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  1. Ok, I got my permission. Here's my translation. The checklist is "quick and dirty", the author said he'll try to post a proper one if he finds time. STARTING UP THE Mi-17 1. Batteries to on - DC voltmeter to battery bus 2. Ground power on - DC voltmeter to ground power 3. Turn on R-863 4. Turn on the 6 CB rows, lights as needed, beacon light (mayak) 5. Turn the PO-500 inverter into manual mode, AC voltmeter to 115V 6. Rotor brake off, left correction, condition levers to middle position - locked 7. Turn DIM transformer switch to main 8. Check fuel quantity, set fuelmeter to service tank 9. Turn on the fuel pumps, open fuel fire shutoff valves, turn on the fire suppression system 10. Turn on CBs third left or right, check backup hydraulics, turn on main hydraulics 11. Turn on AI-9V - spool up under 9s - max temp: 880°C up to 20s - idle in up to 30s - idle max temp: 720°C - up to 30 minutes of continuous operation permitted - warm up time up to 1 min 12. Perform IV-500 and 2Ya6 Ground tests, check backup DIM transformer 13. Turn on TV3-117MT engines: - AI-9 max temp: 750°C - at 45% RPM oil pressure above 1kg/cm2 - check "engine start" light off and RPM at 65% within 30s - RPM at 73+6 within 60s - max temp: 780°C - rotor RPM at 40 - 45% with one engine on and 55-77% with both on - turn PZU on once engine reaches idle - warm up time 1 min 14. Turn off ground power ENGINES RUNNING, LEFT CORRECTION 1. Turn on the AI-9 generator and check voltage (27V) and current (up to 100A) on STG-3, turn on "equipment test" 2. Perform hydraulics, RI-65 and 2Ya6 Air tests, check flasher 3. Note parameters 4. Do a partial acceleration test of the engines 5. Test RPRs 91.5±2.5%=118%±2.5 (no idea?) RIGHT CORRECTION 1. Turn off "equipment test" 2. Turn off AI-9 generator (cool down: 30 - 60s) 3. Turn on SGS-40PU generator, voltmeter to generators, turn on rectifiers 4. Set the 115V and 36V inverters to auto mode 5. Give command to turn on navigation equipment 6. Turn on flasher, mayak, flares, set the DISS-15 to "work" mode 7. SPU U-52 test 8. Check the readjustment (перенастройка ?) of the main rotor 9. PZU test (startup 20 - 40s, temp rise 10 - 15 C) 10. Check 204V generators and 115V transformer 11. In winter, test the anti-ice system, turn on the KO-50 (main rotor 60 - 72A, tail rotor 110 - 150A, PZU 65 - 120A, windshields 40 - 120A) Note that the engines in the checklist are TV3-117MTs and our birds have TV3-117VMs - so the temps etc. will be different. I may have mistranslated a thing or two, don't be too harsh ;).
  2. The only tank/IFV specific advice I can give is to make sure the laser warning receiver is on and to pay attention to it. A tank will need to lase your friend before it can shoot at her accurately. If the LWR goes off, jink, and retreat back to where it was safe. Other than that, general rules apply. Prepare your route well, know where you are, know where the enemy might be, keep scanning as you go, use terrain cover and take it slow. Deny the enemy the opportunity to shoot at you altogether rather than try to dodge incoming rounds.
  3. There are two kinds of flight models in the game: SFM - Standard Flight Model AFM - Advanced Flight Model SFM planes fly as well as planes in most other realistic sims. They're not bad, but AFM is in a class of its own. Have you tried the free Su-25T that comes with DCS World? It's an AFM plane. Notice how it performs during take offs and landings, when entering stalls and spins, after taking some damage... SFM doesn't offer all that fidelity and smoothness. As Mariusz said, you won't notice the difference most of the time, but where you will notice it, it'll add a lot to your experience. There is a powerful mission editor included with DCS World and a campaign editor. If you haven't already, download DCS World (it's free) and give it a try.
  4. Not exactly all of them - there's no campaign for the MiG-29A and G, only for the S. But other aircraft (Sukhois, both American planes) have campaigns and the Su-33 even has two.
  5. The Mi-8 does have an IR jammer visible on the external model (it's the big "mosquito lamp" behind the engines). I don't remember reading if it'll be functional in the final version, it doesn't seem to be functional now...
  6. You mean the hover and low speed control indicator (that's how it's called on the DCS website anyway)? It's a great thing to have when landing, as the name suggests. Bellow about 40kph of IAS your (horizontal) velocity indicator will become unreliable because of the helicopter downwash. And, as I said, your vertical velocity indicator is laggy. The hover and low speed control indicator remedies this somewhat. It's part of the DISS-15 doppler navigation system and it tells you your forward (up to 40kph), sidewards and backwards (up to 25kph) velocity as well as vertical velocity. The big "inverted cross" thing in the middle is your horizontal velocity scale and the arc on the left side is the vertical velocity scale. One thing to keep in mind though, the doppler navigation system uses ground speed (GS), not air speed (IAS) - wind and altitude may cause your IAS to be significantly different from your IAS.
  7. Keep in mind that the VVI has some lag. If you're losing ETL rapidly (slowing down rapidly) and thus your descent rate is rising quickly, the VVI may still show you a safe 3m/s when you've already accelerated to, say, 5m/s. To prevent it slow down more gradually and keep a wider margin of error (descent at 1 - 2m/s) at least until you gain a better feel for the helicopter. Also, the hover and low speed control indicator (the instrument in the top right corner of the pilot-commander's instrument panel) also has a VVI that I think is less laggy. I try to keep both my pressure and doppler vertical velocities in the "safe zone".
  8. Unless, like me, you're interested only in 2 or 3 aircraft out of the bunch.
  9. I asked the author of that checklist for permission to translate and post it here. It's very different from the one you posted, so it's probably easier for me this way.
  10. I have it from another forum - so it's public but it's in Polish. I can translate it after work if you want.
  11. The most recent update fixed the bug requiring one of the solutions I listed. Now all you have to do is turn on the batteries, the 115V inverter, the radio and intercom CBs, tune the radio to the right frequencies and switch the ICS/RADIO switch to radio. I tried it yesterday and it worked for me. One thing I'm probably doing differently than most people is I switch the inverter to "manual on" (instead of "auto") until I have the generators online. I'm using a checklist provided by a Mi-17 pilot and that's what it calls for. I don't know if that's making a difference.
  12. Thanks for the explanation. :)
  13. Thanks BST :). Having my nose wheel turn 90 degrees to the side during every startup was annoying.
  14. I'm not sure if it's a bug or working as intended. I tried to do a test of the anti-ice system during start up, while the engines were running at idle correction with the generators off. I had no ground power and the APU, APU generator and equipment test were on. I had no current on the ammeter, even though the anti-ice systems were turned on manually. Once I had the engines on full power and the generators on, there was an indication on the ammeter.
  15. During the light check (mayak) some lights don't come on: - DC ground power, - Pitot heat test lights, - The light under the inactive air horn switch on the left side console.
  16. Flipping the left shutoff valve cover also moves the four position switch on the left triangular panel (I think it's the windshield wiper switch?).
  17. Rudder trimmer controls whether the rudder is also trimmed when you press the trimmer button. I used to have it on when I flew with only my stick. Once I started to use separate rudder pedals, I turned it off. There's also a center trimming mode which works like in the Ka-50. Just turning off the helper should stop the weird behavior you described. It's supposed to be some artificial "easy mode" for new pilots as far as I understand. I don't know what it does exactly besides messing with your trim.
  18. Make sure the "Control Helper" in the "Special" tab in the options is disabled. I'm not exactly sure what it does, but some players reported it was messing with their trimming. I have the same Thrustmaster T16000M and it works fine.
  19. Hi wolle, It crashed on me once as I was taking off from Shpora. On the previous run it went fine (but I VRSed into the ground... so embarrassing), and on my third try it also went smoothly. So I don't know... keep trying I guess. Or maybe you can edit that mission out of the campaign? Oh, and that was my one and only crash during the whole campaign. Either I'm lucky or that mission is the only problematic one.
  20. I looked for a similar thread and to my surprise I couldn't find one so... I've just finished the last mission of the campaign and I wanted to share what I liked and what I liked less - since this is after all a beta. Here's my little review. I like the general mission design. They are the right length, solid and offer plenty of variety. From regular transport flights with landings often in difficult terrain, through a bunch of combat scenarios, CSAR, CAS, insertions, extractions, convoy intercepts, to some quite unlikely roles, like artillery spotting or coordinated nighttime attacks with Su-25s. You really feel you're flying a multi-role helicopter that may have less punch than the Ka-50, but can do a lot of stuff that the latter can't. I also like the approach to navigation - of which there's plenty and it can be quite challenging at times. But hey, just because you're in an older machine without a GPS or INS doesn't mean you can only fly along roads and rivers. With some practice (and help from the navigator, who calls out turns at least in the earlier missions) finding your bearings becomes natural. But you can never quite stop paying attention to where you're going. Overall I liked the campaign, it kept me interested from the beginning to the end. I also feel it made me a better and more confident virtual Mi-8 pilot. Now for the bad... Voice acting is just as bad as in the Huey. I realize this is probably not a priority to BelSimTek, and I agree there are more important things. Still I think the module would greatly benefit if better voice actors were hired to do the campaign. When I heard my avatar recite "the BTR just blew up" in his "what a nice weather we're having today, don't you think" voice, my immersion bubble burst despite all the great work that's been put into making the helicopter sound realistic. It may be my flying, but routinely I was returning to base with barely any fuel left. I never actually ran out, but I heard the bingo fuel warning during most missions unless I loaded an extra 10 - 20% of fuel. I don't tend to screw up my landing approaches or get lost, so it's either that my flight profiles were very inefficient, or maybe the missions could use some extra fuel... The mission maps aren't detailed enough and I had to use the mission planner to figure out what to expect when I reach my destination. Detailed maps of LZs and target areas would help greatly. Perhaps the missions are a little bit too easy. They got more challenging towards the end, but I never had to repeat a mission more than once and I only had to repeat three missions at all because of my stupid mistakes. But maybe I'm just that good ;).
  21. No problem, it's interesting to me as well. I can't wait to get the full manual ;).
  22. FYI it seems it was a bug and it's getting fixed in the next patch: http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=119212
  23. I don't think only one weapon at a time is possible. But there clearly are some limitations and I would love to know what exactly they are. OT: If anyone's interested, I know what limitations the MiG-29 FCS has in terms of weapon configurations.
  24. Ok, I think I got this. The procedure I explained above (plus dialing the right channel of course) worked in 1.2.6, but it doesn't work in 1.2.7. In order to use the radio in 1.2.7, in addition to the above steps, you need to either: 1) ask the ground crew to connect external power and switch External DC Power to on, or 2) turn on the APU, then the emergency generator, then the "equipment test" mode, or 3) turn on the standby rectifier (the switch is on the center console, protected by a red cap), or 4) turn on the engines and the generators (that of course defeats the purpose of asking for startup clearance...). I'm not sure this is working as intended, maybe AlphaOneSix or one of the other resident Mi-8 experts could shed some light? Anyway, one extra tip. In front of the R-863 dialer there are three switches, the rightmost is the squelch. Turn it off and you'll hear static when the radio receives power - useful for experimenting with the electrics ;).
  25. Up to 1.2.6 I got the radio working by turning on the batteries, inverters, two CBs (command radio and I think intercom? Second and fourth one in the top right row...) and switching the intercom/radio switch to radio. I can check if that still applies in 1.2.7 once I'm home...
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