While I love ROF I have been really intimidated by the prospect of moving on from simple gauges (they are so spread out in most of the pits) as well as using complex engine management. I would really like to get as much out of this sim as possible (and for me that is jumping the gap toward full realism and getting as close as possible to the experiences of pilots flying these kites). As such I was wondering if anyone has tips for integrating these elements into my game play. Thanks for any advice you cats can give
All the above advice is spot on, and will steer you in the right direction. I'd just like to add that it is not as intimidating as it seems as long as you just don't overwhelm yourself
while learning new pilot duties.
Like ROFfan says, learn complex engine managment first - it's actually not all that complex. Mixture full rich at start, and lean for best RPM as you assend. Pretty straight-forward. Radiator full open will get you through most circumstances, but not all! You can play with temperature as you grow more proficient.
Simple Gauges - get rid of em'. Heck, even with them turned off, you still can show 3 small (compass, clock and Engine) 2D gauges if you need it with LCTRL+I.
And take Luke's advice as well, when learning to spot landmarks for general navigation, practice that in the FLY NOW missions where there is no enemy unless you enter the zone. Rivers, traintracks, roads and the front are all good landmarks.
Also, Jedders has great advice too! Time to take off your floaties and jump in the pool - sink or swim - the water's warm, c'mon in!!
Sindicate and (Vintage Mission Sundays) are a great experience!
No matter what you decide, HAVE FUN!