F/A-18E Startup + Basic TACAN Navigation

I have not seen such options in the F-18C (DCS version) or in any of the other military aircraft that I have flown in simulations. The only option you typically have is to fly to the desired altitude and then hit BALT or RALT, which engages the barometric or radar altimeter altitude hold function.

Not sure why they don’t have the autopilot options you mention, but a fighter aircraft is surely flown in a different way then an airliner. The climb is typically much shorter than that of an airliner, the climb rates are insane :slight_smile: . Perhaps the relatively short climb reduces the need for autopilot functionality?

Also often they fly in formation, with one of the planes in the lead, and the rest just follows. It is probably not desirable to fly on autopilot during a formation flying climb.

Thanks again for the tutorials. It’s starting to sink in.
Been finding Tacan channels to fly back and forth between.

Setting up flight plans and moving back and forth between waypoints.

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I found it on the Internet. it helped me to build routes and follow via tacan
Source: Каналы и частоты TACAN, VOR, LOCALIZER - Авиационные и компьютерные заметки

Channel
number
VOR
frequency
Localizer
frequency
Glideslope
frequency
Channel
number
VOR
frequency
Localizer
frequency
Glideslope
frequency
Channel
number
VOR
frequency
Channel
number
1X thru 16Y
NOT FREQUENCY PAIRED
42X 110.50 329.60 76X 112.90 102X 115.50
42Y 110.55 329.45 76Y 112.95 102Y 115.55
17X 108.00 43X 110.60 77X 113.00 103X 115.60
17Y 108.05 43Y 110.65 77Y 113.05 103Y 115.65
18X 108.10 334.70 44X 110.70 330.20 78X 113.10 104X 115.70
18Y 108.15 334.55 44Y 110.75 330.05 78Y 113.15 104Y 115.75
19X 108.20 45X 110.80 79X 113.20 105X 115.80
19Y 108.25 45Y 110.85 79Y 113.25 105Y 115.85
20X 108.30 334.10 46X 110.90 330.80 80X 113.30 106X 115.90
20Y 108.35 333.95 46Y 110.95 330.65 80Y 113.35 106Y 115.95
21X 108.40 47X 111.00 81X 113.40 107X 116.00
21Y 108.45 47Y 111.05 81Y 113.45 107Y 116.05
22X 108.50 329.90 48X 111.10 331.70 82X 113.50 108X 116.10
22Y 108.55 329.75 48Y 111.15 331.55 82Y 113.55 108Y 116.15
23X 108.60 49X 111.20 83X 113.60 109X 116.20
23Y 108.65 49Y 111.25 83Y 113.65 109Y 116.25
24X 108.70 330.50 50X 111.30 332.30 84X 113.70 110X 116.30
24Y 108.75 330.35 50Y 111.35 332.15 84Y 113.75 110Y 116.35
25X 108.80 51X 111.40 85X 113.80 111X 116.40
25Y 108.85 51Y 111.45 85Y 113.85 111Y 116.45
26X 108.90 329.30 52X 111.50 332.90 86X 113.90 112X 116.50
26Y 108.95 329.15 52Y 111.55 332.75 86Y 113.95 112Y 116.55
27X 109.00 53X 111.60 87X 114.00 113X 116.60
27Y 109.05 53Y 111.65 87Y 114.05 113Y 116.65
28X 109.10 331.40 54X 111.70 333.50 88X 114.10 114X 116.70
28Y 109.15 331.25 54Y 111.75 333.55 88Y 114.15 114Y 116.75
29X 109.20 55X 111.80 89X 114.20 115X 116.80
29Y 109.25 55Y 111.85 89Y 114.25 115Y 116.85
30X 109.30 332.00 56X 111.90 331.10 90X 114.30 116X 116.90
30Y 109.35 331.85 56Y 111.95 330.95 90Y 114.35 116Y 116.95
31X 109.40 57X 112.00 91X 114.40 117X 117.00
31Y 109.45 57Y 112.05 91Y 114.45 117Y 117.05
32X 109.50 332.60 58X 112.10 92X 114.50 118X 117.10
32Y 109.55 332.45 58Y 112.15 92Y 114.55 118Y 117.15
33X 109.60 59X 112.20 93X 114.60 119X 117.20
33Y 109.65 59Y 112.25 93Y 114.65 119Y 117.25
34X 109.70 333.20 60X thru 69Y
NOT FREQUENCY PAIRED
94X 114.70 120X 117.30
34Y 109.75 333.05 94Y 114.75 120Y 117.35
35X 109.80 95X 114.80 121X 117.40
35Y 109.85 95Y 114.85 121Y 117.45
36X 109.90 333.80 70X 112.30 96X 114.90 122X 117.50
36Y 109.95 333.65 70Y 112.35 96Y 114.95 122Y 117.55
37X 110.00 71X 112.40 97X 115.00 123X 117.60
37Y 110.05 71Y 112.45 97Y 115.05 123Y 117.65
38X 110.10 334.40 72X 112.50 98X 115.10 124X 117.70
38Y 110.15 334.25 72Y 112.55 98Y 115.15 124Y 117.75
39X 110.20 73X 112.60 99X 115.20 125X 117.80
39Y 110.25 73Y 112.65 99Y 115.25 125Y 117.85
40X 110.30 335.00 74X 112.70 100X 115.30 126X 117.90
40Y 110.35 334.85 74Y 112.75 100Y 115.35 126Y 117.95
41X 110.40 75X 112.80 101X 115.40
41Y 110.45 75Y 112.85 101Y 115.45
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I am able to switch off autopilot with a keyboard bind. But…

Could you please school me on how to turn off all autopilot controls in the DDI?

I try clicking off the AP check box but FPAH and HDG stay on.

There is no “off” buttons via the UFCD, in the jet the A/P is turned off using the paddle button on the stick.

Thank you!
O.k.

Just an FYI on TACAN in the F-18…

I had the problem of never getting any TACANs to work and I’ve seen others have the same issue following the procedure above and nothing shows up.

If you are using Navigraph data (like I am) there is an update to the AIRAC cycle to add TACAN support. Once I installed this update the TACAN started working in the F-18. Just go to your Navigraph app and update your data. Maybe this will help someone else who hasn’t been able to get TACAN working and is using Navigraph.

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One of the most valuable topic so far over here! Thanks!

hello, what is the minimum and maximum range of the tacan to work in this f18?

Minimum range normally should be 0NM, but using the default nav data I’ve seen many stations outside the US have minimum ranges of around 27NM. The maximum range in the sim tends to fall around the 90NM mark in my experience.