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Welcome to SOAR!!
An online community interested in virtual soaring in Microsoft Flight Simulator,
real life soaring, and/or RC soaring!

For questions, suggestions, etc. about SOAR please contact
Scott (for those plus general issues and website related)

Updated 25th August 2019 - by Scott (sf4JC)

Well, just wanted to update those of you who have not, or just have
not had time to visit the Microsoft Flight Simulator site, they had two
updates and timelines for all those in the Insider Program again.  There
is still time to sign up, in fact, you probably have a lot of time yet, but
head on over to their site and get signed up to receive more info of
what has been going on, and also get email updates in the future.

I still have no word on what the FSX news is going to be all about, but
hoping it comes soon, and hoping it's real good news for us FSX pilots.
For those of you still wondering if I had gotten FSX working again on
the new (used) SSD drive from the beginning of the month, I did.
I just happenned to have stumble across the solution on the
Microsoft Support web site, and sure enough, IT WORK's!

Well, that's all for now, THANKS for dropping in!!

9th August 2019 - by Scott (sf4JC)

Hey all you FSX pilot's, Microsoft has some good news coming if I read
it right.  Sounds like Microsoft has regained control of FSX, and it may
continue for a while into the future.  More info on that shall be coming
soon from Microsoft.  Hey, again, I just want to reiterate to everyone,
I believe good things are coming ahead of us no matter if you are
flying FSX OR wanting to be a part of the new Flight Simulator title.
Please GOTO  to keep up to date on
all the interactions between Microsoft AND the flight sim community.

That said, I want to encourage the real glider pilots in the community,
as well as you non-real life glider pilots to join the beta program if
you can to give feedback where at all possible.  I believe Microsoft
really wants this to be a huge success this time around.

More news to come, THANKS for dropping in!!

4th August 2019 - by Scott (sf4JC)

WELL! Hello fellow FLIGHT SIM Enthusiast's !!! It’s been way too long,
but I AM BACK!  And I will soon have an announcement to make,
so for now, I wanted to let you know (if you don't already know)
that Microsoft has been in the process of making another
Flight Simulator title scheduled for a 2020 release.  It may even
be backwards compatible to FSX?
(but you didn't hear it from be very quiet about it...Hehehe)

If you want to read more about what is going on with the simulator,
GOTO .  I just recently upgraded my PC
with a used SSD drive before I even knew about Microsoft's endeavor so
it looks as if my main PC may be a little low but possibly in range of
the minimum and recommended spec's.  Only time will tell as I have
signed up to possibly be an alpha/beta tester for the flight simulator
to help out where needed.  Hopefully I will have a chance to give
feedback about gliders and possibly even the new
weather system to test out.

Getting back to my SSD drive, I am having trouble installing
FSX/Acceleration back on my PC now.  I get to the point where
I should be able to enter my activation code, but the activation menu
never shows up, which in turn doesn't provide me with multiplayer
functionality, and if I read right, it will only give me a 30 minute
session per flight.  If I do not get it figured out, I will be forced to buy
the FSX:Steam Edition, which may not be all that bad I guess.  My
old FSX installation had collected lots of aircraft and scenery to
which I really do not need or want maybe, so it will be a much
smaller install since space needs to be accounted for.

Well, there it is until later this month
THANKS for dropping in!

14th March 2015 - by Scott (sf4JC)

CumulusX! has been fixed and you can download CumulusX! v1.9.1.2 at
Peter (Funky) Lürkens site at  .  This
hotfix can be downloaded in 2 ways, you can either download the full version, or
if you have CumulusX! v1.9.1 already, you can download the new EXE instead.

Also, coming soon, I will be adding a new FSX multiplayer download by
Joachim Czarny.  The Addon will allow the ability to tow a fellow multiplayer,
so get your towplane buddies ready, this could be the addon they have been
waiting for.

Well, there you have it!  THANKS for dropping in!

23rd February 2015 - by Scott (sf4JC)

CumulusX! has been updated recently, you can download CumulusX! v1.9.1
Peter (Funky) Lürkens site at ,
but be aware that at the moment it is being patched to get an unforeseen
bug out of it.  So be patient,
and the newer patch will come shortly.
Meanwhile, head on over to the forum where I
have asked him a few
questions concerning the future of CumulusX!.  You can follow
conversation HERE if you have time and are interested.

Whelp, that's all for now.  THANKS for dropping in!

9th February 2015 - by Scott (sf4JC)

WOW!  Believe it or not, I was finally able to get our Wolfgang aircraft section
up to date, even
added his new section "JET Gliders" for the jet assisted
gliders he has made available.  The last
six months has seen 5 updates to
aircraft and 6 NEW aircraft added.  The 6 new aircraft were...

- Mü-13 D 'Atalante' -    - Mü-13 D II -    - Mü-13 D III -
  - DG-600-17 -      - ASW 22 BL -      - ASW 22 BL-J -
On another note from a week ago, Ray Girdler has come here before with
his gliders that
I overlooked.  He has done the SGS 1-26 A & C models for
FS2004, and I have not looked
back any further in time to see what
else he may have done for the virtual soaring
So a BIG THANKS goes out to Ray.

That's all for now, THANKS for dropping in!

3rd February 2015 - by Scott (sf4JC)

Have you ever wanted to fly the Schweizer 1-26E aircraft in FSX?
Well now you can, brought to
you by Ray Girdler, who is not only
a sim pilot, but also flies the 1-26E in real life.  Ray has been

modeling since Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.  He is currently
working on the SGS 1-26 A and B
models, and says he may even
follow up by making the 1-36 or the 1-35.  In real life, Ray is an

  operations officer and glider orientation pilot with the
Civil Air Patrol.  You can find his
SGS 1-26E in the FSX
aircraft downloads page here at SOAR.

THANKS for dropping in!

23rd September 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

WOW!  A blast from the past, it was used as one of SOAR's Intro pages, aired in
or September of 2005!  The Flash intro was originally created
by Chris Gordan,
who I believe was the Acting Director of SOAR at the time.
Which reminds me, I
should probably study up on the history of SOAR, since
this is the 15th year the
organization has been around.  So another
WOW!!  15 years
of providing
downloads, information, and help
to the virtual gliding community.

17th September 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

I believe I may be done with the updates now, with one or two corrections to
make that
I know of.  But for the most part, it is finished.  I will be taking a few
days off from this
and then start back in on adding the 4 new-animated gliders to his
collection here.  Again, go to
Wolfgang's to pick them up for now.

The SOAR Ranch is still up in the air at the moment, as the avenue I was trying
didn't pan out.
  But don't fear, I have a few more ideas on getting in
touch with him.

THANKS for dropping in!

15th September 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

Well, it's the middle of September and have one more section to go by the end
of the week
possibly, and after that I will need to add 4 new-animated gliders to his
collection.  For now, go to
Wolfgang's site to pick them up, it's the
Mu 13 D 'Atalante', Mu 13 D II & III, and the
Glaser-Dirks DG-600-17.
Still no word on an updated SOAR Ranch yet, but will try
another avenue
on getting in touch with the latest version creator

That's all for now, and as always, THANKS for dropping in!

27th August 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

My work on SOAR's Wolfgang Piper aircraft section has been cut short
this month, so I
will probably get done with the last three sections by the
middle of September, hopefully.  It's
actually looking pretty good so far.
Still waiting to hear back from Dave Morris (Orange)
on possibly upgrading
his SOAR Ranch version, and also on whether or not it will be
to pursue a FS2004 version that would look as close as possible to FSX

That's all for now, THANKS for dropping in!

16th August 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

I've been working hard on SOAR's Wolfgang Piper aircraft section and have
gotten the
first two sections COMPLETE, and now, three more to go before
the end of the month.  It
has a whole new feel to it, so check it out when
you have a chance.  You can place comments
in the forums if you like, I still
have not asked for my official SOAR email yet

The SOAR Ranch has been weighing on my mind lately, so I intend to try
and get a hold
of Orange (author of the newest FSX version) and maybe
have it released here also.  I still
have my reservations for part of it,
but maybe something can be worked out.  Also on
the agenda will be talk of
a new FS2004 version, so both FS2004 and FSX pilots can
enjoy somewhat
of the same scenery at the same time
.  Wouldn't that be GREAT!

Again, Thanks for your patience with the site update, and,
THANKS for dropping in!

29th July 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

I've begun working on SOAR's Wolfgang Piper aircraft section and have
decided to keep
the section open for now.  You will find either one of the
following graphics if the aircraft
is being updated.  Meanwhile, you can
still download the old file, but keep in mind
you will need to
re-download it later to get the updated one.


Again, you can download the old file, but please come back to get the
updated one.
  Or, you can go to Wolfgang Piper's site to download
the updated aircraft. Thanks

We thank you for your patience and again, THANKS for dropping in!

24th July 2014 - by Scott (sf4JC)

I will soon be giving SOAR's Wolfgang Piper aircraft section an
and update to reflect his changes hopefully before the end of
August, or that's what I'm shooting for.

Meanwhile, you can still download his aircraft at his site, as the
ones here are outdated now.
  His site is located at .
I believe I may be closing down his
section here for the time being,
so no outdated aircraft gets downloaded and used unaware.

So that's what's going on around here for the next month possibly,
THANKS for dropping in!

15th December 2013 - by Scott (sf4JC)

Well, this year has almost come to an end, and sadly I have not done
anything with the site.
  In fact, I feel like I have not had a real flight
in FS2004/FSX all year.  I did get to
acquire Prepar3D, but neglected to
fly it much, so overall it's been a real nonsteller
year for me.
everyone else had a much, much better year of flying.

So off to what I do know at the moment.

This past year Wolfgang has had at least 23 updates to his aircraft,
and that's not all, he has also added 6 new FSX aircraft to his
bountiful collection of gliders for
Microsoft Flight Simulators.
Unlike last year, I will most likely get
SOAR's aircraft section
up to date to reflect his changes as soon as I can.

That's all for now until I know more, or at least remember more.

Recent/Past Updates

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12/29/12 - CumulusX! v1.9  has been released, so make sure that you head on over to
Peter Lurkens site to download his latest release.  It now has precipitation effects and
improved compatibility with
FSRECORDER, and the registered version now has
improved cloud shadows, wing levelling at beginning of aero-tow, and some
birds present inside thermals (3 levels to choose from, or turn off).
Wolfgang made some updates to his website and created 2 new FSX aircraft to his
collection of glider aircraft (the ASW20 B - 15m and the ASW19 B), and I will try to get
SOAR's aircraft section updated to reflect his changes shortly as well.

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07/13/12 - Finally got the site updated, so if you notice any errors, please don't hesitate to let
us know.  Still working on trying to acquire Prepar3D.  I'm really not to worried
about getting it, it's just a matter of when I believe, and that's the hard part.

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07/02/12 - I haven't completely updated the site for a few months, so I'll try to get back on that.
Meanwhile, if anyone has been interested in getting
Prepar3D, I'm going to try to
find out more info on it and how it may be something we can add to the SOAR "menu".
There are some eligibility issues that need some clarification possibly, but I think
from what I've read, the concerns I have may not be that big of a issue.

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08/14/11 - I have updated Wolfgang's aircraft, so they should be current as of today.
It must be the real life flying season, because the forums seem like they are at a
standstill.  Hope everybody is having or has had a wonderful summer.

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07/15/11 - I haven't updated the site for a couple months, so I'll try to get back on that.
Meanwhile, if you haven't been to Wolfgang's site for a while, you may want to head on over
to see all his updates.  Seems as though he has been very busy the last 2 months.  Also,
Max Roodveldt has updated his CAISet gauges for FSX.  He reopened his site a while
back at , so please check it out for more of what he has been
up to lately.

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There will be a FunFly/Contest themed around the "Qualifying GP 2010 - Switzerland"
held in August of last year.  There will be two scheduled race events for the weekend.  The first
will be on the 26th at 16:20 local (Switzerland) time, and the second will be on the 27th
at 16:20 local time.  For now, go to the Forum for more details as they are made public.

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01/07/11 - Happy New Year to everyone!  If you haven't been to the forum for a while, you might
want to keep track of a few possible new developments with soaring in FSX.  Peter is hard at it
with CumulusX!, in fact, wave lift is almost within grasp it seems, so keep an eye out for that
before the year is over.  And the
CAIset gauges may just get an official upgrade
for FSX.  WOW! Great things to look forward to in 2011.

And now to updates.  First off, I want to let you know I haven't been as diligent as I had first
hoped in keeping you up to date with Wolfgang's aircraft.  Since October Wolfgang has updated
his ASK 21 (CAIset version
in FSX) with the opening/closing of the front/back canopies
separately. The SZD Bocian has been compiled for FSX and DirecX 10 Preview.
And the LS8-18 had a fix in the LNAV_polar.dat file.

And last, and certainly not least,
a Special THANKS goes out to Don & Karen for keeping this site going.

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10/01/10 - For those of you that still use FS98 or FS2000, the construction of
Wolfgang's FS98/FS2000 aircraft section is now complete!  You can find it in the
Downloads - Aircraft section of the main menu.

THANKS Again to Wolfgang for letting us host all of his aircraft!

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The construction of Wolfgang's FS2002/FS2004/FSX aircraft section is complete!  We will keep the
aircraft downloads updated so you can have the latest improvements.  We will also try and let
you know of any improvements either through the
SOAR Forum, or this news area.

If anyone notices any mistakes, PLEASE feel free to let us know.  And again, if you talk to Wolfgang
in the near future, be sure to THANK him for the many years he has been putting into the
Microsoft Flight Simulator series.

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The Aircraft Downloads section is getting an addition added onto it...
Wolfgang Piper's  aircraft !!!
In cooperation with him, we are helping make his aircraft more publicly accessible and available
for download in the future.  So in the
coming weeks, we will see most, if not all of his aircraft
in the Downloads section.
  This process has taken me a while to get started,since I am still
basically getting a handle on web design, but with lots of help from Karen,
it is going to make a great addition to the SOAR library.
THANKS to Karen & Don for talking with Wolfgang and making the preperations for it.

If anyone notices any mistakes, PLEASE feel free to let us know.  And if you talk to Wolfgang
in the near future, be sure to THANK him for the many years he has been putting
into the Microsoft Flight Simulator series.

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I am scheduling a FunFly/Contest the last full weekend of April if anyone is interested.  If you
are using FSX, you will need to download and install
FSHostClient.  Everyone will need to have
their Flight Sim version of the
SOAR Ranch and high resolution terrain mesh to really enjoy the
event.  I will have a download available for those that want to do some practicing before
event, or just want to enjoy flying the area in which the contest will be held.

As a treat for those of you that have been a part of SOAR since FS2002/FS2004, we are going to
run the old Lake Circuit contest.  I may have updated weather conditions for it, but unsure at
this time.  More details will come later this week or the beginning of next week.

If anyone has upcoming glider events in Microsoft Flight Simulator that they would
like to possibly get posted in this news area, PLEASE let us know at
this email.

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03/25/10 - If you haven't been to Wolfgang Piper's site for a while, he's got a few new updates
for February and March.  If you enjoy his SF 25C motor gliders, then you will want to download
the updates.  The
Ka4 Rhönlerche had the rear VC and yawstring worked on.  And last but not
the "PolarCalc" program was corrected.

If you ever need to now if the aircraft you have downloaded from him
have been updated, go about 3/4th of the way down his menu to the "New Files"
section, and you will see what he has been working on.
THANKS Again Wolfgang for all the aircraft you have created to
really make Microsoft Flight Simulator more enjoyable to SOAR for so many years!

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03/20/10 - Check out what I was finally able to convert!  Hey! Is that?

Well looky there, It's the
SOAR Ranch for FSX!!!

I was able to convert most of the Ranch with some very OLD & some very NEW editing tools.  I
would like to ask the SOAR community for any comments/suggestions on if there is anything we
want to update or add to the airport, like maybe a fence surrounding the airport, or maybe even
placing the Tower View in a different area or height.

I am going to keep in contact with the creator of the SOAR Ranch, and former
Director of SOAR, Chris Gordan, so we can try to keep within a reasonable view of his
dream of the Ranch so as not to deface it in any way.  So if you have any suggestions,
please go to the
SOAR Forums to do that.  The SOAR Ranch-FSX can be downloaded here.

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11/17/09 - Check out our new header submitted by Scott!!  Thanks once again for another
creative header!!   We really appreciate your hard work!  Here is info on the header:

                                     *ScreenShot taken mid-summer at the somewhat modified
                                                                          FS2004 "SOAR Ranch" inside FSX
                                     *The background consists of a fleet of Schempp-Hirth
                                                                                               designs, 9 in all

                                     **We may have an FSX "SOAR Ranch" by February 2010 if
                                              everything goes well.  In fact, I think I may smell a
                                                                                 Bar-B-Q and FunFly comin.

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09/22/09 - Have added the great Cross Country Soaring 2004
by Eric Carden as a download in our Utilites section!

Several of us at SOAR have tried unsuccessfully to contact you Eric, so we decided to go ahead
and make the program available to the public. As you are a member of SOAR and we had
permission to host your CCS dat files, we hope you will not mind us doing this!  We have
had many requests from FS9 pilots for your wonderful program and it does not seem to be
available anywhere else on the web!  If you want us to remove it, we will be
very sad at losing this creative, great addition to FS9,
but will abide by your wishes!

FSX screenshot by Don Hamilton

Ridge Lift in FSX without using CCS files

Screenshots taken in FSX using Sim Probe & CumulusX! for ridge lift
Soaring the Ramparts in the Stemme S10

 screenshot by Don Hamilton

 screenshot by Don Hamilton


Director of SOAR