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Yeah, I combined the posts because both announcements came out at the same time; so shoot me. :nuke:

First, the Spring sale is now through March 31st. While the deals aren't as huge as in years past (most likely to offset ED's loyalty bonus now in effect), FC3, P-51, and the Huey are all 60% off.

Just a reminder for folks who don't have FC3, you no longer need Lock On to install it, so $20 will get you six more aircraft (not counting the MiG-29 variants), and the Su-33 6DOF cockpit and F-15C AFM are just around the corner.

The Huey is also $20 and is (at least in my opinion) the best DCS module out there. It's not system heavy like the A-10C or Ka-50 (only 8 steps from a cold aircraft to the starter button), but the challenge is in the flying itself. Mastering the Huey will make flying the Ka-50 (with stabilization) as easy as flying fixed wing, and will make you a much better helicopter pilot in general. Besides, who doesn't love screaming at 15 feet and 100kts cranking Wagner or CCR? :nana:

Here's the original post:

From March 26th to March 31st, Eagle Dynamics will have discounts up to 60% off the following DCS products:

DCS: P-51D Mustang. $39.99 now $15.99 (60% off)

DCS: UH-1H Huey. $49.99 now $19.99 (60% off)

DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3. $49.99 now $19.99 (60% off)

DCS: A-10C Warthog. $39.99 now $27.99 (30% off)

DCS: Black Shark 2. $39.99 now $27.99 (30% off)

DCS: Black Shark 2 Upgrade. $29.99 now $20.99(30% off)

DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight, Pre-Purchase Beta. $49.99 now $39.99 (20% off)

DCS: Combined Arms. $29.99 now $23.99 (20% off)

A-10A: DCS Flaming Cliffs. $14.99 now $11.99 (20% off)

Su-25: DCS Flaming Cliffs. $14.99 now $11.99 (20% off)

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/

Note: As these are products on sale, purchases during this sale will not be applied to the DCS Customer Bonus System.

Next, the 1.2.8 Preliminary change log (emphasis in quotes is mine):

Note: As a preliminary change log, any and all items listed below are subject to change between now and 1.2.8 release. Additionally, more items may be added between now and release.

DCS World
• Added Su-25T 6 DOF cockpit.
• Added initial Oculus Rift support, this does not include front end GUI yet.
• AGM-114L/K: Increased speed to about 1.4M.
• TACAN added to Lochini International (25X; TBS).
• Corrected detection ranges of ground target by aircraft sensors. This can determine spotting of enemy ground units when Fog of War mode is enabled.
• MQ-1 Predator: The radar has been removed.
• Corrected wingtips vortex position for flyable aircraft.
• Corrected HE warheads for unguided rockets.
• SAM Hawk: Decreased altitude detection range from 25 to 22 km. Increased missile battery control time from 60 to 80 seconds.
• SAM SA-11 Buk. Increased max speed from 3.2 to 3.4M.
• MPQ-53 and SA-10 SR radars: Decreased minimum RCS detection level of target from 0.15 to 0.04 sq.m.
• Fixed client crash when attempting to add task 'Fire At Point' for a dynamically created group.
• Su-25T: SPO-15 sound is now muted when electric power is OFF.
• "LockOn" label has been deleted from FC3 module description in Main Menu.
• User images in Kneeboard will no longer disappear after window switching.
• ME: Fixed toolbar becoming inactive in some conditions.
• ME: Corrected location of the buttons in mission goals window.
• Added internal cargo trigger.
• Reworked chaff and flare rejecting logic for AA and SAM missiles.

DCS Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight
• Corrected campaign and single missions.
• Emergency jettison switches are now wired correctly.
• Fixed swapped buttons on the UV-26.
• Hardpoint racks and additional armor can now be disabled.

DCS: UH-1H Huey
• ADF AN/ARN-83: Audio signal can now be heard in all modes.
• Fixed animation of control lamp on flare dispenser control panel.
• Fixed side M134 bracket arms clipping with side doors.
• Added 3D model for wipers motor in cockpit.
• Barrel block of M134 minigun now rotates in correct direction.
• Pilot and co-pilot sights are now removed from the "civilian" variant.
• Added additional armor option to the ME.
• Fixed blurred texture of the tail rotor when damaged.

DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3
• Added F-15C Advanced Flight Model (AFM)
• Added Su-33 6DOF cockpit.

• Su-25: SPO-15 sound is now muted when electric power is OFF.
• A-10A: "Minimum Speed" sound is no longer heard during repairs.
• MiG-29: EOS has had its detection range reduced to realistic performance levels.

DCS: P-51D Mustang
• Left smoke generator will no longer be present when user added to loadout through in-game menu {LAlt + '}.
• Decreased count of tracers in the guns.

DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 2
• Corrected gun shell cases appearance point.

DCS: Combined Arms
• Corrected color of bullet tracers for 23 and 30mm SPAAG and 2A42.
• Added SAM unit acquisition/search radar display.
• Added ability to control naval units from the Command Map.
• Laser ranging and automatic barrel elevation for tanks.
• Increase destructiveness of 155mm artillery round.
• Control of air units now possible for clients in multiplayer.

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Today Only (3/29): 70% OFF EVERYTHING.

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/

EDIT: the time of the flash sale is for 3/29 Moscow time. Doing the timezone conversion, that may translate to the sale dying at 4pm Eastern on 3/29, though since Chizh posted the flash sale at noon according to the DCS forum we may be looking at 4pm on 3/30 instead.. It's certainly worth checking the link after 4pm, but pulling the trigger within the next couple of hours is the safe bet.

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Thanks for the info! Bit on the Combined Arms and two choppers offer.

But will have to learn to fly the A-10 and hopefully the FC3 aircraft previously gotten first.

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16:20 and the sale is still going. I guess we're looking at 4pm tomorrow.

@Fittop, glad to hear it. We'll be happy to help in any way possible. I'm decent with the A-10C and solid with the FC3 aircraft, and I can help you out with the Huey and Mi-8 as well (though I'm much better with the Huey). Neph is the guy to talk to learning the Ka-50.

EDIT: just saw the "two choppers offer" you posted and there are three. Which ones did you get?

Do you have a time during which you're available for flying DCS? We were looking at adding a DCS fly night as well.

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I got the Ka-50 and the Huey. Thanks for the offer. Hope to take you guys up on it, but need to learn the basics first. So far, the same old problems of having to use the keyboard since I'm just using the basic joystick functions in P3D . (Yeah, I know, :rolleyes: )

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Fortunately, you don't have to deal with that too much with the Huey. Most of it is stick and pedal. I could walk you through a cold start in the huey: only 8 steps to starter trigger.

Fit, what kind of stick or HOTAS do you have anyway?

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You can do fine with the X52 pro, though you will have to do some shoehorning for all of the A-10C HOTAS functions. Perhaps Skeeter can upload his profile when he gets back; we set it up a while back to mimic (as closely as possible) the actual Warthog HOTAS.

The X52 with its twist rudder and feel is also pretty good for the huey. Also, AFAIK DCS World automatically assigns functions to the X52 as well, so you won't need to build anything from scratch.

EDIT: Skeeter picked up the Huey as well, so there are three of us who can fly airmobile ops! :dancinguy:

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Latest addition to the change log:

DCS: World
Added FREE TF-51D for DCS World!
Improvements to the multiplayer scoring system.

DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3
Russian fighters. The angular size of HUD indication was reduced to real volumes.

Looks like everybody can fly the P-51 now, but you have to be a paying customer to shoot anything. Not a bad deal; the P-51 is a fun bird to fly.

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