Flying Iron Simulations provides early 2022 update on DCS: A-7, MSFS projects

The folks at Flying Iron Simulations are busy working on a series of projects for DCS World and Microsoft Flight Simulator and they have just provided a status update on their work. Let’s dig into it and see what they have been up to!

The A-7E Corsair II

There’s great news coming from the team about systems and avionics on the DCS: A-7 project. Their update indicates that the majority of avionics and weapons have been integrated. That includes the aircraft’s HUD, CCIP bombing modes, air-to-ground radar, radar altimeter, tactical computer and unguided weapons. Reportedly, the Waypoints system, Navigation, Radio and other systems are still in progress.

The other big area is the flight model. They are still working on their EFM for the A-7 with the goal of making it ready for SME testing. The update lists a series of areas that the model has improved over recent weeks with a significant increase in fidelity. That includes things like Mach effects, various flaps and their effect on the character of the airplane, spins, stalls, and high alpha modeling too.

Flying Iron has developed a development tool that they can use to do EFM tuning from within the sim which should hopefully streamline the feedback and improvement process.

It sounds like the A-7 is about to be sent off to their SMEs for testing and tuning which is good news for the development of this project.

Finally, the A-7 is undergoing an art overhaul. The explanation is that the initial model was extremely useful to them for their initial build-up process but that they do want to push the detail limits higher and as a result they have started over on the 3D model. That good news is that it already looks to be quite advanced in its visuals. Have a look a these screenshots for a look at the details.

F6F, Bf109 and FW190 for MSFS

Warbird fans in Microsoft Flight Simulator should pay close attention this one as Flying Iron has a series of aircraft in the works. Following up from their successful Spitfire IX and P-38 launches, it looks like they are set for a trio of new releases.

First, the F6F which is the furthest along. Flying Iron are working with flight model and systems coder Grav (aka GotGravel) who is taking this project on. The 3D model itself is apparently finished while textures remain a work in progress.

They also report having access to a high quality audio package that should enable them to build a very impressive WWise sound design for MSFS.

Early work in progress images of an FW190 “Anton” and Bf109 “Gustav” are also shown in the update. These are clearly not as far along but still coming to the sim.

All in all, progress looks to be good with Flying Iron Simulations and I’m excited to see what they can put together over the long run. Read their full update here!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. harryvoyager says:

    I want that Hellcat…


    1. harryvoyager says:

      And I wonder if they’ll consider doing an F4F-7 for MSFS? That would be super cool.


  2. CanadaOne says:

    The A-7 looks great but I’m surprised at the HUD FLIR. I thought it was before that time.


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It was the first or one of the first with the technology. Groundbreaking at the time!


      1. CanadaOne says:

        Yeah see, I learn things when I come here. 🙂

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        You and me both. Whenever I go to write an article I usually learn a bunch of new things while I’m researching. All of these aircraft have fascinating histories!


  3. Gretsch_Man says:

    The A-7E Corsair II looks great indeed. For me, it will be an instant buy for sure.

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Oh yeah, I’m very excited about this one. Flying Iron do good work and I have very high hopes for their first DCS project. Plus the A-7 is really cool!


  4. Chris says:

    They are making the hellcat – for MSFS. What a waste! Why not bring that to dcs!?


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      A couple of reasons why they are. First, Flying Iron Simulations got their start doing warbirds in civil aviation. X-Plane 11 first and then MSFS. They know this market well.

      Second, that market is a cash cow. MSFS is several times larger in market size than DCS World. And development processes are less difficult from what developers tell me so less time to get a couple of products in there that will sell at a far higher rate than any other sim.

      Third, Nick Grey from Eagle Dynamics has already mentioned in an off hand comment that the Hellcat is one of his personal favourites. With ED’s turn towards the Pacific it seems possible and even likely that they are already doing an F6F so Flying Iron would not be able to secure the permission to do it if that were happening (and I suspect it is).

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      1. Al-Azraq says:

        Yeah I think the Hellcat is going to be done by ED and the FW 190 Anton is already in the game, more precisely the A-8. However, I hope they can bring the 109 G to DCS because we need it for Normandy.

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