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DCS Series Flight Sims / BF: SA342 Changes
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:37:16 am »
Mostly for Relent - this is in the BF Discord Announcements - I had mentioned it on comms a few nights ago:

"After the next restart, there will be a few changes to the Gazelle variants and their capabilities on the Persian Gulf scenario. Please note that the Caucasus scenario will remain unchanged at this point.

SA342L: will remain unchanged, can carry troops + crate, uses helicopter lives, spawns with regular loadout
SA342M: will be able to gather intel and call in bombers, can also carry a crate from now on, uses helicopter lives, spawns with regular loadout
SA342Mistral: will no longer be able to gather intel or call in bombers, can no longer carry a crate, can now carry troops, uses interceptor lives, spawns with 2/4 missiles

These changes should help reduce the Mistral's ability to dominate a small airspace while still keeping it viable and hopefully somewhat increase the Mike's usefulness.
As usual, these changes are done as tests in preparation for the upcoming official round. Please provide us with (constructive) feedback and let us know if additional issues arise."

IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad / Request to Switch Sides
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:44:06 am »
I'd like to switch sides (blue) starting tonight if possible ?


Matt Wagner
DCS World Hornet, Persian Gulf Map, and Su-33 Free Weekend!

"Starting Friday, 28 September 2018 and lasting until 1 October 2018, play DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, DCS: Persian Gulf Map, and the Su-33 for DCS World for free! The Hornet and Su-33 include all the missions and campaigns as the purchased versions, and they can be played in both single player "

DCS Series Flight Sims / Su-25T Question
« on: September 25, 2018, 09:04:20 pm »
I was able to fire some of the rockets, but when I loaded up with the TV with laser guided, I had the laser on - target was locked, and it was giving me authorization to fire.   I held the release button for what felt like eternity, and it never fired the rocket.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong ?

Had this on one of the training missions as well

DCS Series Flight Sims / hornet+gulf map bundle
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:56:18 am »
hornet+gulf map bundle

Coming October 1st, 2018 and lasting until October 21st, 2018, purchase the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet, the Persian Gulf map, and the Su-33 together for just $89.99! This bundle has an almost $150.00 value.

This is a bundle only. However, if you already own the Hornet or Persian Gulf map, then we have a deal for you! DCS: F/A-18C Hornet owners can get a $10 discount on the Persian Gulf map, and Persian Gulf map owners can get a $20 USD savings on the Hornet! These savings last until October 1st, 2018.

DCS Series Flight Sims / F-14 Heatblur Tester Comments
« on: September 21, 2018, 05:15:15 am »
ran across this...

If this doesn't make you excited about the F-14 I don't know what will . :)

Quote from: BlackLion213;3354932
Great question. :)

In terms of stick and rudder activities, the F-14 certainly takes more time to learn than the Hornet. That said, it's certainly not an unruly beast to fly. It was stable and well mannered in normal flight with some gotchas that you need to account for at high AOA. But compared to other modern fighters in DCS (like the F-5E or F-15C, non-FBW jets) it feels pretty similar except that it is a bit less responsive in pitch and roll during normal operations. There is a sense of inertia when initiating pitch, but big inputs get the nose moving quickly (and potentially building AOA quickly so don't just pull the stick into your lap and leave it there). However, its pitch rate can match the Mirage and F-15C (and exceed the rate of both at speeds less than 350 knots), so performance is excellent.

Roll is also much more stable than the F-5E or F-15C in that it takes bigger inputs to generate significant roll rate and max roll rate is slower than either of those. Also, depending on speed, stores, and G-loads you will see either proverse or adverse yaw during roll. It is generally not something that requires compensation, you just might notice it during maneuvers.

One of the gotchas is control reversal at high AOA - once AOA reaches the 20s or so, left stick will generally result in rolling right. The key is that above 20 units AOA you use the rudders to roll and this works great. However, if you don't turn off roll SAS before starting these maneuvers and try and rudder roll, SAS will try to cross control the aircraft and a departure is fairly likely.  You need to set-up the jet for ACM with a couple of system settings (like the SAS system).

Landing the F-14 is really fun though! :) The aircraft likes to slide around laterally on approach and roll inputs generate adverse yaw followed by the desired lateral movement. The aircraft also requires frequent adjustments to the glideslope since it likes to float (it has a ton of lift in the landing configuration). On the other hand, you can really slam it onto the deck and don't have to worry about flaring. I'm a Heatblur F-14 tester so I've spent a lot of time in the module and tried to land the F-5E recently - blew both tires. :music_whistling:
So staying on course requires some effort/attention, but touchdowns are easy.

However, the kicker is that the module is simply so much fun to fly. I whole-heartedly agree with this statement: 

The Tomcat really feels like flight and is very rewarding to fly - more so than anything in DCS imho. The FM is simply fantastic, very dynamic depending on flight regime, stores, speeds, etc. It feels like you are piloting a machine and the challenges make it much more enjoyable in the end. It is bewitching and awesome. I think people will love flying it. I also have no doubt that the Hornet FM will be exceptional, but the piloting sensation will probably be covered up somewhat by the FCS.

Systems wise the Tomcat is certainly much simpler than the Hornet - largely because there is a division of labor between pilot and RIO. Most of the complicated systems are managed by the RIO and the pilot really focuses on flying and weapons employment. RADAR, TCS, INS, and ECM/countermeasures are all handled by Jester or your human backseater. This lessens the learning curve a lot. Jester is also coming together very well and is already very useful for both WVR and BVR (even with further improvements on the way).

So overall, both these aircraft will be exceptional modules and the experience of flying them will be very different. Its a bit like comparing shirt and pants - you really need both. :)

If you love flying then the Tomcat will offer more of that. If operating systems is your favorite then the Hornet is the clear choice. Even novice pilots will be able to fly the Tomcat well with some practice (especially the F-14B). It just takes some time and effort, but learning is really fun and rewarding.



 I really hope the Oct announcement will let us get our hands on this bird. 

IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad / Icons and Externals
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:32:50 am »
I'm dropping out of our campaign as long as we continue to aid the fighter pilots with icons and externals.  Ruins the fun for bomber pilots.

To see 7+km big icons is just a complete deal breaker for me.

Its not easy getting to targets and to have a big "here I am come shoot me down" just ruins the fun.

On a side note - just.imagined 16 AKA pilots flying together on TAW - wreck havok on PvP servers...

Good luck - thanks for Scorp and others for making the campaign work - too bad we never compromised as my original idea had suggested. (No vote - no conversation)

General Discussion / FPS: Squad
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:03:31 pm »
Anyone here play Squad ?

Looks pretty good, was tempted to try it out sometime.

Seems like with some friends on comms it would be pretty fun

DCS Series Flight Sims / "Trading" Modules - Support Ticket
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:21:26 am »

Posting this here since it's a topic right now with the helos'

DCS Series Flight Sims / Join our discord
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:47:04 am »
Would be nice if you guys joined our AKA discord.

We have 5 guys on there now, would be nice to not have to use a forum to talk and share info...

DCS Series Flight Sims / Blue Flag - Persian Gulf - Question
« on: September 01, 2018, 11:51:38 am »
So, with Blue Flag primary server running PG now, I have two questions:

1. from my understanding only a few of us are missing the PG map ?   If we want to fly this, I'd buy the map.
2. are we sticking with Red side ?   (Personally I'd like to, as I'm doing the Ka-50 until the sale comes) - Dino joined Blue, but might be able to switch he said. 

I still don't mind doing the BF Caucasus map - but I don't want to be the only one  :)

DCS Series Flight Sims / Open Beta hotfix
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:30:19 am » Open Beta hotfix

Mi-8MTV2 and Ka-50: Memory of Hero campaign added
VR glitch with modal windows fixed
Unit icons on F10 view fixed for multimonitor configurations (note: second screen doesn’t cleared after switching to F10 view)

Mission Editor
GUI Error when try to load some static templates fixed
GUI Error when selecting a group of units after loading a template fixed

So, not sure how this happened, but Red ended up winning . :)

That said...

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