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RockOla

Carrier operations in the Mediterranean

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Hi all

 

Yesterday, all my trouble seemed so far away, having installed P3D 2.5, I decided to try aicarrier2 + Charles de Gaulle Carrier + RFN Gauge (for working carrier ILS and FLOLS, TACAN, catapulting etc)

 

And I was very pleased to note that everything is perfectly working. Just a little quirk : when the carrier is moving, the lights of the Pedro helicopter remains fixed in the air and repeats every n seconds creating a kind of "offset ALS"

 

So my first 2.5 carrier flight was a simple circuit.

 

Positionned on the forward-right catapult, steam coming from the CATOBAR

 

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Green flag ! Full afterburner take-off

 

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Positive rate, gear up and quickly shutting down the afterburner

 

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And after less than 2 minutes, base leg, hook and gear down

 

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The approach speed is maintained at 120 kts. At this speed, the angle of attack so high you have limited visibility to the meatball

 

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Too high, the hook won't meet any cable this time. Security > shame, wave off. Glass half-full : this will be a chance to grab more screenshots !

 

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The second pass is not perfect but OK. The wind suddenly reinforced and that's now a solid 18kts 30° left-front wind. Caught the 2nd cable, safely stopped.

 

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While rolling to the elevator and shutting down the engines, clouds are gathering. Time to take shelter.

 

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This is something I've been toying with wanting to try. Absolutely fab sequence of shots.

 

Q.

(a)which/whose aircraft is that?

(b) where did you get that aicarrier2 + Charles de Gaulle Carrier + RFN Gauge (for working carrier ILS and FLOLS, TACAN, catapulting etc)?

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Rick, thanks for taking the time to comment.

 

Installing and operating carriers is not that difficult.

 

Here is what I did :

 

1- Downloads

 

- grab the Rafale by Thor http://www.frenchairforce.fr/news.php (but the website is often down, due to hackers thinking it's the official French Air Force website...). You have to download the 2.1 aircraft package and the 2.2 patch.

 

- download the Charles de Gaulle carrier here (RFN PAN 1.0) http://royalefrenchnavy.perso.sfr.fr/RFN-Creations.htm

 

- download the RFN Gauge (4.1) here http://royalefrenchnavy.perso.sfr.fr/RFN-Creations.htm#Gau

 

- download AiCarriers 2r2 here http://royalefrenchnavy.perso.sfr.fr/NavalOps/AICarriers2r2.zip

 

 

2- Installation

 

- unpack the Rafale as any other aircraft. Replace the panel with a simple one (to begin). The C172 for example

 

- install AiCarrier

 

- install the CDG carrier

 

- add the reference to the CDG in the aicarriers.cfg (this is explained in detail in the CDG documentation)

 

- add the RFN gauge to the Rafale panel (also explained in the gauge's doc)

 

And you're good to go !

 

While in flight, shift+J opens the AiCarrier window. Then you can spawn any installed ship and start flying.

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A great big Thank You for all those links. Most helpful.

 

Will download and give it a go( I can only land in the drink if I miss the deck, so a softer crash!!!)

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