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Old Dec 28, 2012, 09:12 AM
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RealFlight Thermal Training


I purchased Real Flight version 6.5 to better my helicopter flying skills but have been impressed with the thermal flying. Since I like to teach/share my experiences I am working on a more realistic thermal experience in Real Flight.

As with any flight simulation there are some limitations but I've been working with making it more realistic.

Here are the files I've made/edited to make RealFlight as close to thermal hunting as possible.

"Thermal Park Red Merle" is for larger Gliders such as my Red Merle. There is a landing tape and thermals will work their way around the field.

"Thermal Park Third Vector" is for DLG practice. I suggest using the wonderful work by Fly_Electric who modeled Dr. Drela's SuperGee II.

I recommend watching the video: "Joe Wurts on Soaring" that shows us how to apply his "Third Vector" drawing. I've tried to replicate this in the RealFlight sim. There are links to both of these on the "Tips" page of my website

"Red Merle" is my eSupra I've scratch built and haven been flying for a few years.

There is also an electric version called "Red Merle ALES".

Here's a link to all of my offerings for RealFlight:

So grab the files, get your stopwatch working and go practice!

Lastly, there is a stopwatch that will countdown in RealFlight:
There IS a countdown timer in RealFlight!

I'm just about to hand launch my Red Merle ALES plane on a five minute task.

Thanks to someone at HeliFreak they showed me how to get a countdown timer.

Here's how you do it:
1) Press the key to the left of the Number 1 ("~" Do not hold shift down), this will open the console.
2) Type "setTimerMode down". This tells the timer you want it to count down instead of up.
3) Type "setTimerCountDownFrom 5:00". This tells the timer to count down from 5 minutes and 0 seconds when in countdown mode. You can change these values to whatever you like.

Have fun!

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