How to Fly the VRS F/A-18E Superbug in FSX and P3D
The VRS F/A-18E Superbug is a highly realistic and detailed simulation of the U.S. Navy's front-line strike fighter, the F/A-18E Super Hornet. It is available as an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (P3D), and it requires the TacPack combat system to unlock its full potential.
In this article, we will show you how to install, configure and fly the Superbug in FSX and P3D, and give you some tips and tricks to get the most out of this amazing aircraft.
Installation and Configuration
To install the Superbug, you need to purchase it from the VRS website and download the installer. You also need to purchase and install the TacPack from the same website, as it is required for the Superbug to function properly. The TacPack also adds many features and enhancements to FSX and P3D, such as weapons, radar, countermeasures, AI refuelers, drones, SAMs and aircraft carriers.
Once you have installed both products, you need to run the Aircraft Configuration Manager (ACM), which is an external app that allows you to manage the Superbug's systems and preferences. You can access it from the Windows Start menu or from the VRS folder in your simulator directory. The ACM lets you set up your joystick, keyboard and mouse controls, adjust your graphic options, program your mission unit (MU), load your weapons, set your fuel level, arm failures and more. You can also save and load different configurations for different scenarios.
Before you start flying, you should also check out the documentation that comes with the Superbug. You can find it in the VRS folder in your simulator directory or on the VRS support wiki. The documentation includes a quick start guide, a user manual, a systems manual, a weapons manual, a checklist and a tutorial. It covers everything you need to know about the Superbug's features and functions, as well as how to operate them realistically.
Flying the Superbug
The Superbug is a complex and sophisticated aircraft that requires a lot of practice and skill to master. It is not a simple arcade game that you can jump into and start shooting things. It is a simulation that tries to replicate the real-world behavior and performance of the F/A-18E as closely as possible. Therefore, you need to follow proper procedures and techniques to fly it safely and effectively.
The first thing you need to do is to familiarize yourself with the cockpit layout and the various displays and controls. The Superbug has a glass cockpit with three main multifunction displays (MFDs) that can show different pages of information depending on your mode of operation. The MFDs are controlled by buttons on their bezels or by using your mouse. You can also use keyboard shortcuts or voice commands to access some functions.
The Superbug also has a head-up display (HUD) that projects vital flight data onto your windshield. The HUD can be customized to show different symbology depending on your mode of operation. You can also toggle between day and night modes, adjust the brightness and contrast, and change the color of the HUD.
The Superbug has four main modes of operation: NAV (navigation), A/A (air-to-air), A/G (air-to-ground) and SIM (simulation). You can switch between these modes by pressing a button on your throttle or by using your mouse or keyboard. Each mode has its own set of sub-modes that affect how your MFDs, HUD and weapons work. For example, in A/A mode you can choose between BVR (beyond visual range), WVR (within visual range), ACM (air combat maneuvering) or DOGFIGHT sub-modes.
The Superbug has a variety of sensors and systems that help you locate, identify and engage targets in different situations. These include an AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can track multiple targets in air-to-air 29c81ba772