Gliding Lessons

Online and Simulator

Lessons are available here for use online. They can also be downloaded for use within the Condor Soaring Simulator, where they are available in English and Spanish.

Online Lessons

Lessons are listed below, along with links to their online briefings and flight demonstration videos.

The online lessons comprise:

  • Briefing, accessible in your browser. These explain the key learning points for each topic.
  • Flight Demonstration video. We are working on developing the format of these, to include audio and easy-to-read on-screen messages. The initial videos are recordings of the exercise as viewed in Condor. They include text messages describing the action and learning points. The messages are most easily read on a large screen, and you may need to pause to read them before you continue. Unlike a real world flying lesson, they can be rewound and repeated on demand. As the Animated versions of the videos are added to replace the original ‘Condor versions’, we are also publishing Unanimated versions for use with an instructor.

Condor Simulator Lessons

Visit the downloads page to request lessons you can add to Condor’s Flight School. The lessons include the briefing, flight demonstration and exercise for practise and assessment. The Condor Soaring Simulator is a pre-requisite for these.

The Condor Flight School lessons comprise:

  • Briefing, accessible in the simulator
  • Flight Demonstration, accessed via the View Lesson function. These lessons are available with the messages for self study and revision, or without, for use with an instructor.
  • Flight Exercise, accessed via the Try Lesson function. These allow you to fly the exercise from the same start point and conditions as the demonstration. This is a great way to learn and practise the skills.




Effect of Controls

Turns and Straight Flight


Launch by Winch



Launch by Aerotow




Using the Lessons for Real World Training

Using the Lessons in Condor

Lookout and Scan Cycle

Visual References and the Clockface

Who Has Control

Effect of Controls

Effect of Controls – Elevator

Effect of Controls – Ailerons

Effect of Controls – Rudder

Secondary Effect of Ailerons

Secondary Effect of Rudder

Turns and Straight Flight

Coordinated Rolling

Airspeed Monitoring

Use of the Trimmer

Turning Using All Three Controls

The Straight Glide

The Straight Glide – Crosswind

The Straight Glide – Crosswind and Turbulence


Slow Flight and Stalls

Stalls in Steep Turns

Stall in Climbing Attitude


Launch by Winch

Winch Launch

Winch Launch Crosswind

Winch Launch Failure – Introduction

Winch Launch Failure – Ahead (Obvious)

Winch Launch Failure – Ahead (Tight)

Winch Launch Failure – Turn and Land

Winch Launch Failure – Turn and Go

Winch Launch Failure – Very Low

Winch Launch Failure – Very Very Low

Winch Launch Failure – Ground Run


Circuits – Normal

Circuits – Out of Position Zig Zag

Circuits – Out of Position Upwind, Land Downwind

Circuits – Out of Position Upwind, Land Upwind

Circuits – Out of Position, Change Landing Area

Circuits – Out of Position Downwind


Effect of Controls – Airbrakes

Approach Control

Undershoot Control

Overshoot Control


Landing Crosswind

Launch by Aerotow

Under Development.

Advanced and Other

Field Landing (Early Draft)

Circuits – Out of Position Upwind, Field Landing


To be developed.

More to follow…


Contact to submit your suggestions for additions, enhancements and corrections, and especially if you have add-ons to the Condor Flight School that you’d like to share.