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F/A-18C Hornet Beta !

Here we come, with another Helios profile! This time for the F/A-18C Hornet.
I made the profile using the A10C interface in Helios. With that, we dont need to prepare different versions for differents countries, we dont need the default.lua to define all the keyboard commads, because i redirect directly to DCS from helios, so we dont need to worry abous future changes. And of course, for the final user, (you), is a more easy installation ! So here you got a fully input/output F/A-18C profile. Hope you like it !


WHATS NEW IN UPDATE 3:

-LIR switch
-LTD/R switch
-LST/NFLR switch
-AntiIce/Rain switch
-HMD bright rotator
-Fixed all the isses due to the last A10C interface changes (yes, that profile uses the A10C helios interface).
-Extended the cockpit art to full screen on the 16x9 aspect resolution
-Changed the art of all the switches for the actual F18C cockpit ones
-Added the new kneeboard panel with all the existing maps on DCS
-New export files organization

WHATS NEW IN UPDATE 2:

Fixed beheviour of
- launch bar switch
- hook bypass switch
- ALR-67 Power button
- Removed AMPCD config file, we don't need it anymore.
- Changed the viewport name for the AMPCD to CENTER_MFCD in the config file.

- BETA VERSION:

Important notice !!
As everyones knows, i publish the F/A18C profile while the DCS F/A-18C module is still in Early Access state.
Thats mean the module is still not finished and we foresee more changes in it, so the Helios profile will need some changes on the near future. In this version I implemented all the switches, lamp, instruments and levers that actually work on the module. I publish the profile in beta version, with the purpose of test it, and of course, everyone can enjoy it before the module will be finish.

For this profile i exported all the instruments, lamps, selectors, switches and levers in the F/A-18C cockpit.
Of course i added the navigation panel from others profiles, so you can check airport charts, tactical maps, ndbs, etc




Main panel


Right panel


Left panel 1


Left panel 2


Bottom panel and Brakers panel


- PROFILE FILES:

F18_beta.hpf .....................16:10 monitor resolutions
F18_b_beta.hpf .....................16:9 monitor resolutions


- EXPORT.LUA:

Another important notice !!
Included in the Scripts folder, you can find the export.lua, ready to export data A10C, KA50, FC3, F-15C, P-51D, UH-1H, A10C radio fix, MI-8 v1.5, SA342, Mig21bis, L39ZA and the F/A-18C Hornet profile.
This file is a modified version of the Loophole Updated version from 09/11/2014, ( http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=97222 )

- Monitor aspect resolutions:

I made two different profiles, v1.0 for 16:10 monitors and v1.0b for 16:9 monitors. Use the one better fit width you monitor resolution.

- Thanks:

I made the entire graphic art, based on screenshots of the simulator, and the textures folder of the game.
I used the airport charts from http://www.virtual-jabog32.de and the tactical chart TC-1 created by =MAF=Mongoose and the NDBs list created by Lino_Germany.
For the export.lua i used the Loophole version, compatible width KA50, A10c and FC3 as a base for all my implementations.
In the export.lua i include a couple of functions by [FSF]Ian to export the digits of the UV26 for the MI-8
I want to thanks aswell to all the people who help me, in the DCS forum, every time i reached a deadlock, somewhere!
And of course to Gadroc for creating Helios, this great software.

PROFILE FEATURES

Main Front Panel:
- All the instruments, switches and lamps
- Empty spaces to visualize the viewport exports for IFEI, UFC, RWR, AMPCD and the two DDI

Auxiliar panels:
- All the instruments, switches, levers and lamps

Left 1 and Left 2 panel:
- The Left panel is divided in two - All the instruments, switches, levers and lamps

Right panel:
- All the instruments, switches, levers and lamps

Bottom panel:
- All the instruments, switches,levers and lamps

Brakers panel:
- All the switches


Navigation panel:
-Airports visual operation charts v4.04
-Airports diagramss v4.04
-TC-1 Tactical Chart
-Caucasus general area map, with airports and table width airport freqs, locations, ids, etc.
-Airport Circuit Example
-List of the NDBs

- About panel:
- Info about the profile and version.

INSTALLATION

--Install Helios if you don't have it yet. (http://www.gadrocsworkshop.com/helios/latest)
-Copy the profile you need, for your resolution , on the profiles folder, usualy in user/my documents/helios/profiles
-Copy the folder Capt_Zeen on the images folder, usualy in user/my documents/helios/images
-Run the HeliosProfileEditor, load the profile F18 you want to use, and perform a Reset Monitors from the menu Profile.
-Save the profile
-Dont forget to use the correct export.lua i included in the package,
Copy it in C:\Users\yourusername\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts, but first make a backup copy of your actual export.lua.
-IF you use Tackview, Simpleradio, DCS-bios or another external scripts, copy the corresponding lines from your old export.lua to the new one.

RUNNING THE PROFILE


-Open the Helios Control Center, select the profile and start it.


CONFIGURING THE SECOND MONITOR

included in the package, there is a folder called "DCS Monitor Configuration" width a complete folders structure you can drop on DCS World instalation folder. This structure prepare the diferents lua scripts to export the views to the second monitor to represent the IFEI, UFC, RWR, AMPCD, left and right DDI.
You will need to change the coordinates x and y of every viewport and the width and height sizes of them in the DCS Monitor Configuration\Config\MonitorSetup\2_monitors-F18.lua
Change it before copy to the game folder, and save a copy of this structure, cause DCS world rewrite this files every update!
To calculate the correct position of each viewport, run Helios and start the profile. Take a screenshot and paste the image in any art program. Paint from Windows works well.
Put the cursor over the left-up corners of every empty spaces and write down the coordinates. Drag a box from that point to the right_down corner, and take the width and height of the rectangle.
Modify the 2_monitors-F18.lua width your correct numbers. and you can now copy the complete "DCS Monitor Configuration" folder to the DCS game folder, or use a Mods control program like JSGME to do it.

Also, you can use this template to calculate the position and sizes of the diferent viewports: (note how IFEI uses a bigger space to fit correctly in his place)



IMPROVING THE LINES QUALITY IN THE EXPORTED VIEWPORTS

-- Right now, the exported viewports are draw with a very thin lines. If you want to improve the lines change the sentence:
shaderLineDrawAsWire = false
to
shaderLineDrawAsWire = true
in Monitor configuration\Mods\aircraft\FA-18C\Cockpit\Scripts\Multipurpose_Display_Group\MDI_IP1556A\indicator\MDI_init.lua before copy it in your DCS folder
(Thanks to Sreventon)


SPECIAL ACTIONS

-Helios dont use right mouse buttons so i created special buttons to simulate several cockpit actions:




KNOWN ISSUES

-The switches of the APU power and Cranck do not return automaticaly to his rest position after use them from Helios, so you need to do it manually. I hope fix this in the final versiĆ³n

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

If you use Helios and TARS or TACKVIEW you can have miss workings due to the way Helios works width the export.lua.
To prevent this, just move the lines for Tars or tackview to the very end of the export.lua in C:\Users\yourusername\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts.

 

 

 

 

   

 



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