Cockpit Overview

F-14B Pilot Cockpit

Left Side Console

G-valve Button

_images/g-valve.png

Pressed to test inflation of g-suit.

Oxygen-Vent Airflow Control Panel

_images/oxygen-vent.png

Controls ventilation airflow to pressure suit or seat cushions and oxygen to pilot mask.

Control

Function

  1. VENT AIRFLOW dial

Used to control airflow through the pressure suit or seat cushions if no pressure suit is worn.

  1. OXYGEN switch

Switch with ON/OFF positions. Controls oxygen flow to the mask.

Volume/TACAN Command Panel

_images/volume.png

Panel controlling volume to Pilot headset and crewmember in control of TACAN.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. ALR-67 knob

Controls audio volume from the ALR-67 to the pilot.

  1. SW knob

Controls volume of Sidewinder audio tone to the pilot.

  1. V/UHF 2 knob

Controls volume of audio from AN/ARC-182 to the pilot.

  1. TACAN CMD switch

Sets crewmember in command of the TACAN. Also indicates current setting.

TACAN Control Panel

_images/tacan.png

TACAN control panel letting the pilot control TACAN if in command of it.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Dual rotary switch

Outer dial selects first two digits and inner dial selects last digit for TACAN channel selection.

  1. GO & NO-GO lights

Lights indicating result of TACAN BIT.

  1. BIT button

Button initiating TACAN BIT.

  1. MODE switches

Switches mode for TACAN operation and selects X or Y channels. INVERSE mode not functional.

  1. VOL knob

Volume control knob for TACAN audio to the pilot.

  1. Mode knob

Selects TACAN mode.

OFF - TACAN is off.

REC - Receive only.

T/R - Transmit and receive, enables range readout.

A/A - Air to air TACAN mode.

BCN - Beacon TACAN mode. (Non functional)

ICS Control Panel

_images/ics.png

Control panel for ICS.

Control

Function

  1. VOL knob

Volume control knob for intercommunication audio from the RIO to the pilot.

  1. Amplifier selection knob

Knob selecting which amplifier to use for pilot’s headset audio.

B/U - Backup amplifier.

NORM - Normal amplifier.

EMER - Emergency amplifier. Uses RIO’s amplifier and his volume settings. Disallows listening to audio only available to the pilot such as the Sidewinder tone and engine stall/overtemperature warnings.
  1. ICS switch

Selects ICS function.

RADIO OVERRIDE - Makes ICS audio override radio audio.

HOT MIC - Allows talking to the RIO without pressing the PTT. Also allows the groundcrew to talk to the crew via the external interphone.

COLD MIC - Allows talking to the RIO only while the PTT is pressed.

AFCS Control Panel

_images/afcs.png

Control panel for AFCS and autopilot.

Control

Function

  1. PITCH switch

Enables pitch stability augmentation.

  1. ROLL switch

Enables roll stability augmentation.

  1. YAW switch

Enables yaw stability augmentation.

  1. VEC/PCD/ACL switch

Switch controlling the remote control modes of autopilot.

VEC/PCD - Vector/PCD mode. Roll and pitch axis is controlled by data link. Engaged by NWS button on pilot stick.

OFF - Function off.

ACL - Automatic carrier landing mode. Engaged by NWS button on pilot stick.
  1. ALT switch

ON/OFF switch, enables altitude hold. Engaged by NWS button on pilot stick.

  1. HDG switch

Selects HDG hold mode.

HDG - Engages heading hold mode.

OFF - Heading hold off.

GT - Ground track mode, engaged by NWS button on pilot stick.
  1. ENGAGE switch

ENGAGE/OFF. Engages autopilot.

Note

All switches are springloaded to OFF position but held in position with solenoid to enable automatic disengagement when applicable.

UHF 1 (AN/ARC-159) Radio

_images/arc-159.png

UHF radio 1. Radio and controls.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. VOL knob

Controls volume of UHF 1 audio to pilot headset.

  1. SQL switch

ON/OFF switch enabling squelch.

  1. Frequency select switches

Toggle switches selecting set frequency.

  1. FREQ/(CHAN) display

Readout display showing selected frequency or channel.

  1. READ button

Button toggling display of selected channel while held.

  1. BRT knob

Knob controlling display brightness.

  1. LOAD button

Button toggling load of set frequency to set channel.

  1. Function selector knob

Selector knob selecting radio function.

ADF, BOTH, MAIN or OFF.
  1. CHAN SEL knob

Selects preset channel to use.

  1. Preset channels chart

Chart used to record frequencies or use for preset channels.

  1. Mode selector knob

Knob selecting radio frequency select mode.

  1. TONE button

Transmits a TONE on current frequency.

Note

ADF nonfunctional in AN/ARC-159, use V/UHF 2 instead.

ASYM Limiter/Engine Mode Select

_images/asym.png

Control panel for the asymmetric thrust limiter system and the control mode of each engine.

Control

Function

  1. ASYM LIMITER switch

ON/OFF switch enabling afterburner thrust asymmetry limiter.

  1. ENG MODE SELECT switches

Switches selecting engine mode for their respective engine.

PRI - Primary engine control mode.

SEC - Secondary engine control mode.

Target Designate Switch

_images/target.png

Used to designate ground targets on the HUD and to control pilot ACM radar modes except PLM. Can be moved up/down and forward which is the designate position.

In air-to-ground mode up and down moves the designator and forward designates. In all other cases up and down selects VSL HI and VSL LO ACM-modes respectively and forward selects PAL.

Inlet Ramps/Throttle Control Panel

_images/inlet.png

Control panel for various engine systems, throttle settings and rudder trim.

Control

Function

  1. THROTTLE MODE

Switch selecting throttle operation mode.

AUTO - Automatic.

BOOST - Boosted.

MAN - Manual.
  1. THROTTLE TEMP

Switch selecting throttle computer gain.

HOT - Hot.

NORM - Normal.

COLD - Cold.
  1. INLET RAMPS

Switches selecting operational modes for respective engine inlet ramps.

STOW - Stowed.

AUTO - Automatic mode.
  1. ENG CRANK

Selector switch selecting engine crank for either left or right engine.

  1. BACK UP IGNITION

Switch toggling engine backup ignition ON or OFF.

  1. RUDDER TRIM

Switch adjusting rudder trim.

Throttle

_images/throttle.png

The throttle grips contains various flight controls and HOTAS functions.

Control

Function

  1. Speed brake switch

Switch controlling extension of the speed brake.

EXT - Momentary position returning to center when released. Incrementally extends speed brake while held. Speed brake remains in position it’s at when released.

RET - Toggle position retracting speed brake.
  1. Wing-sweep switch

Switch controlling wing-sweep function. Manual mode only allows positions aft of CADC set position.

AUTO - Wing-sweep automatically set by CADC.

FWD - Sweeps wings forward manually.

AFT - Sweeps wings aft manually.

BOMB - Sets wing-sweep to 55° if forwards of that. When the CADC position is aft of 55° it will follow that setting instead.
  1. PLM button

Button used to command pilot lockon mode of AWG-9. Also used to disengage autopilot while in ACL.

  1. CAGE/SEAM button

Button used to command CAGE/SEAM to AIM-9 initiating lockon. Also used to disengage APC when in use.

  1. Exterior light switch

Switch used to control exterior lights. OFF disable all exterior lights and increases approach light intensity. ON enables all exterior lights and dims approach lights.

  1. ICS PTT switch

Switch allowing pilot to key one or both radios and intercommunication to RIO.

ICS - Keys intercommunication to RIO.

BOTH - Keys both UHF 1 and V/UHF 2 for transmission.

UHF1 - Keys UHF 1 for transmission.

UHF2 - Keys V/UHF 2 for transmission.

Throttle Quadrant

_images/throttles.png _images/throttles-schem.png

The main throttle quadrant contains the two main-engine throttle controls, the flap lever and manual wing-sweep handle in addition to the HOTAS controls on the throttles themselves. The throttles have detents in the OFF, IDLE and MIL positions.

Moving the throttles to the IDLE position from OFF arms the ignition and disengages the fuel cutoff. The sideways movements of the throttles are not spring loaded, this is so the pilot can have the throttle resting at MIL power for catapult launches and prevents accidental spool down of the engines. A friction lever for selection of desired throttle movement friction is located on the left side of the throttle quadrant, beneath the flap lever.

The flap lever has a stepless range of motion between up and down and has two emergency positions, one emergency up and one emergency down. Both emergency positions have detents, the lever needs to be moved outboards to continue movement into these positions. Emergency up forces the flaps up, overriding the normal flap logic. Emergency down is non-functional.

The manual/emergency wing-sweep handle is protected by a guard and is normally pushed in and stowed. The handle-top is extended for manual operation. For more information see Emergency Mode.

Hydraulic Hand Pump

The hydraulic hand pump is located inboards of the throttle quadrant, near the pilot’s left leg. It is used to manually add hydraulic pressure for brake operation (with gear handle in the down position) or for refueling probe operation in case of a failure in the hydraulic system.

Left Vertical Console

Fuel Management Panel

_images/fuel.png

Control panel for various fuel related systems, CADC master reset and the anti skid system.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. QTY SEL switch

Switch selecting what the fuel quantity tapes on the fuel quantity display shows. Springloaded to FEED.

FEED - Shows respective feed and fuselage tank fuel quantity.

WING - Shows respective wing tank fuel quantity.

EXT - Shows respective external fuel tank quantity.
  1. FEED switch

Switch selecting fuel feed to the engines. Guard locks the switch to NORM until lifted.

  1. WING/EXT TRANS switch

Switch selecting operation of the wing and external tanks.

ORIDE - Override.

AUTO - Normal position.

OFF - Turns off fuel feed from the wing and external tanks.
  1. Refueling probe indicator light

Transition light illuminated when refueling probe is not in extended or retracted position.

  1. DUMP switch

OFF/DUMP switch. Allows fuel dump when speed brakes are retracted, afterburner off and weight off wheels.

  1. REFUEL PROBE switch

Selection switch toggling operation of refueling probe.

ALL EXTD - All extended, extends refueling probe and allows refueling of all tanks. Also resets WING/EXT TRANS switch to AUTO.

FUS EXTD - Fuselage extended, extends refueling probe and allows refueling of only fuselage tanks.

RET - Retracted, retracts refueling probe.
  1. ANTI SKID SPOILER BK switch

Selection switch determining operation anti-skid and spoiler brake systems.

BOTH - Enables both anti-skid and spoiler brake function with weight on wheels.

OFF - Turns off both systems.

SPOILER BK - Spoiler brake, enables spoiler brake function with weight on wheels.
  1. MASTER RESET button

Resets CADC failure detection system and associated fault displays.

  1. Control surface position indicator

Displays control surface positions. See below.

Control Surface Position Indicator

_images/control.png

Indicator for indication of control surface positions.

Indicator

Function

  1. SPOILER

Spoiler position indicators.

DN - Down, flush with wings.

Up-arrow - Extended above wing.

Down-arrow - Drooped below wing surface.
  1. RUDDER

Rudder position indicators, shows position of left and right rudders, each marked L or R.

  1. HORIZ TAIL

Horizontal stabilizer position indicators, shows position of left and right stabilizer surfaces, marked L or R respectively.

Launch Bar Abort Panel

_images/launch-abort.png

LAUNCH BAR – Selection switch – When held in ABORT lifts the launch bar for launch abortion. Spring-loaded to NORM (Normal) which is the standard position. Not currently used in DCS.

Landing Gear Control Panel

_images/gear.png

Control panel for the main landing gear and emergency stores jettison.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. LDG GEAR

Landing gear handle. Selects gear UP or DOWN.

For emergency extension in DOWN position, push handle in, turn clockwise and pull out. This releases a compressed nitrogen charge for emergency extension.
  1. DOWN LOCK ORIDE

Indicates weight on wheels when moved down by solenoid. Can be lifted up to override. Non-functional in DCS.

  1. HYD ISOL

Switch isolating landing gear, nosewheel steering and wheel brakes from the combined hydraulic system. Is automatically moved to T.O./LDG by LDG GEAR in DOWN position.

FLT - In flight operation, isolates systems listed above.

T.O./LDG - Take-off/landing, connects systems listed above, allowing them to operate.
  1. Transition light

Illuminates to indicate landing gear position not corresponding to current LDG GEAR handle position.

  1. Wheels-flaps position indicator

See below.

  1. EMERG STORES button

Emergency stores jettison. Illuminates to indicate activation when pressed.

  1. NOSE STRUT switch

Switch selecting nosewheel strut retraction.

EXTD - Extend, extends nosewheel strut and raises and locks launch bar.

OFF - Turns off nosewheel strut movement, springloaded to this position.

KNEEL - Releases pressure from nosewheel strut to retract it, kneeling aircraft. Also unlocks launch bar.
  1. BRAKE-PULL handle

Parking brake, pull out to apply parking brake, push in to release.

  1. EJECT CMD indicator

Indicates ejection system mode for the back seat.

PILOT - Pilot ejects both crewmembers, RIO only himself.

MCO - Each position ejects both crewmen.

Wheels-Flaps Position Indicator

_images/wheels-flaps.png

Indicates position of flaps and slats, speed brakes and the landing gear. The slats are indicated as follows:

_images/off.png

Power off or maneuver slats extended.

_images/slats-ext.png

Slats extended.

_images/slats-ret.png

Slats retracted.

Flap Position is displayed by an indicator moving between UP and DOWN. The first marked section of the indicator indicates maneuver flap-range. The landing gear is indicated as follows:

_images/off.png

Power off or unsafe gear.

_images/gear-down.png

Gear down.

_images/gear-up.png

Gear retracted and doors closed.

Speed brakes are indicated as follows:

_images/off.png

Speed brake system power off.

_images/brake-partial.png

Speed brake partial extension, not in motion.

_images/brake-out.png

Speed brake fully extended.

_images/brake-in.png

Speed brake retracted.

Left Knee Panel

Hydraulic Pressure Indicator

_images/hydraulic.png

Shows hydraulic pressure of the combined and flight hydraulic systems. SPOIL (Spoiler) ON/OFF-flag indicates pressurization of outboard spoiler module. EMER FLT HI ON/OFF-flags indicates backup flight hydraulic system pressures when HI or LOW is selected respectively.

Oil Pressure Indicator

_images/oil.png

Displays oil pressure for each engine. Range is 0 - 100 psi, normal range is 25 - 65 psi, varying with engine rpm.

Exhaust Nozzle Position Indicator

_images/exhaust.png

Displays position of engine nozzles. Range 0 – 5 with 5 being fully open.

Electronic Instrument Group

_images/instrument-group.png

Displays engine RPM (High-pressure compressor rotor speed (N2)), EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature) and FF (Fuel Flow) for respective engine.

Note

Image shows TF-30 engine instruments, F110 EIG coming soon.

Note 2

FF is not indicated for the additional fuel used in afterburner.

Left Instrument Panel

Radar Altimeter

_images/radaraltimeter.png

Control and indicator for the radar altimeter.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Radar altimeter control knob

Fully counterclockwise position turns the altimeter off. Rotation clockwise sets the altitude warning level, increasing clockwise.

Depressing the knob starts the altimeter BIT.
  1. OFF flag

Shown if the system is off, power is off or the system loses ground lock.

  1. Low altitude warning light

Red light illuminated when below set altitude warning level.

  1. Self-test light

Green light that should illuminate when the altimeter BIT is run. The readout should also display 100 feet +/- 10.

Low-altitude limit index

Small triangular bug moving along outer edge, displays set altitude warning level.

Note

Radio override does not disable low-altitude warning tone.

Servopneumatic Altimeter

_images/altimeter.png

Control and indicator for the servopneumatic altimeter.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Altimeter readout

Displays altitude digitally on three drums showing 10 000, 1 000 and 100 of feet respectively. It also displays altitude on a pointer on a circular scale indicating 100’s of feet.

  1. Baroset knob

Sets local pressure in inches of mercury (in.Hg). Only used locally on the altimeter readout, all other digital indicators (via CADC) uses a set 29.92 in.Hg value.

  1. Local barometric pressure

Indicates barometric pressure setting, also called the Kollsman Window.

  1. Mode switch

Three-position switch, springloaded to return from RESET. If power and altitude data from CADC is present, switch can be held in RESET for 3 seconds to allow normal (servoed) mode of operation. If set to STBY or power or CADC data is absent for more than 3 seconds system switches to backup (pressure) mode.

STBY flag

Red flag reading STBY that appears if system is in backup (stand-by) mode.

Note

At high speeds and below 10,000 feet, due to pressure changes, errors in readout up to as much as 1,200 feet when transonic and up to as much as 4,000 feet when supersonic can occur.

Airspeed Mach Indicator

_images/mach.png

Indicated airspeed and Mach number display.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Airspeed dial

Shows indicated airspeed on three scales, two for indicated airspeed and one moving for Mach number.

  1. Indicated airspeed scale (outer)

Readout for indicated airspeed up to 200 knots.

  1. Indicated airspeed scale (inner)

Readout for indicated airspeed from 200 knots to 850 knots. Covered by airspeed dial until relevant.

  1. Mach number scale

Readout for Mach number. Moved to show correct Mach number relative indicated airspeed.

  1. Indicated airspeed index pointer

Can be set to desired indicated airspeed.

  1. Mach number index pointer

Can be set to desired Mach number. Not visible in image.

  1. Safe Mach number index pointer

Shows safe Mach number calculated by the CADC. Not visible in image.

  1. Index knob

Knob with a pull-out and push-in position. One sets indexer for indicated airspeed and the other for Mach number.

Vertical Velocity Indicator

_images/vvi.png

Shows vertical velocity in thousands of feet. Can show erranous readings if sudden or abrupt changes of attitude occurs because of the changing airflow over the static probe.

Left Engine Fuel Shutoff Handle

_images/leftengineshutoff.png

Pull to shut off fuel to the left engine in case of emergency. Push in to re-enable fuel-flow to the engine. Should not be used to secure the engine.

Left engine fire extinguishing button is located behind the handle, accessable when the handle is pulled out.

Angle-of-Attack Indicator

_images/aoa.png

Tape indicating angle of attack (AOA) on a scale of 0 to 30 units. (Equivalent to -10° to +40° rotation of the AoA probe.)

The indicator has markers on the right for climb (5), cruise (8.5), and stall (29), and a reference bar for on-speed approach (15).

Left Windshield Frame

Approach Indexer

_images/aoaindexer.png

Contains three lights showing angle-of-attack (AOA) relative on-speed AOA.

Green being too slow, amber being on-speed AOA and red being too fast.

If the HOOK BY-PASS switch is set to CARRIER the lights will flash if the arresting hook is up while the landing gear is down.

These lights are repeated on the approach lights on the nosewheel strut, allowing the LSO to see aircraft AOA during carrier landings.

Wheels Warning/Brakes Warnings/ACLS/AP Caution/NWS Engage Caution/Auto Throttle Caution Lights

_images/lefthudcaution.png

HUD left side indicators.

Indicator

Function

WHEELS

Warning light flashes with landing gear not down and locked, flaps below 10° and either throttle below 85%.

BRAKES

Warning light indicating antiskid or brake failure. Also lights when parking brake is set.

ACLS/AP

Caution light indicating that ACLS or autopilot is disengaged.

NWS ENGA

Caution light indicating nosewheel steering (NWS) is engaged.

AUTO THROT

Caution light indicating disengagement of the automatic throttle control mode not resulting from the throttle mode switch.

Center Panel

Heads-Up Display

_images/hud.png

Projects flight and weapons data onto the forward section of the canopy/windscreen. Night mode can be selected using the control on the right side of the VDI.

Has two engine stall warning lights (L STALL & R STALL) mounted on the left and right sides respectively. They indicate the presence of an engine stall condition in their respective engine.

Note

For more information see relevant chapters under Navigation and Weapons and Weapons Employment Overview.

Cockpit Television Sensor (CTVS)

_images/ctvs.png

The cockpit television sensor (CTVS) records the HUD for registration of weapons delivery.

Note

Not implemented in DCS.

Air Combat Maneuver Panel

_images/acm.png

Main pilot armament control panel.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. ACM switch/cover

Lifting the ACM (Air combat maneuver) cover actives the ACM mode and allows access to the ACM jettison button.

  1. ACM JETT button

Button under the ACM cover that enables jettison of stores selected on the RIO’s ARMAMENT panel. Will not jettison Sidewinders regardless if selected.

  1. SEAM LOCK light

Light that illuminates to show that Sidewinder acquisition is in progress while in slaved and boresight SEAM modes. Lights up during the 4.5 second SEAM acquisition attempt, and remains lit thereafter if the seeker has locked onto a target.

  1. COLLISION light

Light that illuminates to show that collision steering has been selected during AWG-9 STT operation.

  1. HOT TRIG light

Red light that indicates that the HOT TRIGGER conditions are met. When this is lit, the trigger will release a weapon.

  1. GUN RATE switch

Toggle switch with light indication of selected option.

HIGH - Selects gun rate of 6 000 rounds per minute. Normally for A/A operation.

LOW - Selects gun rate of 4 000 rounds per minute. Normally for A/G operation.

Automatically set to HIGH when ACM mode is selected.
  1. SW COOL switch

Toggle switch with light indication of selected option. Manual control of Sidewinder seeker cooling. Automatically set to ON when ACM mode is selected.

  1. MSL PREP switch

Toggle switch with light indication of selected option. Commands WCS to prepare AIM-54 and AIM-7 missiles. Automatically set to ON when ACM mode is commanded.

  1. MSL MODE switch

Toggle switch with light indication of selected option. Selects NORM (normal) or BRSIT (boresight) operation for missile launch. Controlled by WCS when in ACM mode.

  1. MASTER ARM switch

Enables weapons release and selective and auxiliary jettison.

OFF - Disables electrical power to release circuitry.

ON - Enables electrical power to release circuitry. Position locked until the master arm cover is lifted.

TNG (training) - Enables the in-flight training mode.
Note

The MASTER ARM bus is also interlocked with the landing gear control lever, disabling all releases except emergency jettison while the gear is down.

Note2

The ACM and Emergency jettison are not disabled by the MASTER ARM.

  1. Station status flags

Shows indication of weapon status for the different stations.

BLACK - Station not loaded or weapon not ready.

WHITE - Station and weapon ready.

CHECKERBOARD - Weapon is selected and ready for launch. On the ground indicates that fuselage rails are up and locked and that loaded weapons are armed.
  1. MASTER CAUTION light and button

Flashes to indicate status change on the pilot caution/advisory panel. Press to reset and turn off light until next event.

  1. L FIRE and R FIRE lights

Engine fire warning lights. Illuminates when a fire has been detected in the respective engine.

  1. Turn-and-Slip indicator

Indicator showing rate of turn around aircraft vertical axis.

The upper part contains an electrically driven pointer, one needle deflection equalling a 360° turn in 4 minutes.

The lower part contains an inclinometer with a ball suspended in a dampening fluid.

Vertical Display Indicator (VDI)

_images/vdi.png

Display that compliments the HUD in displaying flight and weapons data.

Note

The VDI has a night filter that can be installed by clicking in the middle of the VDI screen.

Note 2

For more information see relevant chapters under Navigation and Weapons and Weapons Employment Overview.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. HUD BRT control

Controls HUD brightness.

  1. VDI BRT control

Controls VDI brightness.

  1. VDI CONT control

Controls VDI contrast.

  1. FILTER handle

When pulled inserts filter for HUD night operation.

  1. HUD TRIM control

Allows adjustment/trim of pitch lines on HUD.

  1. VDI TRIM control

Allows adjustment/trim of pitch lines on VDI.

  1. VDI caution lights

VDI-mounted caution lights. See images and tables below.

_images/vdicaution.png

Data link warning and caution lights situated at the VDI panel.

Indicator

Function

ADJ A/C

Advisory light indicating other aircraft close to own traffic pattern.

LANDING CHK

Advisory light indicating carrier has a channel ready for ACL and that the crew should prepare for carrier landing.

ACL READY

Warning light indicating CATCC has aquired aircraft and is transmitting glidepath information to aircraft.

A/P CPLR

Warning light indicating CATCC is ready to control aircraft.

CMD CONTROL

Warning light indicating aircraft is under data link control for landing.

10 SECONDS

Warning light indicating that carrier motion is added to data link info and commands during landing. Indicates 10 seconds to arrival at the next point in approach pattern in other modes.

TILT

Warning light indicating no data link command received for the last 2 seconds during ACL. When not in ACL it indicates no data link messages during last 10 seconds.

VOICE

Warning light indicating CATCC not ready for ACL, switch to standard voice procedures.

A/P REF

Warning light indicating autopilot selected but not engaged. Exception altitude and heading hold.

WAVEOFF

Warning light indicating waveoff commanded.

WING SWEEP

Warning light indicating failure in both wing-sweep channels or disengagement of spider detent.

REDUCE SPEED

Warning light indicating flap retraction failure with greater than 225 knots indicated airspeed. Also indicates safe Mach number exceeded.

ALT LOW

Non functional, light on radar altimeter is used instead.

Horizontal Situation Display Indicator (HSD)

_images/HSD.png

The horizontal situation display is used to display navigational information to the pilot. It can also be used to repeat the RIO’s TID to the pilot.

Control

Function

  1. BRT control

Controls HSD brightness.

  1. HDG control

Controls heading reference bug in TACAN mode.

  1. CRS control

Controls desired course in MAN (manual) and TACAN mode.

  1. TEST button

Allows reset of the HSD to re-enable display if the overload protection is tripped. Also displays the HSD IR field test display on the HSD.

  1. BIT indicator

Indicates failure in HSD by showing white flags. Reset by rotating it clockwise.

Note

For more information see relevant chapters under Navigation and for the TID repeat Tactical Information Display (TID) and Associated Controls.

Cabin Pressure Altimeter

_images/cabinpressure.png

Displays cabin pressure in 1,000 foot increments from 0 to 50,000 feet.

Emergency Brake Pressure Indicator

_images/brakepressure.png

Displays hydraulic pressure available from the emergency brake accumulators to the auxiliary and parking wheelbrake systems.

PARK - Shows brake pressure available for parking brakes. Green segment indicates 2,150 to 3,000 psi, red indicates 1,900 to 2,150 psi. When green there is pressure enough for approximately 3 applications.

AUX - Shows brake pressure in the auxilary brake pressure which can be used via the toe brakes on the pedals. Green segment indicates 2,150 to 3,000 psi (approximately 13 to 14 applications) while red indicates 1,900 to 2,150 psi (approximately 5 applications).

Control Stick

_images/stick.png

Used to control aircraft roll and pitch. Also various other functions according to table below.

Control

Function

  1. Bomb release button

Stores release button, used for air-to-ground ordnance (except rockets) and loaded external countermeasures.

  1. Pitch and roll trim hat

Hat used to control trim, up/down trims pitch and left/right trims roll.

  1. Weapon select hat

Selector hat moveable up and down and depressable.

SP or PH - Selects AIM-7 or AIM-54, depression toggles between type.

SW - Selects AIM-9, depression toggles between stations.

GUN - Selects M-61A1 Vulcan gun.

OFF - Inhibits weapon release.
  1. DLC & maneuver flap command wheel

Thumbwheel used to control DLC or maneuver flaps.

With DLC engaged forward rotation extends spoilers and aft rotation retracts spoilers.

With gear and flaps up and DLC disengaged forward rotation retracts maneuvering flaps/slats and aft rotation extends them.

The logic behind the function being that pulling the wheel towards you increases lift and pushing it away decreases lift.
  1. DLC engage/disengage & countermeasure dispense button

Momentary depression with flaps down, throttles less than MIL and no spoiler system failure engages DLC.

With flaps up button sends command to ALE-39 to dispense chaff or flares according to RIO setting.

DLC is disengaged by further momentary depression of button, raising flaps or advancing either throttle to MIL.
  1. Autopilot reference & nosewheel steering button

Button toggling nosewheel steering with weight on wheels.

Without weight on wheels is used to engage enabled autopilot modes.
  1. Autopilot emergency disengage paddle

Disengages all autopilot modes and DLC and releases all autopilot switches and roll and pitch SAS switches to OFF position.

With weight on wheels additionally reverts throttle mode to MAN (manual) while depressed.
  1. Weapon firing trigger

Two-stage trigger. First detent enables CTVS and gun camera. Second detent releases selected forwards firing weapon.

Note

CTVS not implemented in DCS.

Right Windshield Frame

ECM Warning Lights

_images/rwrcaution.png

Warning lights connected to the ALR-67 indicating different types of threats.

SAM - SAM, steady illumination when detecting lock on from a SAM tracking radar. Flashes when missile launch is detected.

AAA - AAA, steady illumination when detecting lock on from a AAA tracking radar. Flashes when AAA firing is detected.

AI - AI, steady illumination when detecting lock on from an airborne interceptor radar.

Standby Compass

_images/compass.png

Conventional standby compass.

Right Instrument Panel

Wing-Sweep Indicator

_images/wingsweep.png

Indicator detailing status of the wing-sweep system.

Leftmost indicator pointer shows wing-sweep program position which is also the max forward angle at present airspeed and altitude.

Middle tape shows commanded wing-sweep position.

Rightmost tape shows actual wing-sweep position.

The five indicator windows shows current operating mode.

Right Engine Fuel Shutoff Handle

_images/rightengineshutoff.png

Pull to shut off fuel to the right engine in case of emergency. Push in to re-enable fuel-flow to the engine. Should not be used to secure the engine.

Right engine fire extinguishing button is located behind the handle, accessable when the handle is pulled out.

Standby Attitude Indicator

_images/standbyattitude.png

Standalone standby attitude indicator.

An OFF flag is visible on the left side when caged or when unpowered.

The knob below and to the right of the indicator cages/uncages the indicator and allows trim to correct pitch. In pulled out position the indicator is caged. When pushed in uncages the indicator and allows pitch trim by turning the knob.

UHF/VHF Remote Indicators

_images/frontremote.png

Remote indicators displaying set frequency or channel of UHF 1 (AN/ARC-159) and V/UHF 2 (AN/ARC-182).

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. UHF 1 remote channel/frequency indicator (pilot)

Displays a readout of the frequency or channel set for the UHF 1 radio.

TEST - Initiates test for the indicator, no fault resulting in 888.888 readout.

DIM - Controls display brightness.
  1. V/UHF 2 remote channel/frequency indicator (pilot)

Displays a readout of the frequency or channel set for the V/UHF 2 radio.

TEST - Initiates test for the indicator, no fault resulting in 888.888 readout.

BRT - Controls display brightness.

Bearing Distance Heading Indicator (BDHI)

_images/bdhi.png

Display indicating azimuth and bearing information.

Indicator

Function

  1. No. 2 bearing pointer

Indicates magnetic course to tuned TACAN station.

  1. Compass rose

Shows current aircraft magnetic heading.

  1. No. 1 bearing pointer

Indicates bearing to tuned UHF/ADF station.

  1. Distance counter

Indicates slant range to tuned TACAN station in nautical miles. (Not visible in this image.)

ALR-67 Indicator

_images/alr-67.png

Indicator showing emitters detected by the ALR-67 RWR (radar warning receiver) set.

Control/Indicator

Function

System status circle, area I

Upper left quadrant of 1. Shows symbol indicating type of threats selected to be shown.

N - Normal priority

I - AI, airborne interceptors prioritized.

A - AAA, anti-air artillery prioritized.

U - Unknown emitters prioritized.

F - Friendly emitters shown in addition to other threats.

System status circle, area II

Upper right quadrant of 1. Indicates if limited mode is selected.

(Blank) - Limited mode not selected.

L - Limited mode selected, display shows only 6 highest prioritized threats.

System status circle, area III

Lower half of 1. Displays failure codes and if offset display is selected.

(Blank) - No failure detected and offset not selected.

B - BIT failure.

T - Thermal overload.

O - Offset display selected. Threats will be separated to allow readout of overlapping symbols. Bearing accuracy degraded for displaced threats.
  1. Non-lethal band

Displays emitters not a direct threat to own aircraft, either because deemed out of range or lacking weaponry.

  1. Lethal band

Displays threats that are deemed within range and capable of engaging own aircraft but not currently doing so.

  1. Critical band

Displays direct threats to own aircraft. Systems capable of engaging own aircraft and showing current intent of doing so.

  1. INT knob

Intensity/brightness knob. Controls the brightness of the display.

Canopy Jettison Handle

_images/canopyjettison.png

Used to jettison canopy manually.

Right Knee Panel

Fuel Quantity Indicator

_images/fuelquantity.png

Shows fuel quantity in the different aircraft tanks.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. BINGO readout

Shows currently set BINGO fuel quantity.

  1. TOTAL counter

Total fuel quantity readout, shows totalled fuel quantity in all aircraft tanks.

  1. L & R counters

Shows fuel quantity in currently selected respective (L or R) tanks (feed, wing or ext) set by the QTY SEL switch on the fuel management panel.

  1. FUS & FEED tapes

Shows fuel quantity in respective fuselage tanks. Left tape indicates left feed and aft fuselage tanks. Right tape indicates right feed and forward fuselage tanks.

  1. SET knob

Knob used to set BINGO fuel quantity. Turn to set desired quantity.

Accelerometer

_images/accelerometer.png

Instrument showing current aircraft g-load (acceleration along aircraft vertical axis). It’s graded in g from -5g to +10g. One pointer will show current g-load while the other two will indicate max reached negative and positive g-load. These can be reset by pushing the PUSH TO SET button on the lower left corner of the instrument.

Clock

_images/clock.png

Mechanical wind up clock.

The knob on the lower left corner is used to wind up the clock by turning it clockwise and pulled out and turned to set the hour and minute hands.

The control on the upper right corner is used to start, stop and reset a 1-hour elapsed time counter.

Right Vertical Console

Arresting Hook Panel

_images/hook.png

Panel controlling arrestor hook.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. HOOK handle

Arresting hook handle, selects arresting hook position.

UP - Electrically actuates hydraulic retractation of the hook and locks it in the uplock.

DOWN - Electrically releases hydraulic pressure allowing hook to extend via dashpot pressure and gravity.

EMERG DOWN - When handle is pulled and twisted counter-clockwise the hook is mechanically released for extention.
  1. Hook transition light

Lights when hook position does not correspond to handle position. Will not turn off until fully extended and may remain illuminated when lowered at high speeds due to hook blowback.

  1. GUN

Rounds remaining indicator for M-61A1 gun. Counts down from 676 but can be reset to desired readout with the knob on the right side.

Displays Control Panel

_images/displays.png
Note

Image shows F-14 with integrated RWR having a third option on the HSD MODE and ECM ORIDE which are not present in the modelled F-14B.

Control panel for front cockpit displays.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. STEERING CMD selectors

Selects current source for steering commands, selectors are mutually exclusive and turns to indicate selected option.

TACAN - Selects TACAN as steering command source.

DEST - Selects RIO set waypoint as steering command source.

AWL/PCD - All-weather landing/precision course direction, selects glideslope guidance (ILS/ACLS) for landing or PCD for air-to-ground engagement directions as steering command source.

VEC - Vector, selects data link deviation steering as steering command source.

MAN - Manual, selects manually selected course and heading as steering command source.
  1. MODE selectors

Selects display mode, selectors are mutually exclusive and turns to indicate selected mode.

T.O. - Selects takeoff mode.

CRUISE - Selects cruise mode.

A/A - Selects air-to-air mode.

A/G - Selects air-to-ground mode.

LDG - Selects landing mode.
  1. HUD DECLUTTER switch

Selects declutter mode for HUD.

  1. HUD AWL switch

Selects which AWL information to display on HUD.

ILS - Selects ILS as source for AWL information.

ACL - Selects ACL as source for AWL information.
  1. VDI MODE switch

Selects what to display on VDI.

TV - Displays video from TCS or LANTIRN on VDI.

NORM - Displays normal VDI display.
  1. VDI AWL switch

Selects which AWL information to display on VDI.

ILS - Selects ILS as source for AWL information.

ACL - Selects ACL as source for AWL information.
  1. HSD MODE switch

Selects what to display on HSD.

NAV - Navigational display, shows steering information depending on selected steering command source.

TID - Display repeating the RIO TID information. If RIO has TID set to TV the screen will be blank.
  1. POWER switches

Power switches for VDI, HUD and HSD/ECMD.

  1. PITCH LAD BRT knob

Controls brightness of pitch ladder on HUD.

Elevation Lead Panel

_images/gunelevation.png

Used to set gun elevation lead in mils for the manual A/A and A/G gun modes. Limits are -263 and +87 mils.

Right Side Console

Spoiler Failure Override

_images/spoiler.png

Contains controls to override failed spoiler sections, allowing the rest to continue to work after a MASTER RESET.

Control

Function

  1. INBD

Inboard spoiler override switch.

ORIDE - Overrides inboard spoiler symmetry protection, allowing a functional inboard spoiler to continue to operate after a MASTER RESET if one fails.

NORM - Normal (guarded position), in this mode, if an inboard spoiler fails up the rest are commanded to droop and the SPOILERS light illuminates on the caution panel.
  1. OUTBD

Outboard spoiler override switch.

ORIDE - Overrides outboard spoiler symmetry protection, allowing a functional outboard spoiler to continue to operate after a MASTER RESET if one fails.

NORM - Normal (guarded position), in this mode, if an outboard spoiler fails up the rest are commanded to droop and the SPOILERS light illuminates on the caution panel.

Liquid Oxygen Quantity Indicator

_images/liquidoxygen.png

Contains an indicator showing remaining quantity of liquid oxygen available. Graduated in 1 liter increments. Also has an OFF flag that is shown in case of power failure to the indicator. The indicator is tested through the INST mode on the MASTER TEST panel and should read 2 liters.

Compass Control Panel

_images/compasscontrol.png

The compass control panel contains controls for selecting compass mode when using AHRS.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. SYNC IND

Indicator showing sync between AHRS gyro and magnetic azimuth detector. Used in SLAVED mode.

  1. N-S switch

Switch used to select which hemisphere aircraft is in for DG and SLAVED modes. Critical for correct earth-rate correction.

  1. LAT knob

Control knob used to select latitude from 0º to 90º to allow for correct earth rate correction in DG and SLAVED modes.

  1. Mode switch

Selects source of AHRS heading information.

COMP - Compass, uses magnetic azimuth detector directly without stabilization from the directional gyro, used only for emergency operation and the displays automatically uses the manual magnetic variation.

SLAVED - Normal mode, uses the magnetic azimuth detector stabilized by the directional gyro.

DG - Directional gyro mode, uses only gyro and not the magnetic azimuth detector.
  1. HDG knob/button

Used in DG and SLAVED modes.

In SLAVED mode it’s used to sync the directional gyro with the magnetic azimuth detector and set magnetic heading on the BDHI. Button should be held until the syncronization indicator needle is over the null mark.

In DG mode the button is depressed and rotated to select desired heading on the BDHI.

The button can also be used to fast erect pitch and roll of the AHRS by depressing the button for up to 3 minutes. A new fast erect attempt can be done if a 1 minute wait is first observed.

ARA-63 Control Panel

_images/ara-63.png

Panel used to control the AN/ARA-63 ILS (ICLS).

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. CHANNEL selector

Selector selecting one of 20 available ICLS channels.

  1. BIT button

Button used to test AN/ARA-63, displays landing symbology on the HUD and VDI if set up for ILS.

  1. POWER switch

ON/OFF switch to energize the AN/ARA-63, switch must be pulled out to allow OFF position.

  1. Indicator light

Lights to indicate AN/ARA-63 power on.

Caution - Advisory Indicator

_images/caution.png

Main pilot caution panel.

Indicator

Function

PITCH STAB 1 & 2

Caution lights indicating inoperative pitch channels.

ROLL STAB 1 & 2

Caution lights indicating inoperative roll channels (roll SAS failure).

YAW STAB OP

Caution light indicating one inoperative yaw channel.

YAW STAB OUT

Caution light indicating two inoperative yaw channels (yaw SAS failure).

EMERG JETT

Caution light indicating activation of EMERG STORES JETT button.

LADDER

Caution light indicating boarding ladder not correctly stowed.

ECS TURBINE

Non-functional

INLET ICE

Caution light indicating accumulation of ice on ice detector in left engine inlet.

FLAP

Caution light indicating failure in flap system or airspeed greater than 225 knots indicated airspeed with flaps down.

HZ TAIL AUTH

Caution light indicating failure of lateral tail authority actuator (or CADC failure).

RUDDER AUTH

Caution light indicating failure of rudder authority actuators (or CADC failure).

SPOILERS

Caution light indicating spoiler system failure causing several or all spoilers to be locked down.

AUTO PILOT

Caution light indicating failure in auto pilot system.

L & R INLET

Caution lights indicating AICS programmer and/or system failure.

OIL PRESS

Caution light indicating left or right engine oil pressure below 11 psi.

BLEED DUCT

Caution light indicating high temperature air leak in the engine compartments.

L & R RAMPS

Caution lights indicating ramps not locked in position during critical flight conditions.

START VALVE

Caution light indicating that the starter solenoid air valve is open after start.

L & R ENG SEC

Caution lights indicating that respective engine AFTC is in secondary mode.

L & R GEN

Caution lights indicating respective engine generator is inoperative.

CANOPY

Caution light indicating that canopy is not down and locked.

BINGO

Caution light indicating aircraft fuel quantity at or below set BINGO quantity.

L & R OIL HOT

Caution lights indicating that respective engine oil is too hot.

CADC

Caution light indicating failure in the air data computer.

HYD PRESS

Caution light indicating pressure in either engine hydraulic pump below 2,100 psi.

L & R FUEL PRESS

Caution lights indicating pressure below 9 psi in respective engine fuel boost pump.

L & R FUEL LOW

Caution lights indicating fuel quantity below 1,000 pounds in aft and left or forward and right fuel feed group respectively.

WING SWEEP

Advisory light indicating failure of a single channel in wing-sweep system.

RATS

Advisory light indicating RATS enabled.

TRANS/RECT

Advisory light indicating failure in one or both transformer-rectifiers.

MACH TRIM

Advisory light indicating failure in Mach trim actuator.

WSHLD HOT

Advisory light indicating central windshield overheat.

LAUNCH BAR

Advisory light indicating either:

Weight on wheels - Aircraft kneeled, either throttle below MIL and launch bar not up and locked.

Weight off wheels - Launch bar not up and locked, launch bar not within 15º off center (cocked nosegear) or nose strut not fully extended.

INTEG TRIM

Advisory light indicating failure in trim system or computer failure.

AHRS

Advisory light indicating unreliable attitude or heading information from AHRS.

ENG FIRE EXT

Advisory light indicating low pressure in the fire extinguishing container (90 psi below nominal 600 psi).

AUX FIRE EXT

Advisory light indicating low pressure in the auxiliary fire extinguishing container (90 psi below nominal 600 psi).

Master Generator Control Panel

_images/generator.png

Panel controlling left and right engine generator.

Control

Function

  1. L & R MASTER GEN switch

Switches controlling connection and test of respective generator. Switch needs to be lifted to move from OFF/RESET.

NORM - Normal, activating and connecting the generator to the main buses.

OFF/RESET - Disconnects and deactivates generator and resets tripped protection circuits.

TEST - Activates generator but does not connect it to the main buses, for testing purposes.
  1. EMERG switch

Guarded switch controlling connection of emergency generator to the essential buses. (Guarded position is NORM)

NORM - Normal, generator is automatically connected to essential buses if both main generators fail.

OFF/RESET - Disconnects the generator from the essential buses regardless of main generator status. Resets protection circuits.

Master Light Control Panel

_images/masterlight.png

Master light control panel, controlling most lights in/on the aircraft.

Control

Function

  1. ANTI COLLISION switch

ON/OFF switch controlling anticollision lights.

  1. POSITION switch

Switch controlling whether the wing or supplementary tail and position lights lights up steadily or flashes. With weight on wheels the supplementary lights are always steady.

  1. TAIL POSITION switch

Switch controlling tail position lights, DIM and BRT (bright) settings available.

  1. WING POSITION switch

Switch controlling wing position lights, DIM and BRT settings available.

  1. ACM thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling ACM panel lights, 0 equals off, 1-14 sets the lights to an increasingly bright setting.

  1. INDEXER thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling AoA-indexer light intensity from 0-14.

  1. HOOK BYPASS

Sets AOA lights to either FIELD or CARRIER mode, with the switch in CARRIER and wheels down the AOA lights flash if the hook isn’t down.

  1. TAXI switch

Switch controlling taxi lights.

  1. INSTRUMENT thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling instrument panel lights, 0 equals off, 1-14 sets the lights to an increasingly bright setting.

  1. WHITE FLOOD switch

Switch enabling white flood lights in the pilot cockpit. DIM and BRT settings available, switch locked to OFF unless pulled out.

  1. CONSOLE thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling console lights and red floodlights. 0 turns off both console and red floodlights, 1-14 sets the console lights to an increasingly bright setting.

  1. RED FLOOD switch

Switch controlling red instrument and console floodlights.

BRT - Sets bright red instrument flood and console lights.

MED - Red console floodlights.

DIM - Dim red console floodlights.
  1. FORMATION thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling external formation lights. 0 equals off, 1-14 sets the lights to an increasingly bright setting.

Air Conditioning Control Panel

_images/aircondition.png

Panel controlling the environmental control system (ECS).

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. TEMP switch

Switch controlling the cabin and pressure suit temperature mode.

AUTO - Temperature is automatically set from the TEMP thumbwheel regardless of airspeed and altitude.

MAN - Temperature is manually set from the TEMP thumbwheel but varies with airspeed and altitude and might need to be reset.
  1. CABIN PRESS switch

Switch controlling cabin pressurization. Locked to NORM until lifted.

NORM - Normal mode, cabin is pressurized at a level of 8,000 feet up to an aircraft level of 23,000 feet after which it maintains a 5 psi difference from outside atmosphere.

DUMP - Opens the cockpit dump valve depressurizing the cockpit.
  1. RAM AIR switch

Selector switch used to modulate the amount of air from the ram air door after AIR SOURCE is set to RAM or OFF. Can be held to INCR (increase) or DECR (decrease), springloaded back to center.

  1. AIR SOURCE selectors

Five mutually exclusive air source selectors. Rotates to indicate selection.

RAM - Closes other air sources and opens ram air door which is combined with hot bleed air to supply all users.

L & R ENG - Selects either engine as the source for bleed air.

BOTH ENG - Selects both engines as source for bleed air. Normal position.

OFF - Closes all air sources but the ram air door. In this mode the ram air door can not supply pressurization or air conditioning. Inhibits gun firing.
  1. TEMP thumbwheel

Selects cockpit and pressure suit air temperature. 0-14 is selectable with COOL and WARM placarded at each end stop. In auto 7 approximately corresponds to 21º C or 70º F. In manual the thumbwheel needs to be set for each variation in airspeed and altitude.

Master Test Panel

_images/mastertest.png

Panel controlling OBC and various on board BITs in addition to the emergency flight hydraulic setting.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. MASTER TEST selector

Selector used to select and initiate OBC and BIT for various systems. Pull out to enable selection, push in at selected option to start test.

OFF - Disables test functions.

LTS - Lights, tests cockpit indication lights.

FIRE DET/EXT - Fire detection system test.

INST - Instruments, tests various cockpit instrumentation.

OBC - On board checkout, starts OBC.

EMERG GEN - Tests emergency generator.

MACH LEV - Initiates dynamic MACH lever check. F-14A only.

WG SWP - Tests wing-sweep system.

FLT GR DN - Initiates ground check of auto throttle interlocks.

FLT GR UP - Tests external fuel tank pressurization.

D/L RAD - Tests the data link converter.

STICK SW - Checks left and right spoiler symmetry switches and 1-inch stick switches for yaw SAS.
  1. GO/NO-GO lights

Lights used in relevant tests to indicate GO or NO-GO conditions of those systems.

  1. EMERG FLT HYD

Switch controlling the emergency mode of the flight hydraulic system. Guarded to the AUTO (LOW) position.

HIGH - Activates the power module (high speed mode), bypassing flight and combined 2,100 psi switches.

LOW - Activates the backup power module bypassing flight and combined 2,100 psi switches.

AUTO (LOW) - Automatically activates LOW mode when both flight and combined system pressures are below 2,100 psi.
Note

Specific tests will be detailed in a future BIT chapter.

External Environmental Control Panel

_images/externalenvironment.png

Panel controlling windshield air and external anti-ice settings.

Control

Function

  1. WSHLD switch

Switch controlling external heating of windshield by blasting the exterior with warm air.

AIR - Enables system.

OFF - Disables system.
  1. ANTI-ICE switch

Controls engine, probe and AICS anti-ice settings.

ORIDE/ON - Engages engine and probe anti-ice regardless of external conditions and enables the anti-ice setting in AICS.

AUTO/OFF - Automatically engages engine and probe anti-ice as needed, turns off AICS anti-ice.

OFF/OFF - Turns off both engine and probe anti-ice and AICS anti-ice.

Hydraulic Transfer Pump Switch

_images/hydraulictransferpump.png

Panel containing the control for the hydraulic transfer pump which equalizes pressure between the combined and flight hydraulic systems in case of a failure in one of them.

The HYD TRANSFER PUMP switch has two positions, SHUTOFF and NORMAL (guarded position). The NORMAL position (also the standard setting) will have the hydraulic transfer pump pressurize a failed hydraulic system from the other, functioning system, when it drops below 2,100 psi. The SHUTOFF position (which can be accessed by lifting the guard) is used to turn off the transfer pump in case it can’t supply enough pressure to the failed system as that would risk disabling the still operational system.

HUD-Video Control Panel

_images/hudvideocontrol.png

Control panel for the CTVS system which records the HUD when activated. Not implemented in DCS.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. HUD CAM(E)RA switch

TRG - Trigger, records while the second (firing) detent on the stick trigger is depressed.

NORMAL - Records while the first detend on the stick trigger is depressed.

OFF - Disables power to the CTVS.

RUN - Records continuously.

Switch 2 & 3.

VTR - Video tape recorder.

Canopy Defog/Cabin Air Lever

_images/canopydefog.png

The canopy air diffuser lever controls the flow of cabin air. The normal position, CABIN AIR, directs 70% of the conditioned air through the cockpit air diffusers and 30% through the canopy air diffusers. The CANOPY DEFOG position directs all air flow through the canopy air diffusers for canopy defog.

Canopy Control Handle

_images/canopyhandle.png

The canopy control handle controls canopy operation and is located on the right cockpit wall. The handle is mounted downwards beneath the box containing the handle mechanism and the handle position texts. The canopy control handle is duplicated in the RIO cockpit.

Control

Function

BOOST

Closes the canopy using boost, used during cold weather or with a strong headwind.

CLOSE

Closes the canopy, default position during flight.

HOLD

Holds canopy at current position for any position other than closed.

OPEN

Opens the canopy.

AUX OPEN

Allows manual opening of the canopy if system pressure is too low.

F-14B RIO Cockpit

Left Side Console

G-Valve Button

_images/g-valve1.png

Pressed to test inflation of g-suit.

Oxygen-Vent Airflow Control Panel

_images/oxygen-vent1.png

Controls ventilation airflow to pressure suit or seat cushions and oxygen to RIO mask.

Control

Function

VENT AIRFLOW dial

Used to control airflow through the pressure suit or seat cushions if no pressure suit is worn.

OXYGEN switch

Switch with ON/OFF positions. Controls oxygen flow to the mask.

Data Stowage Compartment

_images/datastowage.png

The data stowage panel is a small compartment for equipment storage and mission briefing materials etc.

TACAN Control Panel

_images/tacan1.png

TACAN control panel letting the RIO control TACAN if in command of it.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Dual rotary switch

Outer dial selects first two digits and inner dial selects last digit for TACAN channel selection.

  1. GO & NO-GO lights

Lights indicating result of TACAN BIT.

  1. BIT button

Button initiating TACAN BIT.

  1. MODE switches

Switches mode for TACAN operation and selects X or Y channels. INVERSE mode not functional.

  1. VOL knob

Volume control knob for TACAN audio to RIO.

  1. Mode knob

Selects TACAN mode.

OFF - TACAN is off.

REC - Receive only.

T/R - Transmit and receive, enables range readout.

A/A - Air to air TACAN mode.

BCN - Beacon TACAN mode. (Non functional)

Communication/TACAN Command Panel

_images/comtac.png

Panel controlling ICS radio settings and crewmember in control of TACAN.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. XMTR SEL switch

Selects which VHF/UHF radio the RIO PTT keys.

UHF 1 - Selects the ARC-159 UHF radio.

BOTH - Selects both radios.

V/UHF 2 - Selects the ARC-182 VHF/UHF radio.
  1. V/UHF 2 ANT switch

Selects which antenna the V/UHF 2 uses.

UPR - Selects the upper antenna.

LWR - Selects the lower antenna.
  1. TACAN CMD switch

Sets crewmember in command of the TACAN. Also indicates current setting.

  1. UHF 1 VOL knob

Volume knob controlling RIO headset volume of UHF 1 audio.

  1. KY MODE switch

Functional only with KY-58 installed.

Note

As the DCS F-14B is modelled with KY-28 the KY MODE switch is non-functional in DCS.

V/UHF 2 (AN/ARC-182) Radio

_images/arc-182.png

V/UHF radio 2. Radio and controls.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. VOL knob

Controls volume of V/UHF 2 audio to RIO headset.

  1. SQL switch

ON/OFF switch enabling squelch.

  1. Frequency select switches

Toggle switches selecting set frequency.

  1. FREQ/(CHAN) display

Readout display showing selected frequency or channel.

  1. UHF switch

Selector switch selecting modulation in use. Operational in the 225.000 to 399.00 MHz band.

  1. BRT knob

Knob controlling display brightness.

  1. MODE knob

MODE selector knob controlling V/UHF 2 radio mode.

  1. Frequency mode knob

Outer dial on the knob, selects frequency mode.

  1. CHAN SEL knob

Inner dial on the knob, selects preset channel to use.

Note

Have Quick anti-jam functionality not implemented in DCS.

KY-28 Control Panel

_images/ky-28.png

Control

Function

  1. ZEROIZE switch

Switch/guard used to zeroize KY-28.

  1. Power-mode switch

Switch selecting KY-28 mode of operation.

  1. Radio select switch

Switch selecting which radio to use with KY-28.

Radar Beacon Control Panel

_images/beacon.png

Panel controlling AN/APN-154 radar beacon.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. MODE selector

Selector switch controlling beacon mode of operation.

SINGLE - Enables beacon response to single pulse codes.

DOUBLE - Enables beacon response to set double pulse code.

ACLS - Enables augmentor operation for ACLS. Required for CATCC radar lockon for ACLS.
  1. ACLS TEST button

Button with green light used to indicate operation or test. When pressed with MODE in ACLS illumination indicates a successful test. The light also flashes when detecting an AN/SPN-42 radar sweeping past and illuminates when that radar has locked on for ACLS guidance.

  1. PWR switch

Switch controlling beacon power.

PWR - Enables beacon and all replies depending on MODE selector.

STBY - Used to warmup system, also enables ACLS replies if the MODE selector is set to ACLS.

OFF - Beacon off.

Liquid Cooling Control Panel

_images/liquidcooling.png

LIQ COOLING switch controlling the liquid cooling system for the AWG-9 and AIM-54. The AWG-9 circuit can be enabled independently of the AIM-54. This switch need to be enabled for the respective system before AWG-9 operation or AIM-54 missile preparation.

ICS Control Panel

_images/ics1.png

Control panel for ICS.

Control

Function

  1. VOL knob

Volume control knob for intercommunication audio from the pilot to the RIO.

  1. Amplifier selection knob

Knob selecting which amplifier to use for the RIO’s headset audio.

B/U - Backup amplifier.

NORM - Normal amplifier.

EMER - Emergency amplifier. Uses pilot’s amplifier and his volume settings. Disallows listening to audio only available to RIO.
  1. ICS switch

Selects ICS function.

RADIO OVERRIDE - Makes ICS audio override radio audio.

HOT MIC - Allows talking to the pilot without pressing the PTT. Also allows the groundcrew to talk to the crew via the external interphone.

COLD MIC - Allows talking to the pilot only while the PTT is pressed.

Eject Command Lever

_images/ejectcommand.png

A pilot initiated ejection will always eject both crew members. The EJECT CMD lever controls what happens when the RIO ejects: In PILOT mode (lever forward), only the RIO will be ejected. In MCO mode, both pilot and RIO initiated ejection will eject both crew members

Sensor Control Panel

_images/radarircontrol.png

Control panel for AWG-9 scan settings, the TCS and the airborne video tape recorder.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. STAB switch

Selector switch controlling ground stabilization of the radar.

  1. AZ CTR knob

Azimuth control knob selecting center of azimuth scan area.

  1. EL CTR knob

Elevation control knob selecting center of elevation scan area.

  1. VSL switch

Selector switch springloaded to center which enables VSL. VSL HI or LO can be selected.

  1. AZ SCAN knob

Azimuth scan knob selecing azimuth scan volume.

  1. EL BARS knob

Elevation bar knob selecting amount of bars to scan in elevation.

  1. TCS TRIM knobs

Trim knobs used to calibrate TCS video in azimuth and elevation.

  1. SLAVE switch

Selector switch selecting which sensor is slaved to the other.

  1. ACQ switch

Selector switch selecting acquisition mode for the TCS. AUTO, MAN or AUTO SRCH.

  1. FOV switch

Selector switch selecting field of view for the TCS, WIDE or NAR (narrow).

  1. MODE knob

Knob controlling what the AVTR records.

  1. MIN REMAIN display

Counter showing minutes remaining for the AVTR.

  1. RECORD switch

Selector switch controlling the AVTR. OFF/STBY/ON.

  1. Indicator lights

Lights indicating AVTR operation. STBY, EOT (end of tape) and REC.

Computer Address Panel

_images/cap.png

The CAP is used to enter data into the WCS. The MESSAGE indicator drum and buttons works similarly to the buttons on MFDs on newer aircraft.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. CLEAR button

Button clearing current TID buffer without inserting entered data.

  1. ENTER button

Button inserting current data from TID buffer into the WCS.

  1. Prefix & Numerical buttons

Numerical buttons with additional prefix selection functionality.

  1. MESSAGE button switches

Buttons used to select functions from the MESSAGE drum.

  1. MESSAGE indicator drum

Indicator drum used to indicate currently available MESSAGE functionality.

  1. PRGM RESTRT button

Button used to restart the program running in the WCS.

  1. CATEGORY knob

Selector knob selecting current category in use on the MESSAGE indicator drum.

  1. TUNE DSBL

Non-functional.

Note

All of the buttons have indicator lights indicating operation depending on function.

Left Vertical Console

Armament Panel

_images/armamentpanel.png

Main armament control panel in the RIO cockpit.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. WPN TYPE selector

Selector wheel selecting type of weapon used for WCS A/G calculation.

  1. ATTK MODE knob

Knob selecting which A/G attack mode to use.

  1. ELEC FUSE knob

Knob selecting electric fuze setting for A/G ordnance.

  1. A/G GUN switch

Selector switch controlling gun mode in A/G master mode. MIXED enables gun in addition to selected A/G ordnance.

  1. QTY selectors

Selector wheels controlling quantity of A/G ordnance (including rockets) to be released.

  1. INTERVAL selectors

Selector wheels controlling interval between weapons release in ripple delivery mode in milliseconds.

  1. Station 6 select switch

Switch used to select station 6 for jettison or weapons A/G delivery.

  1. A/A LAUNCH button

Button used for RIO launch of AIM-7 or AIM-54, hot trigger is indicated by button illumination.

  1. MSL SPD GATE knob

Knob controlling position of missile speed gate.

  1. Station 8 select switch

Switch used to select station 8 for jettison or weapons A/G delivery. B selects the lower pylon for release or jettison, the SW option is non-functional.

  1. MSL OPTIONS switch

Selector switch used to activate AIM-7 pulse doppler mode or AIM-54 active launch mode.

  1. Station 5 select switch

Switch used to select station 5 for jettison or weapons A/G delivery.

  1. NEXT LAUNCH button

Button used by RIO to select a hooked target as the next target to launch at in TWS.

  1. Station 4 select switch

Switch used to select station 4 for jettison or weapons A/G delivery.

  1. Station 1 select switch

Switch used to select station 1 for jettison or weapons A/G delivery. B selects the lower pylon for release or jettison, the SW option is non-functional.

  1. TANK JETT station 7 switch

Switch selecting station 7 for tank jettison.

  1. TANK JETT station 2 switch

Switch selecting station 2 for tank jettison.

  1. Station 3 select switch

Switch used to select station 3 for jettison or weapons A/G delivery.

  1. JETT OPTIONS switch

Switch selecting whether to jettison only WPNS (weapons) or MER/TER (weapon racks) in addition to weapons. Non-functional in modelled F-14B.

  1. SEL JETT switch

Selector switch used to jettison selected stations in normal (JETT) mode or AUX (backup) mode. The AUX position is guarded.

  1. MECH FUSE switch

Selector switch used to enable and set which mechanical fuse to use for A/G ordnance.

  1. DLVY MODE switches

Two selector switches used to select A/G delivery mode. One switch controls whether to release in singles or pairs and the other sets whether to release once or multiple times according to settings.

Left Instrument Panel

Servopneumatic Altimeter

_images/altimeter1.png

Control and indicator for the servopneumatic altimeter.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Altimeter readout

Displays altitude digitally on three drums showing 10,000, 1,000 and 100 of feet respectively. It also displays altitude on a pointer on a circular scale indicating 100’s of feet.

  1. Baroset knob

Sets local pressure in inches of mercury (in.Hg). Only used locally on the altimeter readout, all other digital indicators (via CADC) uses a set 29.92 in.Hg value.

  1. Local Barometric Pressure

Indicates barometric pressure setting, also called the Kollsman Window.

  1. Mode switch

Three-position switch, springloaded to return from RESET. If power and altitude data from CADC is present, switch can be held in RESET for 3 seconds to allow normal (servoed) mode of operation. If set to STBY or power or CADC data is absent for more than 3 seconds system switches to backup (pressure) mode.

STBY flag

Red flag reading STBY that appears if system is in backup (stand-by) mode.

Note

At high speeds and below 10,000 feet, due to pressure changes, errors in readout up to as much as 1,200 feet when transonic and up to as much as 4,000 feet when supersonic can occur.

Airspeed Mach Indicator

_images/mach1.png

Indicated airspeed and Mach number display.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Airspeed dial

Shows indicated airspeed on three scales, two for indicated airspeed and one moving for Mach number.

  1. Indicated airspeed scale (outer)

Used to indicate indicated airspeed up to 200 knots.

  1. Indicated airspeed scale (inner)

Used to indicate indicated airspeed from 200 knots to 850 knots. Covered by airspeed dial until relevant.

  1. Mach number scale

Moving scale used to indicate Mach number. Moved to show correct Mach number relative indicated airspeed.

  1. Indicated airspeed index pointer

Can bet set to desired indicated airspeed.

  1. Mach number index pointer

Can bet set to desired Mach number. Not visible in image.

  1. Safe Mach number index pointer

Shows safe Mach number calculated by the CADC. Not visible in image.

  1. Index knob

Knob with a pull-out and push-in position. One sets indexer for indicated airspeed and the other for Mach number.

Standby Attitude Indicator

_images/standbyattitude1.png

Standalone standby attitude indicator.

An OFF flag is visible on the left side when caged or when unpowered.

The knob below and to the right of the indicator cages/uncages the indicator and allows trim to correct pitch. In pulled out position the indicator is caged. When pushed in uncages the indicator and allows pitch trim by turning the knob.

UHF Remote Indicator

_images/backremote.png

Remote indicator displaying set frequency or channel on UHF 1 (AN/ARC-159).

Control/Indicator

Function

UHF 1 remote channel/frequency indicator

Displays a readout of the frequency or channel set for the UHF 1 radio.

TEST - Initiates test for the indicator, no fault resulting in 888.888 readout.

DIM - Controls display brightness.

Center Panel

Chaff/Flare Dispense Switches

_images/cmhats.png

Two switch hats on the center RIO hand hold used to initiate release of countermeasures. The switches are mirrored in regards to functionality.

Control

Function

Up

Initiates a single chaff release.

Down

Initiates set chaff release program.

Inboard

Initiates set jammer release program.

Outboard

Initiates set flare release program.

Detail Data Display Panel

_images/DDD.png

Main radar control panel.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. TGTS switch

Switch selecting target size for missile launch zones and WCS track calculations.

  1. MLC switch

Switch selecting MLC mode of operation.

  1. AGC switch

Switch controlling AGC speed. Currently non-functional in DCS.

  1. PARAMP switch

Switch controlling the parametric amplification. Currently non-functional in DCS.

  1. PULSE VIDEO knob

Knob controlling video strength of pulse video on the DDD. No effect on pulse doppler video.

  1. Radar track indicator lights

Indicator lights indicating radar tracking in the STT modes.

ANT TRK - Indicates the radar is tracking the target’s angle.

RDROT - Indicates the target is within the range or rate gate and being tracked.

JAT - Indicates the radar is tracking a jamming source’s angle.

IROT - Indication of TCS angle tracking, called IROT as this was originally used for the IRST in the early -A.
  1. RANGE display

Rotary drum indicator displaying currently selected radar range. Can also be blank if no range scale is used on the DDD.

  1. RANGE buttons

Buttons used to select radar range.

  1. BRIGHT knob

Knob used to control the brightness of the DDD by means of a polarized filter in front of the DDD.

  1. IR AUDIO THRLD knob

Knob used to control IR AUDIO threshold, non-functional with TCS.

  1. IR AUDIO VOL knob

Knob used to control IR AUDIO volume, non-functional with TCS.

  1. IR GAIN knob

Knob used to control IR GAIN, non-functional with TCS.

  1. XMTR CHAN wheel

12-position wheel used to control AWG-9 operating frequency. Currently non-functional in DCS.

  1. MSL CHAN wheel

6-position wheel used to control missile channel used by AIM-7 or AIM-54. Currently non-functional in DCS.

  1. DISPLAY buttons

Buttons used to control what to display on the DDD. IR button non-functional with TCS.

  1. WCS MODE buttons

Buttons used to select the current AWG-9 operating mode.

  1. WCS MODE display

Rotary drum indicator displaying current WCS mode.

  1. Vc switch

Switch used to select different closing velocity scales on the DDD in PD modes.

  1. ERASE knob

Knob used to control the intensity of the ERASE beam on the DDD, controlling how quick the image on the DDD fades.

  1. PULSE GAIN knob

Knob used to control the gain of the AWG-9 in pulse mode, normally left in detent unless needed because of clutter or jamming.

  1. ASPECT switch

Switch used to control the rate region covered by the doppler filters in pulse doppler modes and if to use edge or centroid tracking in pulse mode. These settings correspond to expected target aspect.

  1. EL indicator

Meter with indicator needles indicating sensor elevation. Left indicator shows current actual radar antenna elevation. The right indicates commanded radar elevation while RDR is selected on HCU and TCS elevation while IR/TV is selected.

  1. CCM MODES buttons

Buttons used to set AWG-9 functionality countering jamming targets. Currently non-functional in DCS.

  1. JAM/JET knob

Control knob used to set the threshold at which a radar return is considered a jamming target. Currently non-functional in DCS.

  1. ACM THRLD knob

Control knob used to control radar sensitivity level at close ranges. Usually set automatically with the knob in the detent position.

  1. PD THRLD knobs

Control knobs used to set pulse doppler video threshold in the CLEAR (upper half of DDD) region and in the CLUTTER (lower half of the DDD) region.

  1. DDD radar display

Main AWG-9 radar display.

Center Console

Tactical Information Display (TID)

_images/tid.png

Tactical information display and corresponding and navigational controls.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. INS status indicator

Indicator light showing status of the INS during alignment. STBY indicates power applied but not aligned. READY indicates minumum launch criteria for AIM-54. Both lights turn off when INS mode is selected. Can otherwise indicate faults.

  1. CONTRAST knob

Control knob that controls contrast of TCS video.

  1. DATA READOUT drum

Readout drum indicating the source of the data displayed on the TID readouts. Might be blank for sources not having its own text on the drum.

  1. BRIGHT knob

Control knob controlling TID brightness.

  1. STEERING indicator drum

Readout drum indicating current steering information being displayed to the pilot.

  1. DEST selector

Selector knob controlling what destination to use for the navigation destination mode.

  1. CLSN button

Button with indication used to select collision steering towards tracked target or TWS centroid.

  1. DISPLAY buttons

Buttons controlling what elements are shown on the TID. Contains indicator lights showing selection.

RID DISABLE - Not implemented.

ALT NUM - Toggles display of altitude numeric on the left side of the track symbols.

SYM ELEM - Toggles display of all supplementary elements of target tracks. Deselection causes only the target track dot to be shown.

DATA LINK - Toggles display of all data link tracks.

JAM STROBE - Toggles display of jamming strobes.

NON-ATTK - Toggles display of non-attackable tracks.

VEL VECTOR - Toggles display of velocity vectors on tracks.

LAUNCH ZONE - Toggles display of missile launch zones on tracks. Replaces velocity vectors if applicable. Automatically activated by WCS 60 seconds prior to maximum missile launch range.
  1. RANGE selector

Selector switch selecting current scale of the TID. Corresponds to the distance the diameter represents.

  1. TID MODE selector

Selector switch controlling current TID presentation.

  1. TRACK HOLD button

Button extending the amount of time before a track is dropped after last radar observation to two minutes. Normal time is 14 seconds.

  1. NAV MODE selector

Selector switch controlling navigation reference systems. Controls which system is in use and also alignment of the INS.

Hand Control Unit (HCU)

_images/hcu.png

Main radar and TCS control stick.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. IR/TV switch

Switch controlling TCS power. Enables selection of OFF/STBY and ON.

  1. IR/TV overtemp indicator

Light indicating the presence of an overtemperature condition in the TCS.

  1. LIGHT TEST button

Button allowing test of all AWG-9 lights.

  1. PWR RESET indicator

Light indicating one or more inoperative secondary power supplies.

  1. PWR RESET button

Button allowing reset of inoperative secondary power supplies. If the condition triggering the inoperational state remains the affected supplies will remain inoperational.

  1. WCS indicator

Light indicating selection of STBY or XMT with the radar not yet timed out or selection of XMT with radar transmission remaining off.

  1. WCS switch

Switch controlling WCS power (computer and radar). STBY turns on power to the WCS and begins radar warmup without transmission. XMT enables radar transmission if radar is ready. Display warmup time is 30 seconds, radar warmup is 3 minutes.

  1. MRL button

Button selecting manual rapid lockon mode. Overrides all operational modes except PLM and VSL.

  1. OFFSET button

Button used to offset TID to hooked location on the display.

  1. ELEV thumbwheel

Thumbwheel used to fine-tune elevation of radar antenna for STT lockon acquisition.

  1. HCU trigger

Used to select and trigger different functions in the WCS depending on current mode and hcu function. First detent is HALF ACTION, second detent is FULL ACTION. Examples of use are target acquisition and symbol hook.

  1. Hand control function buttons

Buttons with indication used to control function of HCU stick. Mutually exclusive.

IR/TV - Selects control of TCS azimuth, elevation and tracking. Enables display of TCS elevation on right elevation indicator on DDD.

RDR - Selects control of radar antenna for STT lock-on and return to search if already in STT. Enables display of currently commanded radar antenna elevation on right elevation indicator on DDD.

DDD CURSOR - Selects control of DDD cursor used to mark a geographical position while in pulse radar mode.

TID CURSOR - Selects control of TID cursor used to hook (select) symbols on the TID.

Left and Right Footwells

ICS Foot Button

_images/left.png

RIO left footrest containing ICS PTT for COLD MIC intercommunication.

Mic Foot Button

_images/right.png

RIO right footrest containing PTT for transmission on UHF 1, V/UHF 2 or both depending on ICS setting.

Right Instrument Panel

Clock

_images/clock1.png

Mechanical wind up clock.

The knob on the lower left corner is used to wind up the clock by turning it clockwise and pulled out and turned to set the hour and minute hands.

The control on the upper right corner is used to start, stop and reset a 1-hour elapsed time counter.

ALR-67 Indicator

_images/alr-671.png

Indicator showing emitters detected by the ALR-67 RWR (radar warning receiver) set.

Control/Indicator

Function

System status circle, area I

Upper left quadrant of 1. Shows symbol indicating type of threats selected to be shown.

N - Normal priority

I - AI, airborne interceptors prioritized.

A - AAA, anti-air artillery prioritized.

U - Unknown emitters prioritized.

F - Friendly emitters shown in addition to other threats.

System status circle, area II

Upper right quadrant of 1. Indicates if limited mode is selected.

(Blank) - Limited mode not selected.

L - Limited mode selected, display shows only 6 highest prioritized threats.

System status circle, area III

Lower half of 1. Displays failure codes and if offset display is selected.

(Blank) - No failure detected and offset not selected.

B - BIT failure.

T - Thermal overload.

O - Offset display selected. Threats will be separated to allow readout of overlapping symbols. Bearing accuracy degraded for displaced threats.
  1. Non-lethal band

Displays emitters not a direct threat to own aircraft, either because deemed out of range or lacking weaponry to do so.

  1. Lethal band

Displays threats that are deemed withing range and capable of engaging own aircraft but not currently doing so.

  1. Critical band

Displays direct threats to own aircraft. Systems capable of engaging own aircraft and showing current intent of doing so.

  1. INT knob

Intensity/brightness knob. Controls the brightness of the display.

Fuel Quantity Totalizer

_images/fuel1.png

Total fuel quantity readout, shows total fuel quantity in all aircraft tanks.

Threat Advisory and Master Caution Lights

_images/threatmaster.png

Master caution light and various ECM and IFF related advisory and warning lights.

Indicator

Function

MASTER CAUTION light and button

Flashes to indicate status change on the RIO caution/advisory panel. Press to reset and turn of light until next event.

IFF

Advisory light indicating received mode 4 interrogation without own system generating reply.

RCV

Advisory light indicating ALQ-126 is receiving a threat identification signal.

XMIT

Advisory light indicating ALQ-126 is transmitting.

SAM

Warning light, steady illumination when detecting lockon from a SAM tracking radar. Flashes when missile launch is detected.

AAA

Warning light, steady illumination when detecting lockon from a AAA tracking radar. Flashes when AAA engagement is detected.

CW

Warning light indicating detection of a continuous wave emitter.

AI

Warning light, steady illumination when detecting lockon from an airborne interceptor radar.

Bearing Distance Heading Indicator (BDHI)

_images/bdhi1.png

Display indicating azimuth and bearing information.

Indicator

Function

  1. No. 2 bearing pointer

Indicates magnetic course to tuned TACAN station.

  1. Compass rose

Shows current aircraft magnetic heading.

  1. No. 1 bearing pointer

Indicates bearing to tuned UHF/ADF station.

  1. Distance counter

Indicates slant range to tuned TACAN station in nautical miles. (Not visible in this image.)

Canopy Jettison Handle

_images/canopyjettison1.png

Handle used to manually jettison canopy.

Right Knee Panel

Caution-Advisory Panel

_images/cautionadvisory.png

Indicator

Function

C&D HOT

Caution light indicating overheat in RIO controls and displays.

CABIN PRESS

Caution light indicating cabin pressure is too low.

FUEL LOW

Caution light indicating fuel below 1,000 pounds in either aft and left or forward and right fuel feed groups.

OXY LOW

Caution light indicating oxygen quantity is below 2 liters or pressure too low.

CANOPY

Caution light indicating canopy not down and locked.

FUSE HV

Caution light indicating AWW-4 electric fuse inoperative.

RDR ENABLED

Caution light indicating that radar operation with weight on wheels is possible.

COOLING AIR

Advisory light indicating overtemperature condition in the electronic forced air cooling system.

MSL COND

Advisory light indicating overtemperature or underpressure in missile coolant flow, either of which shuts down the missile coolant pump. Can also indicate that the LIQ COOLING switch is not in the AWG-9/AIM-54 position with the WCS in STBY or ON when the Phoenix fairings are installed.

AWG-9 COND

Advisory light indicating overheat or overpressure in the AWG-9 coolant flow or that the overtemperature switch has shut down the coolant pump.

NAV COMP

Advisory light indicating failure in the INS or CSDC with the NAV MODE switch in INS.

FILM LOW

Advisory light indicating low remaining quantity of mission recorder film.

IMU

Advisory light indicating a failure in the inertial measuring unit or that the navigation system is in AHRS/AM mode.

AHRS

Advisory light indicating that the attitude or heading information from the AHRS is unreliable.

Right Vertical Console

Electronic Countermeasures Display (ECMD)

_images/mdi.png

Display used for navigational information. Has a brightness control knob, test button and a BIT indicator showing status of display (solid black when operational, showing white flags when indicating a fail condition).

Called ECMD as the F-14A and later PMDIG F-14B used this display for RWR presentation as well.

Note

For more information see relevant chapters under Navigation.

Right Side Console

Radar Warning Receiver Panel

_images/rwr.png

Control

Function

  1. PWR switch

Switch controlling power to the ALR-67.

  1. DISPLAY TYPE selector

Selector switch controlling what type of threats to prioritize and display.

  1. MODE switch

Switch springloaded to center (OFF) position. Can be held to OFST (offset) and LMT (limit) position to enable respective function while held.

  1. TEST switch

Switch springloaded to center. Momentary selection of BIT indicates BIT in ALR-67. Selection of SPL (special) while BIT page 1 is displayed shows the special BIT status page while held and then for 3 seconds when released.

  1. VOL knob

Volume knob controlling ALR-67 audio to RIO.

Digital Data Indicator (DDI)

_images/ddi.png

Digital data indicator used to display commands received via the data link.

Indicator

Function

AFT VEC

Aircraft is being vectored to approach target from the rear hemisphere.

COL VEC

Aircraft is being vectored on a collision course to target.

NO MSG

No message at this time, indicates presence of data link communication
while not receiving a command.

TO WAY PT

Proceed to the point being indicated by target information.

HANDOVER

TDS is handing own aircraft over to another control center.

ORBIT

Assume orbit at present position maintaining maximum endurance.

CHALNGE

Intercept and visually identify target.

ARM 1

Intercept and destroy indicated hostile target using AIM-54.

ARM 2

Intercept and destroy indicated hostile target using AIM-7.

ARM 3

Intercept and destroy indicated hostile target using AIM-9.

NOT CMD

Ignore currently received heading, speed and altitude.
Also means valid command BIT not yet available.

FRE LAN

Free to attack most suitable target.

DIS’GAGE

Cease fire.

ABORT

Abort action.

BEAC ON

Enable APN-154 tracking beacon.

BEAC DUB

Set APN-154 to double-pulse mode.

DROP

Command to release weapon in data link A/G attack,
manually or automatically if in data link attack mode.

BEAC OFF

Turn off APN-154 tracking beacon.

RET BASE

Return to indicated home base.

WAVE OFF

Wave off, automatic AFCS disengagement.

LAND CHECK

CATCC has data link channel available for AFCS, complete landing check list.

ACL BEAC

Directed by carrier to enable APN-154 beacon.

ACL RDY

ACL has locked onto aircraft APN-154 beacon and is transmitting zero pitch and bank signals.
Glideslope information is now available to pilot.

A/P CPLR

ACL is ready to take control of aircraft for ACL approach, autopilot should be engaged.

10 SEC

Indicates 10 seconds to next action or waypoint.
In ACL indicates that ships motion is taken into account for ACL.

ADJ A/C

Indication from control station of another aircraft near own aircraft.

VOICE

Indicates ACL not available, switch to voice procedures.

TILT

Indicates no data link message received in last 10 seconds. In ACL indicates no messages in last 2 seconds, will disengage AFCS.

CMD CHG

Indicates imminent or recently changed command instructions.

ALT CHG

Indicates imminent or recently changed altitude command.

MON ALT

Message indicating altitude command not being followed with enough precision.

MANUAL

Indicates autopilot should not be engaged.

SPD CHG

Indicates imminent or recently changed speed command.

MON SPD

Message indicating speed command not being followed with enough precision.

CMD CTRL

Indicates aircraft under data link control for landing.

CHG CHN

Command to change data link channel.

HDG CHN

Indicates imminent or recently changed heading command.

CANC RPY

TDS has cancelled reply messages.

FWD VEC

Aircraft is being vectored to approach target from the front hemisphere.

Note

The majority of the DDI lights depend on data link reply messages not currently modelled in DCS.

DECM Control Panel

_images/decm.png

Control panel for the DECM jammer (AN/ALQ-126).

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. STANDBY light

Orange light indicating warmup when system is placed in STBY. Goes out after complete warmup. Indication during test or operation indicates a fault has occured.

  1. DECM selector

DECM power/mode switch. Used to control power and function of DECM.

OFF - Turns off power to AN/ALQ-126.

STBY - Standby, applies power to warmup system.

TEST/HOLD 3 SEC - Should be held in this position for 3 seconds to prepare for system test.

TEST/ACT - Starts AN/ALQ-126 BIT, used after 3 seconds in TEST/HOLD 3 SEC position.

REC - Receive, enables AN/ALQ-126 to receive and analyze threat signal. Detected missile launch may force the system into repeat mode.

RPT - Repeat, enables AN/ALQ-126 to use programmed responses to received threat signals.
  1. AUDIO knob

Volume knob, sets audio volume from AN/ALQ-126 to RIO headset.

AN/ALE-39 Control Panel

_images/ale39.png

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. Inventory counters

Analog counters used to indicate remaining quantities of loaded countermeasures. Are manually set by pushing in and rotating the knob below each counter.

  1. PWR/MODE switch

Switch enabling power and selecting operational mode of the AN/ALE-39.

AUTO(CHAFF)/MAN - Allows manual release of countermeasures and automatic release of chaff by threat detection in the ecm systems.

MAN - Allows manual release of countermeasures.

OFF - Disables AN/ALE-39.
  1. SALVO FLARES switch

Enables parallel rapid firing of all flares. Switch needs to be lifted to move to ON position.

  1. FLARE MODE switch

Switch selecting operational mode for launching flares. Also controls what countermeasure the DLC button on the pilot stick ejects while airborne.

MULT - Multiple, each flare ejection command will eject one flare from each launcher subsection loaded with flares. Affects both manual and programmed releases.

NORM - Normal, each flare ejection command will eject one flare in total. Affects both manual and programmed releases.

PILOT - Enables the pilot to manually release flares with the pilot stick DLC button, the other positions releases chaff with DLC button depression.
  1. Countermeasure release switches

Switches springloaded to center which controls respective countermeasure release actuation.

PRGM - Program, switch needs to be lifted to enter this position, momentary actuation initiates programmed release.

STBY - No release.

SGL - Single, momentary actuation releases a single countermeasure.

AA1 Control Panel

_images/aa1.png

AN/APX-76 interrogator control panel.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. M4 ALARM OVERRIDE switch

Switch disabling the mode 4 tone alarm in the RIO headset.

  1. TEST-CHAL CC switch

Switch springloaded to center controlling IFF challenge and test.

TEST - Momentary actuation, tests the AN/APX-76 by interrogating own transponder, if same codes are set two solid lines appear on DDD at 3 and 4 miles.

CHAL CC - Momentary actuation, starts a 10 second interrogation cycle only showing returns with correct mode and code on DDD.
  1. CODE selector thumbwheels

Thumbwheels controlling mode and code used for interrogation. First wheel sets mode, last four sets code.

  1. CHAL light

Light indicating active interrogation in progress.

  1. FAULT light

Light indicating fault in AN/APX-76.

Note

Due to DCS limitations in regards to IFF the AA1 control panel is currently non-functional.

AN/ALE-39 Programmer

_images/ale39programmer.png

Programming panel used to program current countermeasure inventory into AN/ALE-39.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. JAMR thumbwheels

Thumbwheels used to set jammer release program.

QTY - Quantity, sets quantity of jammers to release in program.

INTV - Interval, sets interval in seconds between jammer releases in program.
  1. CHAFF thumbwheels

Thumbwheels used to set chaff release program.

B-QTY - Quantity, sets quantity of chaff to release in one program salvo, can also be set to C (continuous) or R (random).

B-INTV - Interval, sets interval between chaff burst to release in one program salvo, can also be set to R (random).

S-QTY - Quantity, selects number of salvoes to release in a program.

S-INTV - Interval, selects interval between salvoes in a program.
  1. FLARE thumbwheels

Thumbwheels used to set flare release program.

QTY - Quantity, sets quantity of flares to be released in a program.

INTV - Interval, sets interval between flare releases in a program.
  1. LOAD control thumbwheels

Thumbwheels inputting into AN/ALE-39 what is loaded into each launcher subsection.

L10 - Sets loaded countermeasure in Left 10 subsection.

L20 - Sets loaded countermeasure in Left 20 subsection.

R10 - Sets loaded countermeasure in Right 10 subsection.

R20 - Sets loaded countermeasure in Right 20 subsection.
  1. RESET switch

Switch loading programmed settings into AN/ALE-39 and resetting sequencer switches to their starting positions.

Interior Light Control Panel

_images/light.png

Panel controlling lights in RIO cockpit.

Control

Function

  1. INSTRUMENT thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling instrument panel lights, 0 equals off, 1-14 sets the lights to an increasingly bright setting.

  1. WHITE FLOOD switch

Switch enabling white flood lights in the RIO cockpit. DIM and BRT (bright) settings available, switch locked to OFF unless pulled out.

  1. CONSOLE thumbwheel

Thumbwheel controlling console lights and red floodlights. 0 turns off both console and red floodlights, 1-14 sets the console lights to an increasingly bright setting.

  1. RED FLOOD switch

Switch controlling red instrument and console floodlights.

BRT - Sets bright red instrument flood and console lights.

MED - Red console floodlights.

DIM - Dim red console floodlights.

Data/ADF Switch

_images/data.png

Switch controlling display of data and ADF on the HSD and ECMD. BOTH enables display of the ADF bug and navigation data block. DATA enables display of only the navigation data block. OFF disables display of either.

IFF Transponder Control Panel

_images/transponder.png

Control panel for the AN/APX-72 transponder.

Control/Indicator

Function

  1. MODE 4 switch

Switch enabling mode 4.

  1. MODE 4 AUDIO/LIGHT switch

Switch enabling mode 4 audio and light monitoring.

AUDIO - Enables audio monitoring of mode 4 interrogation and REPLY light monitoring of mode 4 replies.

OUT - Disables audio and light monitoring of mode 4.

LIGHT - Enables REPLY light monitoring of mode 4 replies.
  1. MODE 4 CODE selector

CODE selector switch, controlling what cipher code to use.

ZERO - Erases both ciphers from the system.

B - Selects the B cipher code for use.

A - Selects the A cipher code for use.

HOLD - Non-functional.
  1. MODE 4 REPLY light

Light indicating when a mode 4 reply is generated and transmitted. Can be pushed to test the light.

  1. TEST light

Light indicating correct test when respective test switch is used. The light itself can be tested by pushing it.

  1. MASTER selector

Selector switch controlling AN/APX-72 mode of operation.

OFF - Disables power to the AN/APX-72.

STBY - Standby, enables standby for immediate operation upon selection of other operational mode.

LOW - Activates replies to set modes in low sensitivity mode, only strong nearby interrogators are replied to.

NORM - Normal, replies normally to all received interrogations.

EMER - Activates emergency mode replies to mode 1, 2 and 3/A and normal reply to mode C, regardless of mode switches.
  1. MODE switches

Switches controlling operation of the different IFF modes.

TEST - Tests respective mode, correct operation if TEST light illuminates.

ON - Enables respective IFF mode.

OUT - Disables respective IFF mode.
  1. RAD TEST-OUT-MOON switch

Switch allowing ground test and monitoring of non mode 4 replies.

RAD TEST - Not used by aircrew.

OUT - Disables test and monitoring.

MON - Monitor mode 1, 2, 3 and C by illuminating the test light when replies are generated and transmitted.
  1. IDENT-OUT-MIC switch

Switch controlling operation of the mode 1-3 IDENT function.

IDENT - Momentary position enabling IDENT reply for 15 to 30 seconds after switch release.

OUT - IDENT function off.

MIC - Transfers IDENT control to crewmember UHF PTT, enabling IDENT reply as per IDENT each time the PTT is keyed.
  1. CODE thumbwheels

Six thumbwheels selecting code in use for mode 1 and 3.

Note

Transponder functionality not currently modelled in DCS.

IFF Antenna Control/Test Panel

_images/riotest.png

Panel containing controls for IFF antenna, tests and ground cooling.

Control

Function

  1. IFF ANT switch

Switch allowing control of which antenna the IFF transponder uses. Possible to select AUTO (automatic) or LWR (lower).

  1. IND LT/DDI BIT switch

Test switch allowing manual DDI BIT and test of RIO indicator lights.

  1. GND CLG switch

Switch allowing the use of external air to cool aircraft systems while on the ground.

OBC/CABIN - Allows for external air into the cabin and to cool electronics and AWG-9/AIM-54 with reduced performance for OBC.

OFF - External air not used for these functions.

AWG-9/AIM-54 - Uses the external air to cool AWG-9 and AIM-54 coolant with better performance but disables external air to cabin.

Electrical Power System Test Panel

_images/powersystest.png

Panel used by groundcrew to test aircraft electrical systems.

Note

Non-functional in DCS.

Canopy Defog/Cabin Air Lever

_images/canopydefog1.png

The canopy air diffuser lever controls the flow of cabin air. The normal position, CABIN AIR, directs 70% of the conditioned air through the cockpit air diffusers and 30% through the canopy air diffusers. The CANOPY DEFOG position directs all air flow through the canopy air diffusers for canopy defog.

Canopy Control Handle

_images/canopyhandle1.png

The canopy control handle controls canopy operation and is located on the right cockpit wall. The handle is mounted downwards beneath the box containing the handle mechanism and the handle position texts. The canopy control handle is duplicated in the pilot cockpit.

Control

Function

BOOST

Closes the canopy using boost, used during cold weather or with a strong headwind.

CLOSE

Closes the canopy, default position during flight.

HOLD

Holds canopy at current position for any position other than closed.

OPEN

Opens the canopy.

AUX OPEN

Allows manual opening of the canopy if system pressure is too low.