I believe tens of thousands of people would flock back to FC, and its sister products, if you got this low-level flight operations working properly so that what you planned tactically, actually was executable, in practice .
I await flocking the tens of thousands of extra DCS fliers.
Word will get around once people realise it actually works as it was always supposed to.
Been waiting a long time for this damned thing to begin working at this level.
But, these really useful planning features are a bit hidden away and inaccessable within the mission editor, unless you know they exist, know what they do, and know where to look for them, and know how to string them together. Got MACROs ED? It's a Catch-22 for the uninitiated, in this raw state. It will takes awhile for people to realise what's in there and how it works. I would have put this into a more intuitive interface as we aren't programmers Nate, we're just wee planner-flyer noddies.
Plus a more understandable and self-explanatory treatment of what the options available are and what they attempt to provide and achieve. A lot of existing user knowledge is presumed by that interface. For example, if I want to achieve the bombing of goal-X, then provide at least a flow-chart on screen of the sorts of options I might need to use in the advanced waypoint settings, so these can be plugged in, and will execute rationally, and usefully, first time out. It's no good loading up with Mk82AIR then having the Eagle drop them from 20k ft on a windy day. If I want to do a Mk82AIR lay-down delivery at 200ft over a target with a single low-level high-speed pass, then I need something like a basic flow chart to reveal the advanced waypoint setting options I'll need, and also the flight profile approach, RE: distance, speed, altitude combo, need to get 'er done. An on-screen flowchart/checklist approach can tell you not just when to turn something on, but also when and where to turn it off again, which is the other vital side of this here coin.
And that sort of info needs to be assembled within the mission editor, where you're at, not in some PDF file stashed away in an unused folder. If it is in PDF form though, is it possible to incorporate a PDF reader tab inside the mission editor, so that it's always available with a single mouse click, like the encyclopedia is?
So Nate, if you please Sir, an attack flowchart and basic checklist for a low-level, mid-level, or high-level, air to ground attack waypoint planner and flight profile, for weapon delivery in the advanced waypoint editor screen.
I know, big job, short time, million things to get done, but this sim is finally starting to get somewhere, and the mission editor (and ED) need to capitalise on what this system can do, hiding your light under a bushel in a no-no.
Remember the old saying; "Justice not only needs to be done, needs to be SEEN to be done"
? Same applies to this mission planner; what it does not only needs to be done, it needs to be SEEN to be done by the user and planner.
Make it so.