25th September

The first release of the new Kneeboard Information Files utility for DCS World has been uploaded - it can be downloaded HERE

I made a quick demo video - and I will do more as the utility is expanded. You can watch it on my YouTube channel HERE


20th September 2016

I've finished testing and I will now be concentrating on getting the new 'mod' done - putting the guides and checklists onto the kneeboard for all modules (except the two Luftwaffe WWII aircraft, which I don't own and have no interest in). The mod will be called "KIF" - for Kneeboard Information Files.

Having a bad week with health issues, so things are moving slowly here.


18th September 2016

I've been thinking a lot about the various guides and checklists I have been making and have yet to make, and have decided to combine them into one mod, which will go into the kneeboard of each module. I'm going to take a closer look at how it would best be achieved and do some testing over the coming week. If it goes well, I'll switch to this kind of mod, rather than all the individual pictorial guides and text checklists. I plan to do both for each module, and the user can either delete what they don't want, or refer to one or other, whilst in the aircraft. This will make things a lot easier for virtual pilots, by taking away the need for additional programs, apps or screens. I think this would be the best way forward.

I'll let you know if I'm going ahead with this, at the latest next weekend.


17th September 2016

"Winz" has finished updating the 'Revanche' campaign. You can download the new version from the link in his post: HERE

The YouTube video trailer for the original Flaming Cliffs 2 Revanche  campaign can be viewed HERE

I'll be restarting the campaign in VR, as the missions I have flown have been changed to fly the Su-25A rather than the T, to go with the general idea of a campaign in the earlier model.

By the way - I have been doing a lot of work on the website - most of which is behind the scenes optimising, which you won't notice, but makes life easier for me - but I have much planned - a lot of videos will be embedded here, to save visitors having to go to YouTube to watch them. I will also make good on the stuff I have promised over the last month or so - don't worry, I have not forgotten them, it's just a matter of fitting eveything into the time I have available!

For example, the Revanche videos (which will be re-recorded, as I am starting the campaign again, and will be trying to stick to the flight plans this time) will get their own page and be embedded, plus the controller profiles that I said would be uploaded, will be uploaded, also the other videos from Prepar3D will get their own page, too. I am working hard on getting the SimVoiceChecklists done (that Paul Endersby has a lot to answer for! - Only joking, Paul - do appreciate your work! ) and I will make efforts to find out how to host files for public download on the site. I tried Dropbox and wasn't happy with it and some people have problems downloading from Google Drive, so...

I also will do more pictorial guides, as I said I would. The main issue I have with a lot of the things I was doing previously is that they don't translate very well to Virtual Reality flying, and making some guides can be a bit of a pain, when having to keep removing the headset to check the monitor screen is showing the same as what I see in VR - mostly because I need my glasses to be able to see the monitor, but I have lenses fitted inside the Oculus Rift for this. Wearing spec's when lifting up the headset is a bit precarious - and my spec's cost a lot of money, so I need to be careful with them! So as you see - it is a bit of an awkward situation, but nevertheless, I am determined to deliver, and deliver I shall!


14th September 2016

The process for loading flights for use with FlyInside and Air Hauler 2 with Prepar3D has become much easier as the flight file is now easier to find. I have updated the guide with the new procedure.


13th September 2016

Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the start-up checklist for the MiG-21bis, and left out the item to switch the battery on. I'm sure most will have spotted that and done the right action, but I have now added it to the audio checklist and re-uploaded it to the DCS World website at the original link. Apologies for this.

So, after testing the checklist, and checking the one that is on the aircraft kneeboard - which I hadn't known about - I decided to go for a quick flight in the "Bison". Boy, was that fun! I do really dislike the ground steering with the trolley-style nosewheel, but I got the hang of it - unlike in the L-39, which I find a real bind. Anyway, after accidentally blowing off the drag chute on take off (yes....) I managed to do a very quick circuit - in this jet, everything is quick - and came round with zero clue on the proper landing procedure and managed to put it down, allbeit a bit hard, leading to a bit of bouncing as I sang along... "tie me kangaroo down, sport". But to my amazement, I managed to stop well in time. There was a lot of runway left, and I think that was because I kept the final approach speed hovering around the stall marker on the ASI, knowing that my chute was gone. I only just missed the roof of the apartment block that sits at this end of the runway (not a wise place to live....) and kept the thing going to the numbers. Probably why the touchdown was so harsh. Still, no damage and all's well that ends well.

I saved the track and hope to get a recording of the flight to upload, for a laugh. By the way, all my flights now, in DCS and FSX or P3D and Elite:Dangerous are in VR. There's just no going back.


12th September 2016

I have now completed the DCS: MiG-21bis start-up voice checklist. It can be downloaded from the DCs website user files section:

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10th September 2016

I have uploaded a new set of voice checklists to the DCS World website user files section. These are for the A-10C and cover start-up procedures as well as a number of other operations. I'll make a section here on the website for these checklists in the near future, so that I can provide more information and guides on the best way to use the program. Please be aware that these lists are all-inclusive. You run the program from where you unpack the archive - a Windows installation is not required. I am using my voices to state the checklist items, as all of the commercially available TTS voices I have tried were not up to doing the job satisfactorily.

LINK

If you have a checklist that you wish to be put into a voice checklist and don't have the confidence to do it yourself (it is very easy, though) - you can send it to me, either by email (see "Contact Me" link on the left) or by PM on the DCS forum. Send the list in plain text and I will convert it and add the audio phrases if required. There is no charge, this is something I do to help the community. This is especially useful for those using VR headsets.


9th September 2016

I've flown the first couple of missions in the Flaming Cliffs 3 'Revanche' campaign in the Rift, and have made a couple of short summary videos. They are currently on my YouTube channel (link on the left). The first few missions are non-combat - just flying and training.


5th September 2016

I've uploaded a second video of testing with FlyInside, using the Oculus Rift VR headset and Prepar3D v3, this time flying the Flight1 BN-2 Islander, which is excellent in VR. It is available to view on my YouTube channel, HERE.

I have also started the Revanche campaign for the second time, but I won't be posting AARs as I have already covered that from an earlier version (link on the bottom of the right column). The aim is purely to fly some combat missions that I am already familiar with, but in a VR environment and see how well I cope. If I am unable to identify, or at least spot ground targets, then I will abandon it. It is looking promising, so far, though - and it really is quite an experience in VR.

Although I won't be writing AARs, I will try to get some video footage of the interesting bits and splice them together for a summary. For some reason, recording doesn't work every time in VR, even though it is still just recording the normal monitor output, allbeit at a strange resolution. The good thing is that I am getting on much better with my new video editor (Movavi Video Suite) than I did with the last one (Arcsoft Showbiz 5).


4th September 2016

I have uploaded the first of my test videos from Prepar3D v3 and FlyInside in the Oculus Rift: https://youtu.be/zF93yV-Eqkk

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