Hands-on with the DCS: A-10C Warthog

Tuesday, June 15 Report

 

by Stephanie *Panther* Lessentine and Joe Keefe

 

External view of the A-10C

DCS: A-10C Warthog is by far the most anticipated flight simulator of 2010, and it’s not being shown on the E3Expo 2010 show floor.

However, we did have the opportunity to sit down at the Preview for the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog and DCS: A-10C Warthog at the California Air and Space Museum, and receive some hands-on experience with the simulator. We were guided by the one and only Matt “Wags” Wagner, Producer for DCS: A-10C Warthog.

Matt loaded us into the cockpit of the beautiful A-10C Warthog with engines and all avionics off. He then walked us through the startup procedure, starting fuel pumps, firing the APU, and starting each engine. The startup procedure is simply amazing and rivals that found inFalcon 4.0: Allied Force. As the engines spool up and the avionics systems come online, you are able to perform various BITs (Built In Tests). As with F4:AF, should you want to bypass all the “clickology” and get into the air quickly, that capability is also included.

Cockpit and radio commands to other AI flights and ground forces.
Cockpit and radio commands to other AI flights and ground forces.
Close up view of the Tactical Awareness Display (TAD).
Close up view of the Tactical Awareness Display (TAD).
DCS: A-10C Warthog - Another View Close-up
TAD and Targeting Pod (TGP) together.

The flight training in DCS: A-10C Warthog is at a whole new level compared to DCS: Black Shark. All of the training missions in DCS: A-10C Warthog will be completely interactive. Matt described a procedure that explains how something works, shows a flashing icon indicating where/what to click, and then confirms that you have performed the correct action. All training flights will be flown utilizing the Nevada terrain designed for DCS: A-10C Warthog.

Now listen to the interview conducted with Matt by Stephanie *Panther* Lessentine where you will learn some new things about this highly-anticipated flight simulation that is scheduled for release later in 2010.

Pardon the background noise. We conducted the interview after the Tuesday night event, and work crews were removing the stage and lighting equipment.

Now lets take a look at a few of the menus in DCS: A-10C Warthog.

As always, we will remind you that these images are from Pre-Alpha code. Some new and advanced lighting and shadow effects are disabled in the build version these images came from to address some code tuning bugs.

DCS: A-10C Warthog - Main Menu
DCS: A-10C Warthog – Main Menu
Expanded map area to the east.
Expanded map area to the east.
New Mission Editor Trigger features.
New Mission Editor Trigger features.
Random Mission Generator.
Random Mission Generator.

Download the original Mission Editor and Main Menu images.

Watch for more soon!

 


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