F-18E Superhornet : Checklists

Carrier Takeoff
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Check that your Throttle controller is fully in the idle position. 
Wheel Brake ONW
APU onCtrl T
Left Engine OnY
Right Engine OnU
Flaps to 1/2Shift F
or Auto FlapsCtrl F
Adjust HUD brightness to suit the lighting conditions
Set the DDIpages to suit youCtrl F
Check the bearing of the first waypoint so you will know which way to turn after takeoff
The Tower will say: 
Hornet Leader. Permission to taxi.
Hornet Leader . Proceed to cat.
Wait for the plane director to show you where to taxi to."
Increase Throttle 
(Note your speed when stationary is still 20 - 30 knots due to the forward motion of the carrier).
Release Wheel brakeW
Adjust Throttle until moving forward
Apply wheel brake to stopW
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Auxiliary Power Unit 
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The Launch Bar lever 
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Full Afterburner as the Plane Director scurries out of the way.
Catapult Launch Checklist
The tower will say: Hornet Leader, final turn up
Set throttle to 100 %
The tower will say: Hornet Leader, cut in burners
Set full Afterburner
Launch catapultShift C
WARNING: Do not touch the joystick during launch. The flight computer should place the a/c in a 15 degree climb.
Gear upG
Flaps upShift F
Set a shallow climb
Throttle to MIL power
Turn to first waypoint
Execute a Fence Check
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Carrier Landing
10 miles 
At 10 miles from the carrier you should just be able to see it, weather permitting
Altitude600 ft
Speed200 kts
Fence check 
If you leave Countermeasures on Automatic the ship's various radars can trigger the release of flares.
Navigation Master ModeEnd
Activate the Instrument Landing systemActivate the ILS
When the aircraft moves into the ILS the ship begins sending commands through the data link.ILS data on the HUD
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Set Autopilot Coupled ModeAutopilot Mode
Auto Pilot ONA
Engage Auto Throttle 
The aircraft will enter a circuit pattern and circle the carrierCtrl-A
As the a/c flies you over the carrier, request permission to land.
You may do a few circuits of the pattern before landing, you can use this opportunity to watch the other aircraft doing circuits and landing. As soon as the aircraft touches the deck, proceed to the touchdown checklist.
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Hint: Letting the ACLS land the plane for you a few times is a great way to get a feel for the rhythm of a carrier landing. Watch the altitude and speed changes as the plane flies to touchdown.
Approach Point
Airspeed250 knots
Altitude1200 ft
Now use the SEA radar and the TACAN indicator on the HUD to align yourself for landing.
The Hook lever is at lower left in the cockpit 
As you get in visual range of the Carrier 
Speed140 kts
Throttle~ 75 %
Angle of Attack..
Rate of Descent700 - 900 fpm
The Fresnel Lens or "Meatball"
The Fresnel Lens Landing System is apparently modelled very accurately, but is only visible during the last 5 seconds of the approach. At this point the Landing Signals Officer is screaming directions at you:
A little left, "Above glideslope", "Below glideslope", "On glideslope", at the rate of about 2 instructions per second! I found there simply wasn't time to look at the Meatball. And following the cues on the HUD seemed to do the trick quite nicely.
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The autopilot flies a perfect approach, every time.
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Myself, on the other hand... 
Bolters and Waveoffs 
Apply a very slight back pressure on the stick. Too much back pressuremay cause the exhaust nozzles to scrape the deck.
- Airspeed increasing
- Altitude increasing
Flaps UPShift F
Gear UPG
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Ejection seats don't work too well under water.
Carrier Touchdown 
Throttle MAX 
In case of a bolter or waveoff
If the aircraft stops and rolls backward:
Retard throttle 
Taxi to parking area 
Shut down LEFT engineCtrl Y
Shut down Right engineCtrl Y
Congratulations.. you have landed!
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These guys are waiting patiently for your return... don't disappoint them!
HASELL checks
LookoutF2 then mouse
Note: You can drag the map display around with the mouse.
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Heading, Altitude and Speed can be read very quickly from the HUD.
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Check these every few seconds.
HUD Nav modes
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(a) HeadingThe carat at centre of this scale indicates your current magnetic heading, in degrees. A heading of 000 corresponds to due north. As your aircraft turns right, the scale will move right to left, and vice versa.
AirspeedYour airspeed is displayed in the box on the left side of the HUD.
AltitudeThe boxed figure to the right of the HUD is your altitude, in feet.
Velocity vectorIndicates the point towards which you are flying. Its position relative to the pitch ladder indicates whether your aircraft is climbing or descending. Level flight is maintained by keeping the velocity vector on the zero pitch line.
Pitch ladderThe pitch ladder is a series of lines, drawn at 5-degree intervals, showing your pitch and roll attitude relative to the ground.
Bank angle scaleShows your current bank angle (how much you have rolled the wings), and is calibrated at 5, 15, 30 and 45 degrees. Its triangular pointer slides back and forth along the top of the scale to indicate your current degree of roll.
Angle of attackAlso AoA, or alpha.
Your present angle of attack, in degrees. 
G loadIndicates current g force (the number of times normal gravity) affecting the aircraft
Text and image from Digital Integration's F/A-18E Super Hornet manual.
Look around for trafficF2
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Remember that the engines act like a giant vacuum cleaner in front and a barbeque at the exhaust end. Always check for tourists, busloads of tourists, small children, small children in buses, animals and small children with animals before starting your engines.
Wheel Brake ON 
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Gear down and Wheel Brake ON. 
Gear down and Wheel Brake ON.W
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When you engage the APU, the warning lights will flash... DO NOT PANIC! This is a normal self-test routine!Ctrl T
Start Engine R 
The Right engine should be started first as this provides power to the Hydraulic system
Start Engine LY
Flaps to 1/2Shift F
Throttle to Full MIL Power 
Wheel Brake OFFW
Rotate at 145 knots
No back stick is needed to rotate
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Flaps UPShift F
Gear UPG
Head to first Waypoint
Select Virtual CockpitF2
Centre display with mouseclick on map display