FS Expo 2019 Day One begins!

It’s day one of Flight-Sim Expo and I’m here to cover the expo and everything that is going on here today. Some big notable items that will capture the attention of my regular readers is the worldwide reveal of the Me262 at 1CGS’s IL-2 booth. Thrustmaster’s new Hornet grip is here. And there’s lots more…

Thrustmaster reveals F/A-18C Hornet HOTAS Add-on Grip

The rumours are over and we now have our first official information of Thrustmaster’s newest grip. The F/A-18C Hornet HOTAS Add-on is a all metal grip designed for use specifically though not exclusively with the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet module. Here’s what we know! Authentic Hornet stick experience Thrustmasters new grip is a follow on the…

Stormbirds is on Twitter

Going into Flight-Sim Expo 2019 I decided that it was time to expand the blog into other social media platforms. I’m not sure what my WiFi situation is going to be like this weekend but I thought that it might be a useful way to try and do quick updates while I’m on the show…

DCS World 2.5.5 open beta is here and its big!

It may be a bit late but DCS World 2.5.5 open beta has finally arrived on the scene and there’s a lot here. You can read the patch notes yourself in full here but I wanted to highlight some of the big changes and the small ones that will make a big difference to many…

Thrustmaster is teasing a new joystick ahead of FS Expo 2019

If you’ve been following hardware news recently, Thrustmaster has announced that they will be unveiling a AAA level hardware release at Flight-Sim Expo 2019 this year. Tweets and guesses A couple of teases have been coming from Thrustmaster in recent days. First there was this one… And then… The rumour mill has been working overtime…

DCS World Open Beta 2.5.5 delayed

DCS World Open Beta patches have been a little thin recently as the team works away on DCS World 2.5.5. The latest word is that the patch has been further delayed until at least tomorrow with the Eagle Dynamics team working through the night on it. Here’s the latest! 2.5.5 is a bigger patch Some…

DCS: F-16C is now on Steam for pre-order

There were questions on if Eagle Dynamics would be able to get the DCS: F-16C on the Steam Store for pre-order. It worked with the F-14 and it seems to be working here too as the F-16C is now available on Steam with the 20% pre-order discount applied. Viper on Steam reveals release date? Checking…

A closer look at the Prokhorovka map for Tank Crew

In the trio of titles announced in late 2017, Tank Crew was the first to get its new map and it gives us an area of the Eastern Front that has been well explored in multiple previous titles including the original IL-2 series. What’s the new map like and how does it fit into the…

VIRPIL WarBRD Base and Grip full review

Selecting the right joystick is a central part of the flight sim experience and today I’m very pleased to bring to you my full review of VIRPIL’s desktop oriented WarBRD Base and WarBRD Grip. This base and grip combination is one of the newest to the market and I put it through its paces to…

VIRPIL teases more of their new V.F.X. grip

In-case you missed it before, VIRPIL is working on yet another grip in their series with the new V.F.X. grip being modeled and inspired by that from the F-14 Tomcat. In a video released today, VIRPIL demonstrates how to install a grip on a WarBRD base and at the same time we get a better…