F/A-18F Carrier Break

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+3 1. Judge-Jake commented 6 years ago

Just like parking a Mini. :D
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0 2. ringmaster commented 6 years ago

Honey, I need new pants :x
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+1 3. ComentAtor commented 6 years ago

cca 250kmh to 0 in less then hundred meters .. 2-3Gs there if my inner calculus still works.. respect
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+5 4. snotraddict commented 6 years ago

I guess that was supposed to be "brake"?
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+1 5. Austin commented 6 years ago

Well that didn't look so hard. He clearly signalled, looked over his shoulder several time to make sure there was no other traffic, lined up with the deck, put the plane down and came to a stop quite nicely. Then he pulled into a parking spot. Looked just like ASDA on a Saturday morning but only easier – no elderly pilots in planes rolling along at a snail’s pace looking to either park or take off but one is never sure because they often forget to signal.
Why do these carrier pilots get bragging rights? I dont get it...
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+2 6. mwak commented 6 years ago

#5 : the look isn't for incoming traffic. In a carrier air space there is a controller that guides you. you don't need to focus on the traffic when you're in the landing pattern. What you can see is him looking if he is lining up the speed, Gs, and angle of attack with the carrier meatball (you can think of it as some landing guidance system+controller) through his HMCS (the strange glass on his mask) that replicates the informational awareness and current flight info. The yellow jacket you see at the end on the ground is the ground traffic assistant that will guide him through the parking process.

If you want to try some of it there is a nice simulator called DCS:F/A-18C that is coming out soon. You can also try some carrier ops with the russian DCS: SU-33 on the Admiral Kuznetsov Carrier.

Just to share what retired pilots told me about French carrier ops : "it's like crashing on a stamp in the middle of the ocean. You're going way too fast for a way too small runway and when you touch down you go full throttle in case something goes wrong."

here is some more explanations about the meatball system : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-t5IW2RbPU
here is a view of the controller room : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVV0tb64ZCM
here is a view of flight record system during trainings with communications : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPTcaiNWZIc

"Roger ball" means he is good, else he is correcting him during the approach.

Have fun :)
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+1 7. Austin commented 6 years ago

#6. mwak 'The yellow jacket you see at the end on the ground is the ground traffic assistant that will guide him through the parking process'

Again, just like ASDA! Except at ASDA they are called 'ground parking attendants' and they are often considerably older than the one in the vid. ;-)

And these pilots have it easier because no one is leaving shopping carts in the way as they try to exit / take off...
Nor do they have to avoid some bellend in a kitted out Ford going full throttle towards the exit because he likes the manly outsized roar of his specialized exhaust pipes.... Lucky carrier pilots..
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+1 8. Glubok commented 6 years ago

#6 : Hey there fellow DCS pilot. The upcoming F/A-18C will be a blast for sure. On se retrouve plus tard dans le ciel (virtuel). Perso, je vole sur A-10C, M2000 (of course) et bientôt le Harrier.
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0 9. ComentAtor commented 6 years ago

#Austin what do you do for living?
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+1 10. Austin commented 6 years ago

I am a student in the Judge Jake School of Irreverent Comments. I am only going part time and I just started so please forgive me if my fu is not up to your apparently rigorous standards.
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+1 11. cretu commented 6 years ago

At least his driving instructor, taught him to check his blind spots!
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0 12. ComentAtor commented 6 years ago

nope ... i was just wondering