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North American F-86E/F Sabre: Throttle Console Reference

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Fuel Tank System

IMPORTANT: All information is inteded for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator only and not for real aviation. It is also strongly recommended that read the Flight Manual and Checklist before your first flight.


  1. Stand-by Vacuum Pump Switch Toggles electrical stand-by vacuum pump. Used in emergency to keep Attitude Indicator (Vacuum) operative, if engine-driven vacuum pump has failed.
  2. Master Armament Switch Enables gun fire with joystick fire button (or press '.'). Exhausted guns can be re-equipped with ammunition, if ammo bay is opened (Shift-E2) while the aircraft is parked:
    a. Activate parking brake with Parking Brake Handle.
    b. Turn OFF Engine Master Switch.
    c. Set Battery-Starter Switch to position OFF.
    Note: Warning horn blares if switch is ON with gear extended (in FS, fire button can be used also for wheel braking).
  3. Alternate Static Switch Opens an alternate static source. Used in emergency, ie. to keep Airspeed Indicator working, if normal static port is blocked (ie. ice).
  4. Smoke Toggle Switch Show-pilots can have a smoke trail for their aerobatics.
  5. Drop Tank Jettison Button Drop tanks may be released by pushing this button at any time, regardless if they are currently feeding the engine or if they are empty or not (watch Drop Tanks Empty Indicator Light). FS: Drop tanks can be dropped in chase view , too, if a keyboard code is assigned to the 'RELEASE ALL DROP TANKS' panel event. Important: Do not release tanks via keyboard command which are currently in use (engine will stall)! To drop non-empty tanks with keyboard command, you must first close the Drop Tank Pressure Shutoff Valve, forcing the fuel system to switch to an internal tank.]
  6. Speed Brake Emergency Lever With hydraulic pressure low in case of an emergency (ie. flame-out in flight), the speed brake can be closed by setting this lever to position EMERGENCY CLOSE (Speed Brake Switch on the Throttle may not work). However, if the Speed Brake Switch is not in position HOLD, and utility system hydraulic pressure is high enough, this lever will be overridden by the switch. Note, that the lever cannot be operated with the mouse in the 2D-Panel: The needed mouse area is completely covered by those needed for the Throttle. However, the corresponding lever in the VC-cockpit can be moved using the mouse and it is also possible to open/close the speed brake with a keyboard code assigned to the 'SPOILERS TOGGLE' panel event. On most FS installations, the '/'-key is already assigned to this event by default (other versions may use '#').]
  7. Wing Flap Lever Flaps will increase with lever set to DOWN and decrease in UP position. Moving flaps can be stopped at any intermediate position by setting the lever to HOLD (however, in FS, flaps will stop at the next possible 5°-border). Maximum deflection is 40° (100% down). The instrument panel does not offer a flap indicator, therefore, the current position is displayed automatically in the top left edge of the screen OSD) if the flaps are operated (see OSD Popup Hotspot). Vfe is 185 knots IAS, do not lower flaps above that airspeed.
  8. Throttle In position OFF, the engine is cut from any fuel, fuel pump and ignition system are turned off. For a successful engine start, throttle must be OFF at the time the starter is engaged. If the stick is advanced from OFF towards IDLE, it automatically moves a bit outboard first, energizing fuel pump and ignition system (Engine Master Switch must be ON).
    FS2004-Compatibility: In FS2004, no fuel pump sound can be heard.
    In outboard position, further advancing towards IDLE, riches mixture (fuel regulation) beginning at 1% until 100% is reached at IDLE. See Starting Engine section of the Pilot's Checklist for normal start and the Glide and Airstart also from the Pilot's Checklist for airstart procedure. If the throttle stick is above IDLE, it cannot be dragged with the mouse below that position (avoids inadvertently setting to OFF). The mouse button must be released and then clicked again at IDLE to allow the stick to be moved below towards OFF). The best mouse spot to operate the throttle stick in the 2D-Panel is clicking its lower part (Microphone Button and Speed Brake Switch have their own mouse areas, see
    Special Clickspots and Mouseover Areas. Apart from the normal power settings with keyboard keys F1-F4, the throttle stick can be operated using following commands (keys only work if throttle is at or below IDLE):
       Shift-Ctrl-F1   set to OFF (0% mixture)
       Shift-Ctrl-F2   lean mixture (stick moves from IDLE towards OFF)
       Shift-Ctrl-F3   enrich mixture (stick moves from OFF towards IDLE)
       Shift-Ctrl-F4   set to IDLE (100% mixture)
    FS: If hardware throttles are used (as seperate device or part of the joystick), they must be calibrated in the way that idle power is not higher than 1% when fully pulled back. Otherwise it may happen, that they are 'reacting' (insisting on their power setting), making it impossible to move the throttle stick below IDLE with mouse pointer, or keyboard commands, or using a hardware mixture lever. Clicking the Throttle calibration entry on the Airplane Status Popup allows to temporarily disable the joystick/game controller during engine start procedure, if this problem exists and proper calibration is not possible.
  9. Microphone Button Push to toggle FS ATC window (see also Radio Call Hotspot). VHF Command Radio (COM1) must be operative (on and powered).
  10. Speed Brake Switch A hydraulically operated speed brake on each side of the fuselage can be extended into the airstream by setting the switch to OUT position, while IN is retracting them. The speed brakes can be stopped in any intermediate position by setting the switch to NEUTRAL (HOLD). There is no speed brake position indicator, but the current position is automatically displayed in the top left screen edge OSD) when operated (see OSD Popup Hotspot).
    The pressure for normal operation of the speed brakes is supplied by the utility hydraulic system. The speed brakes can open in approx. 2 seconds at high engine rpm (approx. 4 seconds at idle rpm). After the speed brakes have been opened or closed, the switch must be returned to the neutral HOLD position. There is also an emergency system for the speed brakes (utility hydraulic pressure low), operated with the Speed Brake Emergency Lever located left to the Throttle. However, if sufficient hydraulic pressure is available, this switch overrides the emergency system (speed brakes stay closed with position IN and open with OUT, regardless of the position of the Speed Brake Emergency Lever).
  11. Flight Control Switch The three positions are ALTERNATE-ON, NORMAL, and RESET (springloaded to NORMAL). Position ALTERNATE-ON energizes the electrical hydraulic pump of the flight control alternate hydraulic system (indicated by the Alternate-on Warning Light and is used only in case of emergency, if the flight control normal system cannot maintain the required hydraulic pressure for actuating the control surfaces (see also Hydraulic Pressure Gage). If the switch is moved to RESET all trim settings (longitudinal, lateral and rudder) are zeroed. The RESET position also may be used to recover from system malfunction or if a hydraulic failure was activated in the FSX failure menu. If the flight control alternate hydraulic system becomes operative automatically (ie. when external power is applied), it remains engaged until the flight control normal hydraulic system is manually selected using this switch. Also refer to the Ground Tests section of the Pilot's Checklist. FS: If a flight situation is loaded, while the sim is paused, the alternate hydraulic system may activate, too. In that case, wait until the normal hydraulic pressure has stabilized, then move switch to RESET (or to ALTERNATE-ON) and back to NORMAL to switch off the alternate system.
  12. Longitudinal Trim Switch Elevator trim range is between -12° (nose down) and +12° (nose up). In the Virtual Cockpit, the Normal Trim Switch on the control stick can be used for pitch trim (see Special Clickspots and Mouseover Areas)
  13. Rudder Trim Switch Trim range is between -12° (nose left) and 12° (nose right).
  14. Lateral Trim Switch Aileron trim range is between -12° (left) and 12° (right).
  15. Cockpit Pressure Control Switch In position RAM, there is no pressurization, cabin altitude adjusts to pressure altitude. If set to PRESS, cockpit is pressurized as follows: Above 12,500 feet, cabin altitude is maintained at 12,500 feet until a pressure altitude of 31,250 feet (Cockpit Pressure Schedule Selector Switch set to LOW) or 37,500 feet (position HIGH) is reached. Then, cabin altitude will begin to raise, if the airplane continues climbing (with Cockpit Pressure Schedule Selector Switch set to HIGH, rise will be slightly slower than with position LOW).
    FS2004-Compatibility: Pressurization is available with FSX only. Switch has no effect in FS2004.
  16. Cockpit Pressure Schedule Selector Switch With position HIGH, a cabin altitude of 12,500 feet can be maintained until a pressure altitude of 37,500 feet is reached, while with LOW, cabin altitude already begins to raise above 31,250 feet. To set cabin altitude to pressure altitude, move Cockpit Pressure Control Switch to RAM position.
    FS2004-Compatibility: Pressurization is available with FSX only. Switch has no effect in FS2004.
  17. Drop Tank Pressure Shutoff Valve In position ON, bleed air from engine compressor is directed into each drop tank, draining fuel into Fwd Fuselage Tank (upper cell). If the valve is closed (OFF), internal fuel is feeding. Set to OFF, if airplane is not equipped with external tanks or if drop tanks are empty. FS: Do not release drop tanks with keyboard command which are currently in use (see Drop Tank Jettison Button and Fuel Tank System).FS: If a flight situation is saved and reloaded later, the valve position will be restored as OFF, except for the case, the drop tanks were feeding at the time when the flight was saved.
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