As I have mentioned elsewhere in my blog site, I am interested in a lot more than just virtual gliding when it comes to flight simulation. In recent years the graphics, sound and the credibility of systems and flight modelling of aircraft models for FSX and P3D have improved beyond anything that I ever anticipated. I never cease to be amazed at the success the add-on developers are achieving in breathing new life into FSX.
Three outstanding examples in the GA light aircraft class in my FSX hanger are the A2A Simulations models: the Cessna C172 Trainer, the Piper PA20-180 Cherokee and the Cessna C182T Skylane. The pre-flight or walk-around feature included in all three of these models adds significantly to the perceived realism and immersive experience and I use this unique feature on every flight.
Unfortunately, the pre-flight inspection feature of these three models does not play well with the popular EZDOC camera add-on. Ever since the C172 was released there has been discussion in the A2A and other forums and several “fixes” have been suggested but all seem to involve compromises.
I was looking forward to my next virtual soaring flight to be recorded on YouTube after a month’s vacation in Tasmania. Tasmania is a great destination and it was a very enjoyable trip overall but being away from my flight simulation hobby for that long was difficult for me.
(As usual, there is a link to the YouTube videos of this flight in two parts at the end of this post)
I wanted to use the Orbx Compton-Abbas (EGHA) scenery for this flight but this is not really a gliding field, so a motor-glider that was more of a cross-over between a single engine sports plane and a glider than it is a glider seemed to be an appropriate choice. The Aerosoft H36 Dimona fits this requirement nicely.
Glaser-Dirks DG-600-17 for FSX by Wolfgang Piper
Without the incredible collection of vintage, classic and contemporary gliders provided by Wolfgang Piper and his helpers, virtual soaring enthusiasts like myself would be faced with a dearth of glider models to choose from. These models are freeware but many of them match the quality of payware models and they just keep getting better with recent new releases. So if you have the slightest interest in virtual gliding, take a look at the incredible range of models available at: Wolfgang’s website
Rolladen-Schneider LS8-18 for FSX by Wolfgang Piper
A few of my favourite models from Wolfgang’s collection are:
|Schleicher ASW 27 B
||Very competitive for racing events
||No flaps – good for beginners but still a very competitive 18m class racer
|Schleicher ASH 25
||Extremely challenging but very convincing flight model. Outstanding L/D ratio for those extra big blue holes between thermals.
|Schleicher ASW 20 CL-J
||A jet powered motor glider – very versatile
|Schleicher ASK 21
||Nice 2 seater training model – no retractable gear to worry about
||See my YouTube test flight below
|Schleicher ASG 29
||Nice 18m class racing glider
YouTube Test Flight – DG-600-17
Recently I made a video of my test flight of the Glaser-Dirks DG-600-17. It is a short flight from McBride (CAV4) to Valemount (CAH4) in British Columbia Canada using the outstanding Orbx FTX Northern Rocky Mountains scenery. It was mostly ridge running with a little bit thermal soaring and a relaxing long final glide, giving me time to appreciate the scenery. It does not get any better than this unless you are fortunate enough to go soaring in the real world.