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Spiceman

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  • Birthday 05/26/1966

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    Westminster, MD
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    DCS, RW flying
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    FAA Engineer, commercial pilot

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  1. It’s a gain circuit in the auto throttle computer. Engines produce less power on hot days and more power on cold days. It’s not about more or less power per se, it’s about the appropriate throttle control adjusted for temperature.
  2. Are you putting the wings in Auto? If you look at the wingsweep indicator, does it show you’re in Auto, or is it coming out of Auto unexpectedly, perhaps?
  3. We do these as well. I think you can let each pilot prescribe their loadout and populate the slots in the mission with the pilots name, or simply load the jets up and let the pilot jettison or dump what they don’t want on the way to the merge. I think that for you, the mission maker, to try and craft a fair fight is asking for trouble. Everyone will have an opinion. Put it in the pilots hands. It’s part of their strategy as the one doing the fighting.
  4. Right, the only time the system will even accept a handset is in the CVA alignment mode.
  5. IRL you can re-align on the boat, sure. Simply turn the INS to OFF, then back to CVA. The same pre-requisites exist as for the initial alignment, I.e. a SINS feed, either via RF/Data link or cable. You can align without the SINS feed, called a Handset alignment, but a handset alignment is a LOT less accurate. The SINS feed provides ship Lat/Long, true heading, speed, and pitch/roll/yaw info to the CSDC. A handset is the RIOs best guess at position, speed and true heading, and no pitch/roll/yaw corrections. Many crews wouldn’t launch at night without a SINS alignment.
  6. Victory may very well weigh in, but on the beach, in my squadrons all the lights came on as soon as they put power on the jet, day and night. Taxi lights weren’t used anywhere near the flight line. In my 11 years, I can hardly remember ever seeing a taxi light turned on. At the boat, lights are used to salute at night, and to alert the deck crew that you’ve lost brakes, which is why they make a big deal about it. People will risk life and limb and FODing of engines to contain your airplane if they think you’ve lost your brakes. You will never see a taxi light on at the boat ever… certainly not on deck and not on approach, either.
  7. Yes, it’s more like a sawtooth. No, it’s not. But it’s a nit. That light is pulsing as well, to my eye, although it does have a faster discharge time than the Tomcats. Yes Yeah, VF-41 86’-90’, VF-101 90’-93’, VF-41 93’-95’
  8. They are switched on and off. It is a relay circuit similar to your car blinker. They are filament bulbs and there’s also a capacitance there that takes a bit to discharge completely, so they do exhibit that pulsed behavior, although cameras also tend to make it look exaggerated.
  9. You didn't mention that you actually turned the auto pilot on. It sounds like you may have just tried to engage Altitude Hold without first enabling the autopilot (two switches to the right).
  10. Your first sentence is just a fact. It’s the “meanwhile in DCS” part that makes you come across as a douche canoe. What are you trying to suggest, or are you simply trolling?
  11. Think of it in terms of the bandit’s pilot’s head. A right 40 degree target aspect means that the bandit has to turn his head to the right 40 degrees if he wants to look at you. When your antenna angle is opposite and equal to the bandits target aspect, i.e. your antenna angle is 40 degrees left and the bandits target aspect is 40 degrees right, then you are on a collision course.
  12. There was no official airshow instruction in the Navy like there was in the Air Force. The RAGs (VF-101, VF-124) were the official public airshow-providing squadrons and they developed the routine and it became the (semi) standard. At least that’s how I remember it.
  13. Yes, 2/2/2 was Phoenix on 3/6, Sparrows on the wings. We never carried Phoenix on the wings in VF-41 during my time (mid-late 80s, early 90s). I’m sure it became more popular with the C (coolanol to the wings was a nightmare) and with the LANTIRN. Yes, ACM loadout was four Sparrows on the belly (never heard it called a tunnel in the real world).
  14. Not sure what you mean by pallets, but if you’re talking about the Phoenix rails on 3/4/5/6 they are very quick-changeable, and at least in the 80s and early 90s they were removed/swapped in and out a lot. We rarely if ever carried four Phoenix. The two most common load outs during that time were 2/2/2 (patrol loadout) and 4/4/0 (ACM loadout). When carrying two Phoenix, we did not carry Phoenix rails on 4 and 5. Phoenix rails (and fairings) can be swapped out in less than 30 minutes. I’m sure standard loadouts varied by region and air wing. But the point is that rails and adapters are very much quick-change items and there’s no reason based in realism to include them in basic empty weight.
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