Sunday, 27 November 2016

DCS A-10C Tutorial 2 : Taxi and takeoff

The jet is powered, systems are functional - it's now time to taxi and takeoff.

The most difficult part of the learning process might seem the simplest. The documentation states that taxi speed should be between 15 and 25 knots. But how do you know your taxi speed?

In the F16 the answer is to call up the INS page on the DED. The ground speed is displayed at the bottom right. And for the A10C the answer is similar. Ground speed can be found on the POSINFO page on the CDU.

Armed with that information taxi becomes simple. And with a little more research we understand lighting procedures. When to turn each light on and off.

And then the final step. Throttles to 90% RPM, release the brakes, full military power, and the A10C thunders down the runway, and into the air.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 22 : LANTIRN

In a high threat environment, sometimes the only viable option is to go low, and in this video we discover how the aircraft and its systems can not only help us to fly low in daylight, but also at night, and in bad weather.

The LANTIRN system, though a combination of two intake mounted pods, might seem complex, but in reality its ease of use is striking, compared to its power.

In this video you will learn how to start the system, configure, and boresight it, before using it in either manual or automatic mode.

DCS A-10C Tutorial 1 : Startup

We start at the beginning with the A-10C - with the aircraft in a cold and dark state in a hardened aircraft shelter at Kobuleti. The aircraft will be powered, engines started, and systems set up, ready for taxi and takeoff.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 22 preview : LANTIRN

Low level, at night, in bad weather.

Falcon 4 BMS Tutorial 21 : ILS Landing

The last tutorial covered VFR landing. But what do you do when the weather is bad, or it's night, and you can't see the visual cues that you depend on for a visual landing?