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I have written quite an extensive tutorial about flying the 747-400 PAX version of the PMDG Queen. It's my attempt at putting down most of my knowledge when it comes to flying the Queen.I wrote it because most of the tutorials that I have read/seen.. tend to concentrate on button pressing.. rather than actually saying what these buttons actually do.. Which I think really defeats the point of the explaination.. The PMDG simulation is very rich and complex.. and it's much more complicated than it often gets credit for.. I think button pressing tutorials are useful for the more experienced simmer, but those that are starting out and are new to airliners in general, this I hope.. will help them understand and operate the Queen.There is another purpose of this tutorial though, and that is to fine tune my knowledge and update the document as I find out things are wrong.. (which they will be).. That's where I'd like your help..The tutorial can be found on AVSIM library.. search for "PMDG Craig Read" and you should find it.. it is titled.."PMDG 747-400 PAX Tutorial Long Haul Flight"Please feel free to comment on the content and for those newbies to the 747... let me know what you think.. If you want to post comments after reading it.. please do so.. Some might find it a bit wordy but I've tried to keep it informal but informative.. I also would like to say.. I used some of the ideas in the PMDG tutorials, although did not copy any of their material as this is copyrighted... But without those tutorials some of this detail would have been omitted.. I have credited PMDG for this in the references..If people have questions feel free to post them here.. or PM them to me..ThanksCraig

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Spotted the deliberate mistake.. ignore my flaps 10 and flaps 20 confusion :( I will correct that.. lolCraig

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Craig:I have already downloaded it. It looks excellent !!!I am eager to start the reading !!! Thanks a lot for your work.Jose Luis.

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CraigIt's taken me quite a while to read through this - I always read before I try - and I have to say a HUGE thank you - that is one of the most comprehensive and in depth laymans tutorials that I have ever come across. A suggestion to the PMDG crew - you might want to put this on the download page or on the Ops pages.Mark

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Mark,Thanks.. I'm glad you liked it.. I tried to make it as comprehensive as possible and not a button push procedure manual.. I never found those all that useful.. There are additions I want to make in the next cut..1 - Improve the images and format..2 - Try to add the charts to it..3 - Include more detailed descriptions of they hydraulics and other systems.I'm also thinking about generating one for missed approaches.. other types of approach and abnormal procedures.. and then generating an additional document for these.. but it's a potential works really..I was just tired of tutorials telling me WHAT to do.. rather than.. WHY I was doing it..ThanksCraig

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Craig!Just wanna say thanks for a superb professional work Craig.I get more and more astonished over how excellent good the PMDG 747 are!!!(Pax and Cargo). What more is there really to improve in aircraft simulation? Couldn

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I would really like to include diagrams of Heathrow.. and the WOBUN departures in the tutorial... and I am picking up errors every hour now.. So 1.1 should be a vast improvement.. This is by no means perfect.. but as an initial stab it's not bad at all..If someone could point me to FREE.. and non copyright charts for Heathrow taxiways.. and the WOBUN 2F and 2G departure SIDs.. I'd really apprecaite that.. I removed the original charts.. as I was not sure if they infringed copyright or not..Thanks..Craig

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Hi Craig,It's an excellent piece of work. I have started reading it and I think its a must for understanding this very complex plane, for the most experienced simmer aas well as the movice.For the EGLL charts, you can check the AIS site of the UK.http://www.ais.org.uk/aes/login.jsp.I also second to the offer that this valuable tutorial should find its plcae in the downloads pager of PMDG website.CheersMusashi

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Looks very impressive indeed, with many very wonderful and colorful screenshots. The WHY is at least as important as the WHAT--I've reflected on this for years now. Well done and thanks very much!Jonathan

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Thanks everyone for the encouragement.. I am glad you all like it.. I know it needs more work here and there.. but in 1.1 I plan to put a lot of that right.. please.. feel free to e-mail me with suggestions and comments.. I'd like to make it as accurate as possible..Current AVSIM count is 1102.. I had no idea it would be that popular!CheersCraig

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First of all, Congrats on writing such an excellent tutorial, I'm impressed.Second of all, it would be great if you released a change log that depicts the changes from 1.0 to 1.1 to 1.2, etc so that those of us that have printed/will print version 1.0 can change/add in or correct mistakes. That would save us from printing the whole tutorial again.Keep up the good work

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Nice work on the tutorial Craig .Are you planning to release a turorial for the 744F ? A tutuorial for that 744F would be nice to. Suggestion for the 1.1 update use higher resolution pictures in the tutorial it will look a lot better and sharper also.http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/747400.jpg http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/checkcapt.jpghttp://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u132/REVO321/lsd1.jpg http://www.captainsim.com/user/dl/b757/752_users_banner.gif

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Yes.. I'm going to include a suppliment document that will detail all the changes and the respective versions the changes were part of.. It will be very comprehensive so don't worry.... The next update will change a lot of things I think.. and tidy up some of the loose ends.. I'd like to incorporate a portion of NATS in the revision.. so that's covered in more detail.. As for the images.. I have them at a very high resolution on the original document.. but size of the tutorial made giving you that version too difficult.. it was over 350MB in size.. I edit that.. and then compress as much as I can to get it to the size that it is now.. I do want to improve some images though..I might do a supplimental for the 747F.. essentially the avionics are the same.. there are some changes in ECS and other systems but the flight controls are more or less identical.. I'm not sure yet.. I thought I would concentrate on some abnormal procedures for my next project.. do different approaches.. etc.. perhaps even some manual training routines for laps of airfields etc.. I think it would be nice to detail some of the emergency systems too.. their functionality etc.. Who knows.. perhaps 744 aerobatics? lol.. joking :)Cheers Craig

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Well what ever you decide as your next tutorial I am pretty shure that it will be great.Craig I have a question did you ever consider making a turorail for the PMDG 737? There are a lot of tutorials outthere for the 737 but you can make a better one than all of theose out there.:-) but for real,a realistic turorial for the 737 would be nice also.Maybee you can try to make some realistic repaints for the 744 like for exmaple LUFTHANSA CARGO for the 744F. That would be nice. :-)==================================== REVO.http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/747400.jpg http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/checkcapt.jpghttp://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u132/REVO321/lsd1.jpg http://www.captainsim.com/user/dl/b757/752_users_banner.gif

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211 pages of pure bliss well done mate!If i were you i'd be looking at making a video version!something like the AoA dvd!Great stuff mateJosh..

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Thanks againI did think about making a video.. but I don't really have the software for it.. I've not tried fraps before.. and I don't have any video editing tools.. I might look into it though.. since AOA sell theirs for $35 a go!.. lol.. might get some pocket money out of it.. heheAs for the 737NG.. I've not even bought that aircraft.. lol.. I was only really interested in the bigger birds.. I might think about it.. but until I've got some more cash to play with other things will take priority before I pay for the NG and write for that..One of the main reasons I did this was to learn about the aircraft myself.. I wanted to know where my explainations fell short.. and then correct accordingly.. It is intended that this be as much a learning exercise for me as it is for you..CheersCraig

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Craig..... what can i say that hasn't been said - BRILLIANT! Many thanks. So often i've wanted to know WHY as well as when and how. I can only imagine the number of hours you put into this.Having now printed this, a suggestion? If at all possible, could 1.1 be a printable UPGRADE rather than REPLACEMENT item..... Is it possible to replace just individual pages, rather than reprint the whole thing?

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Phil,Yeah I apprecaite that the whole thing is a bit big to go about re-printing over and over again... What I will do is.. (if you like).. the next time I update the tutorial I will edit and produce 1.1... I will also produce two additional docs.. 1.. will detail the changes.. and 2.. will just be a compilation of those changes and their relevant sections.. So you can simply print that off as a suppliment to the original 1.0..Been thinking about my next project, and chatting to a friend of mine.. and I think.. I am going to do a EGSS circuit.. manual and automatic.. And in this I think I will include some failures too.. But I've got a thesis to write so I'm probably going to take a while doing this!.. lolWe'll see how it goes..CheersCraig

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Just want to add my name to the ever growing list of appreciators Craig?Great reading, I got as far as page 70 last night and still only had the APU running. ;-)Your expertise programming the FMC tells me that you MUST have had some reality experience?Once again, thank you for the time and effort you spent doing this. It's the best yet.

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CraigThanks very much for the tutorial. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are prepared to give up their valuable free time to help us enjoy our hobby. You have a few beers from me anytime you're in Warsaw.Gavin

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Hi,Thanks again for more replies.. I'm pleased you're all enjoying it.. Dave T.,No reality experience for me I'm afraid.. I've learnt pretty much everything from reading and various SOPs I've read.. as for FMC functionality.. it took some time to master the system but I think I have the hang of it all now.. I've learned a lot from the occasional use of PS1.3A..I appreciate there is probably a lot of information in there and that reading is time consuming.. Keep the sim paused when you're reading the explainations and then unpause when you're ready to do something.. in particular in preflight.. As for the flight itself.. give the takeoff sections a read.. and then have a go yourself..Gavin,Thanks.. I'm glad you like it.. I originally planned to write it just for me.. but decided to circulate it in the end..CheersCraig

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Hi Craig,Nice piece of work indeed. I think it is a really good reading material for those who want to take it one step further, rather than just

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Delcom,A few errors have been pointed out so far.. I want to include a more detailed description of the hydraulic systems on the aircraft.. I thought I might have made some mistakes.. But if you've found it to be wrong... since that's how I thought it worked then it means I'll learn something new!.. Which is exactly why I wrote it..I'll have a good nosey at some hydraulic system details and update for the next version.. Thanks for taking the time out to reply and inform me of the error..I had a look at your site.. it's pretty interesting really.. I'd love to undertake a project like that.. for myself.. Would be the ultimate dream to have your own full motion wouldn't it..If I ever win the Euro millions I'll look into it!One question.. I've seen this display before.. but look here.. http://www.nippoo.net/viewtopic.php?t=100What is the EICAS page? Obvsiouly it's not simulated on the PMDG.. (or is it?) But I'd like to know about it too..CheersCraig

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