I finally move off of my late shift and into an early finish in March so sometime soon I'll be looking to host a GoN flight-night. In the interim, I'm interested in sharing the knowledge that my squadmates in AEF's 161 Squadron have shared with me. Please note I fly from 10:300pm/11pm Sunday to Thursday night so this is one for the night-owls.
If you're interested in learning a DCS aircraft but don't know where to start, send me a PM (or hit me up on Steam: DarkMellie) and I'll happily take you through;
*** A-10C Warthog - start-up, radio stacks, TGP/MFDs, entering JTAC co-ordinates, weapons deployment, countermeasures and ILS/landing
*** Ka-50 Black Shark - start-up, basic handling/trim, radio, ABRIS (limited), weapons deployment, countermeasures, landing
*** I'll also happily run through the Su-25T (the 'frogfoot' that comes free with the DCS World base module) and the F-15C from Flaming Cliffs 3.
*** I'm afraid I can't even take-off in the DCS Mustang.
My ulterior motive is to get a wingman to fly the A-10C campaigns with me (Georgian Hammer, Devil's Cross and The Shore) as my usual Wingman is off on a long-term adventure (KEMPY, COME BACK TO ME BRAH).What you will need
All of the aircraft (Mustang, Shark, Hog and Flaming Cliffs 3) work as (surprisingly) small modules. These all plug into DCS World.
The current version (1.2.2) of DCS World is here
(5.1GB). The 1.2.3 patch has been delayed.
As you buy modules, you simply install them and they'll slot right in. Note that if you have Black Shark on Steam, it is possible to upgrade to Black Shark 2 (let me know if this is you and I'll remember and repost how to do that). Black Shark 2 is required if you wish to play multiplayer on an A-10C server.
You will need a joystick with at least one hat-switch and a throttle quadrant, although the throttle isn't really that necessary (every operation of the aircraft has a keyboard equivalent).
After that, it's just a matter of firing up DCS World and checking out the Su-25T (comes free with DCS World). I'll try and dredge up my instructions for that but it's only 7 or 8 key presses before you're blasting radar sites all over the place.