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  • Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

    Hey guys!

    Just a quick question for the arma community. What are your control (keyboard/mouse or controller) you are using for flying the choppers.

    im using W-S for throttle, the mouse for up down and turns, A-D for banking left and right and finally Z-X for the pedals. Its alright but it feels strange sometimes and cannot do all the maneuver i wish i could do , so i am asking around to see if there is a better way to fly it.

    Thanks!
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  • #2
    Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

    I'm using default keyboard keys. Q-Z throttle, arrow keys for turning (up-down, left-right etc.) and X-C for pedals. I can do most of the manouvers and If I can't do something it's not the problem with the keys, it's in me :)
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    • #3
      Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

      I primarily use a Saitek X52, works wonders with a bit of tweaking.

      The keys for that are... Complicated... being that there are a tonne of them on the whole thing.

      From time to time though I just plug up an Xbox 360 pad and run with that. It obviously isn't designed for flight, but it works well enough to pilot efficiently with some practice.

      Use front bumpers for rudder control, right stick y axis for throttle, click to lock target, left stick for nosing up/down and banking left/right. Firing weapons is A, cycling weapons is B, gear up/down is X and Y handles GPS. Start I think is Auto Hover, don't use it much tbh. Had difficulty getting VON and TS to run with it, although VON works ok set to a button on last try. Oh - view zooming is the back left trigger. Very handy.

      With the 360 control I use mouse to freelook, X52 has a nice little er.. hat thing that handles it.

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      • #4
        Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

        I fly with an old joystick (Though occasionally I'll use the mouse for hovering to pick up an MHQ, etc)

        I have my throttle re-mapped using GlovePIE due to the way ARMA handles the throttle inputs, so I also have to sometimes tap the Z key.


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        • #5
          Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

          Logitech extreme 3d joystick here. No compatability issues at all
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          • #6
            Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

            W- nose down for forward movement
            S- nose up to slowdown forward movement
            Q - accellerate
            Z - deaccellerate
            A -left bank
            D - right bank
            scroll mouse to auto hoover on or off
            mouse up - nose up
            mouse down - nose down
            pray and sweat while in air

            P.S. I also have trackIR 4 running for both groundpounder and pilot slots.

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            • #7
              Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

              Joystiq for main rotor tilt. w and s for power up and down, and finaly a and d for tail rotor rotation.

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              • #8
                Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                As a helpful hint you can, like I did, go into mission editor and create a mission at the airfield with all available helo's to do your practicing there to develop your piloting skills.

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                • #9
                  Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                  Hey thanks everybody i didnt expect that much help!
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                  • #10
                    Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                    Well, this is TG! What did you expect?
                    That we would call you a noob for using mouse and keyboard? :D
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                    • #11
                      Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                      Also, watch out for those power lines when practicing NOE flying.

                      You'll also notice that the altimeter isn't always correct.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                        hehe :)

                        i actually find it very precise (mouse) and natural. My problem is more the coordination between banking and using the pedal, which would allow me (with a bit of pratice) to do very precise landing in tight landing zone :D Right now i can do basic maneuvers but nothing fancy (like a can do in PR), and i like to show off alot haha

                        i will try my 360 game pad tonite , just to get the feel of it , i also found my good old logitech stick:)
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                        • #13
                          Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                          I use mouse for fine adjustments and most of my flying, and keyboard for coarse movements and rudder. F/V is thrust up/down (which mimics my stance-change keys), X/C are rudder, and typical WASD for pitch/bank.

                          If you'd like a mission to help practice your flight, I've put one up on the BIS forums that should prove interesting. You can find it here if so.

                          Video of it follows. :)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                            Thats just showing off... lol.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Arma 2 OA Helicopter control

                              Dslyecxi, I love that training scenario, it taught me so many new manouvers I could use and it's fun to watch how real pro does it. :)
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