I’m sort of bored of fighting in DCS. A new door has opened

Sure, a dumb bomb or CBU run is fun, and BFM will always have a delicious challenge.

That said, I’ve started flying like a peacetime pilot.
Super-long range missions (particularly on Marianas) where refueling and fuel management are crucial.
Plotting realistic routes in and out of NTTR, practicing an inert dumb bomb run, refuel and work back out through the correct sectors.
IFR flying, particularly in the Hornet which is both blessed with a great HUD and cursed with no ILS on land.
Engine out and systems failure procedures and landings. Pop a circuit breaker or shut down an engine and figure out how to best get the jet on the deck.
Around-town ferry missions in the Huey, chasing cars as though I’m a news chopper, and running “life flight” missions in the darkest of nights.

Perhaps I’ll get back to the world at war soon…but I’m a far better stick and rudder guy for this bit.


My DCS resume is basically the inverse of this. Always on the target range or cruising around, rarely actually fighting. By the time I get competent enough in one module I’m too bored with it to move up to the fighting stage and cycle to another module.


If you have any of the helicopters, check out the “Search and Rescue” server. It has randomly generated missions to pick up downed pilots and fire fighting tasks. SRS is active as well .


Good Post, good topic, something I’ve been meaning to discuss for a while … I’ve rarely done combat in DCS, believe it or not, grown to love it as a flight simulator in its own right now though.

Most military pilots rarely see live combat I’ve heard, so what I do is not entirely un-realistic I suppose?

Even the free DCS module, the Su-25 to me at least feels good to fly, often just do touch and goes and full stop landings on it to this day.

There is a lot for everyone who likes flight simulation in DCS these days for whatever type of flying you like to do, we’ve got carrier opps, helicopters, WW2 warbirds and map, we’ve got jets, we’ve got VTOL Harriers, even civilian aircraft … and more and all in such high fidelity study sim aircraft detail wise too.

I still miss A-6 Intruders and Phantoms from Vietnam area and maps, the GR-4 Tornado too with appropriate map scenarios, but maybe someday, hopefully.

Hope so … otherwise, what we have in DCS is a lot, even if we never use the sim in virtual anger :slight_smile:


@B12 absolutely agreed. The “feel” of flight in DCS is better than anything else I’ve found, though to be fair I have zero jet time in my logbook.

I was probably one flight away from soloing years ago when my money ran out, and I’ve only had occasional flights with friends here and there since. I never lost the spark of love for flight in the most boring of touch and go sorties, so getting back to it digitally is my little connection.



Never did get my UK PPL I always wanted, some ill health and a big accident stopped that, but it was not for the want of trying, did flying lessons and also very good peculiar arrangement at RAF Kinloss flying club doing some work for a member there in construction industry was rewarded with flights for just the price of a contribution to fuel or clubs running costs, amazing times for sure :slight_smile: My first flight ever was in control of a Piper Warrior III and was in total pitch black, a night flight, but we had been talking on the head sets and was explaining my passion for flight sim to the Pilot (later went to be RAF multi engine pilot)

Dusk turned to Night and pitch black and after talking with him he let me have control … awesome, even made most of the descent from RAF Kinloss to RAF Leuchars on instruments before handing over to him with the runway well in sight … one of my finest hours for sure :slight_smile:

This was pre 9/11 times and everything clamped down after that worldwide, but even the old MS Civie flight sims like FS95, FS98, 2000, 2002, 2004 AKA FS9, FSX and so on, you can learn the basics of flying on instruments still most definitely.

I love blowing things up too, but mostly, and for simulated GA type flying especially, its learning as much as possible still for me :+1:


I have primarily been a taxi for most of my DCS flying since we got the huey and hip. Navigation and planning are what floats my boat, I do love the warbirds especially the spitfire and will happily dogfight if I only have a limited time to fly (pretty much the default at the moment)
I also fell in love with the A10 when it was all we had and am still fairly lethal with it.
Looking forward to the mosquito and putting all the navigation practice into much longer legs . Learning to work out ground speed from IAS plus altitude and wind speed etc. A lot more work than a 2 leg huey flight


Off topic slightly, but one of my general beefs with multiplayer servers in DCS is the near-constant great weather. In real life in much of the world 30+ miles visibility is the exception rather than the rule. More often visibility is down to something less than 10. Combat, both modern and classic, is way more challenging and (I think) fun when the visibility is marginal. Whether and navigation are EVERYTHING in flying. But players rarely need to think of either when the sky is blue. Bringing things down a bit has the added benefit of being kinder to player systems with older horsepower.


I find myself doing a lot of “training” if you will, mainly on manual deliveries. I have also started to add in bad weather as @smokinhole mentions. Flying the Viggen in typical nordic weather makes it a lot more interesting.


Agreed! You would really enjoy the Fear the Bones campaign for the F-14A.
It’s got some great night time/poor weather (Case III recovery) and procedures are enforced in-mission.
My instrument flying scan has greatly improved because of it. I’m probably back to where I was when I was flying King Airs with crappy autopilots.

Then there’s a mission where it’s pitch black, and the HUD dies. Great… :sweat_smile:


wow, this is so cool to know. I might try this. this is very inspirational. I love a good challenge and can see that this might be. I’d love to do some peace-time missions over there. Huey sounds great too. Keep us updated on this different type of flying because it sounds like an escape that I might not be too distantly trying.


That reminds me, I’m sitting on a bunch of Reflected’s campaigns. Need to work on those.

In the meantime, I just discovered sling loading in the Huey :cowboy_hat_face:

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