I AM BACK

My new avatar portraitI am back after a six-month absence due to major surgery and ongoing health issues. I am still unwell but determined to continue for as long as I can with my virtual gliding and flight sim hobby in general.

For me right now, flight simulator is a distraction from my ongoing health related ordeals that fate has unexpectedly dealt me.  Flight simulation provides me with an effective, albeit temporary, escape from the real world. I notice this therapeutic effect most when I am involved in any activity that requires intense concentration. So any enjoyable hobby like this seems to be good therapy. Nevertheless, I still find time to be with family and friends or just sit outside in the sun and smell the flowers every now and then,  It is amazing how much more intense and appreciated the best things in life are when you are faced with imminent demise.

Moreover, I intend to publish some more blogs and YouTube videos because these activities are enjoyable and also help to keep my mind off my current condition.

6 thoughts on “I AM BACK

  1. Adrian

    Hello from South Africa. I’ve recently got into FSX soaring. Manny years ago I got to do a few hours on a K7 and Twin Astir at the Worcester Gliding Club, but never soloed. I see from your YouTube video’s that you have some very cool panels for your gliders. Where did you get those? Did you design them, or buy them?

    Hope you health improves soon.

    God bless,
    Adrian.

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    1. James Allen Post author

      I only use the VC panels that come with the glider models that I fly. The glider models from Wolfgang Piper’s website are all free but models from Aerosoft (Discus X, Discus K, ASK21 and Dimona) are payware. The Aerosoft glider models have very realistic instrument panels typical of many real-world gliders but they are not suitable for flying in clouds. Some of Wolfgang Piper’s glider models do include sufficient instrumentation for flying in clouds.

      BTW: We have used Worcester airfield for some of our UK Virtual Gliding Association online multi=player events in the past and probably will again sometime in the future.

      Cheers,
      -James

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  2. Chris

    Hi James
    Im a UK BGA Silver C pilot with Gold distance, now living in Tassie. I loved your Murwillumbah ridge soaring in company video so just applied to join the UKVGA. I already have FSX/CumulusX/WinchX and DG808 and Discus. Be great if you can email me so we can swap contact details. Would love to do some soaring in company and race tasks.

    Cheers
    Chris

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    1. James Allen Post author

      Hi Chris,
      We run Oceania time zone multiplayer events for UKVGA members on most Sundays at 16:00 Australian Eastern Standard Time (06:00 UTC). I will contact you via email with more details.
      Cheers,
      -James

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  3. Chris

    Hi James
    OK great, I did apply to join UKVGA a week ago but havent heard back yet. Perhaps you can also email intro me to someone who can set me up there?
    Cheers
    Chris

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    1. James Allen Post author

      OK Chris. You are definitely listed as a new member in the UKVGA forum. I cannot remember how the approval system works – it was too many years ago when I joined. I do know that membership approval is usually done within a day or two. I will let our membership manager know that you didn’t receive membership approval acknowledgement.

      Cheers,
      -James

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