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F/A-18C Hornet

3,220 EdamCheese6  19 days ago
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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

Background

The F/A-18C is a multirole carrier-capable fighter attack aircraft. Introduced in the early 1980s, it is highly versatile and conducts a wide array of missions including fleet air defence, SEAD and reconnaissance.

Controls

  • Group 1 - Speedbrake
  • Group 2 - Arrestor Hook
  • Group 3 - Fold Wings (ground only)
  • Group 5 - Ejection Seat
  • Group 7 - Emergency Jettison
  • Trim - Roll Trim
  • VTOL Down - Flaps (first section for half, second section for full)
  • Stick
    Trigger - Fire Weapons
    Button 1 - Next Weapon
    Button 2 - Next Target
  • Throttle
    Button 1 - Launch Countermeasures
    Button 2 - Cycle Targeting Mode
Startup
  1. Turn on the Battery (Right Instrument Panel)
  2. Turn on the APU (Left Instrument Panel)
  3. When the APU Light comes on, wait a second and flip the Engine Starter Switch (Below the APU Light)
  4. The APU Switch will turn off when both engines are started.
  5. Turn on the Master Arm Switch if planning to use weapons (Left of Left MFD)
Takeoff
  1. Keep Brake held until ready to go.
  2. Set Flaps to Half with VTOL Slider or Switch on Left Upper Console
  3. Trim should be in the centre, slowly increase Power, align with runway.
  4. Set Power to full for Afterburner, use Yaw to stay centred on runway, nose gear runs out of authority at around 50 Knots
  5. Hold Pitch up until the Plane leaves the ground in the 150-180 Knot range.
  6. Retract Gear and Flaps before 250 Knots.
Landing
  1. Align with runway at at least 3 miles
  2. Reduce speed to 250 Knots or less, enter a very shallow dive pointing toward the runway.
    3.Set Flaps to Full.
  3. As speed keeps decreasing, extend the Landing Gear, this also turns on the AOA indexer to the left of the HUD.
  4. Reduce Power, use small Pitch controls to keep the AOA at the Yellow Circle. If the Green Arrow is showing, you are too slow. If the Red Arrow is showing, you are too fast.
  5. If landing on a Carrier extend the Arresting Hook.
  6. Keep reducing speed until at 120-130 Knots and then hold that speed.
  7. When close to the runway, flare the aircraft upwards to reduce the rate of descent to under 800 Feet/Minute (Above the Altitude on the HUD)
  8. When touching down try to correct the direction of the aircraft with the rudder before it runs out of authority.
  9. Set throttle to idle and use Brake to slow down.

Cockpit

Weapons

The master arm switch must be in the ON position and the landing gear must be up to fire weapons.

  • M61A1 Vulcan - 350 rounds of 20mm ammunition is carried internally. Useful against lightly armoured vehicles and aircraft.
  • AIM-9L Sidewinder - All aspect IR-guided dogfight missile. One missile is carried on each wingtip rail. Best used within around 5 nautical miles.
  • AIM-7M Sparrow - Semi-active radar guided missile that requires a lock to be maintained for the missile's entire flight. Much longer range than the Sidewinder but less effective against maneuvering targets. Two missiles carried on fuselage stations.
  • Mk. 82 Snakeye - 500lb dumb bomb fitted with high drag tail fins. Approach level or in a shallow dive at low altitude and drop just before overflying the target for best accuracy. The targeting reticle is innacurate for this weapon so ignore it. Four bombs carried on the outboard wing rails.
  • Mk. 20/CBU-100 Rockeye - Anti-tank cluster bomb. Highly effective against armour and personnel. Best dropped in a dive from above 5000 feet since the bomblets are released 4 seconds after the weapon is fired, a higher launch altitude will lead to the bomblets being more spaced.

Thanks to: PlanariaLab for the HUD, SnoWFLakE0s, edensk and 11qazxc for help with Funky Trees

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor F/A-18C
  • Successors 3 airplane(s) +14 bonus
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 40.1ft (12.2m)
  • Length 56.0ft (17.1m)
  • Height 18.6ft (5.7m)
  • Empty Weight 31,349lbs (14,219kg)
  • Loaded Weight 50,392lbs (22,857kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.762
  • Wing Loading 59.3lbs/ft2 (289.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 850.2ft2 (79.0m2)
  • Drag Points 5461

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1609
  • Control Surfaces 6
  • Performance Cost 7,814
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    I have a problem with the elevators. After takeoff they don't seem to want to go back to neutral position. They just stay in position as if I am still pulling up. Any way to fix this?

    5 days ago
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    21.2k PlaneFlightX

    @EdamCheese6 Mine actually isn't working that well. I can't enter a number less than 10000 because the number entry system goes from left to right and doesn't accept the first number being a 0. Also there are a few other bugs.
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    When I post any teasers using this new system (and the plane itself), I will be sure to credit you.

    +1 7 days ago
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    3,220 EdamCheese6

    @PlaneFlightX that's pretty cool, I'm working on something a bit similar also but a bit less complex. So my system probably doesn't have much you don't already aside from waypoint distance and heading. It seems like from that video the number entry is working well for you. I'll ping you on the post when I get round to finishing it off

    7 days ago
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    21.2k PlaneFlightX

    @EdamCheese6 Okay, thank you. I am trying to make a system where I can program multiple waypoints into a 'computer', and in the cockpit, there is a map of the SimplePlanes islands, and the waypoints show up on that map, connected by lines, like a flight path/plan. You can view my failed attempt here. I just failed at getting the number input system correctly working.

    7 days ago
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    3,220 EdamCheese6

    @PlaneFlightX sorry, not done it yet. I'll try and get it put up in an hour or so for you. I'll try and make it as clear as possible because I imagine you'd want to modify it quite a bit.

    7 days ago
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    21.2k PlaneFlightX

    @EdamCheese6 Have you made the post yet?

    7 days ago
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    The elevator ends up just like pitching forwards always after takeoff

    +1 8 days ago
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    21.2k PlaneFlightX

    @EdamCheese6 A separate post would be awesome. I know a little bit of how it would work, but I think other people would also benefit.

    11 days ago
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    3,220 EdamCheese6

    @PlaneFlightX yeah of course, do you want me to make an extra post to explain it or just send the important code?

    +1 11 days ago
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    21.2k PlaneFlightX

    Question - would you be able to provide that waypoint system by itself? I would like it for the SWL-120. Credit will be given, of course.

    +1 12 days ago
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    21.2k PlaneFlightX

    Good god this is insane, SimplePlanes needs more detailed cockpits.

    +1 12 days ago
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    its ok.

    +1 12 days ago
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    3,220 EdamCheese6

    @Arya07 have you tried BMS? It's a mod for an older flight sim so it runs well, and has an even more accurate simulation F-16. And it's like £4.

    12 days ago
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    15 Arya07

    Genuinely thank you, my computer couldnt support dcs so this is the best i can do. Hell, I cant even buy the F/A-18 XD

    +1 12 days ago
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    Really fun to fly in my headset.

    +1 13 days ago
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    2,593 BombBoi1822

    i had to spotlight before i upvoted lol

    +1 13 days ago
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    5,196 ShinyGemsBro

    cough Wasp

    +1 13 days ago
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    18.0k Thomasj041

    "Energency escape system"

    +1 13 days ago
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    is this thing sponsored by powerpoint?

    it turns my ipad into a slideshow

    +2 14 days ago
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    3,220 EdamCheese6

    @Blue0Bull Thanks for the feedback! I'm definitely going to work on the control surfaces more for the next build.
    @JoshuaW yeah I will definitely try that out as a feature on my next build, seems like a good idea.

    +1 14 days ago
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    71.0k BIue

    You have impressed me once again. Great work. I like the cockpit allot, and the choice of decals too. The airbrake is sweet as well!
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    One thing I would like to see on your next work is an improvement of the control surfaces. To be specific, the airfoil shape. On your craft, the control surfaces have a rounded trailing edge. While as far as I know the F-18 has a sharp trailing edge.
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    I hope you will incorporate this into your next project.

    +2 14 days ago
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    38.7k JoshuaW

    @EdamCheese6 just to be clear, that's a suggestion for your catapult problem(if its cause is really ground detecting issue), not a sudden demand coming from nowhere. The replying system can't show the actual replying chain.

    +2 15 days ago
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    3,220 EdamCheese6

    @JoshuaW yeah that's a great idea, will definitely include that in my next build. Thanks for the suggestion.

    15 days ago
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    38.7k JoshuaW

    @EdamCheese6 make a ground sensor on the landing gear, by using a shock spring and its extension value to detect if touches ground.

    +1 15 days ago
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    150 OscarLima

    Omg I think this is the best aircraft I have ever seen in simple planes. I fly this thing a lot in DCS and like everything is so accurate. I love this thaaaank youuuuuu

    +4 15 days ago
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