UPDATE – Added a new repaint for the Lionheart Creations Super Viking.

Here is the consolidated list of all the repaints we have created.

Download any or all of the repaints HERE.

N857N for Lionheart Creations Super Viking
N924X for Iris Simulations T-6A Texan II
N777WX for Lionheart Creations Zenith CH-701
N93VX for Iris Grob 115 Tutor
N7RT for RealAir Lancair Legacy
N57Y for RealAir Lancair Legacy (heavily weathered version of N52Y)
N203AR for RealAir Lancair Legacy
N401VM for RealAir Lancair Legacy
N31F for RealAir Lancair Legacy
N52Y for RealAir Lancair Legacy
N947WB for A2A Beechcraft V35B Bonanza
N55RR for Carenado C208 EX Caravan
N57NT for A2A Beechcraft V35B Bonanza
Navy Flying Club repaints for Carenado T-34B Mentor
N17MR for Carenado F33A Bonanza
M17M for Carenado F33A Bonanza

Under all the covers

With Project v1.75 complete, we’ve been working on “superscripts”. That is to say, programming bits to interface the project hardware with the simulator software. Specifically, program coding to mimic/simulate the cockpit functions of individual aircraft.

Our good friend Glenn Weston developed the idea of a “superscript” based on the VRS Superbug. The superscript is a Lua based script that incorporates all the functions modeled in the virtual cockpit of a given sim airplane. With a superscript, a builder can make a hardware pit that functions exactly as the virtual cockpit of his preferred airplane.

An appropriate superscript is not only useful for cockpit builders. It can also be used by simmers with desktop setups to program buttons on joysticks and other peripherals to go beyond the capability of the normal simulator commands.

We have completed several superscripts so far. And, will be adding more as we fly the current version of the project.

All the current super script versions can be downloaded here.

Available so far:

  • Virtavia Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor
  • Iris Grob G115E Tutor
  • Carenado Beechcraft Bonanza F33A
  • A2A Beechcraft Bonanza V35B (COMING SOON)
  • Iris Simulations Raytheon T-6A

Not-so Under the covers

Other random notes: we have moved our virtual base of operations to El Centro NAF for the time being. 29 Palms did not have Jet A available and we are going to need it in the near future. Yuma is where we want to end up when all said and done but a little more project development is needed before re-taking deployment there.



UPDATED 20/11/2016 F/A-18E

Here are several sets of checklists designed for FSX. We created these checklists as part of our ground school for each of the aircraft. The planes are:

VRSimulations F/A-18E Rhino (SuperBug) Normal procedures with AR receiver

DCattaneo T-45C Goshawk v1.1

LotusSim Aero L-39C Albatros (formatted for printout at A5 size)

Tim Conrad’s Douglas A-1H

Iris Raytheon T-6A Texan II

Combat Pilot Raytheon/Beech T-6B Texan II

Iris Pilatus PC-21 (includes reference speeds and control settings)

Razbam Convair F/A-201 Kestrel (including cold/dark start)

Will add more as we do more.


T-34C Forces Aériennes Royales MarocT-34C Forces Aériennes Royales Maroc

This game of ghosts

Extending and refining the ideas in a previous post, below is a link to a package of 20 Lua snippets that are to used with DCattaneo’s T-45C model.

The code snippets perform a variety of switch functions in the VC of the model. Included with the package is a document that includes how we have programmed our kit using the Lua snippets.

Download here.

If you have questions or comments, you know how to catch me.


Just in case, redux

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we uploaded a spreadsheet based HOTAS programming reference.

There have been a lot of changes to our systems since then, one in particular being that we use Tripod’s SuperScript for programming our Thrustmaster HOTAS for use with the VRS Superbug.

Here is how we have the HOTAS set up as of today:

  WarthoThrottleBaseSuperscriptuchi WarthogThottleSuperscriptuchi WarthogStickSuperscriptcuhi ThrustmasterMFDSuperscriptuchi

And, for your personal use, a graphical HOTAS programming reference that can work even if you are not using SuperScript.


Local course rules for naval air stations

WARNING: These documents are published for flight simulation only and are not to be used for any real world flight activities.

KNID VFR Terminal Flight Patterns

R-2508 Complex Airspace Briefing

KNFL NAS Fallon Range Users Manual

KNGP NAS Kingsville Course Rules
KNGP NAS Kingsville Course Rules Slideshow
KNGP NAS Kingsville Additional Course Rules Slideshow

KNIP NAS Jacksonville JNFC Course Rules

KNMM NAS Meridian Course Rules

KNQX NAS Key West Course Rules

TW-5 Fixed Wing Standard Operating Procedures for North Whiting Field (including KNSE, KNPA, and outlying fields)
TW-5 T-6B Checklist Guide
TW-5 Rotary-Wing Operating Procedures Manual

KNUW NAS Whidbey Island Course Rules

KNZY NAS North Island Course Rules Slideshow

The idle mind is the devil’s workshop

A good bit of this post may sound negative. The limitations in the sim, procedurally, technically, and with the various add-ons, significantly hinders high fidelity simulation of a US Navy aviator’s training. These limitations apply at a very basic level even before any OPSEC considerations.

Still, for someone willing to invest the time, the Navy curriculum is quite good at training an aviator.

For our purposes, we originally adapted the T-6 PRIMARY curriculum for use with the Iris PC-21. At that time there was no T-6B. With the current Iris T-6B (developed with the help of real world Navy PRIMARY pilots), a very faithful PRIMARY curriculum could be developed.

While attempting to use the existing T-45C model to adapt the INTERMEDIATE JET curriculum, the more we studied the PAT PUBS, the more disenchanted we became with trying to use that model in a faithful way. Very basic characteristics covered in the PUBS, such as fuel flow numbers, did not match the sim. Reading ahead into STRIKE, the discrepancies seemed even greater when trying to adapt WEPS. About 30 hours of flight time and 20 hours of study later, we just weren’t feeling it.

Long story short, we have been flying the VRS F/A-18E in an adaption of INTERMEDIATE JET for about 70 hours flight time and 40 hours of study. There are several obvious issues with learning to fly a 22 ton jet in a manner designed for a 7 ton jet, but, overall, we are pleased with the training. Adapting the Rhino NATOPS numbers and capabilities to the curriculum has been easier than trying to do the training with a sim that did not match many numbers at all. We still fly the T-45C a good bit, but the flying is for a more casual experience rather than serious training.

Somewhere down near the bottom of this post is a link to the coursework and maneuver requirements we have adapted for our training. Some notes, in no particular order or sense:

1) The tally requirements in this curriculum are WAY less than half what the real world nuggets are required to do.

2) You are going to have to read a good bit to use the curriculum. At the bottom of each section are the PAT PUBS that are required reading. Of course, you should know the NATOPS for your aircraft before you start.

3) With the exception of FCLP, any aircraft could be used to fly the adapted curriculum events. We have done PA’s just for fun in the DHC-1 Chipmunk for example. The turn, S, and landing attitude patterns are part of real world training for almost all aircraft (or should be).

4) As we advance thru the curriculum and update the adapted course work, we will update the link below to the latest version. Also, updating these notes as needed.

5) Real world nuggets use standard IFR flight plans to ingress and egress the working areas. Below is a link for a couple that can be used at Lemoore. The package includes jet logs, flight plans, and MUs.

Here is link: INTJET/STRK curriculum v1.2

Here is link to the stereo routes package: Stereo Routes Package v1.0

PS, the BI portion in real world is all done under an IFR hood (except for the FCLP I added). So you will need full IFR conditions, an IFR panel view, or a hood simulation similar to what is in the Virtavia T-34C. Those wacky nuggets are required to do this BI from the back seat even before FAM. All your comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcome. We are off to fill in our MIFs.