Simulator Features and Highlights

Features in the Initial Release

  • Global streamed terrain and ground textures, allowing flight anywhere on the globe, and without bounds.
  • Modern, realistic 6 DOF aerodynamic model, capturing the handling and performance of a typical modern hang glider
  • Ground effect and wind gradient models
  • Atmospheric model based on historical soundings (atmospheric measurements) from any day and location.
  • Daily thermal cycles, where ground heating begins at sunrise, builds during the day and mellows in the late afternoon.
  • Detailed, three-dimensional thermal circulation models, capturing the dynamic nature of real-life thermals that drift, merge, grow and die depending on local wind, atmospheric temperature and humidity.
  • Thermal visualization, to graphically show you where the thermals are found, and to check on your centering ability
  • Variable Geometry (in flight control of sail tension) impacts glider performance, handling, and stability.
  • AI piloted companion hang gliders to fly with, help mark thermals, and allow you to practice flying in traffic.
  • Support for both flying while seated at your desktop using your VR hand controllers, or while hanging in a harness and A-frame (control bar) simulator.
  • Ability to go upright before landing, to control glide and enhance your ability to flare for a stand-up landing
  • Basic audio-visual variometer (electronic flight instrument) displaying altitude, instantaneous and average climb or descent rate, temperature, time of day, and airspeed with either Metric (SI) or Emperial units.
  • Beautiful 3-dimensional volumetric clouds with user-defined base altitude, depth and coverage
  • Ability to define the time and date for a simulated flight, controlling the sun position and length of the day.
  • Soaring birds
  • A site tour mode, allowing you to rapidly navigate around your flying site while your flight is paused.
  • Optional markers to help you find the landing zone when you are flying an unfamiliar site.
  • Wind indicators (windsocks and streamers) that respond to the passage of thermals to help you correctly time your launch
  • Graphical depiction of known rotor regions that dynamically update as wind direction is changed.

Flying Sites Included in the Initial Release

  • 600′ Ed Levin Park, California
  • 1750′ Ed Levin Park, California
  • Mission Ridge, California
  • Fort Funston, California
  • Mt. Murchison, New Zealand
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Ellenville, New York
  • Slide Mountain. Nevada
  • Mount Diablo, California

Features Coming Soon

  • Multiplayer support. Connect to a game server, and team fly or compete with your mates, using your virtual radio to coordinate.
  • User defined pilot weight and gender.
  • Automatic log book to track your flight time and progress.
  • Ability to write .icg log files of your virtual flights, to review in web aps.

Development Roadmap

There is a long list of features we will be adding to the simulator in the future. Some of these will be add-ons (for additional cost) and others will be included in free software updates.

  • Action Cameras to capture your epic virtual flights
  • Radio’s to communicate with your flying buddies in multiplayer mode
  • Drogue chutes to help you maneuver into small landing zones
  • Customizable sail colors
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Comp level gliders from popular glider manufacturers.
  • Emergency Parachute should you need it.
  • Advanced competition flight decks (Vario, GPS map, altimeter, airspeed, McCready speed-to-fly, wind, timer, final glide computer)
  • Choose from cocoon, front-entry pod, or single point race harness.
  • User defined flying site: Enter coordinates of your local secret site.
  • Aero tow launch options

Planned Future Flying Sites

  • Pacific Valley California (Big Sur)
  • Owens Valley (horseshoe Launch), California
  • Crestline, California
  • Point of the Mountain, Utah
  • Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Lakeview, Oregon
  • Elsinore, California
  • Torrey Pines, California
  • Valle de Bravo, Mexico
  • Dolomites, Col Rodella Canazei Italy
  • Annecy, France
  • Niederhorn, Interlaken, Switzerland (speed run)
  • Kossen, Austria
  • Eliminator, California
  • Dunlap, California
  • McClure, California
  • Mount Tam, California
  • Marina Beach California (Dune Soaring)
  • Telluride, Colorado
  • Lanzarote – Spain
  • Monte Cucco, Italy