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Old 04-16-2019, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default Hover stability in AV-8B

I've read and reread the manual and watched training videos, but no matter what I do I can't seem to keep stable control of my Harrier below 100 in knots -- the rocking starts, the machine seems to drop too fast, etc. At 60 knots and below, forget it. Crash city. How the heck do you keep a steady flight orientation as you enter such slow speeds? Is there some stabilizing system I'm forgetting to turn on?
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:21 AM   #2
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Use ruder kicks to help stabilize. Make sure you arent overweight, make sure water is on same for flaps. Make sure you arent behind the power curve.
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:39 AM   #3
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Make sure you are in VSTOL model and LEARN what the HUD display is telling you.
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:03 AM   #4
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Don’t worry it is easy and you need to practice nothing more, I can show you. I sent you a PM.


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Old 04-16-2019, 05:59 AM   #5
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It is not that easy, but you can learn it.
IIRC, real world Harrier pilots have a two year training only for hovering...

Take a clean one, set the fuel to 50% and try to hover it (take off) in VSTOL mode (HUD) with water turned off and nozzles at 85°.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:16 AM   #6
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It is not that easy, but you can learn it.
IIRC, real world Harrier pilots have a two year training only for hovering...

Take a clean one, set the fuel to 50% and try to hover it (take off) in VSTOL mode (HUD) with water turned off and nozzles at 85°.


It just a game and is easy to learn technique, only one well explained session.


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Old 04-16-2019, 11:29 AM   #7
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Find me on the 59th server 1, I can show how to master the "Capture attitude technique" in only one lesson.


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Old 04-16-2019, 12:20 PM   #8
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If I can give you some advise, keep weight low, (below 23k pounds) load the airplane with no stores and practice just vertical take offs and vertical landings on airfields... than try to land on a FARP. And lastly, land on the LHA. After a while it's easy.
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:27 PM   #9
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Thanks to all above. I'm not having trouble with vertical take offs; it's the loss of reliable control in the final stages of a landing that's the issue. I seem to be doing everything suggested above. But obviously I'm missing something. Will doublecheck tonight and respond.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:33 AM   #10
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Have you tried the included training mission? If you find that 2deg ND trim does not work, leave the trim neutral.
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