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  1. Same here: Much better angle for the throttle handles, my whole palm now rests on both throttles. Also the same: The hole for the throttle lock is too small for the locking mech to fit, I may enlarge it later.
  2. TM 55-1520-242-MTF Maintenance Test Flight Manual -------------------- IN-FLIGHT CHECKS * 1. Control rigging - Check: a. FORCE TRIM - ON b. Increase airspeed - 90 (Nose mounted), 100 (Roof mounted) using 30 PSI torque, needle ball centered. WARNING Lack of proper pedal position is cause to ter- minate flight. Adjustments are to be made prior to proceeding with the test flight. c. Note cyclic nearly center; force trim holds controls in position. d. Right pedal should be 1.0 to 2.0'' forward of left. e. The collective should not creep up or down. f. FORCE TRIM - OFF.
  3. Okay, think I understand you now. I was only talking about the Huey as it seemed as if posts were claiming the Huey couldn't be flown without hyds. No idea about the Shark, never sat in a real one and can't read Russian.
  4. I'm not sure what you mean here, sorry if I've mis-read your post. I don't recall how much a Huey's blades weighed, but the Chinook's blades are around 300lbs each and they're of a similar construction while being much bigger. With the empty weight of the Huey at around 5800lbs, those two blades make up a very small fraction of the helicopter's weight. Or did you mean the weight of the flight-control system? It's completely controllable at MAUW of 9500lbs. I've flown for around 20 minutes back to the field with failed hydraulics in a heavy Huey. We carried out a run-on landing to the runway as that was SOP, but it was completely controllable and could have been brought to the hover.
  5. With regard to the Huey, you can fly it all day without hydraulics. One of the checks carried out during Maintenance Test Flights was to ensure that you could hover with hydraulics turned off. The blades don't weigh anywhere near half the weight of the helicopter.
  6. Been like that the whole time. Reported back in 2014, or maybe earlier. https://forums.eagle.ru/topic/110300-incorrect-n2-indication-in-autorotation/?tab=comments#comment-3944354
  7. I'm sure. It's even written on the face of the gauge, the inner ring has 'ROTOR' and the outer has 'ENGINE'. The reason you've been using the big needle in auto is because ED/BST modelled it incorrectly. In auto the N2 shouldn't rise to match the Nr, it should fall to around 5400. Next time you practice an auto, Instead of winding the throttle back to idle, shut off your fuel valve to actually shut down your engine, then you'll see the correct needle indications.
  8. Haven't watched your track, but from your description the Nr indication seems correct. The dual tachometer indicates both the Nr (main rotor RPM) on the inner scale with the short needle, and the N2 (Power Turbine RPM) on the outer scale with the long needle. In DCS during an auto with the engine running and the throttle at idle the N2 indicates incorrectly, it should fall to around 5400 RPM. This issue has been reported for years. In DCS during an auto with the engine off the N2 indicates correctly. There's no gauge for tail rotor RPM.
  9. I *almost* love the Orion stick. It's smooth in every direction and I quite like the softer force required to press the buttons/hats, though it's unlike real mil-spec buttons which are generally much harder to press, so that might not be to your liking. They have a good definite click when pressed though. The sensor hat and weapon hat are gated four-way as per most mil-spec hats which I like. The only problem for me is the small physical deadzone due to the single cam design. It's only a few mm movement, but the stick is free to physically wiggle a little around centre before the bearing moves out of the dead centre of the cam. The electrical response however, seems perfect so if more aggressive cams with a smaller/nil centre flat could be used then I'd probably continue to use it. If you didn't already have a quality stick like a VKB/VPC/RS then I'd say it's fine, but you likely won't switch from them if you already have one.
  10. That's not what an opinion is. It's been shown to be different to the throttle WW is trying to replicate. Several people have commented that it could be better, here and elsewhere. It's a non-issue for you. You don't need to defend WW so hard.
  11. Received my Orion yesterday and, as expected, it's great. I don't mind the alignment of the throttles. The alignment would be better if they were 'level' at the rear as per the discussion, but i don't find it uncomfortable and don't notice it when in use. TLDR : Could be better, but it's fine... for me.
  12. Claiming that ergonomics is only relevant if you're a real Hornet pilot is one of the dumbest things I've ever read on this forum. That's quite an achievement!
  13. It's a fair point to raise, the throttles would be far more comfortable in the correct alignment, I'm interested to know why WW would model it differently.
  14. This photo seems to show the alignment of the real throttles. Looks like it aligns more closely with the natural position of the left hand.
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