Chuck’s Guides – DCS F/A-18C Hornet

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The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet is one of the most iconic american aircraft operated within NATO forces. Designed to be a multi-purpose fighter and attack aircraft, the Hornet brings to the table advanced avionics, a robust fly-by-wire FCS (Flight Control System), a powerful radar and a new way to fly. Also, two words… Carrier. Operations. Need I say more?

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Table of Contents

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION
PART 2 – CONTROLS SETUP
PART 3 – COCKPIT & EQUIPMENT
PART 4 – START-UP PROCEDURE
PART 5 – TAKEOFF
PART 6 – LANDING
PART 7 – ENGINE & FUEL MANAGEMENT
PART 8 – FLIGHT & AERODYNAMICS
PART 9 – RADAR & SENSORS
PART 10 – OFFENCE: WEAPONS & ARMAMENT
PART 11 – DEFENCE: RWR & COUNTERMEASURES
PART 12 – DATALINK & IFF
PART 13 – RADIO TUTORIAL
PART 14 – AUTOPILOT
PART 15 – NAVIGATION & ICLS LANDING
PART 16 – AIR-TO-AIR REFUELING
PART 17 – OTHER RESOURCES

Last Updated: 25/09/2020

Revision History:
    -25/09/2020: Added markpoint tutorials & corrected typos
    -22/09/2020: Start-Up procedure updated for INS update, Carrier takeoff procedure updated for Supercarrier, Radar acquisition modes clarified, ACM radar modes clarified, JHMCS operation clarified, Targeting Pod updated, Added Air-to-Ground Radar MAP & Expanded modes, Weapon section re-structured, Updated JSOW tutorials, Updated JDAM tutorials, Updated GBU-12 tutorial, Fuel Dump clarifications, Master Modes clarifications, Engine section expanded, Fuel section expanded, AGM-84E SLAM tutorials added, MK20 Rockeye tutorial added, AGM-65 IR Maverick tutorial with tgp added, AGM-65E Laser Maverick tutorial updated, HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicator) section expanded, RWR symbology clarified (N, I, A, U, F), Landing tips added (including HUD declutter and velocity vector caging)
    -05/06/2020: Fixed Walleye Datalink tutorial
    -31/12/2019: Added JHMCS LHACQ and HACQ mode descriptions
    -30/12/2019: Added TWS Radar Mode section (including RAID & EXP sub-modes), added AGM-62 Walleye II procedure with and without AWW-13 Datalink pod
    -16/11/2019: Corrected Air-to-Ground Weapon Tutorial 2.7 GPS Guided Ordnance (JDAM/JSOW with Targeting Pod & TOO Mode) with latest logic implemented
    -31/08/2019: Corrected IFF tutorial procedure to use Sensor Select Depress switch
    -28/08/2019: Added bookmarks
    -26/08/2019: Updated Sensors Section with LITENING II Targeting Pod, Added AGM-65E Maverick, AGM-84D Harpoon (BOL & R/BL), GPS-Guided Ordnance (Targeting Pod), and GBU-12 (Laser-Guided) Tutorials, Updated IFF & Datalink Section, Added hyperlinks in Table of Contents, Fixed Typos
    -21/07/2019: Updated Start-Up Procedure, Added IFF & Datalink Section, Added AGM-65F Maverick, AGM-88C HARM (TOO & SP), GBU-38 JDAM (Pre-Planned), AGM-154 JSOW (TOO), AIM-9X (JHMCS) & AIM-120 Tutorials, Re-wrote Sensors Section & Updated Radar Modes, Added FPAS page description, Fixed Typos
    -13/01/2019: Fixed typo in the Air-to-Air Radar Azimuth Scale Description
    -30/07/2018: Added Case III Recovery (ICLS Landing) Tutorial
    -21/06/2018: Added IFF section in Radar & Sensors section, updated radio tutorial, radar section, carrier operation procedures, RWR section, catapult takeoff trim table, and AoA Indexer tables
    -12/06/2018: Added hyperlink to Backy51’s Checklist and Redkite’s Controls Template
    -11/06/2018: Typos corrected, updated RWR section, corrected Carrier Landing procedure
    -9/06/2018: Initial Release

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