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  1. Home Fries

    Tales of an aging gamer....

    I thought that helicopters were so ugly the ground repelled them.
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    Tales of an aging gamer....

    VRS is tricky. Two things you can do. Big thing is to make sure your VSI doesn't fall below 500fpm (or make an aggressive pitch pull before it approaches 1000fpm). If it gets below 1000, all you can do is move yourself out of the vortex ring into clean air. The other thing is to pick up a Jetseat and download Simshaker for Aviators. The feedback you get will let you know you're entering VRS before you can see it on the gauges!
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    Tales of an aging gamer....

    We'd love to have you guys. Tomorrow probably won't be a big turnout due to the playoffs (a few of us are Seattle Seahawks fans who will be watching the game), but we're definitely interested in adding folks. We already regularly fly with the Virtual Armed Forces (led by one of the guys who used to fly Total Air War with us), but we love to do missions with a lot of roles and things going on. We also primarily fly coop to keep the frustration level to a minimum, and when we do PvP (like during those Red Flags I mentioned) it's with an aggressor squadron that's more about training to objectives than it is about tea-bagging us online.
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    Tales of an aging gamer....

    I'll put in another plug for the Strike Fighters 2 series of games. They scratch the IL-2 itch of lots of aircraft to fly, varying assists/realism levels, and decent systems modeling without being <ahem> DCS. All of the games can be merged to the same install, so you can have one install with all theaters and flyable aircraft, along with a dynamic campaign. If you don't see the aircraft you want to fly, there is probably a high quality mod you can download. Only downside to SF2 is that it's single player only, which is a shame because the multiple aircraft and the campaign engine scream for multiplayer.
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    Tales of an aging gamer....

    I'll say this about DCS: It's definitely not for the faint of heart, but there are plenty of aircraft that don't require a Master's Degree to fly. There are no shortcuts to fighting the aircraft, but that's what makes it so satisfying. When you finally earn a kill (especially your first guns kill), it's special. I think the Huey is one of the most fun modules for DCS, and it's simple enough that you can cold-start it in six steps. The difficulty (and fun) is actually flying it, which is something that took me about 4 hours of practicing hovering before the proverbial light came on. Now I can land on the back of a frigate with regularity, do landings in hot LZs, and basically have loads fo fun. The only thing I'm terrible at is sling-loading, and it's just because I haven't put in the time to really learn it. For fighters, the Mirage 2000C has a very nice and comparatively simple avionics suite, and the best autopilot in the game. Just enable the autopilot and use the hat switch to set pitch and heading, or use one of the altitude settings. There are plenty of switches, but most of them are set-and-forget. As a first generation fly-by-wire, it's not a difficult plane to fly, but it will punish you if you abuse its envelope. Finally, there is the Flaming Cliffs 3 line, which has controls identical to Lock On (and Flanker 1 and 2 for that matter), but with much improved flight modeling. I think the best part of DCS is the multiplayer because everybody can contribute in a different way depending on how the mission is set up. We've done Red Flag exercises where F-15s and A-10s covered the rescue of a downed pilot (and yours truly flew the Huey), or having Hornets fly CAP while Harriers buddy-lase for others (like the aforementioned Mirage). Find the right group of guys, and they'll help the learning curve along, or even tweak the missions to accomodate people (e.g. allowing warm starts so you don't have to remember/perform an 8 minute startup procedure). EDIT: I almost forgot the free A-4E Community mod. This is a well-designed module that's easy to fly, simple to fight (though not necessarily easy), and the price is right.
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    F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    Is that Wombat? Bloody Hell!
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    ADF campaign difficulty

    Bill's Limo is also fun in multiplayer coop because you and your wingmen can sort and prioritize the tanks vs. bandits
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    F-22 Total Air War 2.30 (Final) Released

    and the players.lst file There is a utility that will zip it for you. In the TAW Launcher, go to "Graphics and Applications Configuration". Then the icon in the lower left is to back up and restore pilots. It will create a zip for you with what you need, then you can use the same utility to import the players on your new PC.
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    TAWTM Download Link

    Yeah, it is old. The installer doesn't do anything critical to the registry (if anything at all), so installing it on a virtual box and moving it to a 64 bit OS should work.
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    I always thought the bf109 could fly inverted?

    The fuel injection meant that neither inverted flight nor negative g's affected the fuel flow to the engine, but that does not mean that the plane could fly inverted for a prolonged period of time. I don't know what the limits are, but when I was training in the T-34C (turboprop, so a jet engine) the oil reservoir would only allow us 10 seconds of sustained knife-edge or inverted flight before risking damage to the engine.
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    TAWTM Download Link

    A while back, I was asked about being able to provide some of the modding utilities by MarkG; utilities which were instrumental in TAW 2.0. I got permission from Mark a while back, and I am pleased to say that I have found TAWTM on one of my cloud accounts. Here's the link for anyone who is interested. Best, HF
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    TAW TARGET Profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    my bad. I haven't yet updated the TAW profile, as the DCS profile is taking most of my time. I'll see what I can do, but no timeframe.
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    TAW TARGET Profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    Hi Wingedsky, The TPR is already supported in the latest version by directly being excluded. This allows the extra axes for the toe brakes, and you just need to map the TPR as another controller in DCS. Trust me: it's much better this way.
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    DCS World TARGET profile for Cougar and Warthog with MFDs

    Version 2.13 is now available. This is the last version that will be compatible with both 2.5.0 and 1.5.8. From here, 2.13 will be available as a legacy install for 1.5.8 users, and CTS 2.20 will begin support for DCS 2.5.2 and later. And yes, CTS 2.20 will include a Hornet profile. It will be a basic one to begin with (just something to map the HOTAS and MFDs) with features to follow. Change log: Fixed Keyboard/DirectX Push-to-Talk hot-selection Added high contrast MFD inserts for Mi-8 and MiG-15 Fixed VAICOM support for FC3 aircraft AV-8B: Added Jammer knob assignments to keyboard commands (requires AV-8B Controller LUA Improvements mod to be enabled) Fixed /I/O assignment for S1 with Warthog M-2000C: Mapped Decoy Program Selection to S3+H4L/R. Moved Barometric Altimeter to S3+LCON or LCON Long Fixed issue with Vent Selection Switch not working
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    A-6 Superpack v1.5 Teaser

    Downloads now available on Mediafire
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