Perhaps this should go in something more like an “After Action” area, and if there’s something like this already then…sorry. Seems like it might be helpful and FUN! So I’ll start…
Issue: Launching off the boat with the wings folded
Causal Factor(s): Distraction(s)
Summary: So, “There I was”…have had the Hornet since it came out (1+ years now?); pretty sure I’ve averaged about 10 launches/traps per week since then. Goes with my usual, near, daily routine: launch, tank, break something, tank, trap. I enjoy it. I’m weird that way.
Was trying out the AirBoss script (.miz) mission. So I landed, refueled, then decided to watch the action, launch again and give it another go. Played around with the menus and such. Jet was refueled. Taxied up, hooked up, did a VISUAL scan of the buttons/knobs.
Light the burners…ziinnng…
Get the deedle, deedle alarm - but dismissed it as a Trim warning (seems this goes off, sometimes, even when I know it’s set correctly, or I could be missing something else).
So I ignored it.
Wouldn’t have mattered at this point anyway. Airborne; clearing turn; gear up, flaps up. Things flying “funny”. Play with trim, check aforementioned buttons/ knobs. Then I look outside. Disco! Wings still folded. Not happy with myself; all this time and I’ve never done that. Jet was clean, no stores, 1/2 tank of gas – so that probably saved me a virtual life.
Distractions are one thing. Skipping the checklist? Well, let me have it, I deserve it.