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Carrier Takeoff?  
User currently offlineBryan Becker From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6593 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? Smile-------------------------------

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User currently offlineGunfighter 6 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6542 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.

so yes it is to feel more comfortable.

hope this awnsers your question.

Warm regards

User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6537 times:

I can understnad that you need to hold on to something while taking-off from a carrier Big grin.


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User currently offlineAndman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6514 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.

User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6512 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.

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3588 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6514 times:

>A fully loaded E-2C will be a 5G pull,

Hmm, the only time I've felt anything close to 5G's was when we were shot "on the hook" (at anchorage: i.e. ship not moving). Even CQ events don't get over 3G's. The plane is not designed for it.

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