10 Ways to Improve your Situational Awareness

Increasing your situational awareness when flying in a combat zone can have immediate impact on the result of your missions and on your chances of returning to home base without an embarrassing search-and-rescue operation. Here are some tips on how to improve your chances to achieve that euphoric feeling of setting down on the runway after a well-executed mission.

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Should Arma 3 be a Steam exclusive?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun chats with Arma 3 project lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land.

“Most of the reasoning is covered in our development blog. To sum it up: we took an honest look at where we were, weighed up all of our options, and decided on this as the best way forward for Arma 3. I believe it’s important to keep in mind that any benefit to us as developer, should be a benefit to players. Making the setup process smoother, having updates be more frequent and distributed quicker, being able to deliver mods and other user-generated content easier, and freeing up time for us to support important things like the SDK. They will all unlock Arma 3?s potential and longevity. The requirement from ourselves to release in 2013 is not just a business decision; this is important for the team as well. You cannot keep a team motivated for years and it’s hard to keep the technology state-of-the-art.”

Czech Out: Bohemia Talk Arma 3 Alpha | Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Arma 3 cockpit

What do you think about Arma 3 being a Steam exclusive?

DCS World 1.2.3 Patch Released

The long awaited 1.2.3 patch for DCS World has been released.

Here is the original announcement.

Lots of cools stuff, but the biggest features IMO are the ability to set waypoints and targets for air units via the F10 command map, and the fixes for the network/multiplayer code.

New Features:

DCS World

  • Added new Su-27 model. More skins will be added later.
  • Added new Mission Editor trigger rule – Bomb in Zone.
  • New mission editor skin. Incomplete work in progress.
  • Helicopters will better maneuver against AAA maneuvering when in the threat area.
  • Added new Mission Editor trigger rule – Expression.
  • Scripting Engine: Fixed outText and outSound for Coalition and Group.
  • Scripting Engine: Added “Mission” Task for ground groups.
  • Scripting Engine: Added Unit.getFuel function.
  • Mission Editor UI for group variation placement tool added, not functional yet.
  • New skins for F-15C and MiG-31.
  • Model LODs have been better optimized.

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SAAB Gripen NG video

I’ve always liked this Swedish Gripen fighter — I think its the look of the delta wing. It is a multi-role aircraft and can land on roads or snow-covered landing strips of only 800-metres in length. Another interesting fact is that they actually release the source code for the onboard software to the operators (written in ADA).

I just found out that SAAB make great videos. The story and acting are a little cheesy, but I applaud them for trying and overall it is fun to watch.

Do you think it is a waste of time for SAAB to make high-quality videos on youtube, since most the peeps that see it won’t actually buy one?