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#Sightseeing #Nature #Real-Life France Drag and Drop

Slope Soaring Task For MSFS.


LFLB Aix-Les-Baines to LFTS Toviere Airport.


With recent developements in both MSFS and the soaring community at large, as well as enthusiastic third party developers, it is now nearly possible to create a soaring task within MSFS. This is my humble attemt at doing so with the current technology known at this moment in time. Here we will be soaring the scenic French Alps very near Mount Blanc,
The scenery is breathtaking and the flying a challenge to see if you can land at a small alpine airstrip high in the mountains.I have to thank first of all f99mlu creator of BushMissionGen for his help in assisting me with getting some specific coding to allow some very unique features with the Bush Gen app.There are lots of cool features I was able to add, such as TTS (text to voice) alerts and hints as you fly through way points and other areas. There is also an altitude limit to level the flying field for all pilots so no one has an unfair advantage. You will be warned if you exceed this limit, and disqualified if you continue higher.
You will need the Touching Cloud DG808s and Kinetic assistant to fly this task available at: https://msfs.touching.cloud/ Install the sailplane per the instructions and install the stand alone Kinetic assistant, which includes several utilities, but we will only be using the Winch app for this task.
It is also very useful if you use Little Nav Map for navigation, but it is not required. plan files are included.

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11 Comments
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    jmhelms
    February 20, 2021

    Looks like a great soaring addon...when I
    try to launch the flight, my sailplane starts
    up against a building and cannot launch...any
    help appreciated...

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    RHB replied Author
    February 21, 2021
    Yes, there is a bug in the bush missions that does this sometimes when you terminate the mission without completing a leg. Try deleting the save folder item related to the mission title, that should fix it.
    C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\MISSIONS\ACTIVITIES
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    sonicviz
    January 29, 2021

    Very nice. Some tips on getting past WP3 would be great, even a video showing one route there pointing out some glider technique.

    I gather you have a tailwind and consequent ridge lift on some ridge faces along that final leg in which to get height to get across the next gap so I suppose that's the game?

    Still, a video demonstrating it would be great! thanks.

    ps: Can't do it in VR in the bushtrip mode as bushtrip on this one doesn't seem to like the VR livery. Had to load the FP to play in VR, or play the bushtrip in flatscreen mode.

    pps: There's also this great toolbar addon for LittleNavMap so you can run it in VR instead of the in game map https://github.com/bymaximus/msfs2020-toolbar-little-nav-map

    ppps: You don't need the kinetic assistant with DG-808S to launch, as they have it set up with a jet engine and 1 gal fuel to simulate a tow anyway. Saves loading yet another app. Just apply throttle and take off and climb till it runs out.

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    RHB replied Author
    January 30, 2021
    Thanks so much for the feedback. Yes I never gave VR any consideration as of now, there are enough snags in the bush trip already, but That's another reason to include the Flight plan so VR guys can try the flight without entering the Bush trip mode.
    Yes you can use the "engine" but I wanted to go for as much realism as possible so did not mention it, the temptation to fly around with the jet engine would really spoil the idea. But I will put a note in future readme files to give guys that info if they so choose.
    I'm really trying to promote proper soaring as much as possible, thanks again for the tips.
    I left the rest of the mission rather open and now realize many would find it difficult to find their way, It is not easy. I did include some "easter egg" geo tagged voice messages in the mission so if you take a certain path you will get some hints. The next mission I did is more directly following the flight plan. https://flightsim.to/file/6883/courchevel-soaring-task-with-built-in-landing-challenge
    I m working on another using Kinetic assistant thermals for a more immersive soaring experience. It will emulate a real world soaring task as best we can in MSFS bush trips.
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    sonicviz replied
    January 30, 2021
    I don't think making it mandatory with a third party app is a good idea, it should be optional. It's a pita having to fire up a bunch of extra apps on top of MSFS just to get things done, and they do it half assed anyway.

    LittleNavMap is the exception there.
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    RHB replied Author
    January 30, 2021
    all apps are optional, you can just fly using the Bush mission map if you want, no problem
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    Tom1957 replied
    February 02, 2021
    I wanted to fly this bush mission with the Discus glider. I had Kinetic Assistent active for the winch. But the mission would not start because, so it said "some content was not downloaded".
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    RHB replied Author
    February 02, 2021
    you can't change gliders in a mission unless your just using the flight plan in the sim. Besides I've tried with the Discus, It doesn't respond to slope lift very well you would have a difficult time with it. I could barely get to the first turn point with it, it needs a lot of improvements. You could try modifying the Bush mission Generator file if you know how to do that.
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    RHB Author
    January 26, 2021

    I want to add a little addendum to help use the Little Nav Map with this mission. You have to install and configure LNM on your computer, this will not be a how to do that, there are many you tube tutorials available.
    In the context of my mission /task, we don't use the .csv in Kinetic assistant or LNM. those are used exclusively if you are trying to inject thermals into the sim, This little Trip" does not. Only native slope lift. So far Kinetic assistant is only used for the winch utility.
    My task only uses LNM for the flight plan, tracking the plane in flight and VFR/ topographical information as you fly, in that case you simply open up LNM, load the included flight plan (from the mission pack) in LNM (not needed to load it in the sim) connect to the sim, and then load the bush trip. you will then have the small MSFS moving map in the sim/ bush mission with a rather primitive flight path, and LNM will simultaneously sync with the sim, show your glider and the flight plan.

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    RHB Author
    January 25, 2021

    I want to mention that this addon is enabled for multi player although not tested by me. so the important thing here is if several guys want to attempt a joint task flight, the weather conditions will be normalized for everyone, an important feature for competition so every pilot has the same wind and weather.
    Also there is a built in timer for Bush missions so there is a built in clock to record everyone's time. no need for an external app aside from LNM and Kinetic assistant.
    There are also Easter Egg messages if you happen on the best course to give you hints about the mission. imbedded in geotagged Text to speech messages as you fly.

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    zetar
    January 24, 2021

    Ok, I 'll try it asap.

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