Carrier Landing Guidance

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Carrier Landing Guidance

Post by Hedgehog » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:13 am

For those pilots who still need to complete their carrier landing quals;

Trim your aircraft for on-speed AOA. Don't fight your stick, use elevator trim to center the Velocity Vector in the big E on the HUD like this.
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Then use ONLY YOUR THROTTLE to manage altitude and decent rate.

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Re: Carrier Landing Guidance

Post by Hedgehog » Sat May 04, 2019 6:08 pm

Also, your ICLS needles. This is how you want them to look when you're in the groove, forming a cross right through your velocity vector. This is what "On speed, on glideslope, on centerline" looks like.
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Notice that when you're properly in the groove, your velocity vector is not aiming at the deck! The carrier is moving, and since you're lining up for the angled deck, the carrier appears to be moving slightly left-to-right across your HUD. The needles are not taking you to where the deck is now, they are taking you to where the deck is going to be when you get there.

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Re: Carrier Landing Guidance

Post by Hedgehog » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:40 pm

"Call the ball!"

The correct call here would be "Clara", which means, "I can't see the IFLOLS meatball, need LSO guidance." You are way too high. Will be a wave-off from the LSO if not corrected quickly.
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Here the LSO says, "You're high." Need to come off the throttle a bit to increase decent rate.
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This is "On the ball."
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Here the LSO says, "Power!" You're too low and likely too fast, which will result in a hook skip.
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The call here, again, would be "Clara." Can't see the ball. Way too low. Will be a wave-off from the LSO.
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