I have been living and breathing inside the cockpit and the RIO’s pit of DCS F-14B for the last few weeks. So it was refreshing to come across something that has piqued my interest in the form of Radio General.
A while back I posted about Radio Commander. I didn’t know it had a rival but in a WW2 flavor. The screenshots on the website look superb and I can’t wait to approach a game like this with this original approach.
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Tomorrow I fly the world famous F-14 Tomcat. Been waiting since 1986 (Take My Breath Away)
I love Air Traffic Control. There I said it. Don’t go! I have interesting things to say. OK, so now we have this readership down to just two, that’s me and you we can talk openly about ATC simulation.
Flight simulation has a very niche market but wait, we can shrink that down even further when we talk about and try Air Traffic Control. Now! We are digging into the recesses of geek.
I wanted to open my site further with a whole section about it. First I wanted to see what was new. I have a few simulations that I use every now and then but haven’t really bothered with lately.
Openscope popped up and at first I was put off by it’s browser based framework. However this is a little gem that is a great way to start with a serious level of ………….approach…………. I won’t do that again I promise. It has just about everything you need. It even has a synthesised voice feedback that has variation.
It has a huge list of airports to control and lots of options to make it interesting and give it some longevity. The interface is clean and very easy to use. It has a simple tutorial to get you started and further reading and controls for more advanced stuff.
I will be adding more on this subject and expanding the site to incorporate and inform you of the great programs you can run from your PC to get you controlling those blips on the screen.
In the meantime checkout Openscope. It’s superb.
You can insert user objects such as holding, refuelling or AWACS orbits, CAPs, SEAD CAPs, or reference points. Create flight routes by snapping way-points to airfields, nav points, reference points or orbit anchors. Move multiple overlaid objects together. Clone flights and/or organise them into packages. Navigational data are automatically calculated using an atmospheric model. Use advanced tools, such as inter-visibility plot or terrain and slope visualisation. Mark important areas by polygons, circles or labels. Export as a DCS .miz file.
One little feature that really stood out for me was the ability to set-up your countermeasures for the F/A-18C. You have to manually do this every time you fly but with CombatFlite you can do all that in the planning process which really makes a big difference in the start up process of the jet.