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What 's next ... ?

February, 2018

The Soaringlab viewer is already a few months up and running and most important bugs should be fixed by now.
Flightdata looks fairly reliable and 3D graphics looking good.
But still, there are so many items on our TODO-list and there is a huge margin for improvements.

Soaringlab Userplatform

Next step is to get the userplatform up and running, and we would like to present some of the features.

  • Smart logbook : Save our flights into your logbook with automatic detection of flighttimes, XC distance, ICAO airfields, launchmethod...
  • Glider manager : Create your own glidercollection. When users link a glider to a flight in their logbook, the viewer will show correct competition number and callsign. It's even possible to customize your gliders and show off your design to the world.
  • Statistics : As said before : There is no such thing as "to much information" when we are analysing our flights. So we would like to create very detailed personal flightstatistics but also global data of all flights ever uploaded to Soaringlab.

We hope to implement many others as : sharing of tasks, waypoints, connections to other soaringplatforms ... to many to say.

Time and money are key factors to improve and maintain Soaringlab. There are many different flightanalysing tools which are not free.
But the idea from the beginning was to keep it free and accessible for everyone to make gliding more visible to a large public.

Soaringlab PRO

So, we would like to present the Soaringlab PRO formula : The Soaringlab viewer stays free for everyone and there is no limit on loading and replay flights but some of the advanced statistics will move to the Soaringlab PRO platform.

Users can still register for free and save flights to their logbooks, but, as PRO user, you can have many more features.

Pricing of the PRO formula will be between price of a winchstart and price of a towstart on a yearly base (depending on general interest). As PRO user you can enjoy all features Soaringlab has to offer.

We hope to welcome you as PRO user in the future at let us improve Soaringlab from something nice to something awesome...

New modelling techniques.

January, 2018

We showed some personalized gliders in the past, but using new glTF 2.0 techniques we can make our 3D models much more dynamic.

  • Shiny surfaces : So gliders reflect sunlight and look more sparkling.
  • Transparant canopies : So we can apply a "Cockpit camera" and review flights from pilot's perspective.
  • Textured designs : So users will have their callsign and competition id's dynamically on their gliders, Maybe we can create a system to paint your own gliders and show your designs to the world. Or get some sponsorslogo's on your plane.

Userplatform

December, 2017

Since a couple of weeks, we are working on the Soaringlab userplatform. Some of the key factors that will be implemented here :

  • Logbook : to keep track of flighthours and to save your flights online.
  • Statistics : personal and global statistics of all flights uploaded to Soaringlab.
  • Planemanager : Collection of your personal gliders.

Off course, there are many feature we can implement, so we keep you up to date...

More Statistics

December, 2017

When reviewing flights, there is no such thing as "to much information", so we will keep collecting more date from our flights and try to visualize this data on clear datasheets or on the map.

One of the latest features is the "Secondary labels" option. These labels will display relevant information on the gliders.

What if ... ?

October, 2017

We where running some tests and asked ourselves: What is the maximum number of flights we can load without crashing the system.

So we downloaded all files of the Condor Worldcup 2017 Finals (63 to be correct). Loaded all these files at once and hit the play button.

See the result for yourself...

Some New Features

October, 2017

We like to show some of the latest feature in Soaringlab.

  • Locate and display waypoints in 3D.
  • Use the quickpicker to select flights you want to keep an eye on.
  • Quick demo of most important statistics.
  • How to use the thermalmarker.
  • Display the declared task on the map.
  • Replay a gliderrace with multiple flights in 2D, 3D and the hybrid display.

Small demo of 3D flight replay.

September, 2017

Still fighting some small bugs, but results are very promising.
Enjoy this small demo of the Sisteron Grand Prix.

You can try this yourself in our viewer.

Experimenting the hybride display.

September, 2017

What if you can not decide if you want a clean overview on the map or to go for the cool 3D graphics : Maybe the hybride display is a cool option ?