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Old 03-15-2019, 08:28 PM   #11
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Part of the pattern is similar to what is used on a land based field, called the overhead break. It is done to get a lot of aircraft down on the ground / carrier with high efficiency. In a straight in, you would have a much slower approach, meaning it would be a much longer time to get the whole flight down

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Old 03-16-2019, 01:21 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Zeagle View Post
Your controls are not reversed and you are not on the backside of the power curve. Where do you guys get this stuff?
Knowledge of aerodynamics/aviation? 1100 hours combined fixed wing & rotary time? Teaching student pilots about induced drag, power curves, and how now to stall when turning final and kill themselves and passengers? Take your pick

Jump in a hornet, get on speed, get a little slow/low and pull back on the stick - what happens? Do you go up?

Reversed controls is not literal, just an analogy I like to use when teaching people to fly. Simply referring to slow speed handling where altitude is controlled by throttle and speed with stick

But don't take my word for it, on landing a Hornet on a carrier, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Dominick, a U.S. Navy test pilot described the procedure:
abeam the touchdown point, an F/A–18 Super Hornet pilot rolls into a 28-degree constant-bank turn until intercepting the approach path. The goal is to be on the back side of the power curve. Level off, but don’t balloon up. Power back and pitch over to set up an angle of attack of about 8 degrees to follow a glidepath of about 3.5 degrees. The “meatball” on the carrier’s deck, a Fresnel lens system, provides a visual indication of the glidepath. However, the whole thing is moving forward and to the right in an attempt both to provide a headwind to slow the approach speed and reduce the runway required, and to keep the angled deck pointed into the wind.
Was there anything else you wanted to correct about what I posted?
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