is not.... Here are a few pictures... Click on Slideshow and reduce time to 2 seconds... http://picasaweb.google.com/Mr.CaptED/Hawaii?feat=directlink I am flying a ASW28 full of Water... Glider can be found at UKVGA website... Notice the Moving color map ... Cool to say the least... ====================================================== sure have to re-do our Weather setups... Enjoy it Ed
  9. Thanks "Awesome" I did truly enjoy the Screen Shots.... The Condor Website should have used your pictures.... Awesome check your "Private Message" box... Will check later tonight... Later Ed
  10. Hi to all Readers... If you have read the last few post.... You know I was asked why FSX over Condor.... http://www.condorsoaring.com/ So I go Reading... The Default "Condor Soaring Sim" has a rather nice group of Gliders.. Look on the Website.. FSX has as big a selection of Gliders I might add.... Condor only has one area supplied with it "Slovenia" You can find some free add on Scenery and some to buy... FSX scenery is the world .... but to be fair, FSX has 4 Airports in Slovenia.... There is One Airport in FSX that is Close to the Alps... (LJLJ) Ljubljana Brnik, Slovenia... Look at these images of Slovenia.. http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pVJoamMCd7Zmad3lgnkQ_w?feat=directlink http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xYs0N-sShYd0j_W1pOpNeA?feat=directlink Now you did see the Airport "LJLJ" the Alps are about 10 miles at a heading of 25 degrees... Now you see hwy 82 (blue) the three mountain peeks are "Skuta"@7489ft. "Grintovec"@7983 ft. "Kocna"@7819ft.. (forgive me if I have misspelled and of them...) So what, your asking.... Beginners we are going Ridge Soaring There... It will take a few days to figure out some stuff for FSX .... and CumulusX ..... Later Ed
  11. Hi "AweSome", and all Readers... You question #10 >>> I'm just curious, why do you prefer FSX over condor? You have me asking myself why, I would think as a Beginner (including ME) would want to know about all Possible Sims... So with that thinking, I have Several Questions about FSX vs Condor Sims... (You are in a good position to answer) ------------------------------------------------------ Cost is to be Considered: FSX with Acceleration Pack ($39.95 USD) Condor with Plane Pack ($61.50 USD) FSX requires a rather good computer Setup.. Cost money Condor I have no idea about computer requirements... ========================================================== Do you have FSX Installed..?? I know you have 'Condor' installed.... on what kind of computer (CPU, Video Card, Memory) What kind of Frame Rates are you getting.. or does it display FPS..(Frames Per Second) Do Gliders and Scenery come with Condor ..?? or do you buy it all as you go..?? Is there any thing such as Free Scenery... Free Gliders.... for use in Condor.... Now I downloaded the Plane Pack Video... and it is flying towards some mountains.. What Mountains.?? I am guessing FSX has the same places... From what Airport is the basic condor flying from..?? I have not seen anything about Thermal Soaring in Condor (or is it only Ridge Soaring)... Is there any Training for Beginners in Condor..? I did goto the Condor Forum.. wondering about the IPAQ questions... (do you have to have a IPAQ connected to your Computer ?? If so what is it for??) Can you Set the Weather in Condor..?? can you setup for Real Weather in Condor..?? How many controllers will Condor use..?? Is there a limit...?? =============================================================================== Here is the reason for asking... Lets compare the flying Area's in FSX with the Condor.. One big advanage with FSX that comes to mind is I can fly in Arkansas .. Just as easily as in Germany... Will check in later (tonite) ============================================================================= Ed
  12. Hi "Awesome" & all other Readers of this Thread.... I am glad you enjoyed the Screen Grabs... You have no idea how hard it was for me to figure out how to upload and get a link to work.... hehehe I assume from your comments you were able to see them ....and that the slide show feature worked.... And Yes I am going to make other Screen Grabs... ============================================================================== Thanks for Noticing the FPS ... I do not have it tweaked in any way.... I have not added any Scenery .... I have pulled all JetLiners out of mine.... I have only added Gliders.... Scott (when he gets over his sickness) is going to help with the Tweaking..... ============================================================================== On your question about FSX vs Condor... I just went back to the website and Got to say it looks interesting.... I did look at some of the Videos ... It cost about $60 USD... Uses TrackIR I know alot of FS-9 Guys went to "Condor Soaring" after Microsoft produced FSX and Dumped on the Soaring Guys..... Later Ed
  13. Thanks for Replying Scott.... Sorry to hear about your health problems.... When you do get around to feeling like it .... How about a detailed list of your tweaks .... I would think all Beginners like me would appricate your input..... Besure to list the computer parts (ie) CPU, Harddrive, Memory, OS ..... And on your comments about FSX over FS-9 .... I see alot of info for both, so that was my reason for asking which Version most people liked.... Get Well Soon , We need You Now...hehehe Later Ed
  14. Hi to All Readers.... I have finally Posted some pictures of my flight with the settings form the above Posts.... http://picasaweb.google.com/Mr.CaptED/SoaringFor43Minutes?feat=directlink You can make this a Slide Show or single images... I tried to add comments to all the images... On the comments about the time it took to climb from 3300ft. to 9300ft. zoom in on the chronometer.. Now the Glider is a "Genesis-2" by David Rowberry..(FS-9/FSX) You can get it on http://www.avsim.com also do a search by Author and You will find a "Horton HoIVa" ...(Download it) Not for the extreme weather we have setup.. Later Ed
  15. Here is the Answer to Dew Point..... Dew Point You really don't need to care about dew, unless you're sleeping under your airplane's wing. But when you're planning a flight you should care about the dew point—the temperature to which the air must be cooled to reach saturation. The air around us contains invisible moisture known as water vapor. The difference between a location's temperature and its dew point indicates how well the air can currently hold moisture. Because cool air has a harder time holding moisture than warm air, pilots use this information to determine how likely it is that fog, clouds, or precipitation will form. The temperature/dew point spread is usually given in terms of a percentage of relative humidity. For example, if the temperature is 72 F (22 C) and the dew point is 52 F (11 C), the relative humidity is 49 percent. Using this example, the air is 49 percent saturated with moisture. When the air is cooled to a point where it reaches 100 percent saturation, the water vapor condenses, forming clouds. If the temperature falls further, water drops form and fall to the ground as rain or, if it's cold enough, ice or snow. The presence of clouds does not guarantee precipitation, but the presence of precipitation guarantees there are clouds in the area. In Flight Simulator, the Automated Terminal Information Service (ATIS) reports the current temperature and the dew point. The closer the dew point is to the current temperature, the more likely you're going to encounter clouds. If you're flying into an area where the temperature is 80 F (29 C) and the dew point is 65 F (18 C), you don't need to worry about a thick layer of clouds blanketing the area. If the temperature is 65 F and the dew point is 60 F (15 C), watch for clouds. You can set the temperature and dew point for any temperature layer in Flight Simulator. In practical terms, this means you can create conditions where it is more or less likely that clouds will form (although Precipitation is a separate setting within User-defined weather). Be aware that setting a low cloud layer in Flight Simulator weather will not constitute a layer of fog. To create fog-like conditions, modify the Visibility settings using the User-defined weather option. ==================================== Got to go... Real storm coming, got to shut down PC... Ed EDIT: Sorry I forgot to tell where this 'Info' came from... "FSX Learning Center"..<< Inside FSX when it is running..
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