Getting Prepared series – DCS:UH-1 Huey

Recently Eagle Dynamics have opened up their DCS: World sim platform to 3rd party developers. One of the many new study sims to be released soon will be the UH-1 Huey helicopter. DCS:UH-1 will be developed by a company called Belsimtek, based out of Belarus, Russia.
Here is the Press Release.

DCS:UH-1 Huey desktop photo

One of the exciting things about this project is that it will (hopefully) be the first DCS aircraft to support multiple crew positions!!
“Switching seats works and it’s possible to fly or shoot from the pilot or copilot position, as well as aim and shoot the M-60s as a door gunner. There are some simple “autopilot” modes available so the player can hand off control to the AI copilot. Currently there is no other crew AI functionality, but we expect this will be developed as we move ahead.”
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They would also like to add sling-load functionality.
“We’ve added a new trigger in the ME that allows us to change the cargo weight of a unit. This way we can change the helicopter weight in real-time during the mission to simulate loading/unloading of cargo. There is not yet a sling load capability, though as I’ve said it is something we believe we will be able to make in the final product.”
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This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to helping you, the sim pilot, prepare and get trained for flying these new beasts.

Getting Yourself Prepared for DCS:UH-1

The first guide that I would recommend is the Army UH-1 Huey Operators Manual (PDF).

Cockpit Familiarization

UH-1 cockpit layout excerpt from manual
UH-1 controls excerpt from manual
hoist controls
UH-1 hoist controls excerpt from manual

AN/ASN-175 Cargo Utility GPS Receiver (CUGR) info
GPS navigation system for enroute, terminal and non-precision approach phases of flight. The CUGR can automatically sequence up to 20 flight plans with 20 waypoints each, showing nearest airport, planning vertical descents, displaying minimum safe altitudes as well as many other features.

APR-39 Digital Threat Warning System
Scramble Aviation magazine info
The APR-39 provides continuous 360-degree coverage to automatically detect and identify threat types, bearing and lethality before alerting a cockpit crew to each threat with a graphical symbol on the cockpit multifunction display or video display. The system provides warning of radar directed threats to allow appropriate evasive maneuvers and deployment of chaff. The system has the capability of detecting all pulse radar normally associated with hostile surface-to-air missiles, airborne intercepts and anti-aircraft weapon systems.

Mast Bumping

A new concern for virtual helicopter pilots is the problem with “Mast Bumping”, which is an effect that can cause the spinning rotor system to teeter too far and cut into the mast that connects it to the helicopter.

Here is a series of news articles explaining the problem:
Mast Bumping articles

Here is an Army training video that explains the problem and how to avoid it:

Recommended Books

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ChickenHawk book about UH-1 pilot
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Robert Mason is a veteran of more than one thousand combat missions in Vietnam. Mason gives staggering descriptions that cut to the heart of the combat experience: the fear and belligerence, the quiet insights and raging madness, the lasting friendships and sudden death—the extreme emotions of a "chickenhawk" in constant danger.
Fire From the Sky book about UH-1 pilot
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This is the dramatic history of the HAL-3 Seawolves, the U.S. Navy's first and only helicopter gunship squadron of the Vietnam War. Flying in all kinds of weather, day or night, the gunships arrived at tree-top level with forward firing rockets, flex-guns blazing, and door gunners hanging outside or standing on the skids of the violently maneuvering helicopters. They also inserted SEALs deep into enemy territory, rescued combatants, and evacuated the wounded when Medevac helicopters were not available.
DMZ Dustoff Vietnam book about UH-1 pilot
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Grabbing the hand-held radio and transmitting on Guard, Halvorson alerted the tower to their situation. “This is Dustoff 7-oh-7 on Guard, north of Quang Tri about 20 miles out. We have multiple wounded on board, no idea of their condition, no hydraulics, and no instruments. We need a straight in. Clear everything, I need to be first in line.” It was about this time that Gary noticed one of the few instruments still working was the engine temperature gauge “And it was running pretty hot!”
Wings of the Eagle book about UH-1 pilot
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This is the story of rescue in the steamy, bloody jungles of Vietnam. First as peter pilot and then as full-fledged aircraft commander, W.T. Grant routinely flew McGuire rig extractions under enemy fire, inserts into combat zones exploding with mortar shells, and night operations in the enemy-infested A Shau Valley.

Good Videos

UH1-H cockpit startup and takeoff video

flight demo (great audio!!)

In Closing

Are you planning to fly this iconic monster?

What else do you want to know?

Are you excited about DCS:UH-1?

What are you afraid of?

2 thoughts on “Getting Prepared series – DCS:UH-1 Huey

  1. Thanks for the comment Evil J!
    Stay tuned — I have more Getting Started guides coming soon. (DCS:Mig-21bis is next)

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