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UAV Predator

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UAV Predator

Flying The Predator


Our Predator UAV puts you in the controllers chair, flying classified missions from the ground station, monitoring the aircrafts progress on special surveillance screens. Alternatively, if you like to get close to the action, you can fly the Predator from the spot view option of Flight Simulator. Predator UAV takes a unique approach because a fully functional 3-D representation of the ground station replaces the virtual cockpit mode of Flight Simulator. By using the Flight Simulator pan, scan and zoom options you can center your view on a display screen of choice. We recommend for normal flight operations to zoom your view on to the display screen linked to the camera of the Predator. This will closely approximate the pilots view of a traditional aircraft. Loading a flight plan into the Flight Simulator GPS will also reflect on the mission map in the control room. The real-time mission map screen is located directly above the Predator camera monitor. Youll find control buttons for engine start, landing gear etc., on the operators desk by moving your viewpoint. Alternatively, press c + E to start the Predator engine and press G (default keymapping) to raise and retract the landing gear. If you prefer to fly in spot view, press s + Z while flying. This will overlay the current speed, heading and altitude of the Predator at the top of the screen.

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UAV Predator

Missions (FSX)
The FSX version of Predator UAV includes eight challenging missions. To load each mission please select the Missions option from the Flight Simulator X menu. Select the Predator UAV in the mission categories tab. A mission compass is available and is mapped to the U key by default. We only recommend using the mission compass if all else fails (for maximum realism).

Installing the Mission Scenery


Before flying an FSX Mission you should complete the installation of the scenery by starting the flight simulator and clicking on Settings in the FSX opening screen and choosing Scenery Library on the far right. On the next screen choose Add Area. After the dialogue has opened, search for the folder with the name FCS_UAVScenery which should be in the \Addon Scenery folder and click on this once. Click [OK] and the scenery will be added to the scenery library.

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UAV Predator Mission 1 - Plane Spotting


Intelligence sources believe terrorists using light aircraft to smuggle weapons into the U.S. Its suggested the terrorists are using Shelter Cove airstrip in Northern California as a base of operations. The terrorist cell is using a small Piper Cub aircraft. Your task is to fly from Little River airport and follow the coastline north to Shelter Cove, some 48 miles from Little River. If the Piper Cub is there, make a low pass to ensure that this is the aircraft referred to in the intelligence report. The mission ends on successful identification of the suspect aircraft.

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UAV Predator Mission 2 - Low Level


This is your opportunity to practice low-level flight with the Predator on a dramatic flight across the Nevada Desert. Departing Nellis Air Force base, just outside of Las Vegas, your task is to locate a mock-up research center hidden deep in the desert. The task is further complicated by the requirement to stay within 500 feet of the ground at all times in order to avoid radar contact. This will require all of your flying skills, hugging the tops of mountain peaks and making sharp descents into narrow valleys to avoid discovery. The research center is located approximately 29 miles north of Nellis Airbase. Once you have flown over the research center at low level return to Nellis and land on runway 21L to complete the training mission.

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UAV Predator Mission 3 - Archipelago


Intelligence from a reliable source suggests that a gang of ruthless arms dealers have been smuggling weapons around the Indonesian Archipelago. The informant believes that a small fishing vessel, the Lady Claire has left port with a cargo of munitions. Radio monitoring suggests that the vessel is about 27 miles south of your position in the bay. Your task is to find the Lady Claire and to follow her to her secret rendezvous. Be advised that she is moving south at some speed so you will have to push the UAV to its limits to catch up with the craft. Maintain careful surveillance. Once the vessel is beached, make a pass over the area to confirm that our intelligence is correct and that this is indeed the location of an arms deal. The mission ends when you secure successful information regarding the location of the planned arms transfer to ground based vehicles.

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UAV Predator Mission 4 - Satellite


A reconnaissance satellite has malfunctioned and returned to Earth, carrying with it key intelligence data. The satellite came down in Finnish territory within the Arctic Circle. A rescue mission was dispatched and it was believed that the data pod of the satellite was safely recovered and being transported by an air force jet back into allied hands. However, all communication with the fighter jet has been lost. It has to be assumed that the jet has itself crashed in the Arctic wilderness of Finland. Your task is to search for the jet. Once located, make a low level pass and return to the airfield. You should concentrate your search effort north of Rovaniemi. Once completed you should return and land on runway 21 at Rovaniemi to complete the mission.

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UAV Predator Mission 5 - Dutch Dash


Much of the Netherlands lies below sea level so the Dutch have devised intricate irrigation systems to avoid massive flooding. A series of wind turbines north of Rotterdam drive pumps to keep the waters of the North Sea from flooding the area. However, if these turbines are compromised, Rotterdam will be under water. A group of determined terrorists, who plan to use water as a weapon, have compromised the turbines. One turbine has already been flooded by encroaching seawater. Should another turbine pump fail the entire complex will fall and Rotterdam will be under water. Your mission is to examine the turbines that lie to the North and locate the turbine that has been rigged with explosives. An explosive sensing device has been hurriedly adapted and fitted to your Predator UAV. However, the device only works at low level. To find which turbine is set to blow you must overfly the turbines at no greater than 50ft above their tops, weaving precariously between them narrowly avoiding terrain as the sensor attempts to lock onto the trace of explosives. The evacuation of Rotterdam has started and you only have thirty minutes to locate the explosive laden turbine before a wall of water overwhelms the city.

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UAV Predator Mission 6 - Time Trial


This training mission requires that you seek out a fake missile hidden on the outskirts of Paris. You must use the Predator UAV to locate the missile within fifteen minutes. The UAV has been fitted with a radio signaling device. This device will trigger success of the training mission once the Predator is in close proximity. However, first you must find 6 the missile. Special Forces on the ground suggest that it might be located on a small airstrip, about sixteen miles west-southwest of Le Bourget. Keep in mind that time is short; you must reach the missile before the clock runs out.

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UAV Predator Mission 7 - Grand Canyon


Intelligence suggests that a terrorist cell has arranged a meeting within the Grand Canyon prior to an attack. They may have formed a base camp northwest of your position deep in the Grand Canyon adjacent to a small riverbed. Your mission is to locate the terrorists, making a low-level pass over their vehicles. Any imagery received by your Predator should confirm the group is hostile. After you make the pass, return to the base airfield. Land on the touchdown point for runway 03 to complete the mission. This mission requires fine piloting skills as you direct the Predator UAV along narrow canyons in search of the terrorist cell but locating the enemy is of vital importance.

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UAV Predator Mission 8 - Submarine Hunt


Iceland is a very important strategic area to the NATO alliance, as the gateway to the North Atlantic. Alarm bells have been raised with the sighting of an unidentified submarine in coastal waters. You must fly from Akureyri in Northern Iceland, head north to the ocean and then follow the coastline in an easterly direction and attempt the find the rogue submarine. Once you locate the submarine, pass over it at less than 500 feet so identification photographs can be taken. Having completed the photo run, return to the airfield and land on runway 01 to complete the mission. The winter weather in Iceland is treacherous so beware of strong cross winds and turbulence along the coast. Aim to stay below the snow clouds at all times to maintain a visual contact with the ground.

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