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major_setback
03-18-2007, 09:32 AM
What is the hat switch used for on real aircraft joysticks?

Here is a hat switch on a P40:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/Curtiss20P-40E20Warhawk.jpg


They are found mainly on jet aircraft, what are they for?

http://uscockpits.com/Later%20Attack/AV-8B%20Harrier%20II%20Plus5.JPG

http://www.militaireluchtvaartmuseum.nl/kids/weten/cockpit/images/cockpit_F162.jpg

http://people.timezone.com/mdisher/basel06/tutima/cockpit_lg.jpg

Falcon:
http://vagrant-web.hp.infoseek.co.jp/photo/plane/big/c03.jpg



... and on helicopters too.

http://www.bayhelicoptours.com/aircraft.html

http://www.bayhelicoptours.com/images/aircraft/Joystick.jpg

major_setback
03-18-2007, 09:32 AM
What is the hat switch used for on real aircraft joysticks?

Here is a hat switch on a P40:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/Curtiss20P-40E20Warhawk.jpg


They are found mainly on jet aircraft, what are they for?

http://uscockpits.com/Later%20Attack/AV-8B%20Harrier%20II%20Plus5.JPG

http://www.militaireluchtvaartmuseum.nl/kids/weten/cockpit/images/cockpit_F162.jpg

http://people.timezone.com/mdisher/basel06/tutima/cockpit_lg.jpg

Falcon:
http://vagrant-web.hp.infoseek.co.jp/photo/plane/big/c03.jpg



... and on helicopters too.

http://www.bayhelicoptours.com/aircraft.html

http://www.bayhelicoptours.com/images/aircraft/Joystick.jpg

VFS-214_Hawk
03-18-2007, 09:35 AM
Trim Nose up down, right wing down, left wing down.

MEGILE
03-18-2007, 09:35 AM
Trim on some modern fighters AFAIK http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif
No idea for the P-40 however

LStarosta
03-18-2007, 09:38 AM
To move your head.

mrsiCkstar
03-18-2007, 10:36 AM
on the F-16 HOTAS the large gray one on the stick is for trimming, the two black ones are for managing targets (TMS) and the displays (DMS) ...with the TMS you designate targets etc and with the DMS you switch your SOI (sensor of interest) between the HUD and the MFDs.

the hat under the thumb is for the counter measures... the operation of that switch is classified...

the hats on the throttle are used for comms and override modes, speedbrakes etc.

tjaika1910
03-18-2007, 10:47 AM
Funny! Thats what I use it for in Il2. Trim.

Heliopause
03-18-2007, 10:56 AM
On helicopters: moving the searchlight.

WWSensei
03-18-2007, 11:53 AM
As others said. trim--as the gods intended. With the advent of trackIR my coolie goes back to being its natural order of providing trim.

dbircsak
03-18-2007, 12:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LStarosta:
To move your head. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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JG4_Helofly
03-18-2007, 01:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LStarosta:
To move your head. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That makes perfectly sense. Remember that they had no track ir 70 years ago http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

horseback
03-18-2007, 02:41 PM
That still doesn't explain what that hatswitch is doing on a P-40.

Gotta be a postwar mod.

Heresy, be sure.

cheers

horseback

major_setback
03-23-2007, 10:41 AM
bump - for the P40 stick, does anyone know why the hatswitch?

Bremspropeller
03-23-2007, 10:54 AM
It's the fear-n1pple.

You know, when a Zero's on your tail, the thing you wanna feel is a n1pple right under your thumb.

Breeze147
03-23-2007, 10:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bremspropeller:
It's the fear-n1pple.

You know, when a Zero's on your tail, the thing you wanna feel is a n1pple right under your thumb. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'd rather feel it in my mouth, but that's just me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif

horseback
03-23-2007, 11:08 AM
Wow, Breeze, you must be pretty flexible for an old guy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I agree with your sentiment, but my beer gut would get in the way (or I'd chip a tooth).

cheers

horseback