This page will cover the HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) controls and their use.
The A10 HOTAS system uses a couple of methods of selecting and manipulating multiple sources with only a single set of controls.
Sensor Of Interest (SOI), can be thought of as your selected sensor. Now what is a sensor? Anything that can be manipulated in the A10 including:
The Target Designation Cursor is a small square box on the HUD that can be controlled when the HUD is SOI with the slew controls.
Sensor Point of Interest (SPI) is a certain point in space defined with your current SOI. For example, setting a SPI (TMS Up Long) with the TGP as SOI will select wherever the TGP is looking as the current SPI. Note that with the TGP this will move as the TGP moves, so make sure it is tracking what you want it too. You can always deselect the current SPI with TMS Down Long, it will then revert to the default SPI which is the selected Steerpoint.
HOTAS controls use multiple Hats and Switches, these are used in different directions and held for two different periods of time to infer what command you wish to execute.
Master Mode Control Button
|Short||Toggle HUD Mode|
The Data Management Switch (DMS), generally manipulates data but does not change it. The following chart shows what commands the DMS hat can perform.
|Forward||TAD Scale Increase||Zoom Increase||Steerpoint Increment||Reticle Up|
|Aft||TAD Scale Decrease||Zoom Decrease||Steerpoint Decrement||Reticle Down|
|Left||Short||FLIR Auto Focus||Gunsight Cycle / Weapon Profile Cycle ²||A-A Target Toggle||Reticle Left|
|Left||Long||Broadcast SPI thorugh JTRS Datalink ¹|
|Right||Short||Center/ Depressed Mode||Laser Toggle||Gunsight Cycle / Weapon Profile Cycle ²||A-A Target Toggle||Reticle Right|
1 - TAD does not need to be selected to perform this command. Anything can be SOI to perform this.
2 - When the Master Mode is set to NAV or GUNS, command cycles Gunsights. In CCIP or CCRP mode, command cycles stored weapon profiles.
Target Management Switch (TMS) manages targets, their selection, and other modes.
|Forward||Long||Make SPI||Make SPI||Make SPI||Make SPI||Make SPI|
|Aft||Short||Un-hook||INR Track||Set SPI Submode||Break Lock||Ground Stabilize|
|Aft||Long||Reset SPI to Steerpoint||Reset SPI to Steerpoint||Reset SPI to Steerpoint||Reset SPI to Steerpoint||Reset SPI to Steerpoint|
|Left||Short||Reset Warning, Caution, or Note||Reset Warning, Caution, or Note||Reset Warning, Caution, or Note||Reset Warning, Caution, or Note||Reset Warning, Caution, or Note|
|Right||Short||Create Markpoint||Create Markpoint||Create Markpoint||Create Markpoint||Create Markpoint|
Countermeasures Switch (CMS)
|Down (Z Axis)||Activate ECM|
Nosewheel Steering (NWS) Button
|On Ground||Nose Wheel Steering Toggle|
|In Air||Lase / Aerial Refuel disconnect/reset|
|Up||HUD as SOI|
|Down||Short||Swap MFCD Content|
|Down||Long||DSMS Quick Look|
|Left||Short||Cycle Left MFCD Page|
|Left||Long||Set Left MFCD page as SOI|
|Right||Short||Cycle Right MFCD Page|
|Right||Long||Set Right MFCD page as SOI|
|Forward||VHF AM Radio|
|Aft||VHF FM Radio|
|Forward||FLIR BHOT||Black Symbols|
|Center||CCD||Force Correlate / AUTO|
|Left||FLIR WHOT||White Symbols|
|Forward||Short||FOV EXP 1/2 Toggle (Zoom, North Up)||FOV Wide / Narrow Toggle||Set MAV as SOI||Uncage||FOV Toggle|
|Forward||Long||Slave all to SPI||Slave all to SPI||Slave all to SPI||Slave AIM-9 to TGP LOS||Slave all to SPI|
|Aft||Short||Reset Cursor||Boresight TGP ¹||Cage TDC to TVV ²||Missile Step ³||Missile Step ³|
|Aft||Long||CCD||Force Correlate / AUTO|
1 - Boresight is resetting the view to point forward in relation to the aircraft's nose and remaining there. 2 - Returns the TDC to the TVV. 3 - Selects the next missile on the selected rack.
Throttle Pinky Switch
|Forward||Default External Lights|
|Center||Exterior lights off|
|Aft||Lights according to Panel|
Left Throttle Button