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Adjusting flap lift and catapult strength?

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Is there a way to adjust the amount of lift flaps produce on a given model?  I find myself having to trap the carrier with a short final speed of 200 knots as I don't have enough lift from the flaps to come in slower.

 

Another thing is I need more strength from the catapult to get a fully loaded Super Hornet off the deck properly.  Barely getting to 130kts versus 145kts to 160kts.

 

Thanks in advance.

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What airplane and what loadout are you carrying?  The heavier the jet, the faster you have to go to get aboard the ship.  E.g. I will usually approach in the F-14A/B/D at about 125-135kts post mission, but if I'm closer to max trap (54,000lbs), its faster at ~140kts+.  200kts sounds ridiculously fast.

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So, I went ahead and landed the 3.5 Super Bug at about 135-140kts.  Not sure what the AoA is supposed to be for the Bug, but I was able to get back aboard the boat with 2 AIM-9, 2 AIM-7 and about 7200 lbs fuel at around 140KIAS with total aircraft weight just above 40k pounds.

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So, I went ahead and landed the 3.5 Super Bug at about 135-140kts. Not sure what the AoA is supposed to be for the Bug, but I was able to get back aboard the boat with 2 AIM-9, 2 AIM-7 and about 7200 lbs fuel at around 140KIAS with total aircraft weight just above 40k pounds.

Can you manually control your flaps?

 

How is it for you getting off the deck? I'm finding with a moderate load (AA setup with one fuel tank) I have to use way more afterburner than I saw the guys use on the real carrier (granted when I was in only the F/A-18C was in use). 3.5 seems to struggle when loaded up until it get's up to speed.

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Flaps are automatic.  If you want to change that, go into the aircraft's data.ini and change the "DeploymentMethod=AUTOMATIC_AERODYNAMIC_LOAD" to read "MANUAL_WITH_BLOWBACK" for each flap.  I've also found since re-installing I've again got more than twice the internal fuel than I should have, so I've gotta modify my .ini's again.  Note on that, you might want to check how much fuel you have in the loadout screen; I'm still trying to figure this one out, because most people have reported their numbers to be fine, and I'm maybe one of three who have too much fuel for the Super Bug and the Raptor by default.  Maybe they just don't like me? (EDIT: It's because fuel weight is in lbs, rather than kg, and the game reads fuel weights in kg).

 

As for coming off the deck, I noticed my speed in KIAS was about 200 when I left the catapult.  I had configured the plane with six AMRAAM, two Sidewinder and a 480 gallon tank with 50% internal fuel (due to my numbers being off).  Takeoff weight was just about 53,500 lbs.  Following this, I was able to do a shallow climb at military power, but if I wanted to climb with about 30-degrees nose up, I needed to be near full burner to accelerate or maintain speed in the climb.

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If you are flying any of the newer versions of the bug then you need to manually adjust your flaps on approach.....and that will definitely explain your high approach speed

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