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Thanatos833
09-20-2006, 04:23 AM
I€m a newbie to these forums, this game and this genre. I have Il-2: FB with the ace expansion pack. I struggle with the game at anything over the €œeasy difficulty€ settings. I was wondering if you people had some tips for a newbie for me to improve.

I also have a couple of questions:

1) When announced over the radio what do €œheight€ and €œvector,€ mean? I don€t understand why height is announced in single digits.
2) What does €œheading,€ mean? It€s shown next to the altitude and speed in the bottom left hand corner.

Oh yeah, when I press the button for my wheel brakes no message is shown whether they are activated or not. I wonder if the button is working.

My landing gear button also doesn€t seem to work properly.

Thanks in advance for any help.

zbw_109
09-20-2006, 04:34 AM
Originally posted by Thanatos833:
Oh yeah, when I press the button for my wheel brakes no message is shown whether they are activated or not. I wonder if the button is working

There is no message as soon as key is released brakes go off

MadRuski
09-20-2006, 04:35 AM
Well, unlike jet games...the the button has to be held down for them to work, but if u hold it down, your plane will eventully flip over so gently hold and release.

the reason for your gear not retracting is because you either are flying a plane which has gear that have to be manuly put down, and ushally you have to assign the buttons for this in the controls option, and if it is not working for all the planes..means you have to also assign the key G to it.

Welcome to the Forum!

Vorondil-1986
09-20-2006, 09:01 AM
Height is announced in hundreds of meters, so when they say "Height 15" it means Height=1500 meters.

Vector is the compass direction to fly from waypoint A to waypoint B, for example 90 degress compass direction. The heading label displays your current compass heading, where 0=North, 90=East, 180=South and 270=West.

When someone announces a new flight direction, it could be your flight group leader who is talking, but it could also be any other available friendly flight group on the map, whether they are of importance to you or not. Just follow your flight group leader, or if you are the leader, use the map to navigate (If you don't use map icons, it's good to check the pre-flight map to memorize your target objectives location.)

Also, if you don't have one already, you should get yourself a joystick. A good standard joystick for this game should feature two axis, one handle-twist axis and one small throttle lever, and as many buttons you can find.

Use the Quick Mission Builder feature to practice first standard flight techniques, then aiming at large unarmed cargo/bomb planes, and then some dogfighting.

berg417448
09-20-2006, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by Thanatos833:



My landing gear button also doesn€t seem to work properly.

Thanks in advance for any help.

If you are flying the F4F or the I-16 your aircraft has landing gear that is manually raised and lowered. You need to set one key to raise your gear and another key to lower your gear. You will need to hit the key repeatedly (40 times or so) in order to raise or lower the gear.

Thanatos833
09-20-2006, 09:36 PM
Also, if you don't have one already, you should get yourself a joystick. A good standard joystick for this game should feature two axis, one handle-twist axis and one small throttle lever, and as many buttons you can find.
Thankfully I think I pretty much have that, it's 4 axis, 12 button, it that O.K?



If you are flying the F4F or the I-16 your aircraft has landing gear that is manually raised and lowered. You need to set one key to raise your gear and another key to lower your gear. You will need to hit the key repeatedly (40 times or so) in order to raise or lower the gear. Yes, it was indeed the 1-16 that was giving me the problems, it also seems rather unstable.

One last thing...please bear with me here...
Since this game only has training videos and no traing missions, what pilot career(s) should a newbie start with.

Thanks for all the help guys, I look forward to being a part of the community. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

dieg777
09-20-2006, 10:58 PM
Hi and welcome- there is a lot of information to get you started at this site

http://www.airwarfare.com/

especially the FAQ

http://airwarfare.com/mediawiki-1.4.5/index.php?title=FAQ_Introduction

and user manual

http://airwarfare.com/mediawiki-1.4.5/index.php?title=Main_Page

here is user advice given to someone else just starting off

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/ubb.x?q=Y&a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=9181071422&p=1

hope this helps

Xiolablu3
09-21-2006, 08:00 AM
HI there, try and get online if you can, you will get a lot of help from veteren players.

The multiplayer in this sim is amazing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

tigertalon
09-21-2006, 09:33 AM
Yes, join us online here and there, Xiola and me can teach you! Xiola the altruistic way (as a caring wingman http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif), and me as a nightmare (BnZing Fw with 108s http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif).

Seriously, wellcome aboard. U poor sap u don't know what you got into, lol. Like other guys said, read everything at airwarfare. And dont bother too much about being defeated by AI. They cheat a lot: they don't overheat, blackout/redout, they don't fall apart at high speeds, have inhuman high deflection skillz etc. Fyling against human opponents is ENTIRELY different story.

After you will master the basics of flying and fighting, try to pick a few of your favourite mounts and study their advantages and disadvantages against common adversaries: for example I-16 will outturn any german plane, but is slower than them and has a poor high altitude performance. Next step will be trying to use this advantages over enemy disadvantages with not allowing him to do the same.