System Requirements, Hardware Recommendations & Keyboard Commands

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System Requirements

PC
To install and run Condor you will need:

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Intel i5 or i7 CPU.
  • 12 GB of free space on hard drive or SSD
  • A dedicated GPU with 1gb memory. The GPU should have benchmark (www.videocardbenchmark.net) result of 1000 minimum. 4000 is very good, and 8000 perfect. As always more is better An onboard GPU is usable, but with severely reduced graphics settings.
  • IMPORTANT - The specifiactions above are for running Condor 2 with a monitor only (not VR goggles). To use it with Oculus Rift, see below.

  • The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive both require a pretty powerful computer graphics card. I tested my PC using the utility program found on the Oculus web site and found that my 3 year old computer's graphics card was not fast or powerful enough. I therefore ordered a compatible graphics card from Dell. Below are links to the PC test utility from Oculus.

Apple Mac
To install and run Condor you will need:

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 running in Bootcamp*
  • Intel i5 or i7 CPU.
  • 12 GB of free space on hard drive or SSD
  • A dedicated GPU with 1gb memory. The GPU should have benchmark (www.videocardbenchmark.net) result of 1000 minimum. 4000 is very good, and 8000 perfect. As always more is better An onboard GPU is usable, but with severely reduced graphics settings.

* Note: It may be possible to use other solutions such as Virtual box, or Wine, etc., but we have not evaluated these. If you have success with different solutions on Mac, please let us know by putting in a support form so we can pass the information on to other users.


Hardware Recommendations

To be able to fly in Condor, you do not need a joystick. The glider can be controlled using mouse or keyboard. However we do strongly suggest that you should use at least a joystick with a twist rudder support.

I am often asked to recommend a joystick and rudder pedals for use with Condor.  Below are a few good options which are recommended by myself or other Condor users.

Joystick
The 
Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick seems to be the joystick of choice for most Condor users - including myself.  It is a nice, low cost option.  It has a twist handle which is great for rudder control if not using rudder pedals.  If you are using rudder pedals you won't need the twist feature, but it won't hurt either.  Details are available in the price list below.
 

Rudder Pedals
Many experienced Condor users and recommend the CH Products Pro Pedals rudder pedals.  They are highly recommended when practicing cross-wind take-offs and landings, slips, skids, slow flight, stalls, spins, and aerobatics.  Details are available in the price list below.

Are Rudder Pedals Necessary When Using Condor?
I am often asked whether rudder pedals are required, or highly recommended, or...?  My opinion, and the opinion of several experienced Condor users is:

  • Rudder pedals are not absolutely necessary.  Most joysticks offer a twist action that can be used for rudder control, or you can enable "auto-rudder" in Condor. 

  • Rudder pedals are very highly recommended for anyone using Condor to learn how to fly gliders, or using Condor to practice flying skills such as cross-wind take-offs and landings, slips, skids, slow flight, stalls, spins, or aerobatics.

  • Rudder pedals are probably not necessary for cross-country soaring and contest flying.  Experienced users tell me that they enable the "auto-rudder" feature when flying cross-country or racing - because it is more about how you find lift and how fast you fly than about how well you work the rudder.


Keyboard Commands - Commonly Used

  • R: Release
  • P: Pause
  • Delete: Trimmer up
  • Insert: Trimmer down
  • F12: Trimmer Center
  • N: Airbrakes In
  • B: Airbrakes Out
  • F: Flaps up
  • V: Flaps down
  • G: Cycle landing gear up or down
  • . (period): Wheel brake
  • Home: MacCready Up
  • End: MacCready Down
  • M: PDA Next Screen
  • Page Up: PDA Zoom In
  • Page Down: Handheld Zoom Out
  • Right Ctrl: Toggle between Cruise mode and Climb mode
  • H: Lift helpers (see the thermals!)
  • J: Task Helpers
  • Q: Miracle (bump the glider up hundreds of feet instantly)
  • w: Dump water ballast
  • T: Smoke
  • +: Zoom in
  • -: Zoom out
  • Y: Panel Zoom
  • ]: Vario Volume Up
  • [: Vario Volume Down
  • Esc: Menu
  • Tab: Show classification
  • *: Show Icons
  • ' (tilde): HUD (heads up display) toggle
  • F1: Cockpit View
  • F2: External View
  • F3: Chase View
  • F4: Tower View
  • F5: Towplane View
  • F6: Fly-by View
  • F7: Padlock View
  • F8: New Player View
  • F9: Replay Camera

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