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Setting up the approach in the MD-11

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What i normally do is, when i construct my flight plan on the ground into the FMC, i also add the STAR for the arrival airport if there is one. And as for the landing runway, i wait until i get closer to the airport to figure out which runway to use. But when i enter the LAT REV page, and choose a runway, the FMC adds the runway and also enters the STAR again. so, i will have my normal flight plan, then after the STAR, and f-plan disco, the STAR once again, and then finally the runway. and i make sure to enter the runway from the lat rev page of the last waypoint, not the destination airport. so what i have to do it manually clear the second star. am i doing something wrong, or is this normal? thanks adam k

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I bet most of us do the same thing at least once.To avoid the extra CLR motions go to the first fix of the STAR when inserting the ARRIVAL/STAR route. You also may delete the selected STAR from the selection and only select the ARRIVAL using the CLR key, then insert the ARRIVAL with a LAT REV from the last fix in the STAR. Once you get used to the concept that you are inserting flight plan strings into the flight plan it starts making sense.

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I bet most of us do the same thing at least once.To avoid the extra CLR motions go to the first fix of the STAR when inserting the ARRIVAL/STAR route. You also may delete the selected STAR from the selection and only select the ARRIVAL using the CLR key, then insert the ARRIVAL with a LAT REV from the last fix in the STAR. Once you get used to the concept that you are inserting flight plan strings into the flight plan it starts making sense.
That was really useful! Thanks very much.Martin

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