A few weeks ago an update on Eagle Dynamics music creator’s Soundcloud page revealed a new DCS module and today Eagle Dynamics has confirmed DCS: Yak-52. This aircraft is a training oriented module with an emphasis on low speeds and tight aerobatics.
Two seat, slow speed, tight aerobatics
The Yak-52 is an aerobatic rated trainer capable of pulling 7G and pushing 5G. Aerobatic groups in the DCS world will have a lot of fun with this product performing tight maneuvers and flying in close formations.
The Yak-52 started life in 1979 as a tandem trainer for new pilots and was produced for the Soviet Union. It remains a popular choice for its rugged and simple construction and operation.
Here are some of the key features:
- Professional Flight Model that duplicates the flight characteristics of the Yak-52
- Complete systems modeling of the Yak-52 that includes the engine, fuel, electrical and pneumatic systems
- Realistic, mouse-interactive cockpit in which almost all controls can be interacted with
- Accurate sounds of the Yak-52 like the engine and pneumatic system
- Multiple liveries as both a military trainer and civilian aerobatic aircraft
- Cooperative multiplayer. Fly with a friend in the same aircraft
It’s a relatively simple module compared to something like the F/A-18C or A-10C but that simplicity might be a strength for users looking to start simple and learn more complex modules or for aerobatic teams focused in precise flying.
It’s not for everyone…
A professional product
Criticism was quick in the DCS community panning the creation of yet another training module (we already have the L-39, C-101 and the Hawk – sort of). But this is an unfair criticism.
It’s important to note right away that DCS: Yak-52 is actually a professional development that Eagle Dynamics created for a paying customer for the purposes of flight training. We’re getting the benefit of that development work. Eagle Dynamics has civilian and military contracts that they get paid to develop using their technology. Much of that filters down to the consumer level and we all benefit from their ongoing professional developments.
I have no issues with Eagle Dynamics making a little extra cash off of a professional module turned consumer. Nobody is forced to buy it and Eagle Dynamics was going to create this contracted work regardless.
Autumn in the Caucasus
Today’s announcement also slipped in two screenshots that feature the DCS World 2.5 Caucasus map. This time we get to see what the map looks like in the autumn. It’s beautifully done!
The appearance of the autumn scenery means that we’ve seen three of four scenery sets for the Caucasus with the summer and, more recently, winter maps making an appearance. This bodes well for the completion of the map and the release of DCS World 2.5.