I have been trying to fly the 737's as *realistically* as possible. Any 737 drivers out there who could guide me?
This is what i normally do:
I use FSNAV to prepare my flight plan. It doesnt calculate the fuel load correctly, so i do it manually.
The following table shows the suggested cruise heights and speeds
<30 mins - FL150@440 knots - 63%N1 - ~6000 pds/hr
<1.5 hrs - FL240@460 knots - 66%N1 - ~4500 pds/hr
2 hrs - FL350@470 knots - 68%N1 - ~2900 pds/hr
Long Haul - FL390@440 knots - 68%N1 - ~2400 pds/hr
While taxying to the rwy, set the reqd cruise height and VS-Speed to 2000 fpm. Line up, set the flaps to 1 notch (2 notches for shorter rwy's) and advance the throttle to 95-96% N1. For longer rwys 93% is sufficient. Rotate *gently* at ~140kts. Crossing 200 feet AGL, retract the Gear and set the autopilot controls to handle the VSPeed. Reduce throttle to get 80%. As the aircraft crosses 190 knots, increase VSpeed on the autopilot panel (or increase trim if you are flying manually) to around 3000 fpm, and reduce/retain flap to 7* (one notch). Set autothrottle to maintain 230 knots till you cross FL100. Reduce VSpeed to 2000 fpmand retract flaps to Zero as you cross 250 kts. IAS should climb to ~400 knots. As you cross FL200, Reduce VSpeed further to 1000 fpm and let aircraft accelerate to 460 knots.
On descent, cut throttle to 30%, and set trim to descend at ~1800 fpm crossing FL200, after which reduce VSpeed to ~1500 fpm. IAS will reduce to ~300-320 knots crossing FL150. Use speed brakes to reduce speed to 230 knots. Set 1 notch of Flap. Fly pattern at 220 knots. Reduce speed further to 190 knots on turn to finals approx 12 nm out. Let aircraft decelerate normally, and Increase flap by one notch as speed drops by 10 knots. Lower gear 4 nm out. Reduce VSpeed to ~750 fpm. Set throttle to ~35-40% which will give around 140 knots. Arm the spoilers ~2nm out.
switch off autopilot 500 ft AGL. Cut throttle and flare slightly ~200 ft AGL. Increase one flap notch after cutting throttle to prevent sink. Touchdown at ~120-130 knots. Thrust Rev. as reqd; Brakes after 90 knots. Cut TR's as IAS <60 knots. Retract Spoilers and flaps, and taxi to stand @15 knots.