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DCS Series Flight Sims / Flip them the bird video
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:37:32 pm »
The last part of the video series of me and Dino trying to do the Topgun Government Relations scene that ended .... well .... not so well.  Amusing.  Enjoy.

DCS Series Flight Sims / F-14 Progress
« on: March 24, 2019, 09:01:16 pm »
So I know a lot of us have picked up the Cat.  I'm curious where everyone is at with it. 

What have you focused on (pilot or RIO, or both)?
What things have you got down?
What things are you working on now?
What things do you have questions on?

This module will, without a doubt, require a lot more practice and training than most other modules to date.  So far there have been a lot of good videos (see the other thread with that listing).  But even with all those, it will still take practice.

Thus far I have focused exclusively on the pilot seat.
I have the startup sequence down and running pretty quickly now that I know what checks/tests can be cut out.
I've got airfield and carrier takeoffs down, and also 
ATA guns
ATG guns
CCIP bombing
Radio (manual and presets)
Once I started using bomb mode for ATA refueling I was able to take on 70% of a full load.  But this will need a lot more practice.
Landing at airfields isn't bad, but the carrier is another story. 
I just reviewed ILS system tonight and the ACL but haven't utilized it. 

DCS Series Flight Sims / Time for a formation flight
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:41:04 pm »
Ok.  We really Really REALLY need to have a AKA DCS formation flight now.


Whichever you got.  Let's pick a day and time and do this. 

DCS Series Flight Sims / Controls not responding bug
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:39:38 pm »
It appears after the latest update there is an occasionaly bug where one or more of your peripherals (stick, throttle, etc) will still work as far as their axis (pitch, roll, etc) but suddenly ALL buttons and hat switches on it stop responding.  I ran into this tonight.  I even unpluged and plugged back in my impacted devices to no effect.  I ended up having to close out DCS and relaunch before it would work again.  After that it didn't do it again.  But just be aware of this.  It sounds like a number of people on the forums had this happen to them. 

DCS Series Flight Sims / Christen Eagle II Pre-order
« on: December 28, 2018, 07:43:56 pm »
The Christen Eagle II aerobatics biplane is out for pre-order.  I know most people won't be interested but just seeing who all may go for it. 

I have picked it up and I know Clutter has as well.  Will be interesting to try and do some Hammerhead maneuvers and the like.

DCS Series Flight Sims / Bulleye and BRA
« on: December 19, 2018, 08:12:49 pm »
This will be important to know going forward.  Definitely will need to review this and practice.

DCS Series Flight Sims / JTAC Training
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:20:04 pm »
Per request, this evening I created a small MP mission specifically for training in JTAC employment and has been uploaded to the dropbox:

Right now it supports F/A-18C, AV-8B, and A-10C using IR, optical, and laser mavericks, and laser guided bombs. 

DCS Series Flight Sims / The AKA DCS Aircraft Certification Challenge
« on: October 26, 2018, 06:53:31 pm »
Gentlemen.  I am here to officially announce the AKA DCS Certification Challenge.

What is it?

The main goal is to expand your understanding and proficiency of an aircraft.  The side bonus is you get to brag to your fellow squadron-mates and, oh yeah, did I mention the chance of winning DCS modules?!  Lastly, as AKA starts to redo existing campaign missions, or makes new in-house missions or campaigns … it is likely that some aircraft will be limited in number for some missions so-as to prevent balance issues.  Those pilots who are certified in the aircraft they want to fly will get first choice of those aircraft slots.   

How does it work?

To begin you must contact me regarding the aircraft you want to certify in (out of the list of currently available certification programs).  The list will be pretty small to start with but will grow over time and I hope to have all of them represented eventually.  Once I have registered you into the program I will send you the first mission in the sequence which you will run as a single player mission and when it is complete you will save the resulting track and send it back to me to be reviewed.  You will get a scoresheet afterwards that shows your score, what parts you missed so you know what to work on, and if you are cleared to move on to the next task or if you need to re-fly that mission.  You can retake a mission as often as you want.  There is no set deadline that you have to complete the entire certification program in, but you DO have to submit at least one attempt at your current task at least once every 30 days to show that you are continuing to try and make progress.  Once you have passed the current task I will send you the next mission and so on until you get to the certification final exam test mission(s).  Once you have passed the final exam, you are certified.

What happens then?

Once you have completed a certification program your name will be entered into a drawing.  At the end of each ‘season’  (right now I’m thinking a season will last 6 months), I will post a short video of me drawing one name from the pot.  The winner gets their choice of ONE FREE DCS MODULE OF THEIR CHOICE.  (Excluding combo-pack deals).    If you complete more than one certification program then you get an entry for each one completed thus increasing your chances. 

When does this start?

I would like to officially start this on December 1st, 2018.  There is a possibility I may have to have a surgery sometime in the remainder of this year so if you submit a track for grading it may possibly take me up to a week to get it graded depending on what happens. 

What aircraft programs are available?

I should have the certification program for the A-10C ready to go by December.  Hopefully I will have the KA-50 program ready to go a few weeks after that. 

What should I expect?

Work.  This will not be 3 missions and done.  The point of this is not to know absolutely every last little thing that you can do in the aircraft, but rather just to be proficient in all important tasks that may be needed in a combat aircraft.  But that will still be a fair amount of tasks.  Some aircraft will have shorter programs and some will be rather lengthy (just depends on what it can do).  Bear in mind I will be available whenever possible to help train you up on any areas where you need assistance.  And if I am not available for a particular aircraft then I will arrange some assistance from another subject matter expert. 

Can I request the next certification program to be created?

If you have a suggestion for what aircraft to make a certification program of next please let me know.  If a particular aircraft gets multiple votes I will take that into consideration.  Bear in mind that the aircraft/module needs to be reasonably finished (so, for example, the Hornet would not qualify as it is still missing far too many components at this stage). 

Admins.  STICKY.  THIS.  POST.  :)

DCS Series Flight Sims / ATA Seminar
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:36:44 pm »
I think it is high time to do some specialized training. 

Right now with the radar borked in the Hornet, that leaves the following aircraft with good air radars:

Mirage 2000

I'd like to see some subject matter experts hold some training on these aircraft.  For the Mirage, I would think MattE would be our go-to for.  What about the others?  Who among us who know the aircraft and its radar systems backwards and forwards would be comfortable holding a training on any of the other aircraft?

For those people who would be able to conduct such training,  what would be the best day and time to do so?

This thread has been started so people can place feedback here regarding bugs (or potential bugs) found on the server.  Confirm results of testing done.  And a forum for suggesting new features/tweaks, etc. 

Newest version is now 2.4o.  - Removed the static red FARP in the helicopter range and moved the Blue Flag target FARP South of Senaki into that location.  Added a second group of
IR-ZSU targets so the FARP can be 'reset' 3 additional times.  Will do more later once I have tested some.  Fixed the infantry spawning logic (I think).  Added a AJS37 to Krymsk airfield so it could practice
BK-90 or bomb runs on a FARP target. 

Note: Since it moved locations to a different sandbox it is now found under the Helixopter area menu.

DCS Series Flight Sims / Flight seat ?
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:32:37 pm »
I found this and am seriously considering it as long as the budget allows. 

Has anyone else heard of it / considering it?

Sorry for posting so late.  I'm still dealing with a sick pet and had to do another emergency vet trip this evening. 

It has been suggested that we do a sit down to better determine our direction. 

I would definitely like to talk about that at some point in the very near future probably on a Monday or Thursday meeting.  I am thinking about Oct 4th @ 8:30pm EST so that gives a full week for this message to get out to everyone (since some of us don’t read the AKA forums).  If you know anyone who pops into DCS but does not check these forums please make them aware of this. 

In the mean time these are some things you all need to think about prior to the coming meeting.

1.       What server are you wanting to do?
a.       Our own campaign missions?  (We tried one out on Saturday and after some tinkering we got it to work and it did rather well.  We could certainly expand on this IF we get enough consistent design support from AKA members).
b.       Blue Flag?  If so, which one?
c.       Through the Inferno?
d.       Other?

2.       Which side do you want to play on, Red or Blue?

3.       What aircraft currently comprise that side for that server?

4.       If you have to pick 2 roles which roles would they be?
a.       CAS - Close air support/ground attack (fixed wing)
b.       GA - Ground attack (helo)
c.       CAP – Combat air patrol / air superiority
d.       TRANS – Ground transport (utility helo)
e.       SEAD – Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (fixed wing)
f.        RECON – Aircraft that are able to call in support strikes, or are able to carry crates but not troops or controlling ground vehicles via Combined Arms (only on servers that support this role),  - (fixed wing, helo, ground vehicle)

5.       If you have to pick (at least) 2 aircraft available on that server that will fill at least 2 of the above roles, what will they be?

6.       Is Simple Radio (SRS) required for that server?

7.       Do you have Simple Radio set up and working on your system?

8.       If you do not currently have SRS on your system, are you willing to install it and try and get it working?

9.     Are you able to commit to at least 1 day a week for squadron activities? 

10.   If so, what day(s) would work best for you?

The end objective here is we need to determine what we are flying on, what aircraft will be available, what aircraft you will specialize (i.e. get fluent) in, and therefore … what you need to practice on (systems, tasks, weapons, and tactics).  Lastly, once we know what everyone is flying, we need to pick some resident experts who are willing and able to make a commitment to hold trainings on those specific aircraft so everyone can get up to speed.

To answer the question before it gets asked.  I do NOT require anyone to do manual starts of aircraft during combat evenings every time you start.  If you want to use autostart, go for it. 

HOWEVER.  I will say that I DO ask everyone to go through the manual start sequence of the aircraft that they are going to specialize in so that you are at least familiar with it and can do it if the need arises (i.e. the autostart sequence fails) so that you are not sitting useless on the ground for 30+ minutes trying to figure out what is wrong.  I think the rule going forward is … if you rely on the autostart … and you try the autostart twice and it fails both times, after that you need to start manually.  I have step by step startup videos for ALL non-FC3 aircraft (except the new Yak-52 module) on my YouTube channel here:   

For the Mirage, you can skip the INS alignment sequence since most servers have the option selected that the INS does not require alignment.  For the L-39 you do not need to set up the ADF/RSBN channels.  With those exceptions in mind, any DCS aircraft can be manually cold started and gotten to a ready-to-taxi state in less than 8 minutes (most aircraft can take far less time than that).  Remember, we are usually on the beta version of DCS.  Things can and will break (modules in general, or particular systems/weapons on some modules, or automated sequences).  So you need to be prepared to work around problems as they arise. 

If you have any other points we need to consider please list them so they can be addressed during the meeting. 

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