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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Updated BFT Campaign Packages to support DCS World 1.5 Stable Release

ED recently updated the 1.2.16 release to 1.5.2.  Now called the 1.5 Stable Release.

We have updated our missions and installers to support this new release.

The updated packages can be downloaded here:

Additionally we have updated these packages as well:


Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our 2016 Roadmap has just been updated here.

We want to thank all our customers and supporters for another great year and we look forward to continue to serve this great community.

All the best to you and your families for 2016. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Updated BFT Campaign Packages.

Some packages have been updated to add some more content and fix some behavior in BFT08 - Emergencies.


Some users had indicated that BFT08 would not end properly even though they successfully landed.


We have updated some of the flags used to ensure that if you land without crashing you can pass the mission even if not on the desired runways.


The updated packages can be downloaded here:


Additionally we have updated these packages as well:





Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE - OUT!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Updated BFT Campaign Packages.

Both Release and Openbeta packages have been updated to add some more content and fix an annoying bug in BFT04.

Some users had indicated that BFT04 would not transition to the next mission even if they got a Q or Q- rating.

We couldn't reproduce the issue on our system but we did find an extra flag that we suspect caused the problem so we removed it.

The updated packages can be downloaded here:

OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C BFT Campaign

Additionally we have updated these packages as well:

OpenBeta 1.5 Su-27 BFT Campaign
Release 1.2.16 Su-27 BFT Campaign

OpenBeta 1.5 MiG-29G BFT Campaign
Release 1.2.16 MiG-29G BFT Campaign

OpenBeta 1.5 A-10A BFT Campaign
Release 1.2.16 A-10A BFT Campaign

OpenBeta 1.5 F-15C BFT Campaign
Release 1.2.16 F-15C BFT Campaign

Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE - OUT!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lest We Forget

Thank you!  


Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.  


Thank you for your dedication and commitment.    


Thank you for your contribution to peace and freedom everywhere.  


Lest we forget.

 


Monday, 9 November 2015

Updated Old and Released New Packages for DCS World OpenBeta 1.5

We have made some more updates to the packages to work around some of the bugs in DCS 1.5.

The updated packages can be downloaded here:

OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C AAT Campaign Part A
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C AAT Campaign Part B
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C TTQ Campaign Part A
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C TTQ Campaign Part B

Additionally we have updated these packages as well:
OpenBeta 1.5 Su-27 BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 MiG-29G BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10A BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 F-15C BFT Campaign

Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

It appears the 1.5.1 may have introduced new bugs so we are testing against that version now and will provide more updates as the Beta unfolds.

SABRE - OUT!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Updated Old and Released New Packages for DCS World OpenBeta 1.5

With the release of DCS World OpenBeta 1.5 we have updated the existing OpenBeta packages and added some new ones.

The updated packages can be downloaded here:

OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C AAT Campaign Part A
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C AAT Campaign Part B
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C TTQ Campaign Part A
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C TTQ Campaign Part B

We have also updated the Practice Missions Packages for the A-10C BFT and AAT Campaigns:
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C BFT Practice Mission Package
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10C AAT Practice Mission Package

Additionally we have added packages for the following:
OpenBeta 1.5 Su-27 BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 MiG-29G BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 A-10A BFT Campaign
OpenBeta 1.5 F-15C BFT Campaign

Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE - OUT!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Su-27 Basic Flight Training Qualification Campaign Available Now!

Similar to our other successful Qualification Campaigns we have released a version for the Su-27.


This campaign has many improvements including updated graphics, additional voice overs and improved feedback results.  


Basic Flight Training Qualification - 12 mission Campaign covering qualifications for Basic Aircraft Qualification (BAQ).

1.5 OpenBeta Version: Basic Flight Training Qualification - 12 mission Campaign covering qualifications for Basic Aircraft Qualification (BAQ).

Basic Flight Training Qualification Documentation - Provides Mission Data Cards, Maps and Diagrams for all 12 missions of the campaign. 

Basic Flight Training Qualification Documentation 2 - Provides User Bars, Badges and Certificates for the Campaign.


The Su-27 Pilot Qualification Course has the following phases


Phase 1: Academic Classes and Pre-Flight Training

Phase 2: Basic Flight Training Qualification

Phase 3: Advanced Aircraft Training Qualification

Phase 4: Tactical Training Qualification


Phase 1 gives you Initial Qualification Training (IQT) and is a pre-requisite for Phase 2. Hopefully you have completed Phase 1 and are familiar with the Su-27 aircraft systems and instruments. If not, please read the Su-27 Flight Manual before continuing. 


Phase 2 gives you Basic Aircraft Qualification (BAQ). It is a pre-requisite for Phase 3. It is recommended that you complete this phase before proceeding to Phase 3. 


Phase 3 makes you Basic Mission Capable (BMC). It is a pre-requisite for Phase 4.


Phase 4 makes you Combat Mission Ready (CMR). This is necessary before proceeding on any real combat missions.


Phase 2 - Basic Flight Training Qualification contains:


Contact Stage (VFR):

1. Perform Ground Handling

2. Perform Take-Off and EFATO

3. Fly Traffic Pattern

4. Perform Approach and Landing

5. Perform Basic Maneuvers

6. Perform Advanced Handling

7. Perform Aerobatics

8. Respond to Emergencies


Instrument / Navigation Stage (IFR):

9. Instrument Approach (Landing)

10. Instrument Flight Plan Navigation


Formation Stage:

11. Fly 2 Ship as Wingman


Low-Level Stage

12. Fly Low-Level Flight Plan


This is a payware campaign that requires the purchase of a mission key to install.


More details can be found at our website here


We hope you enjoy it

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

DCS World 1.5 BETA

Recently ED released the DCS World 1.5 BETA.


The BETA release is still a work in progress and we have found some bugs in the control of the AI aircraft that is effecting some of our missions.


We will be testing all of our missions and making corrections for items that will not be corrected by ED.

We do intend to release 1.5 BETA versions of our packages once some of the critical AI bugs have been corrected.

Please watch for these updated packages in the User Downloads section of the DCS Website.

Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE - OUT!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A-10C Basic Flight Training Campaign and Practice Missions Updated

The A-10C Basic Flight Training Qualification Campaign and practice mission package has been updated.

We corrected an issue found in BFT08 - Emergencies that stopped one of the triggers from firing properly on landing.  A game update changed the behavior of an altitude trigger.  We have removed it.

The updated packages can be downloaded here:

A-10C BFT Campaign
A-10C BFT Practice Mission Package

Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE - OUT!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Thrustmaster Warthog Throttle Start-Up Issue

Many users have complained about the Warthog Throttle not working properly after a DCS update some months ago.

Moving the throttle from the CUTOFF position to IDLE (over the detent) was not working on engine startup.

This was reported in this forum post here.

We also experienced the same issue on our system.  Our workaround was to move the the throttle out of detent twice.

We investigated further and found that if you disable the HOTAS Synchronization setting under OPTIONS, MISC then that also fixes the issue (at least it did on our system).

Here is a diagram showing the setting that needs to change.



Hopefully this will help you out and get your throttle working in game again as expected.

SABRE - OUT!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

A-10C Tactical Training Qualification Campaign Updated!

The A-10C Tactical Training Qualification Campaign has been updated.

We corrected the issue found in TAC18 and also corrected some minor issues in the Arrival mission and all the briefing text where it was truncated.

The updated packages can be downloaded here:

Part A
Part B

Your mission key and password can be used to install these updated packages and your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE - OUT!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

September Issue of Combat Aircraft Available Now!

Combat Aircraft Monthly September 2015 Vol 16 No 9  is on sale now:

 



Get it here.

Fix Identified. A-10C Tactical Training Qualification Campaign Updated Soon!

Good news! We have found the bug and have tested a fix and it works!

It appears that 1.2.16 version changed something in the way wingmen radio calls were managed. The changelog mentions this: "Fixed error in radio speech scripts AI planes for some countries."

In our missions we were using a trigger to reduce the number of target call outs as it was cluttering up the comms. The change in 1.2.16 appears to change the behavior of this trigger so now when implemented the wingmen go completely silent with no radio call acknowledgements.

Our fix is to remove this trigger and we have confirmed that wingmen comms are re-established.

We will be updating all the missions that have this trigger soon. 

Your existing mission keys and passwords will work with the updated package.

SABRE - OUT!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wingmen Comms Broken in Part B of the A-10C Tactical Training Qualification Campaign

It has come to our attention that Wingmen comms are broken in Part B of the Tactical Training Qualification Campaign (missions TAC18 - TAC25).

It appears that a DCS Game Engine update has caused the problem. The Wingmen still respond but there is no radio comms for them to acknowledge the orders.

This makes playing those missions extremely difficult especially since you can't hear the "UNABLE" or "REJOIN" responses and no text is displayed.

If you still want to attempt the missions you can assume they are using EMCON 4 (Emission Control Level 4 which means no radio communication or emitter use). The Wingmen will follow your orders (given via the function key menus) they just won't acknowledge them so it is still possible to complete the missions (the success triggers are geared around targets destroyed not which aircraft does the destruction).

We are investigating a workaround and trying to identify the Game Engine update that caused the problem. 

Part A of the Tactical Training Qualification Campaign (missions TAC11 - TAC17) is still playable as Wingmen are not required to complete those missions.

We apologize for the frustration this has caused many of you.

We will post an updated Part B when we determine a workaround that allows the missions to be completed successfully in the absence of working Wingmen comms.

SABRE - OUT!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

A-10C Basic Flight Training Qualification Campaign Updated!

We have recently updated the A-10C BFT Campaign.  We have updated all of the missions to address some trigger issues and make detection zones larger.

Video of the first mission BFT01 - Ground Handling:



You can download the updated copy here.


Your existing mission key and password can be used to install this updated version.  Your campaign progress will not be impacted as it is stored in your logbook and not effected by the update.

SABRE - OUT!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Leopard 2 Basic Vehicle Qualification Campaign Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that we have released our newest campaign: Leopard 2 Basic Vehicle Qualification.

Teaser Video:


This is a 10 mission campaign (with 1 introduction mission) that covers the following:

1. Land Navigation and Map Reading
2. Vehicle Navigation Day
3. Vehicle Navigation Night
4. Stationary Target Engagement Day
5. Stationary Target Engagement Night
6. Moving Target Engagement Day
7. Moving Target Engagement Night
8. Combat Formation Driving Test Day
9. Combat Proficiency Test Day
10. Combat Proficiency Test Night

Since this is our first Leopard 2 CA campaign we look forward to feedback from users to improve it.  We hope you enjoy it.

SABRE - OUT!

Game Bug effecting F-15C BFT Campaign Mission BFT10 - Instrument Flight Plan Navigation

A user reported that they continually got an Altitude Failure at the 5th WP when flying at the correct altitude (12,000').

We have determined that there is a discrepancy between the HUD and Altitude indicator displayed values and what the game engine is determining as the aircrafts altitude.  It's off by a few hundred feet but it's enough to cause our trigger to fail.

For example our mission triggers are detecting +/- 300' from 12,000' and if you fly with your HUD or Altitude indicator at exactly 12,000' the game engine is actually registering your aircraft higher than 12,300' and that puts you outside the success trigger zone resulting in an Altitude Failure call.

HUD Altitude Value:

Game Altitude Value:


The short term fix is to fly to WP 5 at about 11,800' altitude instead of exactly at 12,000'.

We don't know if this is effecting other campaigns (A-10A, A-10C or MiG-29) but we will be testing those to find out.


We will also open a bug report to see if ED can fix it.

In the mean time, just fly slightly below 12,000' and you should be able to pass the mission.  

We will release an update to make the trigger zone wider to account for this issue but it's surprising that the other WP's don't experience the problem so it may be localized to that area of the map.


SABRE OUT!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Updated BlackShark 2 Interactive Start-up Trainer Tester

We have updated the Ka-50 Interactive Start-up Trainer Tester mission after some users reported that some switch settings were not being detected.

You can download the updated package here: 


To install, just un-install the current package and reinstall the new one.  Your existing mission key and password will work with the updated package.  

SABRE OUT!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Updated BFT Campaigns

We have updated the following campaigns to add a mission objectives page to the briefings section.  

We hope this helps players better understand what is expected to accomplish the missions. 

You can download the updated packages here: 


To install, just un-install the current campaign package and reinstall the new one.  Your existing mission key and password will work with the updated package.  Your campaign progress will not be affected as it is recorded in your logbook.

SABRE OUT!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Starway's Desert 3.0

Another recent forum find that we really like is Starway's Desert 3.0 mod. 


If you haven't tried scenery mods before this one gives the Black Sea region a whole new look.  


It's a desert landscape which really gives the old map a facelift.  It's like playing DCS 2.0 right now!

Here is an example screenshot so you can judge for yourself:


Here are the related links:


We highly recommend this mod.

SABRE OUT!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Charly_Owl's Training Guides

Recently on the forums we stumbled upon some very excellent training guides done by Charly_Owl.  


His guides have excellent explanations and good graphics which make learning the various aircraft and helicopters in DCS much easier.  

If you want to print them best to take them to a print shop as there are many graphics to use up your ink!  Using them from a tablet would be a better option.

Here is an example from the DCS MiG-15bis:


Here are the links to the current set of Charly_Owl's guides and related forum threads:


We highly recommend them.

SABRE OUT!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Challenger 2 Basic Vehicle Qualification Campaign Available Now!

We are pleased to announce that we have released our newest campaign: Challenger 2 Basic Vehicle Qualification.

Teaser Video:


This is a 10 mission campaign (with 1 introduction mission) that covers the following:

1. Land Navigation and Map Reading
2. Vehicle Navigation Day
3. Vehicle Navigation Night
4. Stationary Target Engagement Day
5. Stationary Target Engagement Night
6. Moving Target Engagement Day
7. Moving Target Engagement Night
8. Combat Formation Driving Test Day
9. Combat Proficiency Test Day
10. Combat Proficiency Test Night

Since this is our first Challenger 2 CA campaign we look forward to feedback from users to improve it.

We hope you enjoy it.

SABRE - OUT!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

The 10 Commandments of Mission Design Available for Download!

To help us come up with THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF MISSION DESIGN we posed this question on the ED Forums here.


Many talented and experienced mission designers replied with their thoughts, opinions and recommendations. 


This document summarizes their responses.   You can download it from ED's User Files section here.


Hopefully this will help all missions designers make great missions for DCS World!