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Old 11-15-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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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.
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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?
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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

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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Quick note: Instruments tell you things. Controls do things.
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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).

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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
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appreciate the help

Thanks for the answers and the photos.
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