DCS: A-7E Development Update 2021

G'day Pilots,

Today we've got a small development update for you from the A-7E. Apologies that we've been quiet lately; we've had a few setbacks these last few months that have slowed us down slightly, but work has never stopped completely and progress continues to be made. Aside from that, we've also been polishing and tidying up our next (non DCS) module for release; more info on that to come soon.

Previously I've discussed our development plan for the A-7E and our intended phases of development. We can now happily report that we are elbow-deep into Phase 2, and making excellent progress so far. With the Flight Model making progress in leaps and bounds, we'll soon be turning our attention to avionics and systems development and integrating these with the previously developed core systems.

Today we'd like to ask your thoughts and feedback: In what condition do you prefer to see the cockpit in DCS? Dirty, worn and aged? Immaculate, fresh from the factory? Or somewhere in between? 




As you can see, 3D Art has continued to progress steadily, with some focus returning once again to the cockpit. Alex has been very busy experimenting with materials & photogrammetry, building texture sets, and painstakingly recreating panel and rivet lines. Work has begun on gauge and analogue avionics modelling, including some initial experimental lighting tests. These are all of course very much WIP and subject to change substantially throughout development.

Below are some WIP images including a photogrammetry test, texture demos and lighting tests.



Flight Model

We're very excited to say that our Phase 1 test EFM has been discarded, and we are now well underway building our first iteration of our full-fidelity A7E Flight Model. Our current model is exponentially more complex than our previous test build, and is built from real world wind-tunnel force, moment and derivative data for the A-7E. 

The FM so far is built from a combination of Stability & Control derivative tables (taken from real world data) and force/moment lookup tables to accurately capture the unique aerodynamic properties of the A7, including it's interesting spin and stall tendencies. Whilst the available data is comprehensive and suitable for a detailed simulation, we will be going the extra mile and investing heavily in Aerodynamics simulations & CFD software in order to extrapolate additional data, validate current data and validate additional parameters of our FM. In this way we can create a comprehensive aerodynamic database for the A-7E, cross-checking and validating data as we do so via CFD simulation and other means.

All this of course is a significant amount of work, and we expect work on the FM to be ongoing for many more months yet as we continue to develop the aircraft systems. With that said, we're extremely pleased with the current progress of the FM. So far we have met our development timeline targets and are confident we can produce an excellent FM.



Whilst todays update isn't quite as detailed as some of our others, we hope this bit of information is enough to help appease your appetite for A-7 news! 


Thank you all and have a great day,
FlyingIron Simulations


Andrew Schroeder

In between — When you ask a question like this about cockpit wear state, you must know your answer will be “Yes”. :) Any chance that if the cockpit wear is just a matter of the textures set applied, that we might have the in-game option somewhere of choosing one of 3 states: Factory fresh, light-moderate wear, or heavy wear? If not, then I would choose light-moderate…because I doubt many people will want a brand new A-7E…although, I would. And a heavily worn cockpit just won’t look good…except to some people. :) The Heatblur F-14’s textures were too worn, for example. So much so, that it made labels difficult to read. It gave me the impression I was flying a jet retrieved from the “bone yard”. I like selectable options whenever possible. I think the A-7E should be shown in its prime, not as if on its way to the scrapper. Looking forward to flying the A-7. Thanks!! Options, options…we like choice. :)

Manolis Lourakis

As former A-7H user I would like something in between, just to get the same feeling when I fly in DCS. Also I would like to stress the point of mr. Philippos Georgiou (earlier comment), about the Hellenic Air Force livery, which should be included in the release model, since Greece along with Singapore flew it after the USN, USAF of course. Can’t wait….

Peter Ward

My two cents. I am not a experienced sim pilot by any means. I did, however, work on A-7Es for six years during my USN career as a AME (Egress mech). Cold War era aircraft are my favorite types to fly, having worked or been around them on deployments, detachments, etc. I prefer seeing the worn cockpits. These birds were workhorses. Tough. They DID leak hyd fluid profusely! Also wish the ESCAPAC seat had been chosen for this model VS the SJU-8/A (which was only installed during the last few years of the SLUFs life). AMEC P. C. Ward, USN, Ret.


Where is Marianas map? You promised realase it in 2020 and??


Worked on these years ago and with one choice I prefer middle-aged. Best if two variations of new and aged.

I’m looking forward to the seat view again and taking it Up! :)
Any possibility of VA-82 variant?

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