Waiting for my 4TB drive to get here so I can actually DL it (plus scenery) so I thought I would use my Google-Fu and do some more research and try to get ahead of the game. FFS, it currently looks like I will be spending more time on the Interwebs looking ‘stuff’ up than actually flying… or am I over reading things?
@NEVO Just wrapping my head around it at the moment.
From a virtual pilot perspective I am OK with the ‘aviate’, but the ‘communicate’ and particularly ‘navigate’ is a bit of a learning curve… I’m guessing that DCS has lulled me into a false sense of security???
Other than the planes that come with the game, I’m actually looking for something low and slow to get to grips with it… I have seen a couple of freeware Cubs that look like they tick the boxes, but tail dragger?
PLANES - definitely agree with Freak, be sure to start with quality freeware, or default or payware airplane. many freeware stuff can be really basic and with bugs.
from the defaults there is nice Stinson L5, similar to Cub in every way just little advanced though.
dont be worried about tail draggers. you can land them similar to tri-cycle, on the main undercarriage then just slowly ease down the tail.
other obvious default plane choice is C172. good flying characteristics, have all the navigation stuff one needs and is tri-cycle.
looking at payware ‘Cub like’ bird, then I would recommend VSkyLabs Eurofox. there is even tri-cycle version available in this package, so you will get both for decent price. and dont be worried about the age of this module, its constantly updated by VSL
VFR ATC - in XP11 doesnt work any good. IFR to some extent. XP12 is much better in this regard.
NAV - XP11 default scenery is really decent for VFR navigation. all the shapes of mountains, rivers, coast lines, islands match the real world stuff.
to make cities and roads be more matching I recommend freeware stuff from simHeaven. its up to date openstreetmaps data so the shapes of cities and roads match better than default. really recommend