The UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the Huey, is one of the most iconic helicopters in the world. Indispensable in the Vietnam War, the Huey continues to serve in both military and civilian roles around the globe today. DCS: UH-1H features an updated model of the helicopter armed with rockets, gatling guns, and door gunner machine guns. The simulation offers both extreme realism in its flight and systems modeling as well as a variety of options to reduce the learning curve for new players, including an Easy flight mode. DCS: UH-1H provides multiple player positions, including pilot, co-pilot, and door gunners. A handcrafted storyline campaign is included as well as a number of single missions and a training course.
Many custom audio samples of actual UH-1 sounds were taken specifically for this project by a number of UH-1 operators and affiliates in an effort to faithfully represent and immerse the player in the audio environment of the helicopter. Inside and outside the cockpit, the sound environment is filled with handcrafted audio that includes the main rotor, tail rotor, engine components, various cockpit systems, and weapons.
DCS: UH-1H Huey features an accurately reproduced, highly detailed and interactive 3D cockpit with six-degrees-of-freedom ("6DOF") technology that allows the player to move the viewpoint in any direction inside the cockpit space. This means you can not only look up, down, left and right, but also raise or lower your viewpoint, slide to either side, move closer or further from the instrument panel, and even tilt left or right.
Nearly all of the onboard systems of the helicopter are animated and functional, allowing the player to configure the systems in the cockpit by either using the mouse to click on the desired switches and controls or by using keyboard shortcuts that can be mapped to the player’s HOTAS.
The cockpit includes two color schemes – black and light grey, depending on the selected livery. For low light/night operations, fully adjustable internal lighting is available and includes two flood lights and a number of panel and instrument light controls.
The front instrument panel includes the primary flight indicators, engine instruments and a number of other indicators.
The Central Pedestal is positioned between the two pilots and contains a number of control panels to operate the radio systems, armament systems, engine fuel flow, force trim, and others. All of these controls are fully animated and functional in DCS: UH-1H Huey with the single exception of the transponder set, which is animated and can be configured, but has no function in the simulation.
The Caution Lights Panel is subsystem of the Master Caution System and is used to indicate caution and warning signals to the pilot.
The Overhead Console contains controls for internal and external lighting, electrical power, and others. All of these controls are fully animated and functional in DCS: UH-1H Huey with the single exception of the Cabin Heating control panel, which is animated and can be configured, but has no function in the simulation.
The flight control system is a hydraulically-assisted positive mechanical type, actuated by conventional helicopter controls. Complete controls are provided for both pilot and copilot. The system includes a cyclic system, collective control system, tail rotor system, force trim system, synchronized elevator, and a stabilizer bar.
The system is operated by the cyclic stick movement. Moving the stick in any direction will produce a corresponding movement of the helicopter which is a result of a change in the plane of rotation of the main rotor. The pilot cyclic contains the cargo release switch, radio ICS switch, armament fire control switch, hoist switch and force trim switch. Desired operating friction can be induced into the control stick by hand tightening the friction adjuster.
The synchronized elevator is located on the tailboom. It is connected by control tubes and mechanical linkage to the fore-and-aft cyclic system. Fore-and-aft movement of the cyclic control stick will produce a change in the synchronized elevator attitude. This improves controllability within the center of gravity (cg) range.
The stabilizer bar is mounted on the main rotor hub trunnion assembly in a parallel plane, above and at 90 degrees to the main rotor blades.
The gyroscopic and inertial effect of the stabilizer bar will produce a damping force in the rotor rotating control system and thus the rotor. When an angular displacement of the helicopter/mast occurs, the bar tends to remain in its trim plane. The rate at which the bar rotational plane tends to return to a position perpendicular to the mast is controlled by the hydraulic dampers. By adjusting the dampers, positive dynamic stability can be achieved, and still allow the pilot complete responsive control of the helicopter.