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Success, again, with Facebook

I have spent the better part of the weekend working on the site and connections with Facebook.  It would really be nice if you could login to the Cafe with your Facebook credentials and comment with them and so on.  Well, I have successfully made that all work.  But, I had to delete the Fan…

February Wrap-up, The Cafe is Going Strong

The Cafe, continues to have a steady stream of regular visitors, as well as many new visitors each day.  Rand and I regularly get very nice emails telling us how much people are enjoying the Cafe and find it to be their daily stop to catch up on what is going in soaring while enjoying…

ATMOS-SFEER: An ASH-25 Flying in the Alps

To continue with our best video series, Kees van Schaick sent us the Youtube link below of an award winning gliding video in The Netherlands. Like Kees, we … hope you like the external shots from the ASH 25 flying over the stunning Italian Alps and feel that this footage is worth [the mention] on [our] website…

2010 WGC – Szeged, Hungary Video

We discovered this video early this week on the AirSports site which provides a very nice overview of the WGC 2010 in Szeged, Hungary.  The video contains some nice footage of the town, the airfield, and many shots of the pilots and sailplanes.  There are short interviews with the top pilots and winners in each…

Chile Soaring Grand Prix Video

This post marks the beginning of a new category, Great Soaring Videos, for the Cafe that we hope will be enjoyable.  Sean Fidler posted a link to this one on RAS last week.  As he said, This is a great one.  It is shot in up to full screen 1080i so it is by far…

Soaring Cafe Latest and Greatest

Blogs are interesting websites to work on.  We are not quite sure how to characterize the Soaring Cafe — is it a blog, is it an “e-zine”?  The site is built on a blog engine, but that really doesn’t seem to make us a blog. Robin Clark particularly liked the Cafe aspect of our title…

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…

Long Range WX Forecasting: One Pilot’s Experience

In January 2011 I gave several talks on my approach to forecasting California thermal soaring weather. The goal is to anticipate the great soaring days at least five to ten days in advance to allow time to prepare both you the pilot and others in your life for THE DAY. I review three separate days…