Bryan Becker From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6530 times:
I was just wondering why pilots in jets taking off from a carrier have one hand on the stick and one hand on what it looks like to me in videos I've seen before to be a handle on the front window,and if it is why don't they have both hands on the stick,I know they take off at around 3 G's on a carrier,does holding on to a hande make it feel better? -------------------------------
Gunfighter 6 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6479 times:
The reason why:
A carrier takeoff is fully controlled. and because a carrier takeoff is so rough the pilot needs to grab something to fasten himself.
The stick isnt really a firm object to get more grip during takeoff. however the Handle positiond on the canopy is the right tool for this.
he doesn't need to touch the throttle at all because this one is already set in the max setting.
Andman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6451 times:
Not all carrier takeoffs are automated, in fact the only aircraft that have automated rotations is the F/A-18 Hornet. However, the other hand, which would normally be placed on the throttles, is placed on the "towel rack" in order to prevent it from accidently retarding the throttles during the high g-forces.
Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6449 times:
The amount of G's hinge on gross weight. A fully loaded E-2C will be a 5G pull, but a lightly loaded F-18 will be a 6G pull. And, yes, 6 lateral Gs would be enough to accidentaly pull the throttle back.