Welcome to RAF Air UK
Here at RAF Air UK we have now moved over to flying within a DCS World environment. DCS provides the highest graphical quality and most real flying experiece short of actually taking to the real world skies yourself. Pilots of all abilities are welcome to join us, but should you feel training is required to boost your confidence, we are able to help you.
Sorties are available for offline flying, but essentially we are geared towards online flying so that groups of pilots are able to carry out more complex sorties which will mirror the way things are done in the 'Real World'. Obviously within the bounds of a simulated environment.
Booked Flight Plans
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Posted by Neil Willis on 29/01/2015
Welcome to RAF Air.
Here are the steps to take to get started. Thanks to Peter Stacko for this excellent guide.
I. Register yourself on the website.
- Registering yourself on the website provides you with access to many functions, such as logging your flights, monitoring progress of your training etc.
II. Register yourself on the forum.
- Registering yourself on the forum will allow you to introduce yourself to the community and give you access to all the knowledge within the RAFAIR.
III. Setup your forum signature.
- Within the RAFAIR, you will advance in ranks and earn awards as you progress in your career and prove your prowess on the battlefield. It is essential to learn how to set up your forum signature to reflect this. This is done in the profile section of the user control panel. The images and links required to construct your very own forum signature can be found here.
IV. Download and install Teamspeak.
- It is virtually impossible to carry out any highly coordinated and real-life resembling operation without a tool to facilitate communication among the pilots. In the RAFAIR, we use Teamspeak for this purpose. Bookmarking the RAFAIR UK Teamspeak server will allow you to access the server easily. This can be done via the main menu – Bookmarks/Add to Bookmarks.
V. Change your in-game and teamspeak nickname.
For easier identification (i.e. air traffic controllers) and displaying allegiance to RAFAIR UK, we use a standardized version of both in-game and Teamspeak nicknames including RAFAIR tag and pilot number e.g. 38 Peter [RAFAIR UK]
In Teamspeak, go to Settings/Identities to change the name. In DCS World Multiplayer, go to Options.
VI. Install Aries software.
- In order to have the most immersive and realistic experience possible, Aries Radio is used with Teamspeak to allow communication of people who have the radio set to the same frequency. Make sure you follow the installation manual carefully, especially the steps requiring “Run as Administrator”. Make sure you set up your Teamspeak activation as push-to-talk (Settings/Options/Capture). Finally, configure the Aries using DCS World Configurator to set the activation buttons for all radios (VHF AM/FM, UHF).
VII. Download and install the RAFAIR UK aircraft liveries.
Each squadron within the RAFAIR proudly uses their own specific insignia and aircraft painting. Download the liveries to be able to use them in DCS World.
JSGME version is also available to circumvent manual installation. JSGME allows for easy mod management despite DCS updates.
VIII. Download and print the radio frequency cards for Aries.
- To minimize the hassle of changing frequencies while using Aries, we have constructed UHF and VHF tables with default pre-set channels of the A-10C. Frequency cards for other aircraft can be found in the topic.
IX. Download the charts of the home airports of RAFAIR UK.
In order to correctly interpret the orders received from a ground, tower and approach operator, you need access to airport charts with parking slot, taxiway and runway designations, as well as TACAN and ILS information.
Familiarize yourself well with your new home, the squadron's homebase.
X. Download and familiarize yourself with 74 Squadron Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
- Flying in an organized group with many people is very different from what you have probably experienced within DCS so far. Careful organization, hierarchy and standard procedures are required to prevent the mission from turning into a mess and hearing the flight lead saying “Guns, guns, guns…” as he strafes in frustration over his still parked flight members. You are expected to familiarize with the Standard Operating Procedures of the 74 Squadron and slowly start applying them in practice.
XI. Learn how to setup DATALINK for Squadron flights.
- DATALINK is a useful tool for passing information to other pilots as well as general awareness of their position. It is necessary to be able to set it up properly to avoid confusion during a flight.
XII. Familiarize yourself with the concept of booking a flight and filing a PIREP after a flight.
- In the RAFAIR, all members log the flights to keep track of their flight hours. The process is started with booking a flight in the main menu – Flights/Find a flight. Either find a flight with your name, or a spare one and press “Add to Bid”. Afterwards, you can file a PIREPdocumenting the flights hours, fuel, short description etc. For more information, refer to the documents describing booking a flight andfiling a PIREP in more detail.
XIII. Initiate your basic weapon training.
- Every pilot of an active Squadron must be able to carry out basic weapon deployment in order to be combat mission ready. It is essential to carry out the following training missions in a reasonable timeframe and submit the tracks. The leader of the squadron assesses the members’ capability by reviewing tracks the members submit and registers their progress. Just contact any of the QFIs by posting in the Training Flights thread, and we'll arrange things for you.
XIV. Recommended reading.
Regardless of our experience within the simulator, we never stop learning. Here is a collection of documents on some essential procedures we have created in the RAFAIR. Do not worry, you are not expected to have a firm grasp on them immediately, but read them along the way as you are comfortable with acquiring more knowledge.
Avionics and systems
Flying and tactics
XV. (Optional) Tacview.
- It is often very difficult to realize what exactly is happening on the battlefield in the heat of a battle and what mistakes you have made as a consequence of poor situational awareness, decisions etc. While not mandatory, Tacview is a great tool to analyze your performance after the mission. Tacview records actions of all units on the battlefield and allows you to re-evaluate your decisions, thus greatly improving the learning process.
2015 and Beyond
Posted by Clyde Whiting on 01/01/2015
Well, the first day of a New Year and things are hotting up already.
In 2014 we went from strength to strength and 2015 gives us some exciting opportunites to build on what we have.
We currently have two main A10c squadrons and also a training squadron that also covers Redair when needed. We will shortly be introducing a Hawk squadron as we have had interest from new pilots who only want to fly the Hawk. On the horizon we have the possibility of the Typhoon, Tornado and Tucano to name but a few. On the map side of things we have Nevada coming with Edge and also the Gulf states planned.
So as the world opens up and new aircraft are available we need to adapt as we go along, keep the regulars happy but also introduce new things to get new pilots on board.
It looks like Edge and Nevada will be the first things released from above. The execs will hard at work evaluating the new map and a decision will be made whether we up sticks and use this as our new home for the group which will then allow us to use the current map and future Gulf States add on for exercises and operations.
The release of the aircraft mentioned above is always a lottery but eventually it will help us introduce more structure into the basic training and also give pilots a wider choice of squadrons and aircraft to aim for (not literally ). With the new Hawk squadron coming soon, new pilots can train in either the Hawk or the A10c depending on which squadron they wish to fly with but once the above are released we can start everybody on the Tucano (or similar) before moving them on to a squadron. And no, the Tucano wouldn't be a waste of money because once a pilot is competant he/she can use the aircraft to train the next generations of new pilots.
This years goals :-
=add more structure as and when new things are released
=increase pilot and squadron numbers
=a large operation involving the whole group in the Autumn
=some shorter exercises to get everybody working together
=co-op with another group
=have more fun
With the group we have we are sure that these goals are achievable.
Never stop learning and remember, keep the light blue stuff up
All the very best for 2015
Clyde & Richard
2014 Xmas Flight
Posted by Clyde Whiting on 15/12/2014
Our Xmas Fun Flight will take place on Tuesday 23rd December.
Please click the link below for further details.
Posted by Clyde Whiting on 28/11/2014
We have now simplified the flight booking system.
For squadron pilots flying the A10c simply search down the flights list for the flight with your name on it. It doesn't matter when or where you are flying from, one booking fits all.
For aggressor pilots, scroll through the flights and select the flight with the correct aircraft.
QFI's are to use RAF9501 & RAF9502.
FTS Pilots will be allocated a flight by OC FTS (RAF9511 to RAF9515).
For all other flights (non squadron nights), simply select a flight with the correct aircraft.
RAFAir UK Calendar
Posted by Clyde Whiting(QFI) on 10/07/2014
At the top of the main page you will now see a tab for our new calendar, this will give you information on who is available on what night, what we are doing on squadron nights and allow you to enter your availability.
When you hover over the calendar tab you will get two choices :-
View Calendar - This will show who is available on each night (green), who is unavailable (red) and what is happening on squadron nights (blue).
Add Availability - This leads you to instructions on how to ADD your availability and a link to the calendar.
It is in your interest to fill in your availability.