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Tilt-rotor Osprey may soon see role in Iraq

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  • Tilt-rotor Osprey may soon see role in Iraq

    http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/164549

  • #2
    Unanswered Questions

    I am still looking for some answers as to how the Osprey works:

    * In hover mode, does it have a swashplate and other accoutrements like a helicopter to maneuver?

    * In forward flight, does it have ailerons and other accoutrements like a fixed wing aircraft?

    * If it is going to fly at 10,000 feet or more, is it pressurized?

    * I am still puzzed as to if it has throttles and/or a collective.

    * Does it have a stick or a cyclic? Maybe a control wheel?

    Finally, when can they get one to a public airshow so we can see it?
    /s/ray

    Raymond J. Norton
    1513 Bordeaux Place
    Norfolk, VA 23509-1313

    (757) 623-1644

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ray Norton View Post

      * I am still puzzed as to if it has throttles and/or a collective.

      Throttle.

      * Does it have a stick or a cyclic? Maybe a control wheel?

      Stick, it has a wheel in the stick to control vertical movement when in auto-hover.

      Finally, when can they get one to a public airshow so we can see it?
      Here is a pic of the cockpit.
      http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=0667247

      They have been the last couple of airshow in NC, New River and Cherry Point.

      HTH

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        * In hover mode, does it have a swashplate and other accoutrements like a helicopter to maneuver?

        Yes. The V-22 has swashplates and pitch change rods. In rotorborne flight they provide cyclical control of the blades. In airplane mode, they provide collective pitch change to the proprotor.

        * In forward flight, does it have ailerons and other accoutrements like a fixed wing aircraft?

        Yes, Flaperons along the wing (which serve as both roll control and flap functions), elevator, and rudder.

        * If it is going to fly at 10,000 feet or more, is it pressurized?

        No, it is not pressurized, and yes it can (and will) fly above 10,000 ft, even with passengers. It can carry passengers above 10,000 ft up to 13,000 ft in accordance with OPNAV 3710 limitations.

        * I am still puzzed as to if it has throttles and/or a collective.

        It is uses a control called a "Thrust Control Level" referred to as a "TCL". Push it forward, power is increased to the rotors. Pull it back, power is decreased.

        * Does it have a stick or a cyclic? Maybe a control wheel?

        It has a stick. The Fly-By-Wire system [Cockpit Management System (CMS)] takes the stick inputs and make the appropriate control surface deflection or rotor input.

        Finally, when can they get one to a public airshow so we can see it?

        The aircraft has been to many public airshows. In fact, the VMX squadron has an aircraft at an airshow out west right as I type this (10 March). Remember the Marine Corps is focused on getting the aircraft ready to go to the fight, so forgive the boys for not supporting the entertainment mission at this time.

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