Skills Practice

Winch Launching

A good way to fly winch is to just use the elevator to control the speed at about 70 kts, looking to the side every 2 seconds to check wings level. If the rope breaks, push the nose over immediately until you are flying the same angle below the horizon that you were above the horizon when the rope broke, until you get to flying speed again.

Flying winch in Condor is easier and safer than in real life, probably because the engine never has issues and it's always driven with high tension. So best to practice everything correctly in Condor even if it doesn't demand a lot of you. Here's a winch flight manual that was made mostly by people from the British Gliding Association who have worked hard to make winch launching safer.

Skills practice (mostly emergency)

  1. Rope break

  2. Tail touch down first landing (low-energy landings)

  3. Loss of flight computer

  4. Loss of audio vario

  5. Loss of rudder -- land

  6. Loss of ailerons -- land

  7. Loss of airbrakes (slip to landing)

  8. Slips speed and track control (horizon)

  9. Too high approach: S-turns and 360s refly, slips with airbrakes

  10. Land out, 1-2-3 done

  11. Land out short field

  12. Land out short field just after trees

  13. Mild ground loop

  14. Flip around ground loop: Full spoilers, stick full forward and to side, full rudder same side

  15. Slack rope (not very realistic but still a drill on the method)

  16. Benign spiral outside and inside of cloud. Trim for best L/D, pull full spoilers, neutral stick

  17. Spin recovery

  18. Spiral dive recovery

  19. Aerobatics

  20. Winch launch with and without rope break

  21. Ridge recovery after blackout/distraction

  22. Ridge recovery after stall/spin


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