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  1. Wow, that's interesting, and makes so much sense. Those "Luneberg lenses" are so compact to be able to light up a full aircraft. Thanks for the info!
  2. How do stealth aircraft operate during times of peace? I assume a stealthy aircraft is (almost) invisible to all radar, both military and civilian. Flying unseen must be a risk, especially but not only in civilian airspace. I know there are transponders - while those broadcast an identity, I don't know if they provide a location. Then there's the datalink-type stuff, but that's only useful to whoever has matching equipment. Certainly not civilian operators, and I imagine a small minority of military operators. Separately, I assume a military wouldn't want civilian air t
  3. Just in case anybody else is puzzled by this in the future... Thanks to Ice41 for spotting the jetwash. This mission starts with a line of F16s and F15s ready to take off. Approximately 35secs after each one passes in front of the player's F16, there's a dose of jetwash that's strong enough to disrupt INS alignment. That's despite the runway being 200m away. I've tried holding steady using both chocks and the parking brake together, but they're not sufficient. The only solution I found is to wait until all other planes have taken off, then start INS alignment.
  4. Yes, that 's a good idea too, thanks. This is what I like about the DCS community - so helpful.
  5. Ah, that could be it - there are planes taking off nearby, maybe I'm somewhat in their jetwash. I'll give it a go tomorrow and set the parking brakes earlier, thanks - I appreciate you taking the time to give me the great suggestion!
  6. Hi. I'm not putting this post in the "bug" section because just it's me doing something stupid. Can somebody please point out my error? It's INS alignment in the F16. I think I'm following the same cold start process in the two attached tracks... "day startup.trk" is a cold-startup in a mission I created. The INS alignment proceeds as normal. I stop recording before completion of alignment, because there's no need to sit through minutes of it. It works fine though. "night startup.trk" is me applying the same startup process, in the mission that comes with th
  7. Thanks all - interesting answers, and they make sense.
  8. How frequent is it (in the real world) to separate the halves of a split throttle and have them at different levels? Is it only done in the case of an unusual problem with an engine? I'd guess that for minor asymmetric thrust problems, maybe trimming would be a simpler way to even things out. The question came to mind because looking at some throttles, there are hats and buttons across both halves of the split throttle, which I imagine might be awkward to use if the halves aren't together.
  9. We're speculating on revenue models, when we don't have visibility of the ED's figures. I don't know what models would or wouldn't work for ED, but I do have my own priorities: I want to "own" the thing. Legally I don't think we can own software, but we can "own" the perpetual license to run it. It's not the same, but it's as close as we can get. I think the "simulations" software category ages pretty well. I still use a certain combat aircraft sim from the late 90s, a certain WW2 submarine sim from 2007... I "own" them and can install them regardless of what happens to the companies that d
  10. Aw Jeez, look at the size of those release notes. Am I supposed to read them all? By myself? Stupid ED giving me all this work. ( Good work guys, looks like a great release :) )
  11. There's a guy called Phil who has a DCS WW2 Youtube channel, and he . The outcome seems to be that the spotting in DCS (at least air-air) is accurate, but requires the zoom level to be correct in relation to your distance from the screen - which leaves you very zoomed in with a narrow field of view on a typical screen If you zoom out to see more of the cockpit and surroundings, the spotting is far more difficult.
  12. I'm quite happy with the less frequent releases. When I was a developer, I can remember the constant pressure of very tight release cycles. There's probably a lot of fixed overhead involved in issuing a release and probably difficult to automate testing. Less frequent releases may mean more improvements/fixes. Also means less stress on my F5 key waiting to see if there's a new release every Friday/Wednesday :)
  13. I don't know enough about the Eurofighter to have strong feelings either way, but it's one of those mods I'll have to buy. I'd imagine it'll feel a bit different to the F/14, F/15 and F/16. The Viggen is an interesting mod for the same reason. I remember a Eurofighter sim from the mid-90s (not sure if I'm allowed to name it here) that was fun but played electro-music while flying. I'm glad that trend hasn't continued to DCS today!
  14. Have you the F-16, or plan on getting it? If so, the Hornet will have a similar capability, whereas the Harrier is quite different. (obviously there are differences between the F-16 and Hornet, but I find them more similar than most other jets while actually flying)
  15. On a practical level, I'd agree. It would make it possible to decide whether or not I have time for "one more mission". However, just to be devil's advocate... for me the main strength of a scripted campaign (versus a dynamic campaign) is the story-telling. When I watch a movie, I can sometimes tell that although the story appears to be ending, there's a twist coming - we're not yet near 1:30. Telling me the expected duration of a mission may also prepare me for an upcoming twist. An element of uncertainty might sometimes be best...?
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