AVIATOR90: Slow Flight, Take It Easy

In the last part of the aggressive maneuvers section of Aviator90, we take a look at slow flying, or shallow turning while teetering on the edge of stalling. This involves having full flaps out so get your dancing shoes on as you’ll be doing a lot of footwork on your Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals. Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack shows you how it’s done.

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Angle of Attack is a subscription based video service that specializes in flight simulator training using real world standards. Whether you are a seasoned flight sim pilot ready to take on PMDG’s 777 or a beginner just starting out in flight sim, Angle of Attack is a realistic, impactful, and entertaining training resource. The entire first series of videos, Aviator 90, is available for free on their website to members (signup is completely free). We will be re-posting one video from the Aviator 90 series once a week here on Saitek.com.
A study guide for all the Aviator90 episodes can be downloaded here.
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SKY SESSIONS: Damage Inc. – Flying in the Pacific with DSR Enabled

Andrew Stevens from Fanbolt.com periodically shares his “Sky Sessions” and thoughts on flight sim with Saitek. 


Gameplay footage from the first mission with DSR (3820×2160) enabled.

 

Damage Inc. is a game I originally played on the Xbox 360. I received the Squadron Leader’s Edition which came with the game, the Saitek Pacific AV8R Flight Stick, and an awesome model airplane on top. Talk about a perfect package for any gamer and flight enthusiast. Continue reading

I’ve decided to return to Damage Inc. and play it for the first time on PC. Since I first played it on the Xbox 360, I wanted to see how the PC version looked and performed. I was also curious to try the game out with NVIDIA’s DSR feature enabled.

DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) allows gamers to play games up to 3820×2160 on their 1080p monitors, resulting in the production of a much smoother image while playing games. This means good riddance to all those jagged edges! DSR is especially noticeable on vegetation and distant objects.

What does DSR do to Damage Inc.? Check it out! Pay close attention to the little details, especially along the edges of the mountains, the airplanes, and buildings. Here are two comparison screenshots:

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Damage Inc. is unfortunately locked at 30 frames per second, but I was able to keep it steady at 30 FPS with the GeForce GTX 980 at 3820×2160. However, when I tried it with the new EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC, I wasn’t able to keep the game at 30 FPS. It would drop to around 20 or less at times. Still, users can achieve 2715×1527 DSR just fine with the 960, keeping the FPS at 30 while receiving an enhanced image.

I love messing around with the DSR function and could do this all day on many different flight games. Let me know if there are any games you want me to check out with DSR enabled. Most games do see a nice enhanced image.

Now, to bring the focus back on Damage Inc., I forgot how long the missions last. This is especially so when players end up failing objectives and need to restart. Playing it again for the first time took me over an hour to get through the first mission due to failing objectives and needing to start over again. It seems a little unforgiving at first, expecting the best from pilots who are flying in the game for the first time. And remember, this isn’t my first time, though it has been a few years since I played it.

It’s still an entertaining game that leans very heavily on the arcade side of flight. I still find myself enjoying it, and I love using the slow motion feature while attacking enemy aircraft which helps make the gameplay more intriguing in those intense aerial combat situations.

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SKY SESSIONS: “Dangerous Approaches” pack coming to FSX-SE

Andrew Stevens from Fanbolt.com periodically shares his “Sky Sessions” and thoughts on flight sim with Saitek. 

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition recently released on the Steam platform and will soon receive the first of multiple exclusive add-on packs. The first of these add-on packs, called Dangerous Approaches, will launch in mid-February. Continue reading

Dangerous Approaches is designed to put pilots in the hot seat to overcome 20 of the most challenging approaches. Some of the examples given in a press release include landing a Boeing 747 during a major thunderstorm, collecting intrepid mountaineers from the Everest base camp, and transporting medical supplies through a snowstorm in Greenland. Basically, it sounds like pilots will be taking on the worst weather has to offer!

That certainly sounds like a pretty thrilling challenge. The add-on pack is also said to feature a unique pilot’s guide that leads aviators through each flight by giving them hints and tips on flying each aircraft and the impending approach. Pilots can also select which aircraft they would like to use during all 20 of the unique missions.

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Jane Whittaker, who helped develop the Dangerous Approaches add-on, said in a press release that “It’s been thrilling to create these exciting and dynamic add-ons which will be perfect for new and seasoned simmers alike. These packs take full advantage of FSX: Steam Edition and provide a wide variety of gameplay.” In addition, Dangerous Approaches is fully customizable, allowing simmers to use their own aircraft in all of the missions.

Aimee Sanjari, Brand Manager at Dovetail Games added, “Dovetail Games is honored to be working with Jane Whittaker to release these mission packs. Her experience and expertise in flight simulation speaks for itself, making this add-on ideal for a wide range of users.”

I definitely look forward to attempting these “Dangerous Approaches” in an upcoming Sky Sessions. Keep an eye out sometime in mid- February for my attempts!

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AVIATOR90: We Could Have Had It Stall

Is there anything scarier than the sensation of falling out of the sky coupled with that annoying stall warning sound? Best to practice what to do in a controlled environment so you’ll be confident in a real situation. We continue the aggressive stuff with practicing stalls and recovering as Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack demonstrates Power On and Power Off Stalls this week.

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Angle of Attack is a subscription based video service that specializes in flight simulator training using real world standards. Whether you are a seasoned flight sim pilot ready to take on PMDG’s 777 or a beginner just starting out in flight sim, Angle of Attack is a realistic, impactful, and entertaining training resource. The entire first series of videos, Aviator 90, is available for free on their website to members (signup is completely free). We will be re-posting one video from the Aviator 90 series once a week here on Saitek.com.
A study guide for all the Aviator90 episodes can be downloaded here.
Originally posted in 2010. Discuss this article on Facebook.
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We’re Selling A Genuine F-4 Cockpit Trainer

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Just doing some early spring cleaning at the Mad Catz / Saitek headquarters and look what we’ve listed on eBay: a genuine F-4 Phantom Air Force Cockpit Trainer.

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