FAQ

What is HHSC Flight Night?

Condor server address: 69.204.218.184

Teamspeak server address: 69.204.218.184

The HHSC Condor league, started in the Winter of 2012, is a league to allow HHSC members to fly with each other even during the off-season using the CONDOR simulation software.

 

In 2017, TBD.  Tasks last approximately 90 minutes.

Online.  You fly from your home by installing the Condor software and joining the hosted server.

Condor Flight Night is for HHSC members.  If you are desperate to fly with us, see the detailed instructions below.

We don’t get as much opportunity to meet with each other in the Winter months.  This is a way for us to ‘fly’ together while learning some of the skills to fly cross country.

No!  Any skill level is welcome from rank amateur to skilled cross country pilot.  The real point is to connect with each other and fly together.

A copy of Condor, a PC able to run it (you can use a Mac if you use bootcamp), and if you have a microphone and speakers, the Teamspeak client.  (Teamspeak also has an app for iOS and Android devices, so you can use your smartphone or tablet if you wish)

-Purchase Condor (no stick or pedals) online for around $40 here: http://www.condorsoaring.com/order.htm

-*Or* purchase a Condor Standard kit with joystick and rudder pedals for $232 here: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/condor.htm

-Optional: headset/microphone to allow you to talk/listen to everyone flying the task (see Teamspeak, below).

-You’ll also need reasonably stable internet connection from your home.  It does not have to be particularly high-speed.  Cable/DSL has worked fine for us in the past.

  1. If you’ve installed Condor in Windows 7 or 8 or 10 in the Programs folder, you should MOVE it to another folder.  Just locate the Condor folder and drag it to any other location.  (Why? Because these versions of Windows use a virtual store that wrecks the links to your sceneries when you try to install them.  Moving the program out of the Programs folder will fix this)
  2. Check to make sure you have Condor version 1.1.5.  If you’ve just purchased Condor, go here: http://www.condorsoaring.com/downloads.htm and download Patch 12 and run it.  Then download Patch 14 and run it, then download Patch 15 and run it.
  3. Download the Harris Hill SD scenery part 1 and part 2 here:  http://gliderracing.com/pub/sceneries.aspx.  You do NOT need the Harris Hill HD scenery.  Follow the Download instructions here: http://harrishillsoaring.org/condor/ to unzip the scenery.  This document goes into a lot more detail on the process: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/condor/CondorCorner-2011-05.pdf
  4. If you have a headset and microphone (or even speakers and microphone), install the Teamspeak 3 client on your PC.  Follow the instructions for Teamspeak installation here: http://harrishillsoaring.org/condor/

Learning to use Condor if you are a newbie:

  1. If you don’t know the keyboard commands for Condor, go here: http://www.harrishillsoaring.org/Condor/CondorKeyboard.pdf and print them out.
  2. This article tells you how to set up Condor: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/condor/CondorCorner-2011-08.pdf
  3. You need the PDA to help you navigate your task.  Go here for an overview of how it works: http://www.condorxcsoaring.com/condor-pda-screens/
  4. Learn much, much more about Condor here: http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/condor.htm#Documents  I recommend reading the Tips and Tricks columns and the XC preparation columns.

We currently have two sceneries (Harris Hill and Mifflin), each in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD).  They are both available from Glider Racing.com

Download Instructions:

  1. Scenery files are large and will take time to download.  Because large files will sometimes error if your internet connection is unstable, they are split sceneries into 1 gigabyte or smaller chunks to make downloading more reliable.
  2. Even with compression, the files are LARGE (an HD version is about 4 gigabytes) and requires a stable and reasonably fast internet connection to download.
  3. Download all files to the same folder.
  4. Files are encoded using the free 7zip program for maximum compression.  (Get 7zip here).
  5. Use 7zip to assemble the pieces and unzip the scenery (an HD scenery will expand to about 7gb in size).
  6. Drag the unzipped scenery folder “Harris_Hill_HD” and all of its contents into the Condor landscape directory.  This is usually located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Condor\Landscapes.  You should see the default scenery folder “Slovenia” there.
  7. Windows 8 and 10 users:  You may be denied permission to move the scenery folder into this directory or it will ‘disappear’ once you move it.  Windows protects the program folder from changes but Condor uses that folder to store its landscapes (sceneries).  One strongly recommended option is to install Condor in a different folder.

       A Harris Hill High Definition Scenery (5.3 gigabytes) that is experimental is hosted on this server.  It features twice the SD resolution (8192px) with realistic buildings/NSM/trees around HHSC.  Download it from the links below.

Harris Hill HD – File 1

Harris Hill HD – File 2

Harris Hill HD – File 3

Harris Hill HD – File 4

Harris Hill HD – File 5

Harris Hill HD – File 6

First, go here.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and download the scenery.  If it is a .exe file it will usually extract itself into the proper folder when you run it.  If it is a .zip or .7z file you will need Winzip or 7z (both free) to decompress the scenery.  When it is extracted, move it into the Condor/landscapes folder on your PC.  You should now be able to run Condor and see it in the task tab of either the free flight or multiplayer windows.

Yes.  Go here: http://www.condorxcsoaring.com/condor-pda-screens/ for a good guide of how the pda works and what is on the screens.

DON’T be discouraged!  Try reading some of Kai Gertsen’s outstanding -and brief, essays on cross country. Go to the HHSC member page here and read this document.  The area is password protected, if you need to know the password, ask someone at HHSC.  Also, take a look at tips for task flying from CFI Sean Murphy in our member’s section.  You’ll need the username and password for the site.  If you don’t know it, ask someone at HHSC.

  1. Be sure your Condor software is upgraded to version 1.1.5!  Go here if you need to upgrade.

  2. If this is your first time using Condor, be sure you’ve printed out the keyboard commands and calibrate your joystick.  Map your joystick buttons appropriately BEFORE you start flying.  There is no pause button and quitting the session after the join time (typically about 10 minutes) means you can’t fly with the group. Don’t forget to turn off your screensaver!

  3. Launch Condor and select “Multiplayer”.  Type 69.204.218.184 into the Host window.  Type “1710ft” into the password window.  Click join.

  4. We try to make the server available by 6:45pm eastern time and the flying begins by 7:10pm.  If you cannot join, try again in a minute or so.

  1. Teamspeak is a free software program that allows you to talk and hear other players.  If your computer has a microphone and speaker, you can converse with us.  If you have just a speaker, you can still listen in.  Don’t have either?  There are apps for iOS or Android device available that allow you to use your smartphone, tablet or iPod touch.

2.  Go here to download the Teamspeak 3 client software and install it according to the instructions.

3.  Launch Teamspeak and choose Connections->Connect

4.  Enter 69.204.218.184 into the server address window, enter a nickname and click connect.  You should be connected to the server.