TFX CONFIGURATIONUntil you become comfortable with TFX's level of realism, we recommend you select 'EASY' settings (or equivalents), to get into the swing of things. As your confidence grows you can make life more difficult for yourself and learn how to really fly by bumping up the settings. To return to TFX Configuration menu, press the "accent" key.
FLIGHT CONTROLSChoose from 'JOYSTICK', 'MOUSE' or 'KEYBOARD' to control the basic flight of the aircraft. Note that the mouse is always used for the selection of options.
There are three levels: 'LOW', 'MEDIUM' or 'HIGH'. The lower the level of detail, the faster TFX runs.
FLIGHT MODELYou decide the level of realism of the flight model and consequently the effect of forces on the aircraft and its handling. Choose from 'ARCADE', 'SIMPLE', 'REALISTIC' and 'MILITARY SPEC'. The choice depends on your confidence and ability.
ARCADEFlight models don't come much simpler than this ... You can defy the laws of physics and have a ball. You can fly at ridiculous speeds but cannot stall or crash and you won't be affected by extreme turns.
SIMPLEA little more complicated than the Arcade flight model.
REALISTICVery, but the aircraft are still simple enough to fly as the onboard computers take care of most of the hard work, leaving you to enjoy the flight - and combat, of course.
The creme de la creme of flight models. There has never - repeat, never - been a flight model as authentic as this for the home computer. Note that when using the Military Specification flight model, additions are made to the HUD, the MFDs, and more besides (further details are found in the relevant sections).
The noises made during play may be turned 'ON' or 'OFF'. If possible, leave the sound effects on - they can help enormously (especially the speech).
Turn 'ON' or 'OFF' all the atmospheric music.
QUIT TO DOS
The same effect may be achieved during play as follows: Press and hold the left-hand shift key then press the Q key to pull up an options screen where you can quit to DOS or quit to the enroll screen. If you quit to the enroll screen, it will not affect your log (as if you have never played the mission) Press and hold the left-hand shift key then press the Q key again to return to DOS.
REALISM MENUMore advanced options. See below for further details.
The force of gravity can have unpleasant side-effects on pilots in flight (see G-FORCE on page 36). Choose from 'NONE', 'REDUCED' or 'REALISTIC' to determine the extent of redout or blackout when pulling high g's.
LOSS OF CONTROLChoose from 'NONE', 'PARTIAL' or 'ALL' to determine the extent of control loss in extreme circumstances in flight.
CRASHINGSelect 'ON' to ensure that ground crashes destroy your aircraft.
GEAR DAMAGESelect 'ON' to ensure that rough landings and high airspeeds damage your landing gear.
WINDSelect 'ON' to activate the effects of wind when using the Military Specification flight model. See WEATHER CONDITIONS overleaf for further details.
TEMPERATUREAffects the aerodynamic characteristics of the air. When this option is 'ON', the temperature will vary with geographic area, weather conditions and time of day. See WEATHER CONDITIONS overleaf for further details.
PRECIPITATIONMainly affects runway quality, in that a wet runway can lengthen takeoff distance. Select 'ON' to ensure that rain or snow will fall and cause problems.
WEATHER CONDITIONSNote that these only affect the aircraft when using the Military Specification flight model.
Wind conditions vary with geographic area, weather and altitude. Obviously, wind will be very high in a storm, but higher winds will be experienced in the South Atlantic than in Italy. Additionally, TFX models the high altitude gulf stream patterns which are created by the Earth's rotation. In each world area, these are treated as 100-140 knot winds which occur in the stratosphere (above about 30,000 ft) and are roughly constant in direction and magnitude.
Bear in mind that temperatures are higher in hotter countries. That said, African nights are very cold, whereas in Colombia, clouds trap the heat, and there is less variation in temperature. "
From the manual