I am very excited as I found an excellent and easy to implement way to make gliders really popular in MSFS!
I remember Jorg talking in one podcast to Helisimmer that they are looking to add more purpose to flying.
Well best high performance gliders purpose are high-adrenaline races!
Most spectacular real life glider races are World Grand Prix Gliding Championships - high speed ridge races in amazing mountain scenery.
To whet your appetite just watch:
How awesome is that!
People love flying, people love racing, glider ridge racing is
- spectacular (mountain proximity, high speed, risk taking!)
- easy to understand (wind blowing on ridge deflects up and rise - sailplane can rise in this air too!)
- easy to fly (when you are not risking your life
- byt also very challenging to master - as you must do the energy management, spot good ridges, thermals and often calculate risk!
As someone said - glider races are 3D chess in air!
With increased difficulty “missions” it would also help novice people to learn how to fly gliders the most fun way of all!
First missions could be simple ridges, advanced - a labirynth, or more separate slopes, advanced would require efficient thermalling over flatlands for good score.
What is also amazing implementing glider races in MSFS in its basic form is very simple - all building blocks are already there!
You don’t believe? - then do you remember this:
Here you have it!
Yes Maverick low altitude missions challenge can be awesome glider races!
Just change F18 to a glider, set good ridge wind and you already have it in its basic form!
You race with time - against leader board and “ghost” replay functionality would be very helpful for novices to “catch the drift”
If you would add ability for people to create new races - it would provide endless replayability!
If this basic race format would catch on it could be expanded to a paid add-on with additional paid high performance gliders, multiplayer live competition like Reno just way more interesting as you don’t simply chase in circles - your track is made from waypoints - different for every race, must account for many factors (wind, thermals, shape of landscape - will you manage to pass that ridge?, waypoint location) to win.
Maybe you could even partner with gliding organizations like FAI to promote MSFS 2020 to real live competition glider pilots.