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by Olympia
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Condor 2.0? honesty please
Replies: 465
Views: 88186

Re: Condor 2.0? honesty please

I'm an engineer. When training young engineers my first words were "always remember, perfect is the enemy of good enough"
by Olympia
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Condor 2.0? honesty please
Replies: 465
Views: 88186

Re: Condor 2.0? honesty please

@ sebbil,

You complain about having to wait a month?!! The rest of us have waited ten years for Condor 2. get a grip!!
by Olympia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Giving up gliding training after solo
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Giving up gliding training after solo

The performance of some instructors I knew was sometimes well below what I would have expected in terms of their ability to pass on the information in a readily digestible fashion. In the UK in my time instruction was standardised by making us all attend a course with the National Coach. This certai...
by Olympia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Giving up gliding training after solo
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Giving up gliding training after solo

pstrzel Well I've never thought I was a member of an elite group because I was a pilot, but thinking about it, you are right. I wonder what percentage of the population we amateur pilots are? I must admit that most folk I meet at dinner parties are mightily astonished when they find out I used to fl...
by Olympia
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Giving up gliding training after solo
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Giving up gliding training after solo

In all my years instructing I never encountered anything like this. In my own case I had worries post solo about the integrity of the aircraft - I was flying stick and string gliders like the Slingsby Tutor which creaked and groaned quite alarmingly on a winch launch. Once I moved on to more modern ...
by Olympia
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Condor 2.0? honesty please
Replies: 465
Views: 88186

Re: Condor 2.0? honesty please

Lately I've been visiting the forum more than I've been flying Condor. I forgot why. My interest has waned over the past year to a point that I'm not sure I'll even be buying V2. Just a couple of years ago I thought I'd be willing to pay upwards of $150 for it. I went from learning and building sce...
by Olympia
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ridge and Slope Soaring
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Ridge and Slope Soaring

I was interested in Alps scenery so it isn't such an issue. Is there no slope lift at all then, in somewhere like the UK? Yes I am afraid that is the case. As I now only fly in UK scenery I have only a few comments to make about other sceneries. There are some ridges in the French sceneries which a...
by Olympia
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ridge and Slope Soaring
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Ridge and Slope Soaring

While ridge soaring is possible in Condor, it has to be said that it works only in sceneries with very high and steep slopes. In quite a few sceneries, the UK for instance, slope soaring is not possible in the current version of Condor. The video (where was it taken?) is not typical of what most sce...
by Olympia
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New To Flight - Can I train?
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: New To Flight - Can I train?

You will find a very complete exposition of this topic if you look down the thread list to June 5th qv. The short answer is YES, but with reservations.
by Olympia
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

Re: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?

I'm from Canada and the badges you described do sound familiar. Olympia, Silver C is now just one straight leg. BGA snippet 'A flight from point of release to any logged point more than 50km from the point of release and which meets the 1% rule. Once the point is logged, the pilot can fly anywhere ...
by Olympia
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

Re: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?

You'll find that your fear will get less as you fly. Simply put, you aren't going to fall out of the glider and the glider is not going to fall out of the sky. I'm afraid of heights but never in an aircraft. I'm scared ten feet up on a ladder - but at 10,000ft in a glider I feel quite safe. It's be...
by Olympia
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

Re: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?

The badges still confuse me a great deal. I'll have to do more research to see all the badges and thier requirements. My one instructor got his Silver this year, everyone seemed very excited for him Not knowing where you are located I can only suggest you look at the British Gliding Association web...
by Olympia
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

Re: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?

@ Der Scuple Thanks a lot for taking the time writing that post! Your insight definitely makes me feel better regarding my progress. Currently I find the whole expereince very overwhelming - especially take offs and landings. I see the instructor demonstrating such skill and accuracy while flying to...
by Olympia
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

Re: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?

@Paul UK, Your input is valuable here because you have had a mix of RL and simulator while learning. There were no computers never mind high quality simulators in my time (1963). You seem to be tackling the development stages very well - Silver height and nearly duration! - it took me quite a while ...
by Olympia
Wed May 31, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?
Replies: 25
Views: 2153

Re: Would you guys recommend Condor as a learning tool to a pilot in training?

Thanks for all the insight. As an instructor - what kind of road map do students typically have? The members at my club, as well as the instructors told me on average, most students are able to solo after 20-40 flights. Well any club organised to take people from scratch (ab-initio is the usual ter...

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