Condor2 – Creating a cross-country gliding task with wave lift

After an extensive and time-consuming upgrade of my flight sim system,  I decided that it was time to take the plunge and try some wave lift in Condor2.

I created a small (< 62 nautical miles) triangular task at Lesce Bled, Slovenia.  The first leg of my task crossed some parallel ridges, over which I intended to blow enough wind to hopefully generate some useful wave lift. I had in mind a notion to use either thermal lift or ridge lift to climb high enough to engage with the wave lift.  Then, using the wave lift,  I hoped to climb above final glide to complete the task. However, as I have repeatedly said, every cross-country gliding is an adventure and it remains to be seen if my plan works or not.

I captured my task design and configuration in the following YouTube video.  I plan to make another video of my attempt to fly this task in Condor.  The final production of that second video may take some weeks given the fact that I am currently rebuilding my editing system.  I have not decided yet whether the task flight video will be a full flight video or just edited highlights.

VIDEO (PART 1): Creating a cross-country task with wave lift in Condor2

Following are some key screenshots with comments of the task development.

TASK FLIGHT PLAN

Flight Plan

 

SURFACE WIND CONFIGURATION:

I set the surface wind direction and speed to create some ridge lift over the ridge lines at the north-western corner of my task triangle. I assume that this surface level wind setting also governs the wind direction for the upper-level winds, which should hopefully create some useful wave lift in conjunction with subsequent wave lift configuration settings.

Wind

 

CLOUD THERMAL CONFIGURATION:

I tried to create some typical summer thermal conditions to help me get started on this cross-country task.  I also set the “streeting” effect to moderate because my chosen surface-wind strength is 30 kph, which I believe should be conducive to thermal “streeting”.

Thermals

 

WAVE LIFT CONFIGURATION:

Here, I simply adjusted the upper-wind speed setting to generate what looked like reasonable wave lift in the wave-lift display window.  Then I adjusted the airmass moisture to create lenticular clouds for strong to medium lift bands.

Waves

 

HIGH CLOUD (CIRRUS) CONFIGURATION:

I set upper-level cloud coverage to zero to avoid any possibility of confusing these cirrus clouds with the lenticular clouds generated by the wave lift. I wanted to be able to use the lenticular clouds to help me locate potential areas of wave lift.

Cirrus clouds

 

GLIDER SELECTION:

For this task, I chose to use the add-on LS8neo glider model, which I had recently purchased. This is a 15 metre standard class glider with reasonable performance, which can carry water ballast but is not equipped with flaps.

Aircraft

 

GLIDER CONFIGURATION:

I chose to use a full load of water ballast to boost performance in the breezy conditions of this task.

Ballast

 

NOTAM SETTINGS:

The only thing I changed from defaults here was the start height. I increased it to approximately 3000 feet AGL to lessen the time spent scratching about for lift to get to a decent task start height.

NOTAMs

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