Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: aviation basics

  1. #1
    # + ! = ?
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    81

    aviation basics

    This question has to do with military aircraft.
    Can anyone tell me what the instrument is called, and where it is located, that the jet pilot uses to gain or lose altitude?

  2. #2
    Hi. SuperModerator alleycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    64,748
    Are you talking about something like a fighter aircraft? The control stick controls the elevators. It's sometimes also called a center stick, side stick, or just plain stick.

    Other jet aircraft use a yoke to do the same thing, such as with a military cargo planes.



  3. #3
    # + ! = ?
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    81

    F16 Falcon

    Any USAF or Navy fighter aircraft, but the F16 Falcon in particular. I have so far "control stick" in my story. Do military aircraft have the foot pedals for directional changes like the passenger airplanes?

  4. #4
    Professor of applied misanthropy Drachen Jager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    14,814
    It's the stick to the right of the seat. It controls pitch (nose up/down) and roll. Yes it has foot pedals.







    http://falcon4.wikidot.com/avionics:cockpit


  5. #5
    Onwards, ever onwards ClareGreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    England
    Posts
    762
    Quick note: Instruments tell you things. Controls do things.
    Weekend Warrior (Fantasy Division)

  6. #6
    Hi. SuperModerator alleycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    64,748
    Quote Originally Posted by vigeo View Post
    Any USAF or Navy fighter aircraft, but the F16 Falcon in particular. I have so far "control stick" in my story. Do military aircraft have the foot pedals for directional changes like the passenger airplanes?
    Yes, to control the rudder(s) and also to steer the front wheel(s) when on the ground, however it's not like a boat where the rudder does basically determine the direction. It's more complicated in an aircraft since an airplane operates in a three-dimensional control environment; a pilot uses a combination of ailerons, rudder, and elevators (and possibly throttle) to execute a turn properly.

    You might want to study the very basics of aircraft control. I'm sure you can find a short tutorial online (maybe even on YouTube).

    And yes, I used to fly (single engine Cessnas for the most part).
    Last edited by alleycat; 11-16-2012 at 10:48 AM.



  7. #7
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    563
    The pilot may also need to change the throttle setting during a climb, depending on the initial speed and power settings. There may be other control inputs required as well, depending on the exact maneuvor performed.

    Read these wiki pages for a quick tutorial on some of the basics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraf...control_system

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_control_surfaces

    You may also find the wiki page on the F 16 helpful.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-16_Fighting_Falcon

  8. #8
    # + ! = ?
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    81

    appreciate the help

    Thanks for the answers and the photos.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search