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Old 10-02-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default Bankler's CASE 1 Recovery Trainer

Now with F-14B Tomcat support!

What is this, an interactive CASE 1 trainer?

Yes! I made this mission with the intent to make it easier and more fun to practice your skills around the boat. CASE 1 recoveries are one of those things that most sim pilots (that are into somewhat realistic naval flying) want to get proficient in, but it can sometimes be tedious to practice it.

The scoring system has been developed with guidance from Lex (former F/A-18 pilot and US Navy flight instructor).

How does it work?

The mission spawns you 10nm behind the boat (there are also slots for cold start and cat if you’d prefer). As you fly over the trailing ship, the “pass” starts. Approach the carrier from behind and do all the pattern stuff (break, downwind, final turn and a trap/bolter). The mission will track your flying at certain points and give you a score on each point, as well as some real-time feedback. For instance, it tracks if you’re on the right altitude, if you’re on-speed, and how far from the boat you are when abeam.

After a trap (or bolter, or even a wave-off), you’ll get a summary on how well you performed in each section of the pattern, as well as a final score, where 70/70 is maximum. It will also tell you what wire you got.

Practice and track the progress

To restart the pattern, you simply fly back south to the trailing ship. The mission will tell you that you’re welcome back for another pass. In other words, don’t fly straight into the pattern. Instead always perform full CASE 1 recovery breaks and patterns (that’s the whole point of this practice mission).

The mission will also keep a little list containing the score of all your passes of the sortie, so you can see if you’re making progress.


Finally, there’s multiplayer support. You can launch the mission with your friends or squadron mates, and the mission will track everyone’s progress separately. Maybe you can even use it to host a CASE 1 recovery competition in your squadron?

Final words

I’m eager to hear your feedback so I can make adjustments and provide updates based on it. There might of course be smaller bugs and such, just let me know!

If this tool helped anyone out, or at least you had a good time with it, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

If you’re not already aware how to perform the CASE 1 recovery, I recommend watching these two videos:Many thanks to FlightControl (for Moose), Grimes (for Mist) and Lex and Gregory Brett (for patiently answering all my geek questions on his Discord), as well as everyone who helped out with play testing! Also big thanks to Matt Geders!

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Old 10-02-2018, 11:58 AM   #2
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Change log
* Added score for each step in the summary.
* Fixed bug where you didn't receive AOA score with Tomcat.
* Changed algorithm deciding when to start groove timer to be more fair.
* Adjusted wire estimation slightly to eliminate some or all false-positive 3-wire estimations.
* Cleaned up realtime text feedback.
* Removed LSO text callouts (voice is still there!).
* On SP startup, automatically setting ICS (Jester) volume to 10%.
* Changed radio channel on Stennis to Ch 2 (264.00)
* Removed the config-folder that was unintentionally in the miz-file.
* Removed some unnecessary debug log stuff writing to dcs.log.

* Added Tomcat support (airborne, on catapult, cold start)
* Identifying if you're flying Hornet or Tomcat and adjusting required AOA and such to match the current aircraft.
* Added groove time measuring.
* Increased max score from 70 to 75 (because of groove time score).
* Adjusted overhead tanker pattern to make it fly smoother tracks.
* Changed Stennis TCN to 74X.
* Changed overhead KC-130 TCN to 37X.
* Fixed bug that caused some problems when restarting the mission.

* Changed the scoring system into a 70 pts system. The system is quite similar to the old one, but has tweaks in the allowed errors, and what score deductions are given for certain deviations. These new changes are based on feedback from Lex (former F/A-18 pilot and US Navy flight instructor) who has been very helpful.
* Made some tweaks to stand-still-on-deck handling, hopefully resulting in that it should be rare that you don't get score after getting pulled back by the wire.
* The script now allows you to fly a little wider than the 1.2 nm abeam recommendation (up to 1.4 nm) abeam, still giving a perfect score.

* After a trap, when you cut the power, the summary will now show up much faster than before.
* Added hint that you need to stay still for a little while after cutting the power, until the score shows up.
* You can now use the F10 radio menu to toggle the LSO feature on and off. For instance, you might want to turn it off if a player acts as the LSO.
* Moved the SAR helicopter to the right side of the ship, 1.0 nm away.
* Support for 20 players (8 players in Enfield and Ford flight can now start from Batumi in VFA-37 Hornets).
* Renamed the player slots to Chevy, Colt, Dodge, Enfield and Ford 1-1 through 1-4.
* The feedback will now print the players' names as well as their callsigns (Chevy 1-1 etc) to make it easier to see who's who in multiplayer.
* LSO should no longer give you feedback as you cross the wake, but wait until you're actually in the groove.
* The carrier's BRC is now 353 MAG (instead of 354MAG / 000 TRUE as before) as a workaround for the spooky DCS bug where you can't connect to some cat shuttles if the carrier is going straight north.
* Tanker radio is now on Ch 19 (253.00) as per Gregory Brett's recommendation.
* Script will no longer start running if you pass over the trailing ship above 1300 ft (solves the issue where it could trigger when you were flying in the overhead stack).
* Pattern will now get aborted if you ever go above 2000 ft.
* After the carrier turns south (which is after 4 hrs or so), the new BRC stated as you fly over the trailing ship will now say 173 instead of 353.

* Added grading for all the groove parts (start, middle, in-close, ramp), so you can now get up to 200 points for a pass.
* Corrected some LSO calculations.
* Added rudimentary LSO voice calls. This is a work-in-progress but at least adds a little to the immersion. Thanks for the advice and the recordings, Lex (former F/A-18 pilot)!
* Added a little sound effect to confirm that you have reached the trailing ship and you are welcome to start the next pass.
* Fixed a bug where the auto-cockpit-setup procedure left some buttons on the UFC in the pressed state, sometimes causing weird aircraft behavior.
* Removed four of the static aircraft on deck to make more room for player aircraft.
* Removed MIST dependency.

* For SP (and for the host in MP) the cockpit is now automatically setup when you start the mission (not after changing slot). You still need to lower the hook, and tweak the radar alt settings as you require.
* Allowing more distance from the boat when upwind, which should eliminate some uncalled-for aborts.
* Now looking at the glideslope angle, rather than the altitude when determining how well you perform when entering the groove. Aim for 3.5 degree glideslope instead of 300 feet altitude.
* Moved the ships on the port and starboard side of the carrier farther out, so you don't get into the habit of using them as visual cues.
* Implemented rudimentary LSO callouts in the groove (text only for now).
* The boat will now turn and go back south after around 4 hours, making the mission suitable for hosted MP servers. (Thanks funkyfranky for the assistance!)
* Moved the whole mission further east, so you can see some land in the distance as you fly.
* Renamed Upwind to Break Entry.

First release


v 4.1.0:
v 4.0.0: 633
v 3.0.0: 1165
v 2.2.0: 274
v 2.1.0: 241
v 2.0.0: 387
v 1.0.0: 635

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Old 10-02-2018, 12:07 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot, will try it out today .. currently I can do the case 1 sucessfully, but the scoring aspect of your mission seems very interesting and I'm sure it will help me to improve on my recovery "style"

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thanks - ill give it a go when
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Cool stuff, will check it out soon Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:44 PM   #6
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sweet ill check that out
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:54 PM   #7
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Looks fun

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Old 10-02-2018, 01:32 PM   #8
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Excellent facility! If I have one very minor observation, it is that the flt deck is very crowded, making a quick exit a little difficult.

I have not yet found where the debrief is stored.

Flown it 3 times to date - scores between 60 and 97. So some way yet to go.

I can see this being very popular with our group.
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:36 PM   #9
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Much needed
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:54 PM   #10
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Brilliant. This is a big step from just trapping.
Now I can see how well I performed and horn my skill forward from the results.

Thank a lot.
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