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The F-15E is a jet which can be traditionally steered, that is it uses 3 basic flight controls: a control stick for pitch and roll control, two rudder pedals for yaw control and a throttle for thrust control. The F-15E uses a semi-fly-by-wire flight control system, inputs from the stick and rudders are fed to the FCS (Flight Control System) electronically and the system (in cooperation with other systems of course) decides how to move the control surfaces in response of the pilot's hand and feet movements.

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Being a two-seat fighter, the F-15E has its flight controls doubled: both the pilot and WSO do have their own flight controls. Both of these can control the jet in any given moment, which means that crew coordination is absolutely necessary to prevent both aviators steering the jet at the same time (in opposite directions as a worst case). As a default, it is the pilot who has full control and responsibility over the jet, however he may choose to transfer this to the WSO. As a SOP, this is initiated by the aviator in control of the jet by stating 'you have the aircraft' over the intercom and responsibility is transferred to the other aviator only if he acknowledges this by stating 'I have the aircraft'.

More detailed descriptions and pictures are available on the 3 basic flight controls, both in the pilot's and the WSO's cockpit. Click on the links below to check out these articles (rudder pedals are not discussed separately, since they are identical in both cockpits):

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010
 


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