screenshot by Scott "sf4JC" Frerking

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

For questions, suggestions, etc. about SOAR please contact
Don (general issues) or Karen (website related)

Updated 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 at
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
that 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

  community.  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 August
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
ownloads, 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
advantageous 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 overhaul 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. Hopefully 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
the 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
the rear VC and yawstring worked on.  And last but not least, 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 tokeep 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