Altitude/Vertical
Velocity Indicators
The altitude/vertical
velocity indicators are located on panel F6 for the commander and
panel F8 for the pilot. These indicators display vertical acceleration
(alt accel), vertical velocity (alt rate), barometric altitude (alt)
and radar altitude (rdr alt).
The alt accel
indicator, which displays altitude acceleration of the vehicle,
is read at the intersection of the moving pointer and the fixed
scale. The scale range is minus 13.3 to 13.3 feet per second squared,
and the scaling is 6.67 feet per second squared per inch. Software
limits acceleration values to plus or minus 12.75 feet per second
squared.
The alt rate
scale displays vehicle altitude rate, which is read at the intersection
of the moving tape and the fixed lubber line. The scale range is
minus 2,940 to plus 2,940 feet per second with scale changes at
minus 740 feet per second and plus 740 feet per second. The negative
and positive regions are colorreversed: negative numbers are white
on a black background and positive numbers are black on white.
The alt scale,
a moving tape read against a fixed lubber line, displays the altitude
of the vehicle above the runway (barometric altitude). The scale
range is minus 1,100 feet to plus 165 nautical miles (189 statute
miles), with scale changes at minus 100, zero, 500 feet and plus
100,000 feet. The scale is in feet from minus 1,100 to plus 400,000
and in nautical miles from plus 40 to plus 165 (46 to 189 statute
miles). Feet and nautical miles overlap from plus 40 to plus 61
nautical miles (46 to 70 statute miles).
The rdr alt
scale is a moving tape read against a fixed lubber line. It displays
radar altitude (corrected to wheels) during major mode 305, below
9,000 feet (normally not locked in until below 5,000 feet; prior
to radar altimeter lockon, the meter is ''parked'' at 5,000 feet).
The scale ranges from zero to 9,000 feet with a scale change at
1,500 feet. Each scale on the AVVI displays an off flag in the event
of indicator malfunction, invalid data received at the DDU or power
failure (all flags appear).
With the air
data source switch in the nav position, the alt accel, alt rate,
and alt scales are navigationderived. The rdr alt indicator is
controlled by the radar altm switch on panel F6 for the commander
and panel F8 for the pilot. Radar altm positioned to 1 selects radar
altimeter 1; 2 selects radar altimeter 2.
The air data
switch is positioned to left or right to select the right or left
air data probe, respectively, after air data probe deployment at
Mach 3. The alt and alt rate scales receive information from the
selected air data probe. Alt accel receives navigation data. The
rdr alt scale receives data from the radar alt select switch.
