Cooperative missions for DCS rotorheads
Close Air Support
Troops and Logistics
Cooperative missions for DCS rotorheads
Search and Rescue
Cooperative missions for DCS rotorheads
Anti tank, convoy escort, spec ops
Application - Iridul / Nomad

Application - Apollo

New application: Skinner

Application - Lenny

New Application - Jetstar
Application - Iridul / Nomad

Application - Apollo

Application - Lenny

New Application - Hannibal

New Application - Jetstar

Application - Valk
Application - Iridul / Nomad

Application - Apollo

New application: Skinner

Application - Lenny

New Application - Jetstar

Application for Molevitch

Looks like I'm up first...

FNG soon. Hello

New Application

Bob's Application


DCS Mi-24P Hind news!

Helisimmer received some new screenshots from ED about their upcoming Mi-24P module (2020?). This time, not only the cockpit is looking fully textured but we also got some external shots!

Mission Rabbit stew by Tnt

An awesome mission this weekend with quite a high density of helicopters from all our BSD platoons and the two regions. This one generated a lot of excellent screenshots. Just sharing here.

Screenshot of the  month by Grinner

Another perfect timing also from Grinner

Quite a large turnout this weekend!

New Oculus Rift coming: Oculus Rift S

Persian Gulf map is still receiving updates!

A quiet update posted by Wags on the ED forum shows new airbases and monuments to be added in the upcoming DCS patches:

- Liwa airfield
- Ras Al Khaimah airfield
- Bam 
- Persepolis

BlackSharkDen Official Skins by Charge 4

So pumped right now with the release of our first Black Shark Den's official skins pack thanks to the amazing work of our pilot Charge 4! Charge provided us with multiple camo and tan skins for our beloved choppers, whether for the Ka50, the Mi8, the Huey and the Gazelle! BSD OvGME repository is up to date! All links updated too! Time for BSD pilots to download and enjoy flying with style!

Strait of Hormuz new screenshots

There are plenty of pretty interesting screenshots from the upcoming Strait of Hormuz DLC map on ED website. This will certainly improve the attractiveness of desert operations in DCS with a more plausible area to fly than in Nevada with the NTTR map.

Dragoon's mission

Sunsets never cease to amaze us in this new DCS 2.5. Dragoon's last mission was sending us in a dangerous SEAD night operation. Lot of fun!

News Polychop posted on FB 03/26

Finally some signs of life. What's you guys guess about this surprise?

Flying Helicopters over Normandy

Latest stream from Wags.

Definitively the next favorite map for BSD. A perfect and typical north western environment for 80's East vs West scenario. I really can't wait to fly tactical with all those collideable trees giving an awesome feeling of speed!



First helicopter solo!

Don't have a cool video like Shurugal but at least my instructor took a photo of me when I landed at the end of my first solo yesterday. 

BaDCrC first solo

Normandy Map live stream (March 18th)

"the most fun flying the Normandy map is with helicopters" Wags (Matt Wagner, ED)

BSD moved out

You guys might have noticed some issues with the site lately. We moved out. The site is now based in Washington DC. It is faster and offer plenty of storage space. Most of the site should be operational now. I am still working on some details, but let me know if you find stuff broken. 

New video for Normandy 1944 DLC map

Thanks to Cyrano for pointing this out. A very exciting 'pre order' video of the upcoming Normandy 1944 DLC map.

Where was Shurugal?

So we were all wondering where our pilot Shurugal disappeared for some time now. Well, just got the answer!

Congratulations to you Shurugal! Awesome first solo flight!

BSD Pinterest

So, I don't know if everyone is aware that the small pictures you can see scrolling on the left of the main page are actually coming from the BSD pinboard on Pinterest. This board is opened to all the BSD members. Just ask by PM (also you need a free Pinterest account). The board is shared with about half a dozen pilots today. Everytime you find/create some cool pics you want to see on the site and share/comment them with the other members, just pin them on the BSD board.

One of the picture you may have missed lately is one of a Gazelle with the "tail number" BSD!! (OK, letters are used in Europe and elsewhere for tail numbers). Anyway. Yes, there is actually a French Gazelle somewhere flying our colors. How cool is that?

Some new files available on the BSD OvGME repository

There are really a lot of great skins you can download on the users files on ED site, but Eagle_Rising spotted this one, made by a very talented skin artist called Rafal from Yoyosims that look particularly awesome: a paint job by Polish forces in Afghanistan with a nice weathered effect.

These skins where posted by Eight Ball not so long ago. It's not about the UN skin for the Mi-8 (it's a default one in game), but he skinned a whole set of vehicles (LAV-25, BRDM-2, BMP-2, UAZ, Gaz-66, Kamaz truck, BTR-80) as well as a nice blue UN helmet to US soldiers. Now ED extended its skin system to all the objects in game, the UN skin is just showing up in the list of skins available for each of those vehicles/people. So you are not deleting or modifying anything in your DCS install. I think this adds some nice missions possibilities for all of us.

As usual, if you are using oVGME and you went through the tutorial on the BSD forum, simply go into Mods/Repositories/Query and select what you want to install. Otherwise, there is still the (less often updated) mods page on BSD site. But you have to understand how to install mods.

Training Programs

Training within a virtual flight group got several purposes:

First, it is used to make sure that every pilot of the group will equally enjoy a simple to complex mission without being totally lost in the procedures, radio chatter or when it comes to use some specific functions/weapons of the aircraft he is flying.

Second, it is used to offer a way to progress within the flight group, for a better understanding of the operations and aircraft, to reach a leader rank and be able to lead a large flight, or to become an instructor and share the knowledge with the newcomers.


The training program is divided into 4 Sections:

  • Elementary: Most of the content of the Elementary Section shall already be well known by the pilots who joins the Black Shark's Den. But just to make sure, we have some training modules for some cases.
  • Basic: The Basic Section is the minimum to know in order for a trainee to join some complex missions with the BSD pilots.
  • Standard: The Standard Section is here to bring each member to a high level of expertise with his aircraft or with the operational environment of Black Shark's Den.
  • Advanced: The Advanced Section completes the BSD pilot training to move to higher responsibilities like a flight leader or an instructor.


Each section is divided into Modules. Each module got a ID ([AAXX]), an short description and an applicability (to which aircraft this module is relevant).

The following icons indicate:

Ka50   This module is relevant for the Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark
Mi-8   This module is relevant for the Mil Mi-8
UH-1H Huey   This module is relevant for the Bell UH-1H Huey
SA342 Gazelle   This module is relevant for the SA342 Gazelle
BO-105   This module is relevant for the BO-105


 In the Pilots Training Status, you will be able to follow your progression for each section. The following codes are used in the tables:

0: The pilot did not validated this module on any aircraft
K: The pilot has validated the module on Kamov Ka-50
MThe pilot has validated the module on Mil Mi-8
The pilot has validated the module on Bell UH-1H Huey
The pilot has validated the module on SA342 Gazelle
The pilot has validated the module on BO-105



Training Range 2 



Softwares configuration

DCS World and modules: Multiplayer configuration. Client & Host settings. Port forwarding.
Teamspeak3: Connection on the BSD server. Channels usage briefing.
Universal Radio: UR briefing. Teamspeak 3 configuration for UR. DCS configuration.
BSD website: Rights and Responsibilities. Using the BSD website modules.


Rotary wings aerodynamics

Cyclic, collective, rudder, thrust. Rotor aerodynamics. Ground effect, flight transition, stalls, vortex ring state. Aircraft characteristics, zero fuel weight, max weight, range, max altitude, max speeds. Atmospheric modeling, temperature, QNH, icing, wind effect. 


Aircraft & Cockpit tour

Preflight check. around and inside your aircraft. Going through the different panels. Startup procedure. Using your lights (position, position, landing,...). Emergency procedures (engine, landing gear), engine re-start on the ground or in-flight. Hopefully this should all be well known to the trainee. 


Radio communications 1

Basic radio communication procedures and phraseology. Ground clearances, taxiing, take off, airport pattern. Basic radio message structure. Read back. The trainee will then be tested on a simple airport pattern flight.


Mission Editor

All the BSD pilots are required to regularly create missions in order for the BSD community to survive. This module shows how to create a simple mission: placing units, using simple triggers, flags, zones, setting up the flyable units, what are the most suitable enemy units to use in rotorheads missions, FARPS...




Training Range 2 



Basic Flight VMC

Taxing, hover check, takeoff, circuit pattern, landing with proper radio communications procedures and lights in VMC with no wind then strong wind/turbulence. Runway, FARP, Naval and Oil Platform operations. 


Basic Flight Night

Taxing, hover check, takeoff, circuit pattern, landing with proper radio communications procedures and lights at night with no wind then strong wind/turbulences, with NVG and without NVG. Runway, FARP, Naval and Oil Platform operations. 


Flight in degraded conditions

Actions review and in flight training in the following conditions: 1 engine failure, engine fire, 2 engines failures (auto rotation), vortex ring state, SAS failure, landing gear failure, fuel tank leakage.


Navigation 1

 Simple 3 segments navigation in VMC and no wind. Basic principles of visual navigation. Using ABRIS and PVI-800 (Ka-50 only). Radio communications procedures for departure and arrival.


Radio Navigation 1

 Radio navigation principles and available equipment per aircraft review. ADF/TACAN, HSI, Doppler navigation system (Mi-8 only). Short 3 segments navigation in VMC no/light wind. 


Formation flight 1

The different types of formations will be reviewed during a non combat type short navigation with turns and stacks in VMC/light wind.


Sling Load operations

Sling load procedures. Max weight for each aircraft type. Mission editor options. In game procedure.




Training Range 2 



Mountain flight

High altitude take off and landings. Temperature/barometric pressure/mass effects on engines review. Icing. Landing on slopes. White out management. 


Tactical flight, high performance maneuver and precision flight.

Very low altitude flight, precision hovering and landing (buildings, bridges,...). Using natural and man made obstacles for concealment. Quick low altitude transition flight (from cruise to hover). 



Runway patterns and simple maneuvers (180/360 degrees turns, constant rate climb and descent) in IMC. Working with the instrument. Not getting disoriented. Coming back to the runway with radio navigation means.


Navigation 2

 Detailed review on the use of ABRIS and PVI-800 for navigation purpose. Nav point edition with the PVI-800, ERBL mode on the ABRIS, flight plan loading and editing, ABRIS options, waypoints search function, PVI-800 airport and wind display...



Full IMC navigation between two different airports. SID/STAR charts review. Navigation timing. Top of descent. Radio communications procedures. ABRIS not functional (Ka-50 only).


Targeting and Data link systems

Using data link system; recording and transmitting target points to wing men. Receiving a target point. Editing target point in the PVI-800. Automatic "ingress to target" mode. ABRIS data links de-clutter. SHKVAL automatic target alignment mode.


Phraseology 2

Operational brevity review. In flight or ground test on an extract of the most important terms to know during a combat mission. 


Non guided weapons

Using the 30 mm 2A42 gun (Ka-50 only). Automatic, degraded and fixed mode. Gun pods. Type of ammunition, range.
Rockets; range and relevant targets types. Settings (ballistic number for Ka-50, reticle setting for Mi-8 and UH-1H).  Grenade launcher pods (Mi-8). Gatling guns (UH-1H). In flight training on the range.

K50ico Mi8icoUH1ico

Night combat missions

Setting up the NVG and SHKVAL before take off, the HUD (Ka-50), the cockpit lighting. Using the illumination rockets: distance and timing. Coordinated operations. 


Guided weapons (Vikhr & Kh-25)

Differences between Beam riding (Vikhr) and Semi active laser homing (Kh-25). Speed and altitude release. Range. Types of targets. Tracking modes. Override mode. Automatic and manual guidance. Standalone and cooperative laser homing modes for the Kh-25. HUD symbology.


Free Fall weapons

SAB-100, FAB-100, FAB-250, FAB-500, KMGU quick presentation. Safety speed and altitude release. SHKVAL usage. Ballistic setting. Using the Mi-8 ESBR. Reticle setting up with the Mi-8. Calculation tables. Relevant target types. 


Target identification and evasive maneuvers

A quick quiz on target identification. Threat level, range, type of weapons. UV-26 (Mi-8 & Ka-50 only) programming. Missile avoiding techniques.


High performance maneuvers

Lazy eights, barrel rolls, loopings.




Training Range 2 



Formation flight 2

Types of combat formation. When to use them. Helping your wing man hold the formation during turns and climbs. Radio procedures. Using formation lights (night). 


CAS operations

Mission preparation. Wing men briefing. Communication plan. Weapons load configuration. Deployment: IP (Initial Point), BP (Battle Position), HA (Holding Area), Ingress and Egress routes, rules of engagement, FAC joint operations. AET/RAMRODS identification procedures, 9 LINE. Leader's capability of managing the different flights (tasking). 


Security operations

The flight leader will be evaluated during a security type mission like zone securing, ground convoy escort, aerial convoy escort or any combination of those missions objectives.


Urban operations

The flight leader will be evaluated during an urban operation mission. This mission will include a specific objective in a large urban environment with a high level risk of friendly fire and civilian casualties.


Reconnaissance operations

The flight leader will be evaluated during a recon type mission. This mission can include a road or an area reconnaissance objective, or a combination of both. 


Joint operations (JAAT)

The flight leader will be evaluated during a joint mission where friendly fixed wings aircraft (Su25 or A10) is joining a BSD mission. This mission will require a level of coordination between the flight leader and the fixed wing squadrons leaders (FAC(A) type operations). 



The flight leader will be evaluated during a real or simulated training session. He must demonstrate his excellent knowledge of his aircraft and of the BSD operations while being able to transmit this knowledge to the trainee.


Training Range


The Black Shark's Den Training Range is a full program designed to bring all the BSD pilots to a level compatible with what is usually required to enjoy a simple or complex cooperative mission with a given aircraft. It is also targeted at pilots who wish to revise or improve their knowledge, either about the aircraft they are flying or the operational environment they are experiencing in a single or complex mission. It is also used to make the pilots progress to a type certificate on a new aircraft, to a position of leader in a flight group or to a position of instructor on a given aircraft.

The training program is divided into four large training groups with an increased level of complexity. Each group includes a number of modules of equivalent complexity. Each module can address DCS game elements, flight dynamics, avionics, flight procedures, weapon systems or operational environment. It should be noted that some modules are specific to an aircraft while others can be applied to any aircraft within the Black Shark's Den. In addition, some modules are permanently acquired while others can be revoked after a given amount of time if no re-training is scheduled.  



This group of modules should generally known to all the trainees entering the Black Shark's Den. Nonetheless, there will be some cases where a specific point, at the beginning of the training, needs some clarification with a member of the BSD.




The basic group is composed of modules that are not mandatory to know when entering BSD, but should be understood for simple missions.




The standard group is composed of modules that will help the pilot to master complex missions and multi squadrons missions. 





The advanced group addresses the knowledge required for flight group leadership or instruction. Most of the modules of this group requires regular re-training in order to be maintained validated.