Soaring season is nearly done and you may be asking yourself. "How can I stay current throughout the rest of the year?" The answer is with Condor Soaring Simulator from Cumulus Soaring (http://www.cumulus-soaring.com/condor.htm). It is a bit pricy to set up, especially with the TrackIR 5 head tracking device from Natural Point Software, but it is the most authentic simulation of soaring that I have encountere (here is an example: https://youtu.be/ljC4TMZnEtw ). Contact me through this web site for details.
Unlike its competition, for which a tricked out control panel cost a premium amount, every factory new SunDancer is delivered to us fully equipped with the latest instrumentation and avionics. And it is not just any avionics; we chose MGL, based in Torrance, CA as our provider. MGL's iEFIS not only provides a moving map GPS for visual navigation, it also controls the MGL radio and transponder (and my MGL autopilot) through menus on its touch screen.
Meet Samba XXL, SunDancer’s Czech sibling. She is a top sellers in Europe and is now piquing the interest of North American flyers. Samba is two aircraft in one. With wing extensions slipped on she is an efficient 24:1 motor glider. Remove the extensions and she is a fast LSA that will fit into a standard t-hangar. And registered as an LSA-glider and flown by a glider pilot with a self-launch endorsementl, no medical is required. Find out more at www.flysamba.com
When push comes to shove leave it to Michael Tomazin, Distar's US distributor and my flying buddy, to save the day. With reports of strong desert wind, rain and hail along the return flight from Florida, we opted to down at Holbrook, AZ and let the weather front pass by. Winds and hail do not play nice with the wings of a motor glider and we really needed shelter from the storm. Mike's experience and persistence rewarded us with this generous hangar space. My thanks to Mike and to the Holbrook airport manager for saving the day.
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