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The 'Bandit Bulletin' Archive
»2013 Bandit Bulletin Archive


FA Futures/FA-2 News
11-26-2014 Identified and corrected an error on the CH-47 and CH-46 helos of the forward blades spinning in the wrong direction. These blades should be rotating opposite to the rear blades to compensate for torque... Read more by clicking here ...

FA Futures/FA-2 News
09-22-2014 Railroads in North and South Korea... Railroads and railroad tracks development continuing for FAF Korea map for both DPRK (North Korea) and ROK (South Korea). Rail lines, stations, marshaling yards, rail bridges, switches, and of course the trains themselves are being developed to add more realism and to increase the number of targets available for strike missions.

Click here for further details...
FA Futures/FA-2 News
06-23-2014 - Hi, every one, long time no see.

I am Hawke, after the FA shape tool was announced four years ago.
The site of FA shape Improvement is released as follows.

https://sites.google.com/site/fashape/

Currently, we have two improved shapes (F-14 and F-5)
and three new shapes (F-5F, F-20, F-18 Blue angels).
Other new shapes will be released as soon as possible.
Special thanks to the author of JKPFA lib, John K. "Zephyr" Peterson.
I wish my contribution can improve JKPFA lib, which is the best lib now.
Thank you everyone...
Visit the Forums by Clicking here for further details or read more at Zephyrnet Forums by clicking here ...

FA Futures/FA-2 News
03-19-2014 - FA Reunion < S > all Just wanted to say myself aka Maverick, Spike and Coops ex 369th have been having some fa flights lately, I think we are about to have Katmandew 369th join us in the action too. Just wanted to see if anyone else is still playing fa out there? We've been using Himachi to play fa, seems to work pretty good as for getting past the router issue, though I dont think we really understand the program lol. Coops is having trouble with his graphics, I found the 77ths win 7 fa fix and sent it to him, hopefully that will solve the problem for him. Just wondering whats up in the rest of the fa community? Also Im trying to find some old aba maps, mainly the aba ton of tanks map, not sure who wrote it might have been Dagger. I tried the link on this site but it was a broken link. If anything Im sure Spike has it or someone, no big deal. Im trying to get together as many fa players as possible fo some online flights so if anyone is interested let me know. Trying to get Stonefish 369th to join in aswell, but he said hes using win 8 and fa doesnt like it, sent him the win 7 fix aswell so we'll see. Read more on the Zephyrnet Forums by clicking here ...

» Janes's FA internet resources
FA Futures/FA-2 News
03-13-2014 Another major break through has been made!! FA works on Windows 8.1!!! Mlad tested fighters Anthology on Windows 8.1 Pro X64 and it works by setting the compatibility mode Windows 95. By updating directx I could put windows xp sp3 compatibility mode and it seems much more stable to play fighters anthology.. Read more on the Zephyrnet Forums by clicking here ...

FA Futures/FA-2 News
03-12-2014 - Mibbits ( www.mibbit.com ) as a IRC client (no download required) and irc.lightirc.com as the server. Makes a great solution for flying online behind a router without issues. Also makes a great place to launch ABA battles as well as coops. the site has an Fighters Anthology channel to make gaming that much easier. There are gamers on the site daily flying FA. Check it out!

Click here to read more on the Zephyrnet Forums...

FA Futures/FA-2 News
01-08-2014 - Israel Campaign V2.1 released by USNRaptor. This is an debug and update from his original Israeli 2001 Campaign he built way back in 1998. The F-15A Aim9L missile bug has been correct as well as other glitches...

You can read more on the Zephyrnet Forums by clicking here ...
Please add a short description to your report on the forum of what happened shortly before the crash, which mode you were in (AA, AG, NAV), if you launched a weapon or had just destroyed a target... Also add your system specs. You can also use this link to report other FA Futures issues than crashlogs on the Forum. Thanks for your help!
FA Futures Crash Logs - Please add a short description to your report on the forum of what happened shortly before the crash, which mode you were in (AA, AG, NAV), if you launched a weapon or had just destroyed a target... Also add your system specs. You can also use this link to report other FA Futures issues than crashlogs on the Forum by clicking here (or click on the crashlog button) to post your report. Thanks for your help! CAG out...

Falcon 4.0 News
09-05-2014 - (From SimHQ) Falcon 4 BMS 4.32 Installation Guide (Updated) Falcon 4 BMS 4.32 is the best version of the venerable Falcon 4 F-16 simulation to date. Bringing in modern "features" such as a fully-working, fully-clickable 3D cockpit with working gauges while still retaining the depth of Falcon 4 all for the low, low entry price of $0.00/£0.00/EUR0.00 (price dependent on your location of course), it is no surprise that it is attracting people from the I-got-no-clue-how-to-do-the-Falcon-dance new pilots to those who've spent a few months/years with the various other flavors of Falcon (OF/FF/AF) and are giving the sim "another chance" to those who've flown Falcon 4 for over a decade and can recite checklists in their sleep.

However, the install procedure for Falcon 4 BMS can be quite confusing. First of all, the BMS installer will look for the original Falcon 4 .exe file. Yes, the original one, so Falcon 4 Allied Force will not work... and this is where most people get confused. So yes, you will have to find a copy of the original Falcon 4.0, eBay and Amazon are good sources, or another virtual pilot can probably lend you his CD, but be prepared for total annihilation if you so much as scratch the CD!! I was lucky enough to get a free copy from Reschke early 2011 and surprisingly BMS came out by September, so thanks Reschke!! winner

Another common source of confusion is the installer and Update process that BMS is using. It is quite unique and difficult to use at first, though it kinda makes sense after a few Updates smile So here is the install process that I hope will help new pilots get from "WTF?!" to "OMG, this RAWKS!" in as short a time and as pain free as possible.

So here's how to install Falcon 4 BMS:

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Please let all pictures load viewing the guide as they are integral to successful installation.

Click here to read further.


Falcon 4.0 News

06-13-2014 - (From YouTube) The Battle for Balkans Episode 2 [Falcon BMS]

We go in on an anti-armor strike on the Falcon Online Battle for Balkans. Enjoy!
Music: No Music

This video is the second episode in the new Balkans Theater running in multiplayer on the Falcon Online server. The video is slightly improved over the Episode 1 video, but still without the benefit of music in the background...

You can view the video on Youtube by clicking here .


Falcon 4.0 News

06-06-2014 - (From YouTube) The Battle for Balkans Episode 1 [Falcon BMS]

We go in as the aggressors to the Falcon Online Battle for Balkans. Enjoy!
Music "Dubstep Heaven (Dubstep Mix)" by Dubstep

This video is of the new Balkans Theater running in multiplayer on the Falcon Online server. The video is a little dry without the benefit of music in the background and some sim pilots seeming unsure of their own skill level in the game...

You can view the video on Youtube by clicking here .
Falcon 4.0 News
04-24-2014 - (From ViperInstructors.com) F4 BMS Install, Configuration and Theaters

Falcon BMS Installation:
1.Download this torrent containing the files needed to install Falcon 4 BMS: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8zr74ZmIwVIbHVaZ0hOdUlVTTA
2.After your download has completed, open Falcon BMS 4.32 Setup/Setup.exe and use default install settings. It will prompt you to select Falcon4.exe, which is included in the torrent you downloaded. Make sure that updates 1 through 6 are all selected.
3.After the main setup has finished, run Falcon_BMS_4.32_Update_7.exe. The installer will ask you to find your Falcon 4 BMS SETUP FOLDER. Not the folder you installed Falcon in, the folder for the setup EXE you just ran.
4.Once you have installed Update 7 into the setup folder, rerun Falcon BMS 4.32 Setup/Setup.exe. Check and run with “Check the Internet for product updates.” Verify that Update 7 is listed in the “Downloaded” column. Click next. Make sure Update 7 is checked under the Installation Overview. Click next, and let it install.
5.Once finished with both the main and update install, launch Launcher.exe, and click Launch. Verify that on the main menu, it reads Falcon BMS 4.32.7 and Build 12391. Unless both of these are correct, you will not be able to fly multiplayer.
6.Run the launcher again and select Configuration. Read the descriptions of the various options and set them to your preferences. Contrary to popular belief most of these options have no effect on online stability and are entirely client side. Click Apply before closing the window.
7.Download and install Tom's Korea 2015 Tileset by clicking here .

Read more on the ViperInstructors website by clicking here .


Falcon 4.0 News
04-21-2014 - (From SimHQ) I have found this nice article about a new form of training created to train F-16 wingman in Netherlands. I believe the most interesting part is the Figure 1: F-16 Wingman competencies (Van der Pal et al. 2009)- Inside it there is a summary about what are the skills required to have a basic knowledge and combat readiness and it can be used from a new virtual pilot. Many beginner wonder how to learn Falcon or what to learn, I think they will find an idea from that figure.

Embedded Training - How can it improve our pilots’ competencies?
https://docs.google.com/viewer?docex=1&url=http://ftp.rta.nato.int/public//PubFullText/RTO/MP/RTO-MP-MSG-087///MP-MSG-087-12.doc

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You can read more on the SimHQ Forums by clicking here .


» Falcon 4.0 internet resources
Falcon 4.0 News
01-14-2014 - (From SimHQ) Tom's Korea 2015 Tileset now available.

Tom's Korea tileset is a vast improvement to the Falcon 4 map and greatly improves game emersion.

The tileset is available for downloads at the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6J0NFxo-WK-TUV1RXhYbHhqcjA/view?usp=sharing

It makes Korea look less crappy. This is the Final version, updated 16th January 2015.

You can read more on the Viper Instructors Website by clicking here .

Falcon 4.0 News
01-09-2014 - (From SimHQ) Saitek X-55 Rhino Details and Pre-Order

The new X-55 Rhino H.O.T.A.S. System is now available from Saitek on pre-order. List Price $199.99.

The stick includes...
16-bit aileron and 16-bit elevator axis greatly enhance stick accuracy Adjustable stick force via advanced 4-spring system Twin throttles with friction adjuster and throttle lock Separate USB connector cables on throttle and stick units. H.O.T.A.S. configuration software enables programmable controls.

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced that the Saitek X-55 RHINO H.O.T.A.S. designed and developed to give flight simulation enthusiasts the a realistic flight experience at an affordable price, is expected to ship to consumers in early 2014.

The X-55 RHINO is styled after modern fighter jet control systems and was built from the ground up to deliver a multitude of customizable options. An adjustable stick spring system allows pilots to alter the force required to move the stick and four springs of varying resistance are included to provide a total of five different options.

The X-55 Rhino’s stick and throttle units each utilize their own separate USB connection, offering greater flexibility during customization. You are free to situate the controls exactly where you want them, without them being tethered to each other. Saitek has a form to sign up so you will be notified when they will be accepting pre-orders:

http://www.saitek.com/x55/

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You can read more on the SimHQ Website by clicking here .

Strike Fighters 2 Falklands Campaign

12-02-2014 - (From Combat Ace) Falkland Islands Campaign 1968

The campaign is Falkland Islands 1968. It features several RAF Hunter FGA Mk.9 squadrons against 7 Argentine squadrons, all A-4C, P, and Qs.

Missions are usually CAP or Anti-Shipping. There are no IRMs in the game, and each mission is tough and some are just downright exhausting. Your wingies are not much help.

Argentine Air Force A-4P and A-4AR (All previous owned) In 1965, Argentina contracted to purchase 50 surplus U.S. Navy A-4B Skyhawks for the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina, or FAA). After the aircraft were reworked at the Douglas facility in Tulsa, OK, they were redesignated A-4P "Caza" (Hunter). Twenty-five A-4B/A-4Ps were delivered to the FAA in 1966 and another 25 (A-4B/A-4P) were delivered in 1970. Argentina also purchased four A-4Bs (BuNos 144894, 144932, 145017, and 145053) for FAA non-operational use as spare parts sources. In Argentina, these aircraft will simply known as "Bravos". In 1975, Argentina purchased an additional 25 A-4C Skyhawks for the FAA. In 1994, Argentina contracted to purchase 36 surplus A-4M Skyhawks, to include engine refurbishments, rewiring, and avionics upgrades. Delivery of the refurbished aircraft, redesignated A-4AR Fightinghawks, began 1997.

Argentina Navy A-4Q (All previous owned) CANA (Commando Aviacion Naval Argentina) purchased A-4B Skyhawks in 1971. These A-4B were reworked at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Argentina designated these reworked airframes A-4Q. CANA assigned numbers 0654 through 0669 to its 16 A-4Q aircraft, the numbers being painted on the vertical stabilizer. In addition radio call signs of 3-A-301 through 3-A-314 were painted on both sides of the mid-fuselage.

According to the in game stock Hunter FGA data file, the service end data is 1969, which I take to mean RAF service end date. The Harrier GR1 and GR3 have service start dates of 1969. So, it might mean that 1969 would be the only date to have both birds. But then, the rest of the FAA A-4Ps dont arrive until 1970, and the A-4Qs dont arrive until 1971. In the campaign, the Mt. Pleasant AB has a start date of 1985, so therefore not available until then.

So I thought I would make the campaign date either 1968 or 1969, and just do the following, right or wrong. BTW, all forces are playable.

1/RAF = Hunter FGA Mk.9 (8 birds at Port Stanley)
2/RAF = Harrier GR Mk.1 (8 birds at Port Stanley)

1/FAA = A-4P (16 birds at Santa Cruz)
2/FAA = A-4P (16 birds at Santa Cruz)
3/FAA = A-4C (8 birds at San Julian)

1/CANA = A-4Q (8 birds at Rio Grande)

You can read more by clicking here ...


Strike Fighters 2 News

10-26-2014 - (From Combat Ace) Windows 8 and Wings over Europe

Strike Fighters 2 Wings Over Europe is Windows 8 compatible, but only after tweaking... Read more by clicking here ...

Strike Fighters 2 News

6-14-2014 - (From Combat Ace) Europe Total War 1979
Development has begun on a massive, all inclusive, European NATO/WARSAW PACT combat theater taking place in the year 1979. The theater uses all new, and vastly improved european terrain, cities, shore lines, etc...

You can read about this project by clicking here ...

» Strike Fighter 1 internet resources


Strike Fighters 2 Vietnam News

01-24-2014 - (From Combat Ace) Operation Stamford Bridge; Battle of Britain 1980 1.0
This Campaign use high resolution assets by the best and brightest on CombatAce and may be too much for some computers. There is no low res version.

You have been warned.

Year: 1980
Flyable Services: Royal Air Force, Royal Navy
Carrier Operations: Yes
Naval Combat: Yes
Ground War Scale: Almost None
What to expect: Air Combat Missions versus bombers and Long Range Fighters as well as a few naval support missions. The missions will be harder as time progresses due to attrition and supply.... You can get it by clicking here ...





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