We've been working with retired F-14 fighter pilot legend Dale "Snort" Snodgrass to create four highly realistic F/A-18 missions for Flight Simulator X: Acceleration. These missions feature authentic radio communications and naval aviation procedures, including carrier launches and recoveries with Snort acting as the LSO.
"Unless you're planning on joining the Navy," says Snort, "flying these missions in Acceleration is as close to the real thing as you're ever going to get."
We'll be releasing two of these missions for free to the flight simulation community, and we've given Snort permission to use the other two missions for tournaments on his new Web site:
Topgun Simulations features aircraft carrier landing tournaments, with some incredible prizes including custom Débaufré watches, Speed and Angels DVDs, a Jetline Systems Flight Sim PC, and ... for one lucky grand prize winner ... a real-world ride with Snort in a supersonic F-5!
The site follows a pay-to-play arcade model, but by simply registering you can check out the whole experience for free. Each pass you fly is graded, and the results are uploaded to a Navy-style "Greenie Board" on the site that lets you see where you stand (relative to your previous attempts, to other simmers in your country, and to virtual naval aviators from around the world). The competition is sure to be both fun and fierce.
Check out topgunsim.com today, and be on the lookout for the free missions here on FSInsider later this winter!