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Question For Commercial Or Airline Pilots

Fri Jul 06, 2001 6:28 am

Hello all. Now dont get mad @ me or anything cause im a 14 year old major flight simmer and aviation enthusiast so please understand. Now i havent been in a real airplane.....not even a cessna or piper so here is the question. I dont know if you pilots / enthusiasts are familiar with FS2000 so i am assuming u r. any aircraft on the sim there is a manual nav and a auto nav switch or gps switch on the panels. So the pilot/ simmer can sit back and relax and enjoy the show. So dont get mad at me but is there anything like that in real life. A manual nav and auto nav/gps system in aircraft so when the aircraft passes a waypoint the aircraft turns itself to the next waypoint? Dont get mad and say.........its waaaaay different in real life son........cause that is what i hear all the time. And i understand.....

Ben Sutton
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RE: Question For Commercial Or Airline Pilots

Fri Jul 06, 2001 10:32 am

Hi Ben,

Yes we have something like that. It appeared first with the introduction of the Inertial Navigation System.
In this system we introduce the gegraphical coordinations of any point we have on our flight plan (VOR, NDB, waypoints, etc..). The number were, in my case, limited to 9 (DC 10-30), so we have to reintroduce points during the flight (otherwise the plane turns back to the first waypoint !!! Not a good experience ...).
The autopilot follows the route between those points according to the actual wind the system calculated. And at the next waypoint (or VOR,...) the aircraft turns by itself to the next portion of route.
Now on "fully electonic" managed aircrafts (like Airbus A320 - A330- A340, B-777, MD-11, etc...) the system is almost the same but we can enter the complete route (the flight plan) in the computers. We have a lot more informations given by those computers, but the navigation is almost the same. With those systems we can even made the aircraft land fully automaticaly, with some specific manipulations done by the pilot- we still need a pilot in the aircraft - (normaly used in very bad weather conditions, like dense fog) and follow the center line of the runway when on the ground (with clouds up to the ground - no ceiling- , we need ONLY 75 meters or 225 feet of visibility... just to be sure we are on the runway...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Is that what you asked for?

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RE: Question For Commercial Or Airline Pilots

Fri Jul 06, 2001 11:07 am

ben, have you ever tried P.I.C.? it does these systems to almost prefection. (what can be done in FS2000 anway) it will land the aircraft on LAND 3, LAND 2, it even has a INS. it has the best working FMC in flight simulator history. it mocks all the differnt kinds of functions for it. go to avsim and look under fourms for the PIC one. It is foir the 767-300. (I wish they made pone for the 757).
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RE: Question For Commercial Or Airline Pilots

Fri Jul 06, 2001 11:37 am

Ben--Don't feel bad about simming, I fly the 172's, and I still sim!!  Laugh out loud
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RE: Question For Commercial Or Airline Pilots

Sat Jul 07, 2001 1:49 am

Thanx spitfire.....that helped alot. And to everyone that responded. So now....after you are cleared as filed from center or combined center and approach.......all u have to do is flip the nav switch and follows the route u enter......i hope im right.  Wink/being sarcastic

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