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DCS Series Flight Sims / Training for combat servers
« on: July 30, 2018, 06:29:05 pm »
If we are going to be effective either in our own training missions, or on Blue Flag or other online PVP servers, we each need to be combat effective in multiple aircraft and multiple roles.  Going forward, I propose everyone who wants to do combat missions online meet the following goals:

Be combat proficient in at least 2 aircraft (fixed and/or rotary).  This means being able to do basic navigation (if such instrumentation exists in the aircraft), and be able to use all available weaponry available to that platform.  (Exceptions can be made if some weaponry are known to be banned from the servers we will be playing on).
Also, the aircraft you are proficient in must cover at least two roles. 

The roles are as follows:
CAP – Combat air patrol
CAS – Close air support
SEAD – Air defense suppression
Trans - Transport

Note that some aircraft can fill other roles than what is listed below, but they do not do that roll well enough that they would be a primary role for the aircraft.  Example: The Viggen can carry several heat seekers so it can destroy aircraft when in a pinch but since it does not have an air to air radar it will not be used primarily in a CAP role. 

Blue Flag / Mission available aircraft:
Aircraft - roles
A-10C - CAS
F-5E – CAP / CAS
F-15 - CAP
F/A-18C – CAP (once TGP is enabled then CAS will be included, SEAD will likely be included as well)
KA-50 - CAS
Mi-8 – Trans
Mig-21 – CAP
Mig-29 - CAP
M2000C – CAP / CAS
SA-342 – CAS / Trans
SU-27/30/33 - CAP
UH-1H – Trans

If everyone is capable of flying at least 1 aircraft from two different roles then we should be able to fill any needs of the server. 

Please list what aircraft you are currently sufficient with.  And what aircraft you currently own that you are not proficient with but are aiming to work on and need help with. 

This gives us some specific goals to strive for in regards to what aircraft to train on and for what topics.

DCS Series Flight Sims / Air Traffic Control around the carrier
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:48:13 pm »
Given how many problems we have had with managing patterns of multiple aircraft in the pattern I found this. 


I don't expect us to adhere to this perfectly.  But this DOES give us a good baseline on how to operate as people are entering, leaving, and reentering the pattern at different points.

Please at least remember the terminologies. 

It has been added to the Hornet library thread.

DCS Series Flight Sims / F/A-18C Radio
« on: June 10, 2018, 04:58:30 pm »
I would normally post this under the issues thread but seeing how a LOT of people are fumbling on this I figured it deserved its own thread (I will add this to the video library thread as well).

How to operate the F/A-18C radios and ADF.

DCS Series Flight Sims / F/A-18C Video Thread Library
« on: June 04, 2018, 08:36:06 pm »
Wags Videos
1. Intro -
2. Cockpit -
3. Startup -
6. Airfield landing -
7. Waypoints -
8. Rockets, ATG Gun -
9. CASE 1 carrier landing -
10. ATA Gun -
11. AIM-9 Sidewinder -
12. Unguided bombs -
13. AIM-7 Sparrow -
Additional Carrier landing examples -

Other videos
Topgun's Startup and Catapult launch -
Controls suggestions -
Countermeasures -
Selective Jettison -
Autopilot modes -
G-Limiter -
ACM Radar modes -
ATA Radar BVR -
AIM-7 Sparrows -
ATA Refueling -
Radios and ADF -
Carrier ATC -
CASE 1 Landing explanation Part 1 -
CASE 1 Landing explanation Part 2 -
CASE 1 AOA and Trim managment -
CASE 1 Landings Examples -
Formation flying -
Radar ACM Modes -
Radar RWS -

DCS Series Flight Sims / F/A-18 Issues thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 07:32:07 am »
Making a thread specifically for issues found in the Hornet so we can work collectively on it.

Issue 1.  Nose pitching up uncommanded after launch.  Likely associated with a Master Caution and a trim warning on the FCS page.
Solution:  From the sounds of it this happens when you launch without flaps set to Half.  Adjust your airspeed to less than 250 kt and cycle your flaps from Full to Auto.

DCS Series Flight Sims / Calling all Blue Angels
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:05:09 pm »
Like all of you by now (most likely) I saw the new trailer today for the F/A-18C.  And in a few of the scenes I saw that they had the Blue Angels livery for the aircraft.  So ... that means ....


Anyone who is getting the F/A-18C on release (or within a day or two of it releasing) ... if you have an interest in trying to do some formation flying a la Blue Angels please contact me/respond here.  I'm not sure how many slots they have for a normal formation (6?, 7?)  but to leave some padding to minimize scheduling conflicts let's say ... the first 10 people who respond here can get a slot? 

I'm not saying being so serious that if you are off speed by a knot that we beat you with a wet noodle.  I'm looking to have fun with this.  I know this will eventually lead to a couple (or more) mass explosions in the sky as people do mid-air collisions. 

Between now and release we could find an aircraft that we all have in common (or resort to the TF-51 if nothing else) to try and practice some close in formation flying. 

What do you all think? 

Annnnnnnnnnnnd GO.

DCS Series Flight Sims / DCS 2.5 patch
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:12:58 am »
New patch notes up.

Deferred shading locked to on.
SA-342 TV broken
Lots more (and mostly positive).

DCS Series Flight Sims / DCS Night Thur 4/19
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:25:19 am »
So last week was the stress testing of the training mission with one version of the radio spawning code.

This Thursday will be the testing of the mission using an alternate method of spawn coding. 

Be there or be square.  :)

DCS Series Flight Sims / Persian Gulf Pre-purchase is up!
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:25:55 am »

DCS Series Flight Sims / Here comes .... the Falcon
« on: April 06, 2018, 05:57:58 am »
It looks like the F-16C is finally making its way to DCS.

DCS Series Flight Sims / Training video
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:00:36 am »
Got the hardware issues figured out I think.  Made an intro A-10C video yesterday.  Link posted in the sticky thread.  More to come soon.

In order to avoid possible issues of old code conflicting with the new version I am rebuilding the Caucus DCS Multipurpose training mission from scratch in DCS 2.5   The miz is saved to the Dropbox called: AKA 2-5 Multipurpose Training Caucus ver 1  Right now I am just getting all the units put in place, then the target groups, then the waypoints.  Once I get to that point we will have to review it to see what coding logic to put in it.  Rel, Clutter, Ram, Jstek, will want your input on that.  I certainly want to put the radio spawning of targets back in.  I would like to do some infantry helo extraction missions (but whether we do them like I had before, or with more updated logic is up for debate).

DCS Series Flight Sims / AV-8B Startup Checklist
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:32:16 pm »
New version of the checklist uploaded to the Dropbox.  Ver 1-3.  This version does have some basic instructions for ground INS alignment BUT that feature is not yet active so any steps in blue font can be ignored for now. 

DCS Series Flight Sims / New 2.5 mission
« on: February 03, 2018, 08:40:53 am »
Well ... ok ... this isn't exactly a mission.  I made mission last night in Caucus based at Senaki that has 2 of every aircraft just so I could see if I could put that up and be able to log in.  Took about 5 minutes to load (as opposed to my normal training mission which took 20).  I've been spawning into all of the aircraft this afternoon and I have noticed as I jump out of one and into another it seems to take longer each time so I wonder if they have some major memory leaks going on.  I will continue this afternoon when I get back from my errand running.  The mission has 30 unarmed trucks to the south to practice weapons on.  Will put an air target or two in but still have other things to do (radio freqs and maybe a couple waypoints for some aircraft).  This is mainly to test out your graphics settings and do some free flight and some light weapons practice in.  Once I have it fleshed out and checked will upload it to the Dropbox.

If we want to do the regular training mission (since Blue Flag appears to be borked) someone else with a better rig than mine will have to host.  Mine just isn't up to it at this point. 

DCS Series Flight Sims / Certification preference (REVISED)
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:50:21 am »
Per suggestions I have remade this poll so users have 3 choices. This poll will close after the DCS session on Sat. 2/10/18.  Majority wins ... you snooze you lose.  Pipe up and vote.  If you know some AKA members who do DCS but do not normally check the forums, poke them and make them aware of this poll. 

So, currently I have a certification program set up for the A-10C, and for the KA-50.  Those will likely need to be updated once 2.5 is finalized but that shouldn't take too long.  But making a whole series for a new aircraft can potentially take a while (depending on what aircraft and how complex it is and how many roles it fills). 

Once I am ready to make another certification series ... which should it be of?

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