Monitor Control Console
The monitor control console (fig. 4-54) is used in
conjunction with the catapult-officer control console
and central charging panel during catapult operations.
The control console is of wraparound design and is
located facing forward in the ICCS. The console
consists of a monitor panel and a lower monitor panel
for each of the two adjacent catapults. The center
section consists of a wedge panel containing a 24-hour
clock. The switches and lights on the monitor panel and
lower monitor panel enable the monitor control console
operator to keep the launching officer advised of any
malfunction occurring on that pair of catapults. During
normal operation the green status lights are on. If a
malfunction occurs, the green lights go out and the red
lights come on. The malfunction lights will indicate red
only when a malfunction occurs. A gauge on the
monitor panel also indicates steam pressure. In addition
to monitoring catapult status, the monitor operator
retracts both shuttles and operates the NGL buffer
during aircraft abort procedures.
Military Power Lights and Combat Power Lights
Military-power and combat-power lights (fig.
4-55) are located on the deck where they are visible to
the pilot when an aircraft is in launch position. The
lights are used to signal the pilot when to apply full
military power or combat power (afterburner) to
aircraft engines during launching operations. These
lights are used when operating in the normal (ICCS)
Deckedge Control Panel
The deckedge control panel (fig. 4-56) is located on
the bulkhead in the catwalk outboard of the associated
catapult. The panel is located such that a clear and
unimpeded view of the launching officer and hook up
crew is assured. The deckedge control panel is used
when launching operation are conducted in the
deckedge mode with the launching officer directing
operations from the center deck station.
Deckedge Signal Box
The deckedge signal box (fig. 4-57) is located at
flight deck level adjacent to the deckedge control panel.
Its function is to indicate the readiness of the catapult to
the launching officer during operations. The deckedge
signal box is only used when operating in the deckedge
or central charging panel mode.
Figure 4-57.Deckedge signal box.