Cockpit Overview

Site: Open Flight School
Course: MB-339 Aermacchi Basic Course (DCS)
Book: Cockpit Overview
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Date: Friday, 29 September 2023, 10:38 PM

1. Division into Subareas

The cockpit can be roughly divided into five areas. The sixth element is Stick and Throttle (HOTAS). These areas are described in more detail on the following pages:

  1. The Central Panel CP
  2. Left Lateral Panel LLP
  3. Right Lateral Panel RLP
  4. Left Side Console LSC
  5. Right Side Console RSC
  6. HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) + J = Control stick or S = Thrust lever

Cockpit areas, Image of kaltokri, Public Domain

2. Central Panel (CP)

Directly in front of the pilot is the Central Panel CP with the main instruments. It is dominated by the standard flight attitude instruments, the so-called Basic-T. This includes:

  • Artificial Horizon, centrally
  • Airspeed Indicator, to left
  • Barometric Altimeter, to right
  • Compass Gyro, below

On the left side of the Central Panel are the displays for:

  • Trim
  • Air Brake
  • Flaps
  • Angle of Attack
  • Rate of Climb and Descent Indicator

On the right side of the Central Panel you will find:

  • Engine monitoring instruments
  • Fuel Gauge.

MB-339 CP, Image of Brodo, Public domain

The other displays and control elements, e.g. for navigation or the weapon panel, are not relevant for this Basic Course and will therefore only be discussed in subsequent courses.

3. Left Lateral Panel (LLP)

On the Left Lateral Panel LLP are:

  • Parking Brake Lever
  • Landing Gear Lever
  • Taxi and Landing Light selection Switch.

MB-339 LVK, Image of Brodo, Public Domain

4. Right Lateral Panel (RLP)

On the Right Lateral Panel RLP there are;

  • Battery Switch
  • Generators 1 and 2 Switches
  • Central Warning Panel Lights
  • Hydraulic Pressure Gauges
  • Electrical Charging Gauges.

MB-339 RLP, Image of Brodo, Public Domain

5. Left Side Console (LSC)

The Left Side Console LSC is dominated by the Throttle Lever. Directly outboard is the Flap Selector. On the left side of the cockpit are the:

  • Smoke system Control Panel (for air shows)
  • Oxygen Panel
  • Anti-skid Switches
  • Fuel Transfer and Fuel Cutoff
  • Engine Control Panel with:
    • Engine Master
    • JPT Limiter
    • Starter Switch.

MB-339 LSC, Image of Brodo, Public Domain

6. Right Side Console (RSC)

On the Right Side Console RSC the panels for:

  • GPS
  • IFF
  • Internal & External Lighting Switches
  • Pitot Switch
  • Engine-Anti-Ice Switch

MB-339 RSC, Image of Brodo, Public domain

7. Control System (HOTAS)

The controls consist of the pedals for the rudder and the joystick and throttle HOTAS system.

HOTAS is the abbreviation for Hands On Throttle And Stick and describes a control concept for modern combat aircraft. The pilot should be able to perform as many actions as possible without having to take his hands off the joystick or throttle. This allows the pilot to maintain direct control the aircraft at all times. This is made possible by additional knobs, switches, four-way coolie hats etc. on the joystick and throttle.

The Joystick (Abbr. J) controls the Elevator and Aileron. With the Thrust Lever (Abbr. T) controlling the thrust of the engine. If the throttle is released by the finger catch and pushed forward, the engines are ignited.

Required Switches and Push-buttons

For the Basic Course we only need a few of the buttons and switches associated with the HOTAS. These and their positions are shown in the pictures below.

Joystick, Image of kaltokri, Public Domain

Thrust lever, image of kaltokri, Public Domain