Author Archive for Frank Paynter

Dr. Frank (TA) Paynter has a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He retired from a successful 25-year civil-service career in 1993 and spent the next 15 years as a antenna researcher at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, retiring again in 2008 to become a full-time soaring bum. He is the author of the book “Cross Country Soaring with Condor”, co-authors (along with Scott Manley) the popular Condor Corner column for ‘Soaring’ magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Condor section at SoaringCafe.com. Along with Mark Hawkins, he is part owner of Hawke Tracking, the company that provides SPOT tracking services for contests and clubs. Before soaring came along, Frank was a national champion skydiver and still holds the record for the most number of consecutive dead-centers in skydiving competition. Frank started soaring in the mid-1990’s at Caesar’s Creek Soaring Club near Waynesville, Ohio and instantly fell in love with Cross-Country racing. Now he goes to as many contests as his wife of over 30 years will allow, and spends his winter months racing and instructing in Condor.

Book Excerpt: Hosting your own race in Condor

Here’s another excerpt from my upcoming book ‘Cross Country Soaring with Condor’.  This one deals with setting up Condor to host a race on your own PC.  Condor was designed from the ground up as an online multiplayer soaring simulator, so it’s not surprising that hosting an online race is pretty straightforward.  When Condor is…

Joining an Online Condor Race

This is the second of two posts responding to a Condor Corner reader’s question about downloading sceneries and joining an online Condor race.  The first post was an excerpt from my upcoming book ‘Cross Country Soaring with Condor’ dealing with sceneries, and this one is another excerpt dealing with joining online Condor races.  As always,…

Installing Sceneries in Condor

I got an email from a Condor Corner reader asking for some help in downloading and installing Condor Sceneries, and for help with joining an online race.  Instead of answering him directly, I thought I might post the information here so others can benefit.  This post is a small excerpt from my upcoming book ‘Cross…

Mentoring flight with Elston Colvert

Elston Colvert has a fairly new glider private pilot rating, and flies with the Sandhill Soaring Club in Michigan.  So far, Elston’s cross country efforts have been limited to local flying in club gliders (the club has a Grob G-102 and one other that I can’t recall), but has several multi-hour flights, and even has…