Markyboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 207 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14583 times:
Hi folks, I have recently swapped one of my favourite DVD's for the PIC 737 (boxed version) from Wilcopub. My friend did tell me before I handed over my Still Game Series 5 DVD to him, that the manual had been destroyed by a combination of spilled beer and baby yuk! But being a red blooded male I said to him "No worries, who reads manuals anyways?"
Now whose the one looking stupid? I really like the aircraft and have no difficulty in flying her manually or by using the basic functions of the autopilot but I have absolutely no idea what I am to do with the FMC. I have read through various forums without success and I am in desperate need of some kind soul to take the time and give me a brief tutorial. I am a quick learner and will do whatever I can, within reason, to repay whoever for their time.
So, Is there some kind hearted PIC737 fan that would be nice enough to help me? Please!
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7530 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14580 times:
Sure I just got PIC 737 yesturday in the mail. Its a joy to fly and I had no problem with the FMC since it is the same as all the other boeing planes I fly on FS that have FMC. Here check this site out http://www.b737.org.uk/fmc.htm I did not read much of it but it looks like it should do the job. I never read the manuels for the FMC either, but I just taught myself what to do. Its pretty simple just put in the numbers it is asking for and than your position and than your legs of the flight and your pretty much done. If you have any questions which the site does answer feel free to ask.
Have Fun Flying
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Ryanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14548 times:
I can try my best and I'll try and make it fairly simple for you. You can use the FMC fairly briefly or you can use it to its fullest extent like it is used in the real world, I would advise you to use it briefly first until you get to grips with it. Once you get to grips with the FMC it will be your way of managing the aircraft during flight.
Firstly you will come to the INIT REF page, this basically allows you to access the initialisation and reference pages and also the performance where you can enter all your loading figures (ZFW etc) and your cruising altitude for your flight. Then you will come to the RTE (Route) page where you will enter your departure and arrival airports using the 4 digit identifiers (i.e. EGLL for Heathrow). The RTE page is also where you will enter your flight plan, inputting the airways on the left (i.e. UL612) and waypoints (i.e. RESMI) on the right. Then you will come to the CLB (Climb), CRZ (Cruise), and DES (Descent) pages detailing the performance of the aircraft in those sectors of flight. The DIR INTC page is next and this is where you can go direct to any waypoint on the flight plan. Next is the LEGS page, very important and one of the most used pages - this shows your route that you have imputed into the RTE page with all the speeds and altitudes. The DEPARR is a page where you will select your departure and arrival routes into the airports where you are flying from/to, also the runways for the departure/approach. The HOLD page is next, and is fairly self explanatory; here you can hold over any navigation point on your flight plan. The PROG page shows your flight progress information and also the times expected to arrive at your destination airport, the estimated fuel figures are displayed here also for the various points in your flight. The next one is the EXEC light, this is just a button to execute any changes made in the FMC, and it will flash up when required. The next button brings you to the N1 LIMIT page, here you can select the thrust requirements for your flight, but this is fairly complicated so I suggest you leave the settings as they are.
That above is my best attempt at a very brief depiction of the FMC and I hope it suffices for the time being, if you need to know in any more depth please ask.