Hello everyone! Absolute first-time poster here but I've already been using some of the great advice and information on the board to help me get ahead in DCS A-10C.
This is actually my first PC flight sim - I got my first real taste of button-pressing/flight stick yanking addiction with Steel Battalion on the Xbox, and picked up the Hori Flight Stick 3 for the PS3 version of HAWX 2 a few months back, but it wasn't enough. (The Hori FS3 is nice enough, but we also use the PS3 to watch Blu-Rays so my wife was less than impressed when I was playing around with the throttle, pulled it back and the tense emotional movie scene started rewinding
So I now have a PC capable of running the sim nicely, and I even got permission to pick up the TM Warthog HOTAS... but I can't order it until payday on the 20th! So here I am, stuck using a keyboard to practise until the 20th rolls around. Excruciating? Why yes. I'll also be getting the TM Cougar MFDs, Saitek pedals and TrackIR 4... since TIR5 would push me over budget.
I'll try not to ask too many noob questions until I'm better acquainted with the flight manual, but I also hope I'll come up with a few head-scratchers to keep everyone on their toes! It would also be nice to get online with people at some point once I'm able to fly a little better, BUT... I live in Tokyo, so I guess the lag would make it out of the question? (Very new to PC gaming) Not to mention the time difference.
Flight stick or no, I've already been totally floored by this sim. Just the startup sequence is a blast, taking off is thrilling and landing really gets my heart pumping! (Ahem... especially when I lost my tail on my first try... didn't know where the flaps and speedbrakes were
) I don't want to touch weapons systems until I actually have DMS/TMS switches/China hat etc. to push and pull on, so for now it's the basics, but that's plenty. It'll take me long enough to get a grip on the Georgian geography (Georgiography?).
I think my favourite moment so far has been performing a successful landing at Mineralye Vody despite totally forgetting how to set up ILS/TACAN navigation... probably the only good
habit I got from HAWX 2 was giving myself plenty of room to line up a landing, and giving up if it looks like it'll go wrong. That's among my many, many bad habits such as utterly ignoring physics - if you want to climb, you point the nose ninety degrees up and push the throttles forward, right???
Looking forward to making a nuisance of myself with questions. As they say in Japan, "Tonkatsu!"