Saturday, January 26, 2013

Some good news.
First, the refueling drogue of the S-3B tanker now automatically extends when you're getting closer 500' and retracts when you are beyound this range. This particular IRIS S-3B freeware model supports the water rudder command (assigned in FSX to Ctrl-W by default), which toggles the drogue. And this command works in AI mode as well. So, vLSO now sends via SimConnect water rudder commands to control this thing.

Another big change to the program is completely new aircraft carrier detection and support system. All previous versions supposed there's only one carrier within 20 km range. But what about sceneries/missions with two or more cariers sailing line abreast?

And what about carriers, being added to the simulation via programs like AICarriers2?..

No problem, because vLSO now monitors ALL carriers in FSX world. As your aircraft enters the Carrier Control Area (a 50 NM radius around the carrier) of a carrier, this ship is given more scrutiny. 
When  you're within the single carrier's CCA, that single carrier automatically becomes your active carrier, i.e. the one with active LSO, monitoring your approaches.
If you're within two or more carrers' CCA, you will be given a dialog/menu choice of these carriers. Of course, you'll be able to change your active carrier at any time.

I still have not decided on number of carriers, due to some technical reasons (or FSX limitations). Most likely this number will be limited to no more than 9 carriers. More than enough, I guess...


  1. Thank you Serge, I am a big fan of vLSO, it has been a great improvement to the FSX fun.
    Will your next iteration support the team SDB USS Entreprise?


  2. Yes, one of the future vLSO versions will support the Big-E and HMS Ark Royal.
    Thank you, Johan!

  3. Hi. Love your work. Will vLSO also support normal runway practice operations for trainer jets?

  4. Also need support for Clemencau and Charles De Gualle. Thank you.

  5. Indeed, vLSO will support FCLP in one of the next versions.

    Javier, AFAIK these carriers use a custom OLS, so I'll need to talk to Sylvain.

  6. I have a question: How to make vLSO friendly to all the carriers based on AiCarriers2. So far I know there's only Acceleration Carrier and Javier's CVN 68/69 can be the vLSO carrier. Other carriers such as HMS Ark Royal or R 98 Clemenceau cannot trigger the function of vLSO. Anyway I can modify this? Thank you

  7. No way. It's pretty much complicated to make vLSO friendly to a carrier.

  8. Hello - I wrote you a while back regarding difficulty installing due to Kaspersky problems with latest version (THANKS) This program s excellent and works very well with P3D and FSX, though I am now fully converted over to P3D.