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Profile: Don Sebastian
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User Name: Don Sebastian
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Joined: Monday, November 26, 2018
Last Visit: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:59:38 PM
Number of Posts: 20
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Topic: Unable to connect to server
Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 3:19:52 PM
Was unable to connect to server tonight. Looked like nobody else connected.
Topic: USNS is Back!
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:03:25 PM
We have not yet updated to 2.0.8.
Topic: Condor 2 update available
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:00:10 PM
How about we update now and fly 2.0.8 tomorrow.
Topic: Condor 2 update available
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:57:40 PM
How about we update now and fly 2.0.8 tomorrow.
Topic: 1-26 Class?
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:47:20 PM
Come on. This is a great idea. You would want the right conditions to make flights as long as a normal USNS flight time but with a much lower glide ratio and a good climb rate. Owens Valley sound good?
Topic: New Sceneries?
Posted: Monday, May 20, 2019 7:57:10 PM
I flew in the Rallye des Andes 2018. The comp took place in the Transandino scenery. I highly recommend it.

Don
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Topic: New Condor 2.07 and Hangar Update 07 out. Server update needed.
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 5:59:53 PM
I read this post before the flight Saturday. I did not get the notice about the new version so I had not updated. I watched many pilots connect and immediately disconnect several times. I flew the task alone. Nice tour of the Crater Lake National Park.
Topic: May 2 task--not on server list
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 12:00:53 PM
Gremlins in the works. I did not find the task server. Most of the system seems to be automated. They will notice it sooner or later and sort it out.
Topic: Chat causing loss of control
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 8:06:58 PM
Well it happened again on another long flight. Since this was a MNS West flight I did a little bit of chat. One too many. Again 35mi out from goal, just topped out at cloud base and started a glide into the head wind. Turned on the auto pilot to get a drink and zeroed in on goal with a conservative glide. The glide computer said I was 150ft low. I was sure I would make it to goal. I started one last chat and lost complete control of the glider. Nothing I could do but sit and see if the glider could finish on its own. It almost did it. There were ups and downs but in the end it made the distance. Unfortunately it missed the goal by a small amount. Not bad when aimed from such a distance. Auto pilot got fairly far off course a couple of times but very slowly came back each time. It became obvious as I got closer to goal that my aim was slightly off so no finish or score. When I reached the goal distance I was very low and aborted the flight.
Topic: Chat causing loss of control
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:04:38 PM
This has happened to me twice now in USNS tasks. Ruined two long and very good flights. They were in two different sceneries. They both occured hours into the flights. I have not used chat much so far because I do not type well left handed. It started the same both times. I hit the backspace to start a chat message. I typed the message, looked at the screen and the channel was displayed but no message.

The first time I totally lost control of everything. The sailplane kept flying but I could do nothing to control it. I was in level flight with a little rudder in when it started. The plane did a huge flat slowly descending circle. I had plenty of time to try things. Nothing I tried had any effect except for the escape key. Before I plowed into a mountain I exited the flight by the escape key.

The second time I had already sent a couple of chat messages to a pilot near me. I was climbing in a very strong and turbulent thermal. I started one last message and it happened again. Same thing but this time I still had control of the stick but nothing else. I was in a significant skid/slip on final 35 miles out over high mountains in 22 kt wind. I was curious to see if I could manage to make it back safely under these conditions. With the flaps stuck down it was a long slow difficult leg. I belly landed with water, no spoilers, and the wheel up. Nailed it smooth. Center of the runway.

At this point I guess I will be mute from now on unless someone has a solution.

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