Another busy week for DCS World as another hotfix, a Hornet training video, and Hornet mini update appear. There’s also a helicopter sale on-going for people who want to get into a chopper.
A few updates came out this week about the Hornet. Nothing earth shattering but it does continue to give us an idea of what Eagle Dynamics and Belsimtek are busy putting together.
In this post from Matt Wagner we learned just a little bit about the engine modeling for the two F404 engines installed in the F/A-18C.
Under the category of small details, we implemented differential engine modeling this week. Rather than each engine underlying modeling and IFEI indication for RPM, EGT, FF, and OIL PSI being the same, they are now modeled as separate, dynamic entities. While this may seem like a rather small thing, it has required quite a bit of work, but we feel it will provide a much more realistic modeling of the F-404 EPs. In the end, this was a must-do.
This is the kind of under the hood attention to detail that simmers love but forget about when we’re slamming the throttles forward and listening as the afterburners kick in.
Also this week we got another Hornet training video. Episode 5 covers ADF and TACAN navigation systems.
I’ve been learning a bit about TACAN but ADF is actually something I was marginally aware of already thanks to exposure from IL-2: 1946 and a Team Daidalos patch that added a very early version of this kind of beacon homing.
TACAN is more sophisticated and with the right button presses you can get the Hornet to give you a lot of navigation info for heading and range.
DCS World 2.5 still in beta
Many of us are still anxiously awaiting the stable release of DCS World 2.5. There are still some issues to be sorted out and Eagle Dynamics is working on crushing bugs before releasing the non-beta version of DCS World 2.5.
We have this statement from DCS World Weekend News on the status of the beta and stable releases:
…the team continues to address items discovered during the Open Beta test period. Items such as fog discoloration, night lighting, multiplayer performance, load times, and others are all being addressed for the release version. It is very important that any changes made for the DCS World 2.5 release version maintain or improve game performance of the 2.5 Open Beta.
Followed by this:
Once we feel that all the significant issues of the 2.5 Open Beta have been resolved, we will then release the DCS World 2.5 installer and update to DCS World 2.5.
Coming soon, two weeks, and insert other flight sim community jokes here. Patience is required for the stable release but if you’re impatient and willing to put up with some sometimes show stopping bugs… the DCS World 2.5 beta can be downloaded right now.
Helicopter sale is on
I’ve neglected to mention in past updates but Eagle Dynamics is still offering a sale on all of their helicopter modules. For 30% off you can pick up one of DCS World’s helicopter modules.
- DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight by Belsimtek is on sale for $34.99 ($49.99)
- DCS: UH-1H Huey by Belsimtek is on for $34.99 ($49.99)
- DCS: Black Shark 2 by Eagle Dynamics is on for $27.99 ($39.99)
- DCS: SA342 Gazelle by Polychop Simulations is available for $34.99 ($49.99)
One of the big improvements from DCS World 2.5 is the increased terrain mesh and ground details which should offer flying a helicopter at low altitudes a much more immersive experience. Perhaps even more appreciated here than for the fast movers.