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    System Questions (and answers)

    F-16 avionics are relatively detailed. It might be good to have a consolidated thread of Q&A on various systems.


    To kick it off, I have a question on the HOTAS MSL Step button. I've read it can be used in A-G mode with no Mav's loaded to switch between CCIP, CCRP and DTOS. However I haven't been able to get this to work. NWS and A/A step works normally. Anyone else had luck with this?

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    System functions as advertised. Tested when airborne. Load out consisted of CBU-97s and GBU-12s. Selected A/G mode and cycled through CCRP, CCIP and DTOS using the NWS/MIS STEP Button on side stick controller. Another function learned. So much better maintaining eyes on HUD than looking down to push the OSB on the MFD...Thanks Hedge

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    Ah sweet. Updated my keymap and it works now. It seems it didn't like the shift-button in shift-/.

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    Cat I vs III explained in brief from F-16.net:

    The Cat 1/3 switch provides AOA limiting (25 Cat 1 and 16-18 for Cat 3). The Cat 3 loads are more susceptible to departure/out of control, hence the lower AOA limiting. The switch does NOT provide G limiting, so it is up to the pilot to ensure he doesn't over G the jet. The limiter also provides limits in roll and yaw, but that covers a whole page in the -1.

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    POS modes for AGM 88:

    EOM, PB and RUK (ToO)



    More here: http://www.benchmarksims.org/forum/c...troying-Radars

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    How do I set a bingo?

    ICP LIST> 2 BNGO>

    The Bingo page is where you input your briefed Joker/Bingo settings. It is made up of two lines, the first one is where you enter your Joker or Bingo setting, the second line is the total fuel remaining on board. If the FUEL QTY knob is in NORM, the VMS will call BINGO upon reaching the value set in the first line. It is common practise as a mission begins to input the Joker value. You can then reset it to the briefed BINGO value once Joker fuel is reached. Please note that as the arrows are next to the active steerpoint, you can change it with the NEXT/PREV button of the ICP.
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    How do I fly max range?

    Two methods: Range "RNG" and "HOME". The first will compute an optimum speed for your current altitude the latter will compute an optimum altitude and mach to get home.

    ICP 5 CRUS>

    System defaults to TOS mode (indicated by highlighted mode at top of DED page)

    Cycle through modes to either RNG or HOME using DCS SEQ

    Activate desired mode using ICP 0. Mode is indicated as active when mode name is highlighted.


    When RNG is Mode Selected a caret is displayed on the HUD speed tape to pinpoint the best conserve fuel speed at this altitude. Optimum speed for fuel conservation changes with altitude. When RNG is not mode selected, there is no caret displayed on the HUD Speed tape. Please note on the picture, RNG mode is NOT mode selected. Only the active steerpoint can be toggled on this subpage. Further information given on this page shows fuel remaining when reaching the active steerpoint and wind direction and speed.
    BMS 4.32 Dash 1 V 1.0
    BMS 4.32 dash 1 Red Dog 2012 Page : 63
    A further press of the DCS SEQ brings the HOME subpage.
    When HOME subpage is Mode Selected, two carets are displayed in the HUD on the speed tape and on the altitude tape. Following those two carets will establish the best profile to reach Home Plate (or any selected steerpoint
    designate as the home point). The procedure to fly this profile is to select full military power, reach the speed caret first then pitch to reach the altitude mark while maintaining the speed on the caret. Altitude may vary according to fuel burned. Please note, optimal altitude is given in radar altitude on the DED, but may be different on your HUD scale depending on the altimeter setting. Check the picture on the right, both carets are followed and the optimum altitude in the DED matches the HUD radar altimeter. If you follow both carets, you will reach the home point at the selected optimum altitude. The altitude caret will disappear once you can start your descent. Further information displayed on this page indicates home point (can be changed to any INS steerpoint (e.g. alternate)), onboard fuel quantity remaining when reaching active steerpoint, optimum altitude for the HOME profile, and wind direction and speed.
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    Anyone know what the number above/beside the gun cross represents when you have a target locked? Doesn't seem to always display, but normally includes an L or R. Cant find anything in the manual.



    EDIT: appears that if it is beside the + it is the angle off boresight that your target is provided it is outside HUD FOV (very useful for cranking). Still not sure what it means when it is above the + with" AA".

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    As I understand it, the answer is that it is another means of displaying target aspect, (the other being the carat around the edge of the lock circle) 00 being target tail on, 18 being nose on.


    Some other good gen:



    Raero – Raero (Range Aerodynamic) (small triangle) represents the maximum kinematic range of the AMRAAM and is the longest possible shot that a pilot can take and have a chance of hitting the target. It assumes the target will not maneuver and that the missile is perfect. It currently does not take optimum loft conditions into account (which should further increase range).

    Ropt – Ropt (Range Optimum) (small circle) represents the maximum launch range with some buffer to offset any target turns. It is 85% of Raero. It currently does not assume the shooter will achieve optimum steering and pitch.

    Rpi – Rpi (Range Probability of Intercept) is 75% of Raero and is a range that has a higher probability of hitting the target.

    Rtr – Rtr (Range Turn and Run) replaces Rmax2 and represents the maximum range shot assuming that the target performs a turn-and-run maneuver at launch. Technical calculations are described on pg 106.

    Rmin – Rmin replaces Rmin1 and Rmin2 and represents the minimum launch range. It is based on Rmin1 calculations.
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    FCR Synchronization

    You can "synchronize" FCR range (size) with HSD range.

    Press on HSD (left top) the DEP so it turns CEM, and the DCPL so it turns CPL. That way you change them both at the same time with the keystrokes (on the stick at best) and the same time.
    Even better, once your HSD is SOI, you just need to press HOTAS-Pinky switch to zoom it in for better SA on data-linked friendlies i.e.

    Thank you to A.S for the post over at Falcon Online

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    Anyone know if you can/how to swap from EEGS to snapshot using HOTAS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiza View Post
    Anyone know if you can/how to swap from EEGS to snapshot using HOTAS?
    Answer is you have to map the MFD key or run a macro.

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