DCS F10 map

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Using the DCS F10 Map to navigate


Grid co-ordinates

LAT LONG

MGRS

Units 

Note: must be set in DCS options (prior to joining a server)

Kilometers (Mi8, Ka50)

Miles (UH-1H)


DCS Ruler

select ruler form menu bar

zoom the map in to as close to your aircraft as possible (or from a designated landmark you intend to depart from /flyover

right click to set start point

zoom out to locate destination

then zoom into destination as close as possible and place cursor over destination (LZ)

right click to select destination

look at menu bar to obtain direction (GRID) and distance


Magnetic Variation

Depending on the map you are flying, the magnetic variation will be different;

  • Caucasus; subtract 6 degrees to convert from Grid (off the F10 map) to Magnetic (aircraft compass)
    e.g. set your heading carat to the heading (F10 map bearing less 6 degress for magnetic variation)


  • Nevada; subtract 12 degrees to convert from Grid (off the F10 map) to Magnetic (aircraft compass)
    e.g. set your heading carat to the heading (F10 map bearing less 12 degress for magnetic variation)


  • Persion Gulf: subtract 2 degrees to convert from Grid (off the F10 map) to Magnetic (aircraft compass)
    e.g. set your heading carat to the heading (F10 map bearing less 2 degress for magnetic variation)


Time / Distance Calculation

based on estimated cruise speed, determine time to target:

Time = Distance / Velocity x 60

Note: there is an excellent function in Voice Attack that allows you to perform instant Time/Distance Calculations

Doppler Navigation

if in Mi8- use Doppler(co-pilot panel)

set heading

set distance Aft (to provide a countdown to zero as you approach the destination)

enable doppler once overhead start point

fly smooth and level as much as possible to avoid doppler failure which could result in navigation inaccuracies

instrument panel lighting is located behind the co-pilot and is accessible from the flight engineers seat (3)


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