Sunday, 27 November 2016

DCS A-10C Tutorial 2 : Taxi and takeoff

The jet is powered, systems are functional - it's now time to taxi and takeoff.

The most difficult part of the learning process might seem the simplest. The documentation states that taxi speed should be between 15 and 25 knots. But how do you know your taxi speed?

In the F16 the answer is to call up the INS page on the DED. The ground speed is displayed at the bottom right. And for the A10C the answer is similar. Ground speed can be found on the POSINFO page on the CDU.

Armed with that information taxi becomes simple. And with a little more research we understand lighting procedures. When to turn each light on and off.

And then the final step. Throttles to 90% RPM, release the brakes, full military power, and the A10C thunders down the runway, and into the air.

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