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Hi Everyone,

 

This thread will remain locked and will contain change logs and development snippets/updates as we go along. :)

 

Changelog for today's hotfix:

 

2019-03-18 Hotfix Patch (Open Beta)

 

  • Add keybinds for nose strut kneel & extend

  • Disable Persian Gulf Tour & Dance of the Vampires missions temporarily

  • Potential fix for Page 3 (datalink) kneeboard CTD

  • Basic force feedback support

  • Corrected high-G damage model. Aircraft will now always disintegrate properly at excess G.

  • Jester Menu multimonitor fix (now centred)

  • Implemented extra VDI pitch ladder display modes

  • Added LANTIRN section to PDF manual

 

The next hotfix patch will contain RAM usage fixes that we've been working on over the weekend as well as bunch of other QoL stuff.

We had hoped to have these in the first hotfix but this build was compiled on Friday.

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Hotfix Today (22/03/2019) includes important updates for RAM usage as well as IO/CPU usage on mission start!

 

DCS F-14 Tomcat Hotfix Patch 22-03-2019 Changelog:

 

  • Prevent “Iceman” from using throttle on the ground.

  • Prevent NTDS datalink and CAINS on Kuznetsov carrier.

  • Reduce engine thrust at extreme altitudes.

  • Change sidewinder HUD movable reticle to show only center of scan pattern.

  • New sidewinder lock tone based on SME feedback.

  • Add Jester option to explicitly select some weapon station combinations.

  • Added tape player volume controls.

  • Significantly reduced F-14 RAM usage.

  • Significantly reduced Disk IO & CPU usage at mission start.

  • Reduced loading times.

  • Fixed JESTER being silent at mission start.

  • Rename input category HCU to Hand Control Unit for consistency.

  • Add keybinds for speedbrake toggle, hook toggle, parking brake, emergency jettison, anti-skid spoiler brake.

 

 

DCS F-14 Changelog 27th March

 

  • Fixed very frequent CTD due to Jester sound missing.
  • Increased roll moment from missing wings
  • Increased drag due to aerodynamic damage
  • Decreased lift due to aerodynamic damage
  • Tuned thrust for better adherence to level acceleration tests
  • Corrected refuel keybind to support 2-pos and 3-pos switches
  • Prevent gun drum counter reaching 7XX
  • Prevented JESTER from turning off radar at the start of a mission
  • Limit the sidewinder seeker-driven HUD movable reticle to the HUD FOV
  • Implemented ability to hide the stick grip.
  • Tweaked IR signature coefficient in non-AB and AB.
  • Fixed typos in RIO keybinds
  • Made Sidewinder pattern scan slightly tighter.
  • Play sidewinder lock tone only when explicitly SEAM locked.
  • Allow SEAM lock from sidewinder boresight mode.
  • Don’t play tape player button sounds when changing volume
  • Added more FFB effects: trim, airspeed & G effects
  • Corrected inlet efficiency reductions
  • Corrected lack of weathering on all tail surfaces in default liveries
  • Fixed VF-103 Hi-viz spelling errors
  • Fixed Autopilot off keybind
  • Fixed JESTER going crazy and rambling during A2A refueling
  • Tweaked wing overstress logic.
  • Wings will now continue to sweep past 5g.
  • Added night lighting to CAP drum
  • Added night lighting to LANTIRN panel (known issue: too weak)
  • RIO helmet in cockpit now matches exterior
  • Adjusted AIM-9 SEAM lock tone to be less ear murder-y


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DCS F-14 Tomcat Update Changelog - April 1st 2019

 

 

  • Fixed CTD with Jester sound memory allocation
  • Sidewinder volume input entries corrected
  • Removed 'ECM Jam Toggle' from the pilot input.
  • Jester "tune TAC" and "tune ground station" channel number fixed for channels >= 64Y (previously Jester was adding one to the channel number for that range).
  • Fixed Jester swapping X and Y when using TACAN manual tune.
  • LANTIRN sensitivity to fog and dust adjusted/fixed. Should now be possible to engage tracking with dust enabled.
  • Countermeasures mission editor preset loading fixed.
  • Fixed datalink frequency keybinds not updating panel rollers.
  • Tuned core and afterburner thrust slightly.
  • Adjusted inlet efficiency.
  • Adjusted compressor stall and other engine issue probabilities in SEC mode.
  • Redesigned FFB model to more closely match artificial feel system.
  • Fixed SEC mode nozzle behavior (always commanded closed now).
  • Tweak HUD VVI and AoA error (E bracket) towards realism per SME feedback.
  • Added Sidewinder circle scan (note: not visible!)
  • Fixed pilot+RIO ICS hot/cold/override keybinds.
  • Fixed sticky master caution keybind.
  • Add some community-supplied keybinds for: throttle mode, oxygen, emer wing sweep cover, eng/probe anti ice, asymm thrust limiter, hydraulic transfer pump, fuel feed, anti skid
  • Show IM/IN alternating with MV on HSD if mag var greater than 5deg.
  • Show TACAN info on HSD/ECMD in LDG display mode with AWL/PCD steering mode.
  • Reset guarded switch states for hydraulic transfer pump, emergency flight hydraulics, fuel feed, emergency generator
  • Radar: use selected elevation bars for supersearch and acquisition scan patterns.
  • Fix SP/PH missile firing order when not all 6 stations are fitted.

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Hey everyone! We're steaming ahead on all fronts. Here's today's changelog:

 

Open Beta F-14 Changelog - April 10th 2019

 

  • Fix for DDD aspect switch unit scaling for supersearch & acquisition.
  • Fix for being able to fill dropped external tanks.
  • Adjustments to structural integrity and wing snap code (hopefully corrects less lenient structural damage with higher network latencies)
  • Fixed floating gear emergency extension handle.
  • New: Added radar beam structure emulation to the RWR.
  • RWR gains and signal strength thresholds adjusted.
  • RWR threat library version changed to "R9D2".
  • Hook bypass switch input fix.
  • Tweaked 6-dof view limits. Less goosing through the canopy.
  • Converted some lua option strings to facilitate translation.
  • Added custom cockpit livery option.
  • Removed l10n folder from coremods.
  • Added another option to RADIO MENU AND PTT BEHAVIOUR: DON'T USE DEFAULT PTT (RADIO MENU) BUTTONS FOR SRS.
  • Additional push to talk entries for controlling SRS without interacting with the radio menus.
  • Added clickspots for the AN/ARC-159 buttons: LOAD and TONE.
  • Fixed ground air and electrical still on after flight.
  • Multicrew sync of ejection arm switches.
  • Fixed jester landing calls special option not working.
  • Restore functionality to show HUD movable reticle (pipper) for TCS in STT modes (hiding HUD steering tee implicitly).
  • Changed default Jester ripple quantity options to 2,3,4,6,8,16,28.
  • Fix Sidewinder keybind volume adjustment infinite loop.
  • Adjusted aerodynamic damage effects.
  • Small adjustments to thrust and drag models
  • Fixed the names of the RIO CMS input commands (AN/ALE-39).
  • Fixed the kneeboard displaying wrong mag var values for Nevada (first page).

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Major 2.5.5 F-14 Patch Changelog:

 

  • Quickstart missions: Caucasus: Free Flight tanker orbit fixed, Persian Gulf: Alert 5 readded
  • Fixed Mak79 MK-83 loadout on right rear station.
  • Mission fixes (AI radio and triggers) with voice overs from forum user “beppe_goodoldrebel”: Bear Intercept, Iran Flogger Faceoff, Tomcat Meets Foxhound, MiG-28 Furball - thank you!
  • Fixed Iran Reactor Strike and Trench Run Reactor Strike missions (added target waypoints in target area)
  • Fixed M61 and AIM-9 tutorial missions
  • Added SP and COOP missions “Operation Timber - Paving the Way” and “Night Hunter”
  • Fixed SAMs engaging with multiple subsystems not triggering the launch warning when the missile guiding subsystem wasn't the first strongest lobe of the tracking subsystems.
  • RWR threat library changed to R9D4: added HAWK CWAR, Blindfire (BF) and Rapier launcher (RP).
  • Renamed TCS roughnet map
  • Added Fictional Chromecat Homage skin (“the developer’s delight”)
  • Added B-side for tape player
  • Enabled CRS selector in AWL/PCD
  • Fixed some flap input bugs
  • Fixed flap axis range
  • Fixed flaps blowback bug
  • Added AFCS SAS channel toggle switches
  • Fixed some more key binding categorizations
  • Fixed some command categorizations
  • Added close jester menu bindable command
  • Ensure SEAM LOCK lamp lights up in LTS test even without sidewinder present
  • Ensure COLLISION lamp is lit during LTS test
  • Fix typo in keybinds: Enviroment -> Environment
  • Added some inertia to the turn and slip ball
  • Rearranged Iceman relative heading menu entries
  • When fenced in, Jester uses CMS mode switch position selected from the menu
  • Fixed Jester menu category icon being displayed for disabled options
  • Fixed Jester close menu while incapacitated
  • Jester menu fixed in VR
  • Jester will no longer give lost lock callout during dogfights
  • Improved missile announcement logic for Jester
  • Jester was sent to a fast typing course - waypoint entering speed has been improved
  • INS GO NOW reworked - it displays the type of alignment which would be used with GO NOW.
  • GO NOW should enter AHRS/AM if COARSE alignment is not achieved (previously IMU/AM).
  • Jester will interrupt entering the waypoints and switch to INS when the requested alignment option is reached; he will continue entering the rest of the waypoints after "ready to taxi"
  • Fixed current waypoint initialization for missions with no waypoints set.
  • It should no longer require to select another waypoint before selecting WP1
  • Ensure STT lock is lost when radar is disabled
  • Added new auto tune test conditions
  • Fix for Jester being unable to re-align the INS after landing
  • Jester now sets correct ARC-182 modulation when using "Tune ATC"
  • Jester menu options can be selected with the ICS PTT when using 'OPEN MENU: RADIO MENU KEY FOLLOWED BY PTT (SRS PRIORITY)'.
  • When using "OPEN MENU: RADIO MENU KEY FOLLOWED BY PTT (SRS PRIORITY)", the menu will hide only with a valid radio option selected or when the radio menu key is pressed again, but it won't hide with any PTT.
  • The minimum ICS volume exported to SRS is set to 0.2 - this emulates ability to communicate without intercom
  • Added custom viewport for Jester menu. Use "F14_JESTER_MENU" in your MonitorSetup file.
  • When "F14_JESTER_MENU" is not set, it defaults to "GU_MAIN_VIEWPORT"
  • Added special option to repeat RIO weapon type wheel on TID (VR readability vs realism.)
  • Added special option to require weapon selector press between OFF and GUN (disabled per default)
  • Corrected main menu sound files: fixes non looping soundtrack & black screen on exit
  • Added SUU-25 to RIO weapons roller
  • NEW: JESTER now uses RWS and ground stabilize if asked for.
  • Ground stab can auto recenter after a preselect time,
  • Jester can switch back to TWS automatically if needed
  • Jester uses wider scan pattern in RWS mode
  • Fixed radar pattern resetting to center in multiplayer/multicrew when changing modes
  • Some tweaks to phoenix PN and lofting params
  • Temporarily disabled automatic TWS MAN to AUTO mode change on phoenix launch pending TWS-AUTO final implementation
  • Ensure TWS missile tracking only goes to radar targets
  • Fix LZ showing on TID when vel vector is disabled on toggle button
  • Fixed countermeasures programs being initiated (one release pulse) with power set to OFF
  • Fix for time-to-impact not showing on TID for STT phoenix shots
  • Engine performance tuning
  • Fixed trim speed ramp-in
  • Adjusted pitch and phugoid damping
  • Adjusted rudder roll power at high AOA
  • Adjusted pitch with power effects
  • Adjusted drag in turning situations
  • Adjusted lift in turning situations
  • Adjust pitch trim ramp-in speed
  • Fixed nozzle position bug when losing oil pressure
  • Decreased max afterburner fuel flow above 55k feet
  • Added slight yaw moment due to fuel probe deployment
  • Fixed AP not being able to engage when using FFB stick

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Hotfix Changelog 14th of June

 

  • Fixed Jester doing only one action when asked to perform a series of actions of the same type.
  • Fixed negative values (formatted as large positive 32bit integer) showing up for TID contacts' altitude.
  • Fixed bad limiter input on fuel probe yaw moment
  • Fixed Jester radio tune and similar commands

 

 

Changelog July 3rd

 

  • Fixed potential CTD when TCS scans an object without a 3D model
  • Fixed Jester doing only one action when asked to perform a series of actions of the same type
  • Fixed negative values (formatted as large positive 32bit integer) showing up for TID contacts' altitude
  • Fixed bad limiter input on fuel probe yaw moment
  • Fixed Jester radio tune and similar commands
  • Fix to Jester stuck in the TCS mode (no TID repeater bug)
  • Fixed CMS readiness not syncing properly in multicrew
  • Fix for the F-5 being displayed as 'U' on the RWR
  • Make time less relative (multiplayer clock fix)
  • Small fix to Jester missile detection
  • Fixed AI Wings swept forward on spawn
  • Adjusted AI oversweep collision model
  • Kneeling and launch bar fixes for the AI
  • Fixed nose gear strut collapsing on touchdown for the AI
  • Fixed broken gear animations
  • Retweaked some lights intensity
  • Potential fix to right engine not starting after damage bug
  • Reduced drag in turning situations
  • Reduced rudder roll power from 15-40 units AOA
  • Added more nose down at high ct with flaps up
  • Reduced pitch rate damping overall, but increased pitch rate damping with flaps
  • Reduced pitch with power effect at high Ct
  • Reduced drag vs pitch rate at high alpha
  • Tweaked pitch rate damper fade out at high AOA
  • Increased lift vs pitch rate
  • Added pitch acceleration based damping and AOA rate pitch damping
  • Added narrow limit on pitch rate damper and increased strength
  • Adjusted Phugoid Damping
  • Added slight extra nose down moment with power/flaps up
  • Fix to pitch oscillation induced blackout issue


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DCS F-14 Changelog

 

Today's F-14 patch is primarily focused on new content (including great community content) and tweaking the flight model based on detailed and exceptional SME feedback.

Next patch will include substantial art developments/fixes and other system/jester related additions.

 

  • Added User-Campaign “OPERATION CAGE THE BEAR” by Kaba. Thank you!

  • Added Singleplayer Mission “HB Pitching Deck” for the Persian Gulf Map

  • Added Coop Mission “HB Pitching Deck COOP 4 up to 2 Crews” for the Persian Gulf Map

  • Changed camera max view angle from 180 to 140 (thx reddit user /u/ohyeah2389 for this)

  • You can buzz the carrier with your AI wingman, and he won't look like a flapping bird anymore

  • AI wingman will adjust wing sweep to match the lead aircraft when flying in formation with a human lead who has the tail hook down

  • INS shows correct groundspeed based on flight path angle (i.e. zero groundspeed when flying pure vertical)

  • Further increased pitch stability

  • Adjusted pitch moments for gear, flaps, and speedbrake

  • Adjusted drag for gear, flaps, and slats

  • Increased engine pitch moment with flaps down

  • Reduced engine pitch moment with flaps up

  • Slightly reduced refuel probe yaw moment

  • Slightly adjusted AB thrust from 25-35k @ M1.6-1.8

  • Increased roll and yaw damping with flaps/gear

  • Reduced drag while maneuvering at high alpha

  • Reduced inlet pressure recovery at high yaw rates (spins)

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DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 11-08-2019

 

 

  • Slightly increased G at which wing structural failure will occur
  • Adjusted pitch moments for flaps, speedbrake and power
  • Adjusted yaw damping with flaps down
  • Fixed wing sweep program indicator in bomb mode
  • Bomb mode now doesn't stick
  • ASH better handles spawn heading errors on carrier
  • Fixed INS drift due to DCS reporting different aircraft heading before and after spawn.
  • Fixed ASH wrong wind calculations, fixes bomb fall line inaccuracy at high wind speeds.
  • Installed anti-lag filter in the INS alignment routines - should reduce INS drift from lags.
  • Fixed afterburners being invisible - pending further improvement
  • Fixed invisible RIO DDD lights
  • Fixed invisible TID HCU lights

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Changelog DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 27-08-2019

 

 

 

  • NEW: JESTER can now tune radar elevation for a specific distance and altitude
  • Added JESTER Elevation Menu
  • Adjusted trim speed
  • Added pitch damping
  • Adjusted power at low speeds
  • Adjusted Speedbrake drag
  • Adjusted pitch moment with gear and flaps
  • Adjusted High AOA buffeting to start at higher alpha
  • Fixed VF-24 Livery
  • Gave JESTER a bit more trust in his pilot, adjusted his eject criteria
  • Fixed swapped x and y in map markers, will work with JESTER again
  • Fixed possible right engine flameout bug on in-air respawn
  • Added new Quickstar mission “Watching the Devildog - Laser Guided Bombs”
  • Added SP and COOP (2 Crews) version of Watching the Devildog
  • More Tweaking to Afterburners (which remain WIP)

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Changelog DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 23-09-2019

 

 

  • Add bindable toggles for AFCS panel
  • Add bindable toggles for Pilot Display Control Panel (PDCP)
  • Add correct default axis assignments for Thrustmaster TPR pedals
  • Ignore STAB switch in all radar PD modes (always earth stabilized in PD)
  • Fix radar altimeter aural warning remaining on forever when fix is lost while it was on
  • Reduced radar altimeter inaccuracy over water
  • Radar altimeter accuracy now also depends on the depth of water; it is more accurate over shallow water
  • Improved trimmer behavior
  • A/G impact point solution over water jitters less now (this affected rockets the most)
  • Fixed INS confusing spawn position if 2nd ship was too close to the carrier
  • Fixed TTG on dest not working if dest was left of the nose
  • Fixed being unable to detect small RCS aircraft
  • Added CAP-9M/CATM-9 to allowable stores
  • Updated mission fail trigger logic for Quickstart “Watching the Devildog - Laser Guided Bombs”
  • Updated mission fail trigger logic for “Watching the Devildog” SP and Coop versions
  • Further tweaking of pitch moment with flaps
  • Further tweaking of pitch damping
  • Improvements to flight model testing systems

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Changelog DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 15-10-2019

 

 

  • Fixed Padlock not working
  • Fixed CTD on back to spectator after flight is delayed
  • Possibly fixed CTD when using ACLS/Autothrottle - please give us feedback.
  • Fixed untracked contacts in TWS not timing out
  • Added F-16 to the RWR threat library.
  • Added HQ-7 to the RWR threat library.
  • Slightly reduced drag while maneuvering to improve maneuvering performance above mach 1
  • Further improvement of internal FM Test Systems
  • Adjusted high drag penalties for fully deployed slats/flaps at high speeds
  • Tweaks to buffet and full flap/slat deployment drag at high speed
  • Small adjustment to AB thrust at mach 1.2

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Changelog DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 29-10-2019

 

 

  • Fix for ripple bombs counting empty stations
  • Adjust default Num0 snap cockpit view
  • Fixed missing weapons for wingman in Normandy Dissimilar Air Combat Training Quickstart mission
  • Removed A2G set command for "Watching the Devildog" SP and COOP carrier start versions
  • Added Cage The Bear campaign cold start version. Thank you Kaba!
  • Several fixes to Cage the Bear hot start version. Thank you Kaba!
  • Fix for TCS line-of-sight not displayed on HUD in TCS slave mode (TCS slaved to radar) when it is tracking
  • Fix the ever-so-slightly misaligned radar scan coverage lines on TID
  • Reduced chaff effectiveness against AIM-54C
  • Added AIM-7F to loadouts
  • Updated to latest AIM-7M
  • Fixed smoothing errors on rear of fuselage
  • Improved appearance of exterior canopy
  • Re-positioned HGU-33 knob for visor-down in exterior (int pending)
  • Updated shader defs
  • Tweaks to memory management
  • Fix to ACLS wing drop in close when HDG and ALT hold are engaged
  • Adjusted drag penalty for full flap deployments at high speed
  • Adjusted buffet for slat and full flap deployments at high speed
  • Fix to buffet at full flaps

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Changelog DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 27-11-2019

 

 

 

  • NEW: Introducing NAVGRID for the TID
  • Added Jester functionality for Navgrid
  • Added Navgrid section to the manual
  • Make Jester switch to wide FOV on TCS more reliably when target becomes too large, including when TCS is tracking without radar STT
  • Increased IR signature for the F-14
  • Added AIM-7MH (aka AIM-7M H-build) to loadout
  • Further tweaks to Afterburner cone pending new afterburner effects
  • Fixed triggers for “HB Tomcat Iran Flogger Faceoff Coop” mission
  • Fix for IP to TGT settings not synced in multicrew (for CMPTR/IP bombing)
  • TCS: you can now fire phoenix and sparrow missiles on targets that have the radar slaved to TCS;WIP/not yet implemented: lock azimuth to TCS angle for RDR supersearch
  • Removed baking residue from cookies: black helmet knob shadow removed on default liveries.
  • Show more accurate radar altimeter reading on carrier deck
  • Allow hooking datalink targets on TID in all radar modes
  • Fix: Allow half-action HCU slewing in TV mode to override slave to STT for TCS direction
  • Fixed floating RIO mirror
  • Fix HUD glow visibility
  • Fix RIO console & instrument light brightness step keybinds
  • Increased brightness of LANTIRN panel lights & text
  • Increased brightness of RIO cockpit buttons/controls
  • Tweaked missile loadout drag values on all stations
  • Fixed double fuel weight assigned to ac on carrier spawn
  • Possible fix to right engine not starting on spawn
  • Improved lead pursuit steering solution for missile launches
  • Fixes to TALD loadout definition for Jester menu naming
  • Fixes to TALD drag influence
  • Fix CTD when trying to enter lat/long for location hook

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Changelog DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations 12-18-2019

  • Added JF-17 VID/ recognition callouts for JESTER
  • Added JF-17 to the RWR threat library as '17'
  • Added all variants of Tornado to the RWR threat library as 'TO'
  • Added utility kneeboard charts for radar elevation
  • Added utility kneeboard charts for scan bars
  • Updated both versions of Cage the Bear Campaign. Thank you Kaba!
  • Fixed Jester Navgrid Reference manual entry being stuck after first use
  • Possible fix for idle lockup RPM bug
  • Tweaked damage probabilities for the engine (the engine will take damage more consistently from direct missile hits to the aircraft)
  • Adjusted damage thresholds for aerodynamics/structures (the airframe, structure and flight surfaces will take damage more consistently from direct missile hits to the aircraft)
  • Tuned AB thrust for top speeds after stores drag improvements
  • Further increased full flap drag when deployed above 275 KIAS

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DCS: F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • Added Cage the Bear campaign COOP version, thank you Kaba!
  • Fixed Bone Strike mission for SP and COOP
  • Updated most SP missions to have mission goals enabled
  • Fix for datalink showing missiles
  • Fixed various initialization issues
  • Fix to nozzle logic during engine starts and shutdowns
  • Tweaked damage resistance for engines and wing tanks - direct missile hits will cause more damage
  • Aerodynamic damage improvements - direct missile hits will cause more damage
  • Fix for doubling of trim rate when using a FFB stick (also ignore vJoy as a FFB device)
  • Significantly improved drawcall efficiency of VDI and HUD - may boost FPS on drawcall/CPU constrained systems
  • Added default pilot bindings for the new VKB F-14 stick
  • Reduced audible range of exterior sounds
  • Added new compressor stall sounds
  • Fixed sound files paths for RWR, KY-28 and Walkman (2.5.6 compatibility)
  • Added lubber line to Whiskey Compass
  • Fixed gaps in weapons selector on pilot’s stick
  • Added RIO white floodlights
  • Added CAP category knob CW/CCW keybindings
  • Multiple low speed and ground effect handling qualities improvements in pitch axis
  • Slightly Increased Stab Power (also in ground effect)
  • Additional MIL and AB thrust tweaks for performance following stores drag improvements
  • Tweaked drag while maneuvering above mach 1.2
  • Reduced landing gear pitch moment
  • Removed glass from collision model
  • Fixed custom cockpit livery not registering (Thanks uboats!)

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02-20-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • Use INS for radar stabilization instead of real-time DCS values
  • Fixed regression in angle limits of radar stabilization that caused contact/track loss in RWS/TWS at large pitch angles
  • Fixed the transponder panel code ranges: M1 00-73 (5 bit octal), M3 0000-7777 (12bit octal)
  • Fixed regressions caused by SDK mismatch:
  • Fixed debriefing window not appearing
  • Fixed trim not working
  • Fixed debriefing window not appearing
  • Fixed AIM-9 SEAM/Lock
  • Mission starting in F10 view

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03-20-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • NEW! Added TID AVIA page (displaying AoA, Vertical velocity, ILS and ACLS), enabling the RIO to closely monitor landing procedures and assist the pilot with pattern work
  • Fix for radar ground stabilization at high roll angles
  • Fix for radar range scale reverting to 200NM during P-SEARCH HCU acquisition in multicrew
  • Fix for RWS contacts on TID timing out too soon in a 1-bar scan
  • Added COMM1_FREQ and COMM2_FREQ params exported to lua scripts for ARC-159 and ARC-182 radios (for example to be used with “cockpit param” in mission editor)
  • Fix for AB lighting at too high of a throttle position
  • Improvements to pilot stick travel animation
  • Added afterburner markers on controls indicator
  • Removed debug carrier glideslope on controls indicator
  • Added FFB trim checkbox option for more realistic trim operation feel while using a FFB joystick (works if ANY non-vJoy FFB device is detected!)
  • More realistic FFB travel with trim actuator movement
  • Adjusted compressor stall spool dynamics
  • Fine tuning of pitch axis handling qualities

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04-16-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • NEW! Introducing TWS-Auto for the AWG-9
  • Updated tutorial mission “Carrier based take off”
  • Added keybinds for seat adjustment
  • Added Jester keybinds for BVR
  • Disabled AI kneeling (for supercarrier)
  • Added holdback bar (for supercarrier)
  • Added salute command (for supercarrier)
  • Supercarrier compatibility added for client/player
  • WIP: F-14B AI compatibility for supercarrier
  • Fixed VIS FIX updating delta continuously
  • Fix VDI range bar scale value not being shown
  • Fixed Track Hold green light
  • Adjusted pitch rate damper

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05-20-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

 

  • Updated Cage the Bear Campaign, including two new missions - thank you Kaba!
  • NEW: Added 8 new missions for DCS: Supercarrier:

    • 6x Quickstart Case 1, Case 3 and Carrier Quals for Caucasus and Persian Gulf
    • 2x COOP 2 to 8 Carrier Quals for both Caucasus and Persian Gulf

     

    [*] Correlate datalink targets on TID to sensor targets

    [*] Tweaked hostile/friendly/unknown TID symbol sizes

    [*] Fixed Jester TWS-A /TWS-M endless loop with phoenix in air and player commands during TWS-A

    [*] Fixed jester switching to RWS with scan ranges set to < 100 nm

    [*] Fixed HUD steering tee in TWS-A

    [*] Tweaks to reduce TWS ghost track formation

    [*] Reset TID tracks on PGM RESTART (“soft purge”)

    [*] Fixed HUD/VDI to use AHRS instead of INS heading

    [*] Fixed HUD glow showing without power

    [*] Major overhaul of exterior night lighting:

    • Lights are now brighter
    • Lights now cast glow
    • Some lights now dynamically illuminate the aircraft and environment

     

    [*] All lights are now visible at much greater view distances

    [*] Lowered intensity of landing light

    [*] Anti-collision and shoulder formation lights now cast dynamic lighting on the ground and other surfaces

    [*] Fixed afterburner spotlight light direction

    [*] Added salute option to comms for consistency between modules (won't trigger animation for now - Supercarrier)

    [*] Added radio comms for “Tomcat Ball” (Supercarrier)

    [*] Added keybind for “Tomcat Ball” (Supercarrier)

    [*] Fixed AI wingsweep not working on ground (Supercarrier)

    [*] Fix to comms commands for ground crew launch

    [*] Added CVN-71, CVN-72 and CVN-73 to RWR threat library (Supercarrier)

    [*] Fixed datalink connections with supercarrier. (Note: ACLS is currently off glideslope, we will fix it asap. ICLS is working as intended)

    [*] Fixed nose wheel steering scaling and initialization

    [*] Removed vJoy FFB check (Brunner stick should work now)

    [*] Reduced flap pitch moment and adjusted it vs. airspeed

    [*] Tweak to F110 fuel controller to reduce fuel flow overshoots

    [*] Probable fix to engine not re-lighting after damage or death

    [*] Adjusted flap lift and drag at speeds above deploy speed limit

    [*] Adjusted default starting pitch trim

    [*] Fixed issue where ground spoilers would deploy regardless of flap lever position with throttle at IDLE

    [*] Fixed kneel switch solenoid (no longer need to hold switch to kneel nosegear)


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03-06-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • Fixed typo in Carrier Quals CVN-73 Quickstart mission name.
  • Re-added Supercarrier Coop missions for Carrier Quals.
  • Fixed version mismatch that may have caused several smaller issues.
  • Fixed kneel switch behavior: aircraft will not spawn kneeled anymore and a simple down-press of the switch to kneel the aircraft will not prevent using NWS if extended again. (Solenoid holdback is still WIP and will be added in the next patches).
  • Adjusted flap drag while overspeeding with full flaps deployed.
  • Fixed fuel flow fluctuation caused by inlet performance discontinuity when AOA crosses from 180 to -180 degrees at low speeds

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17-06-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • Complete lighting overhaul and readjustment:
  • Fixed annunciator lights not being visible.
  • Fixed green dot showing in HUD.
  • Tweaked flood light intensity.
  • Tweaked value of remaining daylight required to spawn with cockpit lights on - will be generally later in the day now.
  • Fixed vertical panels not changing light intensity in sync with other panels.
  • Changed red flood lights to dim per default when spawning at dusk or night.
  • HSD, ECMD and TID brightness start with lower values when spawning at dusk or night.
  • Fixed Lantirn panel lights appearing without the Lantirn stick being visible.
  • Fixed exterior lighting bugs.
  • Tweaked canopy glass cockpit and exterior.
  • Fixed Jester infinite input loop during TWS-A.
  • Added possibility to load 10 Mk20 Rockeyes. Note: MAK-79 is still WIP and not visible atm.
  • Finished Kneel Switch solenoid behavior.
  • Minor tweaks to flaps overspeed/overG and flaps jamming.
  • Tweaked asymmetric flap roll.
  • Adjusted fine trim single step intensity (trim should be more precise now).

  • Known issue: ACM Panel SW Cool, Gun rate, Missile Prep and Missile Mode lights do not change intensity with ACM panel lighting intensity setting - WIP.

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15-07-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur

 

  • NEW - Added Jester Audio option via headphones.
  • Set RWR, walkman, radar altimeter tone and sidewinder tone to go via headphones.
  • Fixed CMS rearming not working.
  • Fixed broken shading on nacelle NACA intakes.
  • Initial implementation of PD ground clutter contacts.
  • Prioritize AWACS and carrier over other datalink hosts for Jester menu.
  • Changed nose strut keybinds to avoid flicking switch to off when key is released.
  • Tweaks to canopy glass cockpit and exterior.
  • Fixed LANTIRN panel lights appearing without LANTIRN stick visible.
  • Specify module shortName in entry.lua as F-14 (defaulted to F14 when unspecified).

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22-07-2020

 

DCS F-14 Tomcat by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • Fixed broken normals on NACA vents on engine nacelles.
  • Fixed the boxy halo around the afterburners visible at night.
  • Increased strength of landing (taxi) light.
  • Corrected countermeasure resistance for AIM-54 missiles.

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19-08-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • NEW - Added 11 Quickstart missions for the Syria map.
  • Included Supercarrier versions for Syria Quickstart missions.
  • Added Quickstart Free Flight mission for the Channel map.
  • Fixed scripting error in Time Trial missions.
  • Updated AIM-54 countermeasure resistance probabilities.
  • Fixed MLC Auto not using actual antenna elevation above horizon.
  • Fixed keybindings not incrementing panel and gauge lights appropriately.
  • Fixed RIO annunciator light intensities.
  • Increased intensity of slime lights (= formation lights).
  • Corrected roughness of intake ramps.
  • Fixed broken normals on intake areas.
  • Fixed unwelded vertices on engine nacelle.
  • Fixed mismatch intake ramp color on default livery.
  • Fixed incorrectly assigned textures on exterior gear doors and right wing.
  • Fixed missing fuselage in cockpit view.
  • Re-added normal map on TCS pod.
  • Rudders will now detach with heavy damage.
  • Increased size of fuel tank hitboxes to more closely match real life sizes.
  • Adjusted damage model to be less “tanky” with direct missile hits.
  • Improved aerodynamic damage effects.


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26-08-2020

 

DCS F-14B by Heatblur Simulations

 

  • NEW: Added fire and smoke animations for engine fire and compressor stalls (WIP).
  • Fixes to Cage the Bear Campaign - thank you Kaba!
  • Several fixes to Quickstart missions.
  • Fixed ARC-159 mode keybindings (guard,manual,preset,inc,dec).
  • Jester will set AN/ARC-182 to AM now when starting cold.
  • Fixed AOA Indexer Brightness step up/down keybindings.

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