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Old 06-28-2017, 12:18 PM   #11
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Welcome to DCS and welcome to retirement. You are about to enjoy, as do I.
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A couple if ideas you might consider.

An option to get your controls off the desk is to attach the HOTAS to your chair. You can either buy platforms for this or make your own. Ofcourse that depends on the chair. This was my solution which I am quite happy with. I also mounted a mouse pad on the chair. (wireless Razor Mamba).

I dont know if you are thinking Track IR but if you do, go with the Pro which you can easily convert to wireless. This works well with a wireless headset. Who wants wires hanging from their head anyway? If you search a little there are some threads on how to do this. Some better than others so choose wisely. It is important to get the right battery. I have been using the same one for over 5 years now and it has never died during flight time.

Have fun building out your system and rig!
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Old 07-25-2017, 04:00 PM   #13
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Now that the PC is up and running I’m going to start out with the A10C, of course. I have downloaded the 700 page manual, the Lobo version 8d checklist guide and bought a digital copy of PC Pilots special issue dedicated to the A10C.

I am getting ready for an extended business trip to Alaska, where I spent most my life, for business. The fun of these trips was gone years ago, they are a PITA now. Three weeks of LONG jet rides and boring hotels. Good time to start reading these manuals. I’m a bit of a nerd about these things, but I really enjoy reading these docs.

So…. Question is. When I get home and have my HOTAS, MFG Crosswinds and my beautiful 32 inch 4K monitor in front of me, which version of DCS world is going to make the most sense, 1.5 or 2.1? I understand the differences of geography. I also understand the Mapleleaf missions and much of the earlier training stuff is all centered around v1.5.

Will I be at a disadvantage to start from ground zero training in v2.1? Would be nice to have the benefits of v2.1 with all this new hardware, but I don’t want to limit my training.

Anyone out there been where I am with this decision? I suppose I can go v1.5 for 6 months to a year as I gain proficiency and then move up to v2.1 as we get closer to “the big migration”.
Any thoughts, experience or informed opinions would be most appreciated.
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Radial,
What I recommend is that you go through the tutorial missions in 1.5 before you leave on your trip. This will familiarize you with the cockpit and systems as well as give you some context when you are reading. Trying to digest the manual without context is like trying to read a technical manual without knowing about what system you are studying.

Once you go through the tutorials, you should at least have familiarity with the alphabet soup that includes TMS, CMS, DMS, SPI, SOI, SADL, CDU, EAC, etc. All of these will become second nature, but without context things get even more confusing. Once you have at least seen it, you can hit the manual, but don't worry about reading it cover-to-cover. Think of it more as a reference: read overview sections and skim the more detailed system stuff (e.g. CDU functions) because you won't retain it without context, but at least you'll know where to find it again.

I also recommend Chuck's A-10C Guide and watching Bunyap's On the Range series on YouTube (though you can skip the A-10A entries in the series). Chuck's guide is a great reference that also presents the information in a more narrative fashion (good when you're away from a PC), and Bunyap's series is well reknown.

Good luck!
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:33 PM   #15
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Home Fries... Thank you for the advice. Will make every effort to follow it. Schedule is a bit tight a few days before a three week business trip. Makes perfect sense though. I'm going to assume the tutorials are a bunch of watching rather than doing. Let's see if I can make it happen. I will attempt to at least get a start on them if I can't get all the way through before I head out. Thanks!!
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Hi Radial9, welcome to DCS! My pop is retired and I am in the process of introducing him to DCS also. Heading home in a few weeks to help him set up his controllers and get him started on some of the 'simple' aircraft like the F-15. He also has lots of hours in FSX flying all over the globe, and is quite interested in the piston fighters so also getting him into IL-2:BOS. Will be interesting to see how he takes to the 'newer' fighter jet combat in DCS.

The tutorials in DCS are very good and put you in the aircraft watching and doing - so very good for learning your way around the cockpit as Home Fries suggested. Take it slow with the A-10 and start with the basics like simply flying it and navigation etc. Then when very comfortable with that stuff move onto delving into the CDU more, then moving onto weapons employment - so progress just like real aircrew do when converting to a new aircraft!

I would highly recommend getting yourself a TrackIR 5 as well, pretty much a compulsory piece of equipment for flight sims.
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OK Gentlemen... Thank you for the advise and thank you for the warm welcome!

Was able to install DCS 1.5 and the A10c. Configured them and am quite pleased with the results. Was able to watch the first tutorial video. Hopefully will be able to watch a few more before heading out. I feel like a 16 year old kid with a new toy. Tempting to set my responsibilities aside and crank up another tutorial. But.....

Another quick question. Was able to get a summer special of the A10 and the Black Shark for a good price. They also have the A10 for 2.0 along with a mission on sale. And... Normandy and asset pack. Serious coin for something I may not be doing for months yet. Should I take advantage of this or do these sales come up every six months or so? Don't want to miss out.

Will give some thought to a HOTAS while I'm bored at 30K feet for 9 hours. The Warthog is serious money. Not sure how I'm going to take to blowing the $$it out of stuff yet. It's the cockpit and the flying that is the attraction here. Might just be able to fly just fine with a CH stick. But who knows, I might find air to air combat a wee bit of fun....

Thanks again!!
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:51 PM   #18
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I was able to find some time to run through the first six lessons of the training. MUCH was simply following rote commands without really knowing what was going on, but as per the excellent advice to do this, it should help a great deal over the next few weeks as I find time to read the flight manual, Chucks Guides and a few other resources I have tucked away for the trip.

I have no experience flying a HUD. I can see I’m just going to have to spend considerable time doing basic maneuvers to get learn to trust the instruments rather than my eyes on the horizon. I was able to accomplish a few 360’s within 500 feet either side of altitude and keep fairly consistent airspeed.. I’ll take that as a win for now. When landing there was indeed WAY too much going on, but after I was able to pause the sim, get the ILS programed for Batumi I was able to find my way there. Over shot the runway on approach and reciprocal headings half a dozen times before I was able to align, on the reciprocal runway, don’t you know, and was able to get the flaps and gear down and land the beast about 20 feet off the side of the asphalt. I’ll take it as a win.

Pretty much convinced me I need a MUCH better HOTAS. I’m using a TM T-HOTAS X, with no programming or profiles. But fun was had by all concerned and it did give me MUCH more of an idea of the cockpit as I read more over the next few weeks. Great advice, thank you!
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Another quick question. Was able to get a summer special of the A10 and the Black Shark for a good price. They also have the A10 for 2.0 along with a mission on sale. And... Normandy and asset pack. Serious coin for something I may not be doing for months yet. Should I take advantage of this or do these sales come up every six months or so? Don't want to miss out.
I started out with FC3, the A-10 and Black Shark. I think I paid full price.

From then on I would wait for the sales to pop up which they do quite regularly.
Most every other module was bought on sale!
I do own them all!
(Yes, I admit I an a serious addict! Warning!!!!! There is no cure!)

Recently I bought the Viggen (awesome aircraft!)
Normandy and the WW II asset pack pre-release.
This saved a few bucks, I could not wait for a sale to occur on these!

So enjoy the A10!
Sales happen often.
I printed the manuals for that important "Office" ie: bathroom, reading material!
Seriously though, having the physical manual in my lap made learning MUCH easier. Anything I need to know was right there without leaving the cockpit. While paused of course.

The only problem with this whole scenario is ED went and released the Gazelle!
I was just getting comfortable with the A-10! Dam!

My poor A-10 sat in the hanger, rusting, while my days and nights were spent in Helo heaven!

YMMV

Oh, and welcome to the nut house!
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Pretty much convinced me I need a MUCH better HOTAS. I’m using a TM T-HOTAS X, with no programming or profiles. But fun was had by all concerned and it did give me MUCH more of an idea of the cockpit as I read more over the next few weeks. Great advice, thank you!
Since you're obviously dedicated and not just testing the waters, I recommend going full-hardcore with the HOTAS Warthog. It is based on the A-10C HOTAS, and every switch and button is mapped in-game. Honestly, I can't even imagine trying to manage the A-10C tactical systems with a T-Flight X. I had a tough enough time with the Cougar (which is essentially the same stick, though fewer switches on the throttle). If you know you're in for the long haul, you might as well suck it up and start your good habits now. Besides, you'll appreciate the Warthog with the Shark as well, being able to map the Shkval functions to the hat switches.
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