[HOW-TO] F-18E Waypoint Management and Sequencing Tutorial

Hello virtual Hornet pilots, this guide will walkthrough how to enter, edit, and delete waypoints in the F/A-18E, as well as creating a flightplan via waypoint sequencing. This guide assumes basic familiarity with starting and handling the jet. The flight plan we’ll be making today is based on the flight plan from the Startup + Basic TACAN Navigation guide found here F/A-18E Startup + Basic TACAN Navigation .

The data entry for waypoints in the simulated F-18E uses precise degrees minute seconds for entry, as such it’s looking for a 4 digit seconds entry. Since we’re not putting munitions on a target, it’s acceptable to take the standard 2 digit seconds value and just add 00 to it. For example let’s take the Nellis AFB TACAN LSV

LSV

The lat/long data of N36 14.68 W115 01.50 would be entered into the jet as N36 14.6800 and W 115 01.5000 .

Depending on how complex your flight plan is, it can be a good idea to keep a list handy of which waypoint will be which; for this demo flight plan we will be making use of the following waypoints

1 JLI N N33 08.4300 W116 35.1600
2 TRM N33 37.6900 W116 09.6100
3 TNP N34 06.7300 W115 46.1900
4 JOTNU N34 19.3300 W115 31.4600
5 GFS N35 07.8700 W115 10.5900
6 LSV N36 14.6800 W115 01.5000

Alright, let’s start up the jet at KNKX and get to entering our flight plan.

First we’re going to go to the HSI and press the up arrow on the right side to change the waypoint value to 1.

Then we’re going to press the DATA key on the top right.

data

We’ll now have the following screen, from here we’re pushing UFC on the top left.

UFC

You should now see the following on the UFCD.

UFCD

From here press POSN then ENT and the screen will change to this

POSN

Now press N followed by ENT.

north

For waypoint 1 we’re going to press 3 3 0 8 4 3 0 0 then ENT, this will return us back to the POSN page, press W followed by ENT. Now press 1 1 6 3 5 1 6 0 0 and then ENT. If you so wish you can now push ELEV to enter an elevation in feet, since the flight planner does not currently communicate with the ATC Navlog this is just purely for “procedural accuracy” at this time though.

With the data entered, the HSI page should look like this now.

wypt 1

Now, repeat the above steps for waypoints 2 through 6. You can also use the above steps to edit existing waypoints as you need.

Now that all our waypoints are created, it’s time to sequence them into a flight plan. First go to the bottom right of the HSI and select SEQ1, SEQ2, or SEQ3 as desired, for this tutorial we’ll stick with the default SEQ1. Then, from the WYPT DATA page press the SEQUFC key on the bottom left to bring up the following menu.

SEQUFC

Push INSERT to highlight it and let the jet know we’re inserting waypoints to this sequence. Next we’ll press 1

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then press ENT and the data page should look like this.

We’ll complete sequencing the flight plan by pushing 2, ENT, 3, ENT, 4, ENT, 5, ENT, 6, ENT and now see the following in the DATA page.

plan

Next push HSI at the top right to return to the main HSI screen. Now we’re going to push WYPT on the top right to “Box” it and select it for navigation use, then box SEQ1 on the bottom right to activate it. Lastly we’ll box AUTO at the bottom so that the jet will automatically switch to the next waypoint once you get within 0.5 NM of the current waypoint.

auto

Now we’ll taxi out and takeoff, once safely able engage ATC to maintain climb speed, and go to the UFCD AP menu and select CPLSEQ1

The jet will now fly direct to waypoint 1 then follow the dashed SEQ1 flight plan, with the following HUD indications.

HUD

Now let’s say something comes up and you need to edit the Sequencing, for removing a waypoint it’s simply a matter of going back to the SEQUFC page, pressing DELETE, the waypoint number, ENT. But what if you need to add a new waypoint into the existing sequence? For example ATC advises us due to Medevac flights instead of flying GFS->LSV they need us to fly GFS->LAS_LSV.

We’ll add LAS N36 04.7800 W115 09.5900 as waypoint 7 and then go back to SEQUFC. We’ll highlight INSERT then we’ll press 5, ENT to tell the jet we’re adding a new waypoint in sequence after waypoint 5. Then press 7, ENT to add waypoint 7 into the sequence, and you should now see the sequence as follows in the DATA page.

Hopefully this has been helpful, Happy Flying!

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Your F-18 tutorials are always “bookmark” material.

I do wonder where the military contractor UI experts went to school… I guess user experience research wasn’t much of a thing when this was designed in the 70’s :laughing:

How about an upgrade to a G3000/G5000!

Thanks for this i see in dcs or in real life when they do landings on aircraft carriers they have the hsi up and then also the will have like a straight line across the hsi do you know how to do that or no.Here is the video,look at the hsi at the bottom Cockpit View: F/A-18 Super Hornet - Catapult Launch, Arrested Landing - YouTube

That’s done using the CRS switch, that was also a new addition with SU9, just needed some time to finish up that guide.

No buddy it is the cource select or csel which is found in the top left hand corner of the mpcd on the hornet i just don know if it is implemented in the msfs super hornet or not

:unamused:

Perhaps try actually reading the link I posted, and maybe bring a little less attitude when asking for assistance.

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Your post said nothing about corse select and in fact i just flew the f18 just now and the corse sel button is inop.

Right… on ignore you go.

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If you are correct than were is the course select switch at then

You know what my bad you are correct i was looking in the wrong area for the crs switch i thought it was on the mcpd like the hornet but it is on the efi.So my bad dude

If you click the link he shared above in:
[HOW-TO] F/A-18E Course Steering for TCN/WYPT

It is shown in the very first picture. This is what he was telling you.

Edit: Never mind, you found it

Thanks,do you think with the top gun update they will make the rdr attk page work on the ddi because jorj said what they released for the game of the year addition they just wanted people to start flying the plane and when they did a dev q&a they said that the sim update 9 f18 upgrades were intended for the game of the year so does this make you think theyll add radar and other things?

Raynen,

Your tutorials are fantastic. Thank you.

I followed your instructions in this on to the T and was able to build and fly a flight plan. It’s awesome.

HOWEVER, the issue I’m running into is, even though all my waypoints are entered into the system and sequenced correctly, when I takeoff and try to engage the autopilot it does not engage.

My waypoints show up in my HSI and on the HUD but without A/P I can’t couple. Nor can I access the basic A/P features like BALT etc. If I load a flight plan from world map it’s fine.

Am I missing a step to load and activate or is this a bug?

I’m on Xbox/X.

Thanks.

If you just mean you don’t see the options on the UFCD, try pressing the CNI button to bring it back to the main screen. If you’re seeing the options but they’re simply not engaging, I’m not sure what would be causing that.

Excellent post ! Thank you Raynen !!

I have 2 questions:

  • Anyway to put same waypoint in sequence ?
  • How to modify a waypoint when Jet is in AP and CPL SEQ ?
  • Each waypoint can only be in the sequence once, if your flight plan requires the same location twice it would have to be entered again as an additional waypoint.

  • You’d want to take the AP out of coupled mode first, either disconnecting it completely or changing to another roll mode, then select the desired waypoint and edit it.