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Old 09-26-2019, 10:48 AM   #1
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Has the f-18 some sort of FCS manual reversion mode and is it modeled in dcs? is it planned?


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Old 09-26-2019, 11:16 AM   #2
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Even if I would like it to have one, I generally don't survive once I take a hit. Also, I doubt that the Hornet is really controllable without a flight computer since fighters in general are aerodynamically highly unstable.

Hopefully someone can correct me!
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:51 PM   #3
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Even if I would like it to have one, I generally don't survive once I take a hit. Also, I doubt that the Hornet is really controllable without a flight computer since fighters in general are aerodynamically highly unstable.

Hopefully someone can correct me!
i was surprised to learn, that even the f-117 was "flyable" without the FCS (to be fair, it could neither be flown well, nor safely).
so i would assume, that the f-18 (which looks more suitable aerdynamically) could be kept in the air without the FCS.
it probably boils down to wether such a reversion mode was deemed to be helpful and/or technically feasible: is there a mechanical link between the stick and the control surfaces f.e. ...?!
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AFAIK there's no mechanical link between the stick and the control surfaces. If you lose power and/or hydraulics, you're done.
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There is a mechanical reversion mode (MECH) that kicks in during a major FCS failure. It provides pitch and roll control via a mechanical linkage to from the stick to the stabilators, but apparently is very difficult to control. You would probably have to divert instead of trying to land back on the carrier if reversion occurred during flight.
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AFAIK there's no mechanical link between the stick and the control surfaces. If you lose power and/or hydraulics, you're done.


Mech mode!


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Does mech mode exist in the game and how do you do it?

Related question, are there any fuses I can pull to make the plane crazier? I heard that there was, once, but can't find them.

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Does mech mode exist in the game and how do you do it?

Related question, are there any fuses I can pull to make the plane crazier? I heard that there was, once, but can't find them.
Pull the FCS channel breakers and see what happens. They're located on the left and right walls
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'Spin' switch also. Right of the right MFD IIRC.
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Old 09-26-2019, 04:14 PM   #10
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...fighters in general are aerodynamically highly unstable.
It can vary somewhat.

A high degree of manouverability can be attained with "neutral" stability, this type of aircraft could conceivably be flown without its FCS, although with some difficulty.

However some are indeed highly unstable, for example the RAF Typhoon relies on constant active stabilisation, without which it would be uncontrollable to the point of risking structural failure and breakup.
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