Up-to-Speed Guide for the Su-25T/Flaming Cliffs

While there are the LOMAC Tutorials, it's good to get your plane in the air and then look around. This Guide allows the returning or new simmer to get a handle on the Super Frogfoot and its capabilities. These are the basics but not the full tutorial. The full tutorials were done by Ironhand and are the best.

The Flaming Cliffs manual is very good. I've put a short-cut to the manual on my desk-top; you might too. Also print out the KeyCommands file in the C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Eagle Dynamics\Lock On\Doc folder for a full list of commands. I put a short-cut to it on my desk-top as well. For settings do NOT to choose EASY RADAR.

This Guide begins with your ass on the ground ready to fly.

Getting off the Ground

Usually you're starting from the Taxiing Area for Engine-start. RWIN-HOME(RWIN is the Windows key to the right of the Spacebar and next to the ALT) gets the engine spooling up. Individual engine start ups can be done with ALT- and SHIFT- HOME. I wait by playing around with the Lights and looking around the cockpit and looking on the outside(see the Looking around section below). Just remember that the Su-25T needs careful handling on the ground. 20-50 kmh is sufficiently fast without you getting into trouble with blown tires.

After careening wildly about the airport like Crazy Taxi, and ending up on the runway, you should be stopped and ready for takeoff.

Access the Tower by hitting Backslash( \ - right above the Enter key). The Comm Menu will appear. Choose F6 for Tower and then F3 to request take-off.. It's not required to actually take off.

Turn up the throttle and then, when above 280 km/h on the HUD, pull up and hit G to lift your Gear. Take note of the flashing symbols on the left-side panel. Also note that, when you start from the runway on some missions, your flaps are already down. Toggling with F sets Flaps up/down for taking off, attacking, or landing as is the usual practice.

Looking around

When viewing the most important keys are Keypad-*Asterisk and the Keypad-/Slash. They Zoom in and zoom out in All views. For external views you can also use a mouse with a scroll-wheel.. The mouse can also be used for the external view rotation. At first I found the hat-switch too slow but the speed can be changed. CTRL LEFT-SHIFT speeds up the view speed. If you've gone to the expense of buying the TrackIR, you can just lean back and forth and move your head.

Outside Views The Function keys (F1 to F10) are different world views.

Cockpit views Smoothly working here is a big step in keeping control of your plane and target even without padlock or TrackIR as an aid.

Running the Program and flying about

I've been hit or am about to get hit

I've been hit

I'm about to get hit


With the Su-25T you get limited modes just to defend yourself.

Bombs to drop/Missiles to shoot/Cannons to Fire

The Su-25T is a strong weapons platform that you should explore in the manual(starting Page 54) and with the good training tutorials included in Flaming Cliffs.

Target/Laser Designation System designates the target using a round symbol on the HUD to mark missile and bomb targets. The basic keyboard options for moving the Target Designator System(TDS) around are:

Finally, you have to lock on to the target and release the weapon:

Combat/Navigation Modes

With the Su-25T you get limited modes

Trimming and Auto-pilot

There's 6 new Auto-pilot modes for the Su-25T. The plane does auto-pilot by trimming itself with trim tabs to match the mode required. On exiting most auto-pilot modes, the trimming is bound to be incorrect and you'll flop about. In the other planes you could cancel trim with Ctrl-T. But for the Su-25T, you can get the correct trimming by choosing the Emergency leveling mode(ALT-3), which puts you level and straight, and then exiting auto-pilot altogether with ALT-9 or A.Overall, when you use auto-pilot once, you have to use it forever more.

The manual(Pg 48-49) shows the 6-lighted auto-pilot panel on the upper left of the instrument panel plus auto-pilot explanations.

Trimming your plane just requires you to be in near-level flight. And then tap on CTRL-SEMI-COLON, CTRL-PERIOD, CTRL-COMMA, CTRL-SLASH(/), and see the magic of level flight. There are 3 lights at the bottom center of the instrument panel. Those are your neutral trim lights for aileron, elevator, and rudder trim. If they are lit, you are in neutral trim for those control surfaces.


Suggested Remappings

There are heavy-duty joysticks and controllers with many options to programmed in. But I prefer a basic joystick plus keyboard. The top commands to be remapped are BackSpace, TAB, D, and add Rotator axis for twisty handled joysticks. And I prefer to remap the TDC movement keys(SEMI-COLON, PERIOD, COMMA, SLASH(/)) to the 4 cursor arrows. Also remember to set your Pitch and Roll axes on your joystick to linear with a curve equal to zero. That avoids a lot of the bobbing about.

There's a learning curve here but like most modern planes, the Su-25T is responsive with a lot of cues on the HUD and on the instrument panel. Just fly about site-seeing. Sevatopol is good for that. I do have to plug an idea of mine to increase the immersion of the sim - see my editorial on Verbose Response.

I've also compiled some Mission advice. There's a lot more than pushing buttons to get the mission done.

For LO:MAC version 1.10. Page created and provided by John "ZoomBoy27" Thomas. Thanks to Ironhand, AStotzer, and others for some fiddly bits.
Thanks to Olgerd of the ED Team for Auto-pilot corrections.

Look here for some MISSIONS and to - Sims Main Page

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