It can be a #%&*$# to fly if you mishandle/misunderstand the Autopilot-stabilisation system. Once you truly understand how that works, it is a dream to fly, and you can throw it around the sky with abandon.
As for the weapons - older than the stone age.
Thanks for confirming that on weapons Nate. I would love to go online with you sometime and you can demo for me how "you can throw it around the sky with abandon" and probably teach me a thing or two.
I think of it this way though: The real guys that fly these things make it a full time job. They study it, study it, study it. They probably fly a simulator a lot, and spend time in the real cockpit. They are probably comfortable enough that they can sit blindfolded and find every switch from memory. That is their job.. Their lives depend on it. For us, it is a part-time hobby at best..so we aren't afforded the luxury of dedicating our lives to it. But DCS modeled it so completely that it requires a true commitment to learn it and fly it well. Let alone fight it well.
So do A10 pilots but that is so much easier to fly and you spend your time learning how to FIGHT
in it. The Ka-50 is so difficult to FLY
, I don't even know why they bother.
The two-pilot crew of the Apache has some distinct advantages (you fly, I'll fight, and we'll talk about it the whole time).
That's why I'd love to see an Apache from DCS..with front/back seat connectivity. I think it would be really cool to fly like we did way back with F-15 Strike Eagle III (front seat/back seat).
If DCS or anyone comes out with a proper Apache sim, I will commit myself to learning to operate both seats. That will be kick-ass multiplayer -- I don't care if there is no SP in the game. Then I hope the devs of that game will include some Ka-50s so I can exact vengeance on the airframe I've come to love to loathe.