View Full Version : Preflight checks for IL2/FB home?

06-07-2006, 07:21 AM
Anyone noticed how if you stick with a flight sim long enough you end up with a preflight check list worthy of an F16 combat pilot?

My check list.

1. relations, kids, pets notified of impending IL2 session. Peace - Check.

1.a PC cleared of clutter and defragged - check.

1.b Install IL2/FB CD/DVD.

2. Position joysticks, rudder, compass, keyboard, map, notes and pen - check.

2.a Verify microphone and headset connected and functioning - check.

3. Test controls of joystick, rudder working properly in control panel. Confirm functioning correctly - check.

4. Activate and Check TIR positioned correctly and functioning - check.

5. Activate voice comms for AI if offline. verify active- check.

5. a If offline confirm such packages like Stab/IL2 Manager are activated and functioning correctly.

6. Activate Teamspeak if Online, verify active - check.

6. Activate Hyper Lobby. Verify all is functioning - check.

7. Make your S! greetings. - check.

8. One last overall check of all systems before actual flight to confirm everything`s working - CHECK!

I think that`s most of it. Phew!

06-07-2006, 07:27 AM
Brilliant man! This should be a sticky! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

06-07-2006, 07:58 AM
I like to just boot up IL2 Manager.. then I start HL & TS from there..BTW Seafire ceck your PTs.....

06-07-2006, 08:03 AM
Any of you clever folk use a startup script or anything like it? I'd love to be able to single click a shortcut or something and have:

1. TrackIR launch
2. Saitek profiler launch with a specific profile
3. Teamspeak launch
4. TSDisp launch
5. Shoot 1.6 (voice activated commands) launch
6. Hyperlobby launch (and an alternate IL2-offline launch)
7. Shutdown gmail notifier
8. Maybe shutdown antivirus updater/software

I don't know how many times I've gotten into a game and forgotten one of those things in that list.

Being a programmer, I can figure it out. But being a busy (ok, *lazy*) programmer means that first I'd like to not have to re-invent the wheel if someone has already done it.

* _54th_Speeder *

06-07-2006, 08:06 AM

Yeah, I started to feel the need for such checklist. Especially because of my modded hardware, I have to connect a lot of things together before flight. 2 days ago I hastily connected my stick to the controller box under FFB power, and shorted the IC driving the FFB motors. It burnt immediately. I repaired next day (swapped the electronics with the throttle), but I really need to stick to a correct sequence to make it fool-proof.

I just have a few additions:

1.a "notified of impending session"...for me it means creating a flight plan (especially the ETA...to bed, lol) and asking the "control tower" about takeoff permission

2.a "PC cleared of clutter" ... logging out other family members, disabling virus check SW updates.

06-07-2006, 08:10 AM
9. Check for ample cigarette supplies.

06-07-2006, 08:20 AM
and beer?

06-07-2006, 08:21 AM
I did for a while, SithSpeeder.

Wrote a simple batch-file starting Teamspeak, TSO, Hyperlobby, TrackIR & CH Center.

I couldn't get used to it, though. It is kind of a ritual to activate the programs and get my controls in position while they're loading. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

06-07-2006, 09:32 AM
My preflight is pretty flexible. TIR and the CH Manager come on at boot-up anyway - and my 'pit' is always set up. Coffee and smokables help, but I'll scramble dry in an emergency http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Like noon today http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I kicked up TS and my wingie was hosting and holding a slot, so I backdoored in and joined the fray. TrackIR golf-visor at hand, headset and, whoa, I'm in a P39-N1 heading across the Crimea about a minute after I checked in! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Suitably fed & watered I find the in-game pre-flights most important, especially in the coop scene. I've got a fair grasp of quite a few aircraft after so many years, but it's always wise to check what CEM is available, etc. So I run through prop pitch, mixture, supercharger, tailwheel lock flaps & so on. Once I know what functions are there I fire up and check the rest of the flight is ready. Only then do I roll out....


06-07-2006, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by danjama:
and beer?

Only at the weekend.