I downloaded the POH in the end, and as far as I can see, the PITOT annunciator light comes on if you engage the heater on the ground (not advised apart from very short periods). So I am supposing it doesn't light up if you turn the pitot heat on once airborne.Jump to post
Just to settle a gentle dispute - in the real-world aircraft, does the annunciator light 'PITOT' illuminate in orange/amber as soon as you turn the pitot switches on, or is that a notification that the pitot heat is not activated?
Downloaded the pdf, thanks.Jump to post
I think that is a flight sim issue. The charted ILS 02 approach plate doesn’t show a CF02 I suppose it must be. I use Navigraph, updated every month. I invariably get an approach with 'CV..' and 'FI..' waypoints, ILS or no (9all airports). I don't get 'NETVO' for this approach either... But if you ...Jump to post
That all makes sense, I think, thank you. Only thing is (and the crux of this example) is that the ILS into runway 02 at LPPT runs: CF02, PESEX, (RW02). So if the STAR leads you to PESEX and the ILS approach then becomes active, I guess the plane will head back to CF02 and then try to proceed back t...Jump to post
It often seems to happen that if you set an ILS approach for a particular runway and then want to add a STAR, the latter will duplicate one or more of the ILS waypoints. An example: fly into Lisbon LPPT, runway 02. Select the ILS for that runway (no transition) and then STAR TROI9A. You then have a ...Jump to post
So as a rule of thumb (even if it is a generalisation), Boeings, Airbuses, Embraer jets and the like will have the YD on from (say) taxi out to taxi in
Yes, I don't think I have ever used that function, in fact. It always makes me think, for some reason, of the real-world accident caused by a pilot setting a descent rate of 3300 ft/min, instead of 3.3 degs down (Air Accident Investigation programme!). I will try it out next time I fly an Airbus (st...Jump to post
Right, thanks. I think I have had my question answered. Since this is obviously for flightsim use, I am tending towards a rough generalisation of when to have the YD engaged in any particular aircraft type, some of which of course have this feature better modelled than others (the Dash8 (payware add...Jump to post
Thank you. In smaller airplanes, the yaw damper is off for taxi, takeoff and landing. Even in many business jets, you depart without it on, but put it on at V2 or whatever So as a rule of thumb (even if it is a generalisation), Boeings, Airbuses, Embraer jets and the like will have the YD on from (s...Jump to post
Hi - another little question which Mr. Google hasn't really managed to answer properly for me! Can anyone here kindly help? What I understand in regard to the Yaw Damper is this: 1. In some aircraft, the pilots switch on the YD before takeoff and turn it off after landing. I have read that some mode...Jump to post
Thank you for continuing to post comments. Yes, I do use OP DES and V/S modes on descent, in addition to DES.. I probably do what you do (I like to think!) and switch modes when one isn't really doing what I need at any given moment. If I use V/S mode, I try to match my altitude and speeds to what t...Jump to post
Why does your speed start climbing in OP DES? The elevator should be adjusting to maintain the target speed. No, I think that is my error. I must have meant DES, not OP DES. Sorry. If (probably due to ATC instructions) I am a bit 'behind' in my descent, the a/c will try to catch up in DES mode, and...Jump to post
You'd pull for OPEN DES if you're in a hurry. Yes, that makes sense of course. I get worried though when, having gone over to OP DES from DES, the XP a/c can get to -5000ft/min, or even more. Then the speed starts climbing of course - adding drag is no help then. How does that compare to real-world...Jump to post
That's great, many thanks. It is good to see that I already do many of the things you recommend - I often add an 'extra', dummy waypoint or two into my plans, partly for the reasons you say, and partly because my ATC programme uses waypoints to instruct me to descend. If there is a long gap between ...Jump to post
"You don't need to go from DES to OP DES to slow down". Yes, sorry, my mistake, not sure why I put that. I don't: I usually stay in DES and select the speed! "So we tend to try to use DES if we can, and not just leave it in OP DES or V/S. Distractions are a thing." Same in X-Plan...Jump to post
Thank you very much for taking the time to write detailed replies. I need to read them again when I am 'in' the a321 (the most sophisticated, sim-wise, of the Airbuses I fly - a319/a320/a321/a330 & a350!). I think, as I say, by using DES, OP DES, or V/S as I feel the situation warrants, I manage...Jump to post
Thank you for the replies! I guess, from what I have read, that I am doing things pretty much OK. Just had a great flight KJFK to CYHZ (Halifax) in a Toliss a321 (an amazing training-level reproduction of the aircraft, certified by Airbus I believe). My ATC programme usually calls for me to reduce s...Jump to post
Can any RW pilots perhaps help me (a 'seasoned' Microsoft/X-Plane pilot with over 10,000 hours in the a319/320/321! :lol: ) with this? I'm wondering about what really happens on descent through FL100 (and reduction to <250kts).. do pilots use DES mode, and if so, does the speed in the FMC show a dec...Jump to post
"..from the sounds of it I assume you're flying it in a flight simulator. It's probably a very pretty flight."
Yes, it is beautiful - full Ortho4XP terrain, zl17. I worked in that region (Eastern Nepal) for several months, so it's quite nostalgic, too!
Thanks for the links and comments. I haven't actually flown into a hillside on my practice takeoffs - it is quite 'do-able' (though a lot harder to avoid hazardous terrain, I found, than any other VFR route in Nepal I have set up in the past: I sometimes clear terrain by less than 100' or so, which ...Jump to post
Hi.. Yes, that's right, as I say in my post. But there must be a standard 'procedure' (with a small 'p', as it were) that airlines use when they leave VNPK - in other words, the 'usual' headings flown to get over the peaks. If you just follow your eye, you get into trouble with ridges around the cor...Jump to post
A bit of a shot in the dark, but wondering if anyone can link me to information showing departure procedures for VNPK (current airport, not the new one coming online soon), 04/22. Taking off (this is an X-Plane question, I should add!) in a single/turbo prop (so with relatively limited climb power) ...Jump to post
Make sure you say the Flex number too.
"MAN FLEX fifty-seven, SRS, (runway,) autothrust blue".
Once in the climb phase, "Thrust climb, climb, autothrust."
"The flashing indication is "LVR CLB", (not CLB LVR)"
Indeed! As I say, my question stemmed from imagining LVR CLB to be a detent rather than an instruction. All good! Thanks.
OK, thanks. So CLB LVR is not a 'thrust mode' then, as is CLB THR (if I have understood you correctly), it's just an indication to move the levers down from FLEX or TOGA. My procedure has always been OK, but I was assuming CLB LVR to be a detent (though that didn't make much sense to me - hence the ...Jump to post
Could someone kindly explain the difference between these (particularly in respect of how an Airbus performs differently in either one, rather than what they 'mean', in theory. THR LVR is clearly a 'lower' detent). Googling hasn't really helped me with this... Also, after taking off in FLEX mode, sh...Jump to post
Thank you. That's helpful.Jump to post
Would appreciate an answer to this question: at what altitude during a climb (or descent) does an ERJ (say 145) automatically switch from IAS to MACH mode (or vice versa) - and what is the default Mach value when that happens?
Starlionblue - thanks, but you are talking about an Airbus of course: I was really asking about Boeings (no FLEX option there!). I think I was aware of the various options, but wondered if using TOGA had become pretty much standard. I note that "On the 737NG I fly it's 100% always TOGA", e...Jump to post
Just wanted to ask (particularly of any real-world pilots who may read this), in the B737 (-700/800/900-NG) how standard a procedure is it to engage TOGA during the takeoff roll? Do many airlines/pilots set N1 with the throttles - i.e. 40% to stable, then c.90%) or is TOGA now the pretty much usual ...Jump to post
Yes, that sounds fair, in theory at least: in practice, I am not sure how to implement any of that in the X-Plane a/c (I am trying to use the Garmin 430), but that wasn't the point of my post of course! Thanks again for the input.Jump to post
I found some more information. I suspect this is a Google translation from the Russian.. not 100% sure what a 'plank' is (mode?). Will have to look at this a bit more closely to see how/if it is implemented: Switcher Route (up) / Landing (down). In route mode system works only with VOR and VOR/DME n...Jump to post
Thanks, that is very possible now I come to think of it. Impossible that it can be any kind of 'APPR' mode in this a/c.Jump to post
A bit of a long shot, but I wonder if anyone knows about this a/c. Obviously (?) I am not flying the real thing (just as well perhaps) but there is a highly detailed rendition in X-Plane which seems to reproduce just about everything that the actual aircraft would present to the pilots. I am new to ...Jump to post
Right.. thanks again - a bit belatedly - for the replies. Will post back a screenshot when I can, but meanwhile, my changed TO procedures (as above) have reduced this issue.Jump to post
Thanks again for the continuing comments. The 'Zibo' 738 is an ongoing project (updated every couple of weeks!).. it is quite something on the whole, and it is freeware! Some of the payware I have installed into X-Plane is equally amazing - the Toliss a319 or the FF767 for instance. I think such air...Jump to post
In the scenario you described above, level at 7000', and cleared to a higher altitude, we would set and confirm the new altitude in the MCP altitude window, and press the ALT INV button once. In X-Plane, I use ALT INTV (and later the SPD INTV) in descent and it works just fine: doing that to climb ...Jump to post
Also, we never "ascend".
I know - but I teach English: one should always avoid using the same word twice in close proximity: sounds ugly. Hence 'climb', and 'ascend'...
Thanks for the comments. So if you are cleared to, say, 7000' after takeoff and end up levelling off at that altitude before ATC clears you to ascend, which of the various options for the further climb do you most often employ?Jump to post
Hi. If you fly the 737-800 (in particular) real world, I'd be grateful for some information to help me in my X-Plane flights! The 'Zibo' model there is supposed to be pretty accurate in the way it behaves, so... Situation: having levelled off at say, 7000' and you're flying at 250kts, you are given ...Jump to post
Thanks. Well, it is audible on the a319, but don't recall a flight on the a321 to be able to say... surely must be there too, the three a/c being so similar? Other than a319/320.321, doubtless absent (why is that though? what is the difference in the PTU system to account for that?). By the way: the...Jump to post
I must have flown hundreds of times in an a319/320/321 in my life (used to fly up to 40 times a year for work) and always enjoyed (is that the word?) the famous barking sound as the PTU engaged and the second engine started up. I wanted to ask though whether a similar sound is heard in other Airbus ...Jump to post
Well that time it went to V/S... maybe a one-off.. can only conclude there's an error in the programming if it continues to do the same of course.Jump to post
After a quick test, this seems much better. I do not engage the A/P now until after I move to THR CLB. Seems stable. I just have to remember to set managed mode before the dialed-in altitude is reached, or the AP switches to V/S and keeps climbing...Jump to post
Right, thanks. I kind of asked the question wrongly, I meant when do you push the ALT knob to engage managed mode (rather than CLB mode). You answered that really anyway. I think that that tallies with what happens.. (I get SPEED indicated on the PFD until I go to managed mode). As I say, I need to ...Jump to post
One other thing... at what stage do you pilots push the ALT knob in order to engage CLB mode?Jump to post
Thank you very much for the replies - very useful. Sorry for my (Boeing-oriented?) terminology, BTW!! I need to look at the replies further when I am flying the X-Plane a320. As you may be aware, the level of system realism/interaction in some of the X-Plane payware aircraft is phenomenal (or so it ...Jump to post
If so, I guess, very sadly, you currently have a lot more free time to browse forums like this one. Hope any commercial pilots coming here will all be back in their cockpits when the current crisis eases. Anyway, I fly the a320 in X-Plane only, but we like to have it as realistic as possible! May I ...Jump to post
Thanks, but it's probably a bit more detailed than I need right nowJump to post