Welcome to Soaring Tools

There is a lot of Open Source and FREE software out there to help folks in the Glider Community. XCSoar is one of the finest examples of a well documented and useful product. Improving training is always an important topic.  Condor, simulators, and a solid syllabus always help.

Many tools are a bit obscure and very hard to use with little or no documentation. We hope to change that by providing an open repository of public domain tools and tutorials.  Some Clubs have done great things with training, we also want to share their experiences.

Your help and participation is welcome!   Please feel free to Contact Us!

About John Murtari 2 Articles
John is a USAF Academy Graduate and has a Bachelors in Astronautical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He was USAF T-37 jet instructor pilot, has a CFII multi-engine, and now really enjoys gliders and is working toward a CFIG. John does contract Software Engineering. He is also very, very involved in Family Rights.


  1. Hi John. I see this site has been up about a year, but I just discovered it. Looking forward to going through it. I live here in Colorado and fly with the Black Forest group out of Kelly Airpark. As I go through the tutorial I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions. One of which is: is the USAFA scenery available anywhere? Thanks. Mark

    • Mark — Thanks for your comment. Didn’t realize we’d forgotten to post some of the Landscapes! You’ll find the USAFA landscape now on our downloads page. Let me know if you have any problems.

  2. John, I just read your article in SSA mag.. I used your tutorial to make a one tile landscape of 1b5 Franconia, NH. With your much appreciated help i have completed it.
    I previously did a landscape of New Hampshire for COndor1. I have populated 1b5 with
    many buildings accurately to the originals and it looks and flies great. I agree with
    you about club members not getting interested in this very valuable tool. It is a great instructional instrument.
    thanks for all your effort. YOur article and others i believe will bring this out to SSA members-
    thanks roland mallett

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