Thanks @smokinhole - that helps, as in confirms what I thought I was seeing.
I use the extra (new with PFM I think) autothrust setting together with the refueling probe autopilot mode but to be honest it probably makes me lazy with throttle control and I trying to wean off of it. I also tend to do most carrier approaches with it on, and it would be better to if I used the AOA for speed, just to get my pitch right manually. I am landing pretty much ok now (with my ‘go a tad long’ aimpoint) and thinking it might be time to try some night / weather landings (assuming the ship goes straight into the wind).
I’m not sure if it was deliberate or just happenstance, but the Su-33 PFM release timing has really amplified my F/A-18 fever. What with AV-8B and F-14 as well, I do hope we get some updated ships this year.
Yep, didn’t want to imply you were staring at it, more that it would have been smart if I had remembered just to do a basic reccy of it the once before we took off. Due to being in VR all the time (I’ve not done the Su-33 without it yet, just as sort of sadistic experiment) then picking up ground targets is sometimes hard. VR helps with landings, refueling, but pixel dots it’s like wearing a scarf over my face. To offset that I can use the F10 as a sort of ‘satellite photo recon briefing tool’ before setting out on a mission, and that would have helped a lot to get my bearings.
He did ok until those manpads mansplained to him not to fly slow at 1500m with no countermeasures. I had no mission plan worked out in my head, which made it all ugly.
In NOC (landing) mode the calculated airspeed for a safe landing at your weight (< 55,000 lb ish) is shown in the top left. of the HUD (above your airspeed). It does typically be between 240-280.
For procedures, we were chatting to @near_blind last night about this and to follow the USN/NATO way it seems like to get dirty with gear/flaps/hook on the upwind turn at about 4km, which then gives time to lose some speed and settle into AoA. The FLOLS / meatball would be really good to have (I’m guessing about < 2 km to make the call) but it’s not there as yet.