Mi-24V Cockpit instruments

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Instruments of the Mi-24 Hind.

Main Instruments

The main instrument panel of the Mi-24V contains the following instruments:

  • 1. G-force gauge. From -2 to +4 G. The Mi-24 should be flown only at positive G, and no more than + 1.8 G.
  • 2. Clock
  • 3. Warning lights
  • 4. Hover indicator. Shows velocity in three axis (vertical on the left, horizontal on the right). Vertical velocity from -10 to +10 m/s. Sideways and rearwards speed up to 25 km/h, forward speed up to 50 km/h
  • 5. Indicated air speed x10. From 0 to 450 km/h in a non-linear scale
  • 6. Attitude indicator
  • 7. Vertical Velocity Indicator. From -30 to +30 m/s on a non-linear scale.
  • 8. Moving map. Your helicopter's position is indicated by the cross in the centre of the map. The map moves to show its position
  • 9. Rotor blade pitch indicator. Shows the pitch of the rotor blades in degrees
  • 10. Radar altimeter. From 0 to 700 m in a non-linear scale
  • 11. Barometric altitude. Shows altitude above sea-level. Long needle shows hundreds of meters, short shows thousands. In picure altitude is approximately 1980 m above sea level
  • 12. Radio compass. The compass rose rotates, and shows helicopters current direction at the top. The needles points to selected waypoint (narrow needle), and heading between previous waypoint and next (wide needle). The window below this gauge shows the name of the currently selected waypoint
  • 13. Back-up attitude indicator
  • 14. Rotor RPM. From 0 to 110%.
  • 15. Turbine N1 RPM. From 0 to 110%. Needle marked 1 is for left engine, and 2 for right engine.
  • 16. Engine Pressure Ratio. Yellow needles shows how much power the engines are producing. The red marks the limits. Lowest red shows limit for normal flight, the middle for take-off/landing and the upper for emergencies.
  • 17. Engine temperatures. Upper needles show hundreds of degrees Celsius, the lower does one revolution per 100 degrees.
  • 18. Sidewind indicator. This gauge shows how much sidewind the helicopter is experiencing, and hence how much it is blown sideways. From 50 km/h to the left to 50 km/h to the right.
  • 19. Fuel gauge in hundreds of litres. Only the outer scale is used (the others are for individual internal tanks and external tanks which are not modelled in EECH). From 0 to 2500 litres.

Gear/Hydraulics panel

Gear/Hydraulics panel contain the following gauges:

  • 20. Gear status light. Green light if gear is operational, red if it has failed.
  • 21. Gear hydraulic pressure. From 0 to 100 kg/cm². Normal level is 80 kg/cm². If this is too low then it will be impossible to raise or lower gear.
  • 22. Main hydraulic pressure. Same scale as Gear Hydraulic pressure. If both this and secondary hydraulic pressure fails then flight controls will lock-up.
  • 23. Secondary hydraulic pressure. Same scale as Gear Hydraulic pressure. If both this and secondary hydraulic pressure fails then flight controls will lock-up.
  • 24. Lights for parking brake and cockpit seal. If all doors are closed green cockpit seal light will be lit, otherwise yellow cockpit open light.
  • 25. Gear indicator lights. Three green lights if all wheels are in locked down position, three red if gear is retracted. No lights if gear is somewhere in between. It is not safe to land without three green lights.
  • 26. Gear lever.

Weapons panel

Weapons panel contain the following switches:

  • 27. Master arm switch
  • 28. Weapon selector. The settings are:
    • OFF/MSL: No weapon, or Sthurm (AT-6 Spiral) missiles. In real life it must be in the off-position because the co-pilot fires the missiles from his cockpit.
    • NPU-30: 30 mm cannon. Not modelled in EECH.
    • MG 7.62 + MG 12.7: Fire all guns in GUV gun pods. Not modelled in EECH.
    • MG 12.7: Fire 12.7 mm guns from GUV pods. Not modelled in EECH.
    • MG 7.62: Fire 7.62 mm guns from GUV pods. Not modelled in EECH.
    • FLEX MG: 12.7 mm gatling gun in nose turret.
    • RKT: S-5 or S-8 Rockets.
    • BOMBS: Bombs. Not modelled in EECH.
    • UPK23: 23 mm gun pods.
    • KMGU: KMGU cluster bomb dispensers. Not modelled in EECH.
  • 29. Rocket salvo switch. Short is 2 rockets per salvo, medium is 4 and long is 10.
  • 30. Wing pylon lights. Lights up the active weapon pylons on wings. Only the regular pylons, the wing tip pylons have no lights.

Radar Warning Receiver

The Radar Warning Receiver.

The Mi-24's Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) warns about enemy radars emitting in your vicinity. It does not warn about IR, laser or optically guided weapons, so don't think you're safe just because you don't see anything on the RWR!

Item Comments
1. Direction lights Shows approximate direction of threats targeting your Mi-24. The number on the light is approximate bearing.
2. Signal strength of strongest signal The more lights are lit the stronger signal, which usually means that the threat is close, though it doesn't directly correspond to distance. A strong radar from further away may have a stronger signal than a weak radar that is closer.
3. Above/below lights Shows if threat is above or below helicopter. If it's above it's likely an aircraft.
4. Red lock light Lights if a active radar guided missile has locked you up, or the guiding vehicle of a semi-active radar guided missile has you locked up. If you see this light you should immediately take evasive action and release chaff!
5. Type lights Shows the types of radar which have been detected. The lights are from left to right: aircraft (or active radar missiles), long range radar (in EECH usually ship's radars), medium range radar (usually SAMs), short range radar (usually AAA), AWACS (none are in EECH) and Early Warning Radar.

Left side

APU temperature. Shows temperature of APU in 100s of degrees Celsius, should be around 600-700 degrees when the APU is operating.

Fuel tank and pump lights and switches. Switches are in up position and lights lit when the fuel pumps are enabled, which they always should be during flight. Toggled with CTRL+K.

Navigation and formation lights. Switches in up position and lights lit when the extern navigation and formation lights are lit (the external lights are not actually modelled on the current external 3D model of the Mi-24 in EECH). Toggled with V key.

Radio switches. Various radio and radionavigation instruments are enabled when the switches are in the up position, which they always should be during flight. Toggled with CTRL+K.

Fire extinguisher lights. The top lights lit when there is a fire in the corresponding system (left and right engine and APU). The lights below lit when the corresponding fire extinguisher has been used. Press F to fire a fire extinguisher.

Auto pilot lights. The centre red light is lit when the autopilot is off. The right green light is lit when the autopilot is on, and the left green light is lit when auto hover is enabled.

Altitude hold light. The green light is lit when altitude hold is enabled, or auto-hover with altitude hold is enabled, the red light is lit otherwise.

Collective. Moves up and down with collective change. The twist grip twists with governor RPM change. Twist toward the right (seen from above) is higher RPM (up to 97%), all the way to the left is ground idle RPM (72%).

Secondary engine gauges

Oil pressure gauges. Oil pressure for both engines. If you've taken damage you should check that the engine oil pressure is ok. If not the engine may fail soon.

Oil temperature gauges. Oil temperature for both engines.