• Review: Condor 2 Soaring Simulator

    Review: Condor 2 Soaring Simulator

    By Nils Lips

    Condor 2 is the new version of the successful Condor Soaring Simulator available for Windows, and Apple computers with Windows and Boot Camp installed.

    For flying purposes, I am a person that likes to have just one simulator installed, and one that does all the tricks reasonably well. This means though I have to deal with compromises. However, I took the opportunity recently to improve my understanding of the gliding scene, and so have spent a great deal of time with Condor - a gliding simulator which I have seen in some pretty extensive cockpit builds.

    Condor 2 soaring simulator

    In this review I'll walk through the simulator step-by-step by using the functions available on the start-up screen. After which I'll expand on the total experience of the user interface and of course the feeling of flight.

    System Requirements

    PC

    To install and run Condor you will need

    • Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Intel i3, i5, i7 CPU or equivalent
    • 5.5 GB of free space on hard drive or SSD
    • A dedicated graphics card with 1 GB memory. The graphics card should have benchmark (www.videocardbenchmark.net) result of 1000 minimum, 4000 is very good and 8000 perfect. (Integrated graphics cards and cards with benchmark result below 1000 are usable, but with severely reduced graphics settings)
    • Internet connection required for activation

    Apple Mac

    To install and run Condor you will need

    • Windows 7, 8 or 10 running in Bootcamp
    • Intel i3, i5, i7 CPU or equivalent
    • 5.5 GB of free space on hard drive or SSD
    • A dedicated graphics card with 1 GB memory. The graphics card should have benchmark (www.videocardbenchmark.net) result of 1000 minimum, 4000 is very good and 8000 perfect. (Integrated graphics cards and cards with benchmark result below 1000 are usable, but with severely reduced graphics settings)
    • Internet connection required for activation

    Source: condorsoaring.com

    User Profile

    The first thing you need to to is create a user profile. This is a profile that will be used to store your stats and allow you to fly on multiplayer. You can select a country, registration, tail code and name.

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    Flight School

    The flight school section of the sim is rather interesting. It uses a solid method of first reading the theory, then watching the instructor perform the dance, and finally you trying the same.

    Theory

    The theory is comprehensive, yet compact enough to supply the student pilot with the required information. This is a highly welcomed addition to what would otherwise be a very dry monkey-see-monkey-do training exercise. The information is well written and clear, and not at all difficult to comprehend.

    View Lesson

    This is the monkey-see part of the story. The theory has been given and the instructor will now show you the trick. It's great to have an example of how to do it, and works incredibly well in combination with the theory.

    Try Lesson

    The really fun part of the lesson, is trying it for yourself. Unfortunately, there's no real instructor to slap you on the head if you get it wrong here, so it will require plenty of self reflection, since there's little feedback to your actions.

    The flight school comes with a variety of lessons, sorted by difficulty level. The beginner part of the story is the basic training; performing takeoffs and landings. From there, you go on to actually flying the aircraft, finding thermals, ridge lift and waves, and learning how to intercept and stick with them. Outlandings are part of the intermediate training as well.

    As you progress further, the lessons include the use of the PDA, and software to calculate both the best performance and use of ballast. The final, most advanced flight school section is about aerobatics! Having seen a couple of glider aerobatic displays, I'd have to say it's more spectacular than one might think at first.

    So to conclude: the lessons are clear, compact, and the learning curve is not that high. Plus there's the ability to perform some aerobatic lessons, which is really nice.


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