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Welcome to Black Shark Den!

Black Shark Den is an international group of dedicated Digital Combat Simulator helicopter pilots, flying all the DCS helicopter modules in a variety of co-operative missions online. We do not fly fixed wing modules, nor PvP actions here.

We maintain servers on the East coast USA and our own Simple radio set up. We have members all across the world and our common language is English. Events (missions) are organized to suit European and/or US Time-zones, but a BSD Pilot can fly in any.

Black Shark Den is about camaraderie and the enjoyment of flying together. We have expectations of skills and competencies and offer training to new members to achieve Readiness Levels for inclusion in missions, both on our own servers and in events with other squadrons.

To become a member of Black Shark Den you should:

  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Have Digital Combat Simulator installed on a PC with at least one DCS Helicopter module.
  • Have some degree of competence in flying a DCS helicopter.
  • Be looking for sociable interaction with other BSD members, in our online environment.
  • Be available on a weekly basis for flying and training.
  • Be respectful and tolerant and friendly. While we enjoy some ribald banter, we respect each other.
  • Want to increase and improve your skills through interaction and instruction with BSD members.

If you are interested in becoming a member, you must: 

  1. Register HERE.
  2. Sign up on the BSD Forum.
  3. In Recruiting Office, read the Enrolment Conditions in the first post. If you think BSD suits you, post your application with the information required in the first post.
  4. In an Introduction Flight, an IP (Instructor Pilot) will evaluate your capabilities. All being well, you will be offered a Trainee position at Black Shark Den.
  5. You will then have access to documentation, missions, training classes with our IPs and extended access to the BSD Discord server. 

As Trainee, Readiness Level 3, you will advance to Readiness Level 2, be given a pilot qualification, and eventually a rank, based on your contributions to BSD. From there you can progress to Readiness Level 1, and beyond. More about our Readiness Level system (here).

BSD Members include active and veteran military pilots and dedicated amateur sim-jockeys from all walks of life, and is currently organized into 2 Companies (US/EU), each of 3 platoons:

  • UH - Utility Helicopter. UH-1H “Huey” and Mi-8 “Hip”.
  • OH - Observation Helicopter. SA342 “Gazelle” (and OH-58D “Kiowa”)
  • AH - Attack Helicopter. Ka-50 “Black Shark” (and Mi-24 “Hind”)

This structure enables pilots to acquire high levels of skills by airframe and role, and be integrated into mission taskings, through robust but enjoyable training sessions with our Instructor Pilots and Unit Trainers.

Note that being assigned to a specific role doesn’t limit a pilot from flying other helicopters depending on the circumstances. You will simply be expected to be fully proficient on the helicopter of your choice.  

Black Shark Den offers a Calendar of frequent and regular missions and training events throughout the year, as well as a Persistent Campaign on one of our two full-time servers. Training activity can be on a one-on-one basis as well as in larger groups, depending on IP availability and your preferred airframe. Missions often involve more than 20 pilots with multiple tasks, while ad-hoc sessions can have four or five pilots involved in an AMR on the Persistent Campaign.

We are an open and friendly group of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities with one common interest: Flying the ever-expanding range of high-fidelity rotary wing modules in Eagle Dynamics’ Digital Combat Simulator (more info). Our common aim is to enjoy the challenges of co-operative and interactive actions in a simulated battlefield environment flying rotary wing airframes.

If you like the sound of that, jump aboard!