I can’t steer on the ground! / How do I activate Nose Wheel Steering on the ground?
Press Shift + / to toggle NWS and then use left and right keys “,” and “.”(for rudder left/right) or joystick movement to steer.
This also applies when you’re landing: as soon as you got “weight on the wheels”, i.e. when the nose wheel of the aircraft comes down to the ground, you need to turn on nose wheel steering by pressing right Shift + key directly to the left of it (on US/UK keyboards it’s “/” key).
Here’s the section from the AV8B Pocket Guide that came with it, rather than me badly paraphrase it all:
Nose Wheel Steering (NWS)
The NWS system is an electro-hydraulic operated system that provides directional control for ground operations with three modes:
• CASTER: The default mode. Nose wheel is free to swivel, and rudder pedal movement is isolated from the NWS system.
• LO GAIN Steering: The rudder pedals are connected to the system. Nose wheel has a range of movement between -140 to +140 degrees.
• HI GAIN Steering: The nose wheel range of movement is increased to +/- 450 degrees. HI GAIN steering is undesirable above 20 Knots Ground Speed due to poor directional control characteristics.
A fourth steering mode, centered, is used for gear retraction. When the landing gear handle is placed in the up position, the nose wheel will automatically steer to the center position at which time the landing gear retraction will commence.
With the landing gear handle DOWN, the NWS mode is controlled by the anti-skid switch and the [AG Target Undesignate/NWS/FOV Toggle] button on HOTAS. With anti-skid set to ON, CASTER mode is selected. With the anti-skid switch set to NWS, LO GAIN steering is selected.
Pressing the [AG Target Undesignate/NWS/FOV Toggle] HOTAS button increases the steering mode by one gain so that from CASTER mode it changes to LO GAIN mode and from LO GAIN mode it changes to HI GAIN mode.
With the HUD in VSTOL mode, indications provide cues as to steering position and mode. Whenever the nose wheel is within 30 of neutral, a C will appear inside the slideslip ball. A steering mode indication is provided in the lower right hand corner of the HUD.
The indications are:
NWS Lo gain
NWS H Hi gain
A NWS light, on the caution/advisory panel, illuminates to indicate that a steering failure has occurred.
It seems pretty heavy on framerate in VR on 1.5 compared to other aircraft/helo on my system. It’s been a while since I flew in the 1.5 open beta but it seemed to fall below the magic 45fps for no-puke mode avoidance. I wonder if the Harrier systems take up some precious CPU cycles more than most? Currently I’m just out at sea crashing into LPD’s so it’s not exactly stopping me from using it.
The Tarawa is nice, in that setting fuel on a clean Harrier to 2500lb is good for STOL ops with some power to spare. I took off and landed ok (not exactly a complete ‘vertical’ landing with some roll forward) but the HUD really helps.
The HUD is really nice. Lots of good info, including if the Nose Wheel Steering (which you need to hold down) is kicked in.
Now off to try some refueling with that new KC130.
So on a split throttle I’m finding I actually like using a spin control for the nozzle rather than split the big two throttles. Otherwise it becomes hard to grab buttons etc. The spinny up top guy seems to work pretty good…
Enjoying it so far. The performance is really odd, but I’m not too worried as lots of people are seeing the same thing. It’s like it depends on which way you are facing? Maybe a terrain bug or something with a sensor in the Harrier systems. I guess a lot of the early access was with the special 2.2 build rather than the 1.5 released today.
Not sure how the radios work. I played with COMM1 and tried to holla the tanker but no luck - I mapped the forward/aft comms, so what did I miss? I fiddled with the UFC and turned the comms on…
My cold and dark challenge was a reasonable succes. I have been avoiding most of the media surrounding the harrier, having only read Chris’ impressions and the pair of AARs posted on hoggit. I got the jet up and running in a couple of minutes (though the parking brake was challenging to find) but I could not find the ‘make the hud show more useful stuff’ switch Slowly crawling my way back to base and hope to come in for a vertical landing.