Did you miss the online flying?  Want to re-fly the same task again for practice?

To fly the task, Right-click on ‘download flight plan,’ and save to the flight plans folder of your Condor installation (Usually under C:\Program Files\Condor\flight plans) then launch Condor, select single player and load the flight plan.

You can fly with a ghost flight, if one is listed for that week.  This will give you a companion glider from the task that you can follow or race against.  To fly with a ghost flight, right-click and download the ghost flight file to C:\Program Files\Condor\flight tracks.  Then, start Condor, go to Free flight, load the flight plan from that session and select the Notam tab.  Look in the Ghosts section to select the ghost flight.  If it does not appear, turn off all of the filters and it should appear.  Check the box next to the ghost flight and start your flight.  The other glider should appear and fly the task as it did on Flight Night.


2017 Flight Night Sessions

Scenery       Flight Plan                           Ghost Flight

HHSC_SD     FN2017_Task_1.fpl

A quick out and back to Cowanesque reservoir used for our tech preparations in week 1 of Flight Night.  The weather should be good and the thermals should be strong with no winds to throw you off.  Head straight out to Cowanesque, then return to Millerton and then Harris Hill.

Scenery       Flight Plan                Ghost Flight

HHSC_SD      FN2017_Task_2.fplFN2017_Task2_Track1.ftr

Main strategies for getting around this task are to remember that the start cylinder is 5,900 feet, before start, fly around and sample thermals, then dip through the top and head out on course at about 65kts.  I later found thermals were plentiful enough to probably fly 70kts, too.  Try to pick a cloud UPWIND of the course line when you have to thermal so you don’t get sent downwind too far.  I managed to make Blue Swan and turn to find a good thermal that allowed me to circle while being blown in the right direction.  Use 1,000 feet per 5 miles and consider the working band to be 4,500 feet and higher.  Slow to 65 or 60 if lower than that and pick out the NEXT clouds you’ll be headed for as you climb in a thermal.  Don’t relax in the thermal.  Relax on straight cruise between thermals.

Scenery       Flight Plan                Ghost Flight

HHSC_SD     FN2017_Task_3.fplFN2017_Task3_Track1.ftr

Strategy for getting around this task: start cylinder is 5,200ft, wind is light from the west and not all clouds will work, so deciding when to stop and when to press on is key.

Start above the cylinder, dive down through it belowe 5,200, then pull up and head out on course to the north.  If you can avoid it, don’t stop for a thermal until AFTER turning TP1 at Watkins Glen.  The allows you to thermal while being blown easterly down the course line towards TP2.  If you fly around 65kts, you’ll arrive at Watkins around 3,000 feet.  Low, but with enough altitude to fly over to a cloud for lift.  Slow down as you get below 4,500 to 60kts if you are getting nervous.  You’ll have to settle for pretty much any cloud with lift under it and if it is relatively weak, get just enough altitude (say 4,500ft) to allow you to go after a cloud that is stronger.  If you find a strong thermal (4kts or better) take it to cloudbase on this leg, taking advantage of being blown down course line.

Scenery         Flight Plan             Ghost Flight

HHSC_SD       FN2017_Task4.fplFN2017_Task4_Track1.ftr

A straight out flight from HHSC to Dansville (approx. 60nm) that is commonly used to complete the distance requirement for a Silver-C badge.

Winds are from the North and light, start cylinder is 5,200 feet max.  After start, plan on finding a cloud along course line to climb higher.  Many clouds do not work, those that do can be weak.  A ‘good’ thermal will be 3.5kts or better.  Use 70kts when in the working band above 4,500ft, slow to 65 or even 60kts when lower.  Cloud bases are around 6,000 or higher.  If you can get a good climb to cloud base out beyond Bath, check screen 3 and you will probably have enough altitude for a 25nm or so glide with a DDH of 800ft for safety.

Scenery        Flight Plan              Ghost Flight

HHSC_SD     FN2017_Task5.fplFN2017_Task5_Track1.ftr

A west wind provides a headwind for outbound and tailwind home.  As you approach TP1, Mansfield, make sure you have enough altitude before departing to make it over the ridge between you and TP2 at Baker.  If you can find a strong thermal after turning TP2, you should be able to ride to 6,200 or so and glide the 25 miles home with a reasonable safety altitude to get back to HHSC.

Scenery             Flight Plan              Ghost Flight

Slovenia            FN2017_Task6.fpl       Track1.ftr

(default)

This task uses the Slovenia scenery, which is installed by default in all Condor instances.  Yee haw!  A strong southwesterly wind makes legs 1 and 2 of this task great ridge lift first from the ridge to the NE and later on parts of the ridge to the SW.  The secret is to climb as efficiently as possible from the start cylinder up to turnpoint 2, arriving at or above 8,800 feet to make the turnpoint, then clear the mountains south on the way to turnpoint 3.  Once the mountain ridge is cleared, it’s a full speed downhill glide all the way home.

Scenery  Flight Plan             Ghost Flight

Slovenia   FN2017_Task_7.fpl  Track1.ftr

This task places all turnpoints high up on mountain tops.  You’ll have to cross a ridge both going out and coming back home.  The light SE wind allows weak ridge lift in some situations.  Starting cylinder is 5200ft max and finish height is about 600ft.

Strategy for the flight is to start, then find a thermal and climb high enough to cross the ridge and hit turnpoint 1, then glide across a wide valley to the mountain with turnpoint 2 atop it.  If you are able, find a cloud and climb high enough before you get there.  If not, hug the mountainside using ridge lift and work your way up and down it trying to find a thermal to carry you up and to the turnpoint.

On the way back, if you are high enough, the top of the ridge will work with weak ridge lift and you can pick your way along it to turnpoint 3.  Once you make TP3, you’ll have enough altitude to glide all the way home.


2015/16 Flight Night Sessions

Session    Scenery    Task Map    Flight Plan    Ghost Flight

Week 1      HHSC SD    MapFlight Plan

Week 2      HHSC SD    MapFlight Plan

Week 3      HHSC SD    MapFlight PlanGhost1

Week 4      Mifflin HD     Map Flight Plan

Week 5      HHSC SD     MapFlight Plan

Week 6      HHSC SD     Map          

Week 7      HHSC SD     MapFlight PlanGhost 1

Week 8      HHSC SD     MapFlight PlanGhost 1

Week 9      HHSC SD     MapFlight PlanGhost 1

Week 10    HHSC SD    MapFlight Plan


2015/16 Flight Night Sessions

Session    Scenery    Task Map    Flight Plan    Ghost Flight

Week 1      HHSC SD    MapFlight Plan

Week 2      HHSC SD    MapFlight Plan

Week 3      HHSC SD    MapFlight PlanGhost1

Week 4      Mifflin HD     Map Flight Plan

Week 5      HHSC SD     MapFlight Plan

Week 6      HHSC SD     Map          

Week 7      HHSC SD     MapFlight PlanGhost 1

Week 8      HHSC SD     MapFlight PlanGhost 1

Week 9      HHSC SD     MapFlight PlanGhost 1

Week 10    HHSC SD    MapFlight Plan


2013/14 Flight Night Sessions

Session    Scenery    Task Map    Flight Plan    Ghost Flight

Week 1        Slovenia        ViewDownload         N/A

Week 2        Slovenia        ViewDownload         N/A

Week 3        Mifflin            ViewDownload         N/A

Week 4        Mifflin            ViewDownload         N/A

Week 5        Mifflin            ViewDownload         N/A

Week 6        Slovenia        ViewDownloadGhost 1

Week 7        Slovenia        ViewDownloadGhost 1

Week 8        Uvalde           ViewDownloadGhost 1

Week 9        Slovenia        N/A                DownloadGhost 1

Week 10      Mifflin            View                   N/A              Ghost 1

Week 11      Slovenia       ViewDownloadGhost 1

Week 12      Mifflin            ViewDownloadGhost 1