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Pre-purchase of M-2000C for DCS World Announced

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DUXFORD, UK, September 18th, 2015 – The Fighter Collection and RAZBAM are proud to announce the pre-purchase of M-2000C for DCS World by RAZBAM.

The M-2000C is a multi-role, French-designed, 4th generation fighter. It was designed in the 1970s as a lightweight fighter and in excess of 600 M-2000C aircraft have been built. The M-2000C is a single-engine fighter with a low-set delta wing with no horizontal tail. It has excellent maneuverability given its relaxed stability and fly-by-wire flight control system. The M-2000C also includes a multi-mode RDI radar that is capable of tracking and engaging targets at beyond visual ranges. In addition to engaging other aircraft with cannon and missiles, the M-2000C can also engage ground targets with cannon, rockets and bombs. The M-2000C is a perfect fit for the battlefields of DCS World!

We now bring an exacting simulation of the M-2000C to DCS World. The M-2000C is highly optimized to work within DCS World and takes advantage of the Digital Combat environment that only Eagle Dynamics can offer.

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M-2000C for DCS World by RAZBAM will sell for $47.99, this is a 20% discount during the pre-purchase period. Pre-purchase the M-2000C from:

The DCS World e-shop at http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/

The RAZBAM e-shop at http://razbamsims.com/store/

By December 2015, the Open Beta download for the M-2000C will be available to those that pre-purchased.

For more information and support, please visit: http://forums.eagle.ru/forumdisplay.php?f=322

Key Features that the M-2000C for DCS World by RAZBAM will include: Advanced flight model providing realistic performance and flight characteristics

  • Highly detailed 3D model and animations
  • Highly detailed and accurate 6 DOF cockpit with mouse-interactive controls
  • Realistic modelling of aircraft systems including electrical, fuel, hydraulics, lighting, engine and navigation
  • High resolution 3D model and cockpit textures, including specular and bump mapping
  • Inflight programmable INS
  • Synthetic runway display on HUD

Realistic HUD and weapons systems including:

  • Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground cannon
  • Magic II and Super 530D Air-to-Air missiles
  • Matra rocket pods
  • CCIP and CCRP bomb delivery
  • Realistic afterburner and over-wing vapour effects
  • Numerous skins
  • Instant action, single, and training missions as well as a campaign
  • Training that includes interactive and video lessons

About The Fighter Collection

The Fighter Collection, as well as developing software for the entertainment and serious game markets, also operates, rebuilds and maintains Europe’s largest collection of airworthy WWII fighters and is based at Duxford Airfield, in the U K. For more information, visit our website: http://www.fighter-collection.com/

About RAZBAM

RAZBAM is a 3rd party flight simulator content creator since 2002 that has been involved with the Microsoft series of flight simulators (MS Flight Simulator franchise), Third Wire “Strike Fighter” franchise, Lockheed Martin´s Prepar3D simulators, and most recently with Eagle Dynamics’ “Digital Combat Simulator” or DCS.

RAZBAM has also been involved in professional simulation solutions for a number of military and civilian aircraft operators since 2007. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.razbamsims.com or our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/RazbamSims

Nevada Test and Training Range Map for DCS World Pre-Order

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DUXFORD, UK, September 11th, 2015 – NEVADA Test and Training Range Map for DCS World now available for pre-purchase!

Pre-purchase from: http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/

The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) has the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world. The NTTR land area includes simulated air defense systems, mock airbases, and several target ranges. The NTTR was also used for nuclear testing. Today, it is home to RED FLAG and other military exercises that include countries from around the world. The NTTR map for DCS World 2 includes Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, McCarran International Airport and the infamous Groom Lake AFB (aka Area 51). This map also includes the city of Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport, and Hoover Dam.

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Key Features of NEVADA Test and Training Range Map for DCS World:

  • 366,000 sq. kilometres that covers portions of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California.
  • Highly detailed modelling of Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, McCarran International Airport, and the Area 51 facility.
  • Hoover Dam and Lake Meade.
  • All VOR and VORTAC radio navigation beacons.
  • High resolution mesh and textures around the detailed airbases.
  • The entire NTTR airspace as well indication of all sub-ranges.
  • Las Vegas, Pahrump, Mesquite, Moapa, Indian Springs, Boulder City and other cities and towns in and nearby the NTTR. This also includes all major roads, railways, and power lines.

For those that pre-purchase prior to October 1st, 2015, you will receive a 20% discount and two free Red Flag campaigns (one for the F-15C and one for the A-10C). For those that pre-purchase between October 1st and the Open Alpha release in late November, you will receive a 20% discount and one free Red Flag campaign. Both of these options also include a 20% bonus savings on future purchases at full price.

Note: Customers that purchased DCS: A-10C Warthog while it was in beta (prior to February 21st, 2011) will be provided this map for free!

About DCS World

Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield, focusing on military aircraft simulation. It includes a FREE TF-51D and an Su-25T attack aircraft.  DCS World includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region that encompasses much of Georgia – the location of the 2008 conflict. Further maps will be available in 2015. Additionally, DCS World includes:

  • Powerful mission and campaign editors
  • Multiplayer
  • Massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons
  • Advanced AI
  • Fast mission generator
  • Dynamic weather and seasons
  • Training missions
  • Mission replay system
  • Pilot logbook

This exceptionally detailed and realistic world simulation engine guarantees an engaging, real-world combat experience in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true “sandbox” simulation that can and will cover multiple time periods covering many types of aircraft and ground vehicles. DCS World allows both realistic gameplay and more casual play styles to suit the player.

Download DCS World for free from: www.dcs-world.com

About The Fighter Collection

The Fighter Collection, as well as developing software for the entertainment and serious game markets, also operates, rebuilds and maintains Europe’s largest collection of airworthy WWII fighters and is based at Duxford Airfield, in the UK. For more information visit our website: http://www.fighter-collection.com/

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Mad Catz Gets Retail Distribution of Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

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San Diego – May 19, 2015 Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today that it has reached agreement with Dovetail Games for the retail and e-tail distribution of the boxed version of Microsoft’s immensely popular Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition (“FSX: Steam Edition”).  Mad Catz will distribute this version under its Saitek brand, which is the world’s leading hardware simulation producer.  Mad Catz anticipates the product to be available at retail by late spring with pre-orders beginning immediately.

“Our Saitek brand has long been recognized as the leader in simulation technology, and distributing FSX: Steam Edition allows consumers a one-stop-shop for their flight simulation software and hardware needs,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz.  “Whether you’re an experienced pilot or just want to fly, FSX: Steam Edition provides a great experience.”

“We have seen impressive sales performance with FSX: Steam Edition since its digital launch in late 2014,” said Duncan Best Vice President, Retail and Consumer Marketing at Dovetail Games.  “As we continue to invest in and grow the hobby, Mad Catz is the perfect partner to help us with this, drawing on its extensive experience in the flight simulation peripherals market and its strong global distribution network.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition delivers an authentically accurate aerial experience for simulation enthusiasts and those with a passion for all things flight.  Pilots can climb into the cockpits of over twenty aircraft, from commercial and fighter jets to single-engine private planes and helicopters.

More than 80 missions will test players in a variety of ways, including search and rescue challenges, test pilot scenarios, races and more.  The game features updated multiplayer functionality, Windows 8.1 support and over 24,000 airports, delivering a beautiful, connected world and vast horizon begging to be explored.

For further information, or to pre-order, please visit: http://www.saitek.com/fsxsteam

DCS: MiG-15bis Pre-Order Trailer

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DUXFORD, UK, February 28thth, 2015 –DCS: MiG-15bis is now available for pre-purchase! Belsimtek in cooperation with The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics are happy to announce thatDCS: MiG-15bis is available from the DCS e-shop.

DCS E-shop: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/

DCS: MiG-15bis Product Page:
http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/products/mig15bis/

Developed in the years immediately following World War II, the MiG-15bis was a first-generation jet fighter designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau of the Soviet Union. The MiG-15bis is a single engine, swept-wing jet that saw over 15,000 copies produced. The MiG-15 gained fame in the skies over Korea where it battled the F-86 Sabre and other allied aircraft. It proved an excellent match to the Sabre, and it often came down to the skill of the pilot that determined who made it home and who was left dangling from a parachute. Having an excellent thrust-to-weight ratio and good climbing characteristics, the MiG-15bis was also armed with two NR-23 23mm cannons and a single, powerful N-37 37mm cannon. Not surprisingly, it is considered by many as one of the deadliest fighters of the era.

Key Features of the DCS: MiG-15bis:

• Unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it’s like to fly this legend of the USSR.
• Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit.
• Interact with cockpit controls with your mouse.
• Accurate MiG-15bis model, country markings, and weapons.
• Detailed modelling the MiG-15bis instruments, weapons, engine, radios, fuel, and electrical systems.
• Battle DCS: F-86F Sabre’s in single and multiplayer games.

ABOUT DCS WORLD

Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft, ground unit, and naval simulation. It includes a FREE TF-P1D Mustang and a Su-25T attack aircraft. DCS World includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region that encompasses much of Georgia – the location of the 2008 conflict. Further maps will be available in 2014.

Additionally, DCS World includes:

• Powerful mission and campaign editors
• Multiplayer
• Massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons
• Advanced AI
• Fast mission generator
• Dynamic weather and seasons
• Mission replay system
• Pilot log book

This all allows the creation of engaging, real-world combat missions in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true “sandbox” simulation that can and will cover multiple time periods covering many types of combat and civilian units. DCS World allows both realistic game play and more relaxed game play to suit the player.

Download DCS World for free from: www.dcs-world.com

About The Fighter Collection

The Fighter Collection, as well as developing software for the entertainment and serious game markets, also operates, rebuilds and maintains Europe’s largest collection of airworthy WWII fighters and is based at Duxford Airfield, in the UK. For more information visit our websites: http://www.fighter-collection.com/

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DCS: MiG-15bis Available for Pre-Order

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DUXFORD, UK, December 12th, 2014 – DCS: MiG-15bis is now available for pre-purchase!

Belsimtek in cooperation with The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics are happy to announce thatDCS: MiG-15bis is available for pre-purchase from the DCS e-shop. The pre-purchase provides both a 20% discount off the retail price and access to the Open Beta coming in February 2015.

Pre-purchase: https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/

In addition to the 20% purchase discount, pre-purchasers will receive a 20% full-price value in bonus points for future purchases!

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/faq/bonus_rules/

Developed in the years immediately following World War II, the MiG-15bis was a first-generation jet fighter designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau of the Soviet Union. The MiG-15bis is a single engine, swept-wing jet that saw over 15,000 copies produced. The MiG-15 gained fame in the skies over Korea where it battled the F-86 Sabre and other allied aircraft. It proved an excellent match to the Sabre, and it often came down to the skill of the pilot that determined who made it home and who was left dangling from a parachute. Having an excellent thrust-to-weight ratio and good climbing characteristics, the MiG-15bis was also armed with two NR-23 23mm cannons and a single, powerful N-37 37mm cannon. Not surprisingly, it is considered by many as one of the deadliest fighters of the era.

Key Features of the DCS: DCS: MiG-15bis:

• Unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it’s like to fly this legend of the USSR.
• Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit.
• Interact with cockpit controls with your mouse.
• Accurate MiG-15bis model, country markings, and weapons.
• Detailed modelling the MiG-15bis instruments, weapons, engine, radios, fuel, and electrical systems.
• Battle DCS: F-86F Sabre’s in single and multiplayer games.

ABOUT DCS WORLD

Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft, ground unit, and naval simulation. It includes a FREE TF-P1D Mustang and a Su-25T attack aircraft. DCS World includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region that encompasses much of Georgia – the location of the 2008 conflict. Further maps will be available in 2014.

Additionally, DCS World includes:

• Powerful mission and campaign editors
• Multiplayer
• Massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons
• Advanced AI
• Fast mission generator
• Dynamic weather and seasons
• Mission replay system
• Pilot log book

This all allows the creation of engaging, real-world combat missions in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true “sandbox” simulation that can and will cover multiple time periods covering many types of combat and civilian units. DCS World allows both realistic game play and more relaxed game play to suit the player.

Download DCS World for free from: www.dcs-world.com

About The Fighter Collection

The Fighter Collection, as well as developing software for the entertainment and serious game markets, also operates, rebuilds and maintains Europe’s largest collection of airworthy WWII fighters and is based at Duxford Airfield, in the UK. For more information visit our websites:http://www.fighter-collection.com/

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition Launch Date

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CHATHAM, KENT – December 9, 2014 – Dovetail Games, the multi-award-winning developer and publisher of the Train Simulator series and Dovetail Games Fishing, today gave flight sim fans a lift for the holiday season with the announcement thatMicrosoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will launch on December 18 at a spectacular introductory price.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition delivers an authentically accurate aerial experience for simulation enthusiasts and those with a passion for all things flight. Pilots can climb into the cockpits of over twenty aircraft, from commercial and fighter jets to single-engine private planes and helicopters. More than 80 missions will test players in a variety of ways, including search and rescue challenges, test pilot scenarios, races and more. The game features updated multiplayer functionality, Windows 8.1 support and over 24,000 airports, delivering a beautiful, connected world and vast horizon begging to be explored.

First released in 2006, Microsoft Flight Simulator X’s arrival on Steam marks the first exciting steps in the global licensing deal between Dovetail Games and Microsoft announced earlier this year. In addition to distributing Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition, Dovetail Games is also working on its own original titles based on Microsoft’s flight technology, carrying on nearly three decades of tradition established by this award-winning franchise. Dovetail Games and partners will also be launching a range of add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition on Steam in the new year.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will be available on Windows PC via Steam on December 18. This title is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.

SU-27 Flanker Now Available for DCS World

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DUXFORD, UK, November 11th, 2014 – Su-27 for DCS World is now available for download! The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics are pleased to announce that Su-27 for DCS World is now available for download via in-game Model Manager and as separate module from the DCS e-shop:

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/shop/modules/su-27_dcs_world/

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Note: This is a free update to owners of Flaming Cliffs 3!

The Su-27, NATO codename Flanker, is one of the pillars of modern-day Russian combat aviation. Built to counter the American F-15 Eagle, the Flanker is a twin-engine, supersonic, highly maneuverable air superiority fighter. The Flanker is equally capable of engaging targets well beyond visual range as it is in a dogfight given its amazing slow speed and high angle attack maneuverability. Using its radar and stealthy infrared search and track system, the Flanker can employ a wide array of radar and infrared guided missiles. The Flanker also includes a helmet-mounted sight that allows you to simply look at a target to lock it up! In addition to its powerful air-to-air capabilities, the Flanker can also be armed with bombs and unguided rockets to fulfill a secondary ground attack role.

Su-27 for DCS World focuses on ease of use without complicated cockpit interaction, significantly reducing the learning curve. As such, Su-27 for DCS World features keyboard and joystick cockpit commands with a focus on the most mission critical of cockpit systems.

Key Features of the Su-27 for DCS World:

  • A professional level flight model provides unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it’s like to fly this amazing aircraft.
  • A true model of the Su-27 flight control system that allows you to perform the “cobra” and other “out of the envelope” maneuvers.
  • Updated Head Down Display (HDD) with more realistic data link, navigation and HUD repeater modes.
  • Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit.
  • Accurate Su-27 Flanker model, squadron markings, and weapons.
  • New instant action, single missions and interactive training missions.
  • Battle the F-15C in head-to-head.

ABOUT DCS WORLD

Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft, ground unit, and naval simulation. It includes a FREE TF-P1D Mustang and a Su-25T attack aircraft. DCS World includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region that encompasses much of Georgia – the location of the 2008 conflict. Further maps will be available in 2014.

Additionally, DCS World includes:

• Powerful mission and campaign editors
• Multiplayer
• Massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons
• Advanced AI
• Fast mission generator
• Dynamic weather and seasons
• Training missions
• Mission replay system
• Pilot log book

This all allows the creation of engaging, real-world combat missions in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true “sandbox” simulation that can and will cover multiple time periods covering many types of combat and civilian units. DCS World allows both realistic game play and more relaxed game play to suit the player.

Download DCS World for free from: www.dcs-world.com

About The Fighter Collection

The Fighter Collection, as well as developing software for the entertainment and serious game markets, also operates, rebuilds and maintains Europe’s largest collection of airworthy WWII fighters and is based at Duxford Airfield, in the UK. For more information visit our websites: http://www.fighter-collection.com/

Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit Review

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Volair Sim is the maker of a very cool flight / racing cockpit called, simply, the Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit. This name is indicative of the product’s entire design philosophy. It doesn’t hide behind a fancy name or over-the-top marketing ploys. It comes right out and tells you what it is – a flight / racing cockpit setup for your favorite games. Volair Sim is upfront with its customers and, after dealing with a lot of smoke & mirrors in this industry, I appreciate that. I asked Bart Waclawik, President of Volair Sim, just how the company got its start in making home cockpits. Waclawik actually started the whole thing as a hobby while he was finishing his instrument training (for a real pilot’s license). He did not like the quality of at-home flight training aids and took it upon himself to make one he would like to use. Originally intending to sell them to fellow pilots, the company also began seeing a lot of sales to video gamers who enjoy flight and racing simulation.

Putting this cockpit together was a huge chore for me, not because it is difficult, but because I had an orthopedic surgery shortly after it showed up and I had to take building it very slow. This actually ended up a slight blessing as it allowed me to really soak in the setup process. Obviously, my personal experience of taking several days to build the cockpit will most likely not be yours. In fact, new buyers can build the whole thing in under an hour – its construction is straight forward and in keeping with most home gaming cockpits on the market. If you have previous experience with a cockpit unit like this, it definitely helps. Even if you don’t, however, Volair Sim even has a nifty instructional video taking you step-by-step through the assembly process (I will include the video at the bottom of this article). Originally, this was to be built in the office but, once my injury occurred, I had to build it at home. Even my wife, who is not a big fan of extravagant, geeky toys like this had no issue with its style or form in contrast to its surrounding decor. This gaming cockpit is classy and not as looming as one might think. The whole scale of the structure is adjustable, which is nice as it helps custom fit the thing to the user’s height.

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Something that gleefully caught my eye once I opened up the box was that, unlike most gaming cockpits which either lock you into a triple monitor mount or only have a single mount (with additional mounts being extra), Volair Sim includes optional mounting arms right out of the box. If you choose to use a single display, you can go big with one up to 52″ inches! Decide to go with three monitors and you can have each be up to 30″ inches. My personal recommendation would be to get one of the new LG UltraWide monitors and mount it in single display mode. That way you get the wide angle viewing while also not taxing your video card with multiple outputs. Of course, if you have a very powerful machine, sky’s the limit.

What makes the Volair Sim flight/racing cockpit truly stand out in the crowd, however, is that they have given the flight sim or racing game player all the real estate they need to setup their peripherals while also managing to keep the cost affordable. The Volair Sim flight / racing cockpit’s closest competitor is from Obutto – makers of both the Ozone and R3volution gaming cockpits. I am in a unique position to have tried all three cockpits and found that the offering from Volair Sim is easily the best value of the bunch. At $549 dollars, not only do you get the cockpit but also a host of peripheral pieces like a center stick mount compatible with pre-drilled holes for the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog and Saitek X-52. In the case of both Obutto cockpits, these are mostly additional features and I even had to drill my own holes into the center stick mount for the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog. The Obutto Ozone is technically cheaper at $369.99 but lacks a lot of the Volair Sim’s features while the R3volution is exceedingly expensive, also lacking the Volair Sim’s features.

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I am including a gallery of images at the bottom of this review which showcase just some of the multitude of configurations that can be achieved with the Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit. Keep in mind, the cockpit is truly limited only by your imagination. But, what if you are not a flight or racing sim gamer? What if you only play things like World of Warcraft? While this gaming cockpit was clearly designed with the sim gamer in mind, it is also very comfortable as a working computer desk, with a large desktop space in front of the user, above the articulated keyboard arm/mount. The included racing chair also makes office computing very enjoyable with its good lumbar support and firm, yet comfortable padding. My arm gets a bit stiff if I keep it in one place too long, so I had to limit my play sessions. However, I was extremely happy with how both Mechwarrior Online and DCS: A-10C Warthog played while using Volair Sim’s home cockpit.

Overall, the Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit is, without a doubt, the best gaming cockpit solution I have had the pleasure of reviewing. It is not cheap purchase at $579 but, when put up against its competition, comes out light years ahead by being less expensive or featuring more options on how to configure your peripherals. The Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit is available now at Volair Sim’s official website.

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