Once the aircraft starts moving and exceeds 5 knots of speed, the canopy will close automatically. If you later wish to open the canopy manually press the “I” key. While the F-22 will track taxiways well and get you to the end of the designated runway it is important to monitor the progress of the autopilot since it will NOT prevent you from running into other aircraft that are also taxiing. Be ready to disengage the autopilot if other traffic blocks your progress. The manual suggests that power should be at 55% in order to reach “breakaway” thrust (the point where you actually start moving), then throttled back to about 53% to maintain a taxi speed of 20 knots. The manual also suggests slowing to 10 knots for sharp corners.
Also keep in mind that the TAW world is very dynamic. Other aircraft with other missions will be taxiing around, arriving and departing the runway and flying around in your world. Keep your eyes open and your head on a swivel just as you would in real life! Nothing ruins a mission more than landing after a successful sortie and then getting plowed into by an aircraft attempting to taxi past you! Here we are holding short of the runway awaiting a flight of F-15s to land:
The tower will give you permission to take-off once they feel a slot is available. Don’t be surprised to hear the tower wave off traffic if spacing becomes too close. Be ready to go once you are cleared or you will be holding up progress.