3D Renderings of Soaring Flights
I've been involved in doing some 3d renderings from IGC data. Some of
these renderings were used for the 1999/2000/2001 PASCO sponsored Extended XC Soaring seminars.
Two technologies are used:
- Freeware (my converter that
produces .pov files that can be read and rendered with
- 3D Studio MAX is a commercial (but expensive) rendering package called 3D Studio MAX
(obsolete and no longer in use)
Here is an example. This was a 500km flight flown by Marc Ramsey out of Tonopah Nevada.
The average speed was 77 mph in a DG-303Acro.
NOTE: the names are links to
their websites or email addresses, the "renderings" links are to the renderings
pages, don't forget to click on the small images, (thumbnails) to see the fill
- Charlie Thaeler: renderings
of nothing very impressive but hey I do fly as well as play with a computer.
- Nobuo Ueda: renderings of some flights.
- Marc Ramsey: renderings of a couple of flights including a fast 500km and
an altitude diamond.
- Bob Korves: renderings
of a couple of flight including the first XC flight of DuoDiscus 5H.
- Jim Payne: renderings of his recent record 300km and 500km Out and
Return Flights as well as some others.
- John Good: renderings of a LONG flight on the ridges in
the eastern US. This shows a nice mix of wave and ridge.
- Al Macdonald: renderings
of recent wave flights (more soon)
- Tom Stowers: renderings of a NV state record class flight.
- Bob Davis: renderings of his 1000km wave flight.
- Bud Mears: renderings U.S. Standard Class 300km triangle
- Dan Murphy: renderings A 1000km YoYo attempt.
- JŠnos Sindely: renderings A 1000km and two Hungarian
- Ray Lynsky: renderings A 1000km flown from and within
- Chris Richards: renderings A flight from Ely to
- Bob Hupe: renderings A flight out of Ely
- Ed Peerens: renderings A flight out of Ely
- Bud Schurmeier: renderings A flight from Ely
- Carl Herold: renderings A flight test of a Nimbus 4
- John Leibacher: renderings Flights from Turf in AZ.
- Gary Kemp: renderings Flights from Williams
Soaring Center and Montague
- Eric Greenwell: renderings Awaiting Narrative
from C. Herold
- Jim Crisp: renderings Jim's last glider
- Tim Martin: renderings Awaiting Narrative
from C. Herold
- Mike Parker: renderings World Class
Glider (PW-5) world record flight
- David Volkmann: renderings 1000km from
- Mike Koerner: renderings the 1999 Barringer trophy flight.
- Peter Kelly: renderings PK over the
- Jim Darke: renderings One flight so far
flying with Peter Kelly.
- Doug Jacobs: renderings A flight from
Pennsylvania to Rhode Island.
- Alan Reeter: renderings a 300km and a
500km triangle national records.
- Posi Pulkkinen:
renderings a 300km out and
return Finnish record.
- Combined Flights: renderings Several
return to Charlie's glider page.