Condor Version 1.1.5 – Orientation

At long last, my Condor Version 1.1.5 Orientation document is now available for review/download.


This document does not represent all there is to know about Condor.  Instead it comprises most of what I have learned about the software over 10 years of leveraging its features and capabilities to improve glider flight training.


As Murphy would have predicted, the long-awaited release of Condor Version 2.X is rumored to be imminent.  I may need to start all over again.  I can only hope not.





Wingtip-based Turning – Tutorial

Published in association with the Condor Version 1.1.5 Orientation is set of resources composing a tutorial entitled Wingtip-based Turning.


The purpose of this tutorial is to help you learn to maintain level flight, and control the bank angle (rate of turn) of the glider, using the relative position of the glider’s wing tip to the horizon.


This skill has several applications in Condor, both of which can also be applied to aircraft-based flight.

  • It develops/reinforces the practice of clearing the airspace ahead of your turns.
  • It allows you to maneuver the glider while maintaining situational awareness, i.e., your spatial relationship to your surroundings. Because of Condor’s limited field of view, this skill is particularly useful when flying the traffic pattern, and while making turns to a heading.