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    Default Above It All...An Inner Peace

    The world can be a busy place. It can get so crazy sometimes, and you just feel a need to reset... to catch your breath uninterrupted.

    I decided on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 that I really just needed to get away from it all. -Just completely get away.
    I just wanted to lose the rat-race of everyday life, with all of it's hectic schedules, loud noise and negative energy...
    I just wanted a quiet place of inner peace, surrounded by sheer bliss and beauty... a place where I could just relax
    and unwind. To feel completely connected with the universe, and reflect on the grandeur of God's amazing creations...

    With those thoughts in mind, I placed my VW Passat on US-26 (NW Sunset Hwy) and headed west towards Tillamook.
    My final destination was Applebee Aviation, which is located just off of US-26 at the Apple Valley Airport (OR61).
    The pretty Apple Valley area is located in the beautiful Oregon countryside between the towns of Buxton and Manning.


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    I discovered the little airport when Doug and I attended his little brother's wedding in 2008. We all planned a family day-trip
    to the beach while we were there, because (I) had never seen the Pacific ocean. The best way to reach the coast from the
    Portland area is US-26. While driving along admiring the absolute beauty of the rolling Oregon countryside, I suddenly bolted
    upright in my seat exclaiming loudly, "Oh Look! There are lot's and lot's of gliders over there!!!" I was very excited. They all
    laughed at me because they found it funny, but I didn't care. I'd seen some airplanes and I was happy!


    ~~//~~

    PCAviator has a weekly 10%-Off Tuesday Sale event, and this past week I purchased the Aerosoft Discus K Glider X.


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    Over Apple Valley (OR61) in Oregon in FSX

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    ~ This is the R/C model I always wanted in the picture above...
    a HUGE 1/4 scale model of the Discus K ~



    I've always enjoyed flying sailplanes, (I loved to fly R/C gliders years ago) but FS2004 doesn't seem to have the ability to
    correctly model the "feel" of soaring to me. When I first experienced soaring (using the default DG-808S included with
    FSX Gold-Edition) in the FSX simulator, I was stunned by the accuracy of the simulation... it had the correct "feel" to the aircraft.
    Suddenly, I was excited to try soaring again. But life gets in the way frequently, and I had somehow forgotten about soaring... until today.



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    After enjoying the incredible flight qualities of the Discus K Glider, I decided to try my hand at the controls of
    the more docile Glaser-Dirks DG-808-S sailplane. The "S" model is the non-powered version, and is a true sailplane.



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    The FSX model is extremely nimble, yet docile enough for beginners to fly without feeling nervous,
    or unsure of themselves. It's a very nicely done sailplane, and I really enjoyed my time in the cockpit.





    Microsoft FSX Gold-Edition Deluxe
    Aerosoft Discus K Glider X
    DG-808-S (default FSX model)
    HiFi-Tech ASE (Active-Sky-Evolution)
    REX 2.0 Cloud Textures
    Orbx FTX North America: Pacific-NorthWest Scenery Add-on
    ENBseries
    FSScreen + EZ-Thumbnails v3.0
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    Look closely at the small airstrip visible under the left wingtip of the glider below.
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    On first view, I thought "Oops.. they messed up that part of the scenery!"
    But, upon closer inspection you can see it is actually modeled 100% correctly...
    I was very impressed yet again with the quality of the FTX NA PNW package.
    The little airstrip is running "thru" a plowed vegetable field area and also the green turf
    of a grass field... hence the visual color difference of the two ground textures. Amazing!


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    The Microsoft FSX DG-808-S glider reminds me of the R/C Sailplane model I flew back 1993.


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    It was called the "Sophisticated Lady II" and it was made by Carl Goldberg Models.
    Today is available from many hobby retailers as an ARF kit. Here's a short video of the sleek looking model>






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    Microsoft FSX Gold-Edition Deluxe
    Aerosoft Discus K Glider X
    DG-808-S (default FSX model)
    HiFi-Tech ASE (Active-Sky-Evolution)
    REX 2.0 Cloud Textures
    Orbx FTX North America: Pacific-NorthWest Scenery Add-on
    ENBseries
    FSScreen + EZ-Thumbnails v3.0
    1920x1200x32m pixels original .bmp converted to .jpg (resized / Not Edited)
    Last edited by HardCub; 05-05-2012 at 01:33 AM.
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    Outstanding post Glenn. I have flown in a glider a couple of times and it is a great feeling to be soaring with the thermals and the only sound you hear is the wind rushing by.

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    Thank you so much John. It's definitely a nice, soothing change of pace.
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    Very nice Glenn. Best video I've ever seen of soaring in FSX...


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    amazing shots Glenn, nice work. That is one of two things i haven't done to any extent in FSX, the other being flying Helo's, maybe some day.

    Adam

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    Great shots and I love the scenery!

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    This post is top notch Glenn!!
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    Absolutely wonderful post Glenn,I had a cousin that bought me a whole afternoon of sailplane flight for my 25th birthday many years ago and I was in love them from that point on,I fly the discus and the DG often and I agree,FSX has modelled it quite nicely! Thanks for the memories,I don't think about those days enough anymore.

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    Excellent, excellent, excellent.



    Rich

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