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Condor 4-Day Xmas Cup

Today (Monday Dec 30, 2013) is the last day of the 4-day 2013 Condor Xmas Cup, an online racing adventure in beautiful New Zealand.  This is the sixth year of this world-famous soaring contest, hosted by Erik Praznovsky of Slovakia (http://www.virtualsoaring.eu).  This year, 157 pilots from 27 different countries entered the event (Just as a comparison,…

Day 23 – Completing the SeeYou Culture Map

At the conclusion of Day 22, I had managed to fix some mapping problems, and demonstrated that I could correctly overlay a portion of my SeeYou culture map onto the corresponding Terragen tile.  At the conclusion of that post I wondered whether or not I might be able to construct a PhotoShop script to do…

Day 22 – Correcting map problems

In ‘Day 21’ I had managed to use a SeeYou capture of my CCSC area as a ‘culture’ overlay to the CCSC scenery, but I quickly found that there were a couple of very significant problems.  One problem was the presence of very large, ugly gray lines, which I later determined to be latitude/longitude lines…

Day 21 – Adding Rivers, Roads, and Towns

After getting some airports added to my Caesar Creek scenery (see Day 20), I decided to tackle my long-held dream of adding rivers, roads, and towns to my scenery.  After all, what’s the use of having a local scenery if there isn’t anything ‘local’ about it – like the huge Caesar Creek reservoir just east…

Day 20 – More Airports

After recovering from my disasters yesterday (thanks again Dave!), I am pressing on with improvements to the CCSC scenery.  Today’s object is to add more airports to the scenery, and make sure I can actually see them in Condor.  I added five additional airports, and ‘flattened’ the associated terrain, trimmed some forest areas that impinged…

Day 19 – Roadblocks, Triumphs and Disasters, oh my!

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned; it has been over a month since I have posted anything about my Condor Scenery Adventure.  Most of that month was spent either getting ready for our first RL contest of the year – the 2013 Seniors Championship at Seminole Gliderport in Florida USA or actually flying in…

Team Flying Conversation with John Cochrane (BB), John Mittell (BZ) and Frank Paynter (TA)

This post is from an email conversation between myself (TA), my teammate John Mittell (BZ) and John Cochrane (BB).  It started when I emailed BB a link to my analysis of the recently concluded 2013 Seniors contest at Seminole Lake Gliderport in Florida (http://soaringcafe.com/2013/03/team-flying-at-the-2013-seniors/), and BB responded with about  a million questions.  I have made…

Flying in the Seniors; Take Two

Last year in this space I wrote a series of articles about my experiences at the Senior’s competition.  Since it was my first ever contest, I thought it would be fun for me, and perhaps interesting to a few people who have never been here.  This year I want to try to compare my experiences…

Team flying at the 2013 Seniors

In my February 2013 Condor Corner article in SSA’s Soaring magazine, I talked about John Mittell (BZ)’s and my efforts to teach ourselves team-flying techniques using Condor, modeled after those described by Francois Pin (FP), Bill Elliot (WE) and information John had picked up at the team flying camp held at Chilhowee last year.  The…

2013 Senior Nationals, Day 5

I’m writing this final ‘Seniors’ post from home on Monday morning, after slogging the 1000 or so miles home Saturday and Yesterday.  Sure was nice to sleep in my own bed! Day 5 started out much warmer than all the rest – almost like I was in Florida!  Temps were mild in the morning, with…