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Need help autolanding the pmdg737ngx

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Hello,

I am kinda new to the very cool pmdg 737 ngx and I can do just about everything but autoland. Just before top of decent I would program my radios and my HUDS up display on the center pedestal. I would enter in the elevation, length, and select the ARMIII. After that I would capture the localizer select APP then select CMDB. The aircraft flares like it's supposed to, but then that's it. In videos I have seen the spoilers retract and the reverse trust comes up, when I do it I would usually do it manually and I'm pretty sure that's not right. If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.

 

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Xplosion

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Well, you have to arm the spoilers. Take a look near the throttle. There's a notch in the spoiler lever that says "ARM." As for reverse thrust, you have to do that manually.

And before someone else gets to it, full names in the PMDG forums please  :BigGrin:

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Well, you have to arm the spoilers. Take a look near the throttle. There's a notch in the spoiler lever that says "ARM." As for reverse thrust, you have to do that manually.

And before someone else gets to it, full names in the PMDG forums please :BigGrin:

Ok I do have one more question. How would I go about assigning my reverse thrust button. When I did it a couple days ago I would have to wait till the engines reached somewhere around 20% n1 till the reverses actually worked. Is the armed spoilers button a button or is it the when I actually move the spoilers axis.

 

 

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Jack Roberts

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The spoiler's arm function is on the speed brake. The second notch says ARM.

To use the reverse thrust, you would either need a proper throttle quadrant (I'm no expert on that) or you could hit F1 to make sure the engines are idle and then just hold down the F2 key on your keyboard.

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You can also use buttons for reverse thrust.  I have programmed the spoilers in a similar way on my Saitek throttles.  There is a button behind each detent on the quadrants and I have programmed them using FSUIPC.  The throttle reverse are programmed for each engine using the commands throttle 1 decrease and select repeat when pressed, you select the command throttle 1 cut when released.  You have to have programmed multiple throttles as opposed to the single linked throttle for the two engines.  For me that gives a realistic experience.

 

The spoiler armed is a similar button and is programmed through FSUIPC on this occasion I select Spoiler Arm Toggle when the button is pressed.  No repeat or release actions need to be programmed.

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Ok I do have one more question. How would I go about assigning my reverse thrust button. When I did it a couple days ago I would have to wait till the engines reached somewhere around 20% n1 till the reverses actually worked. Is the armed spoilers button a button or is it the when I actually move the spoilers axis.

 

Hey Jack,

 

Apart from what the others have mentioned, there are two tutorial flights that came with this aircraft. It would probably do you a lot of good to fly both of them.

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Hey Jack,

 

Apart from what the others have mentioned, there are two tutorial flights that came with this aircraft. It would probably do you a lot of good to fly both of them.

I have a quick question and I hope you dont mind me asking, but when I was flying a short flight today from KLAS to KSFO the departure went fine and I got up to the cruise altitude and then I heard what I thought was the takeoff configuration, but then I thought to myself im in the air. It kept beeping until I hit the airhorn cutout button. Then on my cabin pressure panel it said auto fail, and the panel turned blank. I want to make sure I dont make this mistake agian.

 

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Jack Roberts

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I have a quick question and I hope you dont mind me asking, but when I was flying a short flight today from KLAS to KSFO the departure went fine and I got up to the cruise altitude and then I heard what I thought was the takeoff configuration, but then I thought to myself im in the air. It kept beeping until I hit the airhorn cutout button. Then on my cabin pressure panel it said auto fail, and the panel turned blank. I want to make sure I dont make this mistake agian.

 

Where's the question?  :blink:  :P

 

I'm assuming you're wondering how this happened...

 

This incident is not without real world precedent, either (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helios_Airways_Flight_522). The warning sound is rather ambiguous, which led to that accident. The sound, however, was a low pressure warning. My guess is that you left the packs off after starting the engines.

 

At the most basic level, following the checklist will usually always keep you in line.

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Kyle's right. That usually happens because packs are off. Happened to me a couple weeks ago when I was flying for my VA. I got so involved in ATC communications, I forgot to put them on auto again  :lol: Luckily Worldwide Virtual is lenient.

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Where's the question?  :blink:  :P

 

I'm assuming you're wondering how this happened...

 

This incident is not without real world precedent, either (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helios_Airways_Flight_522). The warning sound is rather ambiguous, which led to that accident. The sound, however, was a low pressure warning. My guess is that you left the packs off after starting the engines.

 

At the most basic level, following the checklist will usually always keep you in line.

Next time I will make sure to turn my packs on after engine start-up.

 

Thanks,

 

Jack Roberts

Kyle's right. That usually happens because packs are off. Happened to me a couple weeks ago when I was flying for my VA. I got so involved in ATC communications, I forgot to put them on auto again  :lol: Luckily Worldwide Virtual is lenient.

I would really like to fly on Vatsim but I am to worried that I will either make mistakes or wont be able to understand them.

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I would really like to fly on Vatsim but I am to worried that I will either make mistakes or wont be able to understand them.

 

The good controllers just roll with it. Mistakes aren't a big deal as long as you stay away from the busy fields while you're learning (and nothing is usually busy until the weekends, or during an "event" anyway). Heck, I'll teach someone how to fly when controlling if it's slow enough.

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The good controllers just roll with it. Mistakes aren't a big deal as long as you stay away from the busy fields while you're learning (and nothing is usually busy until the weekends, or during an "event" anyway). Heck, I'll teach someone how to fly when controlling if it's slow enough.

 

Kyle is right, its not only controllers but decent pilots as well, all try to help newcomers. Just today I ended up holding short of a runway for about 20 minutes whilst a few guys did go arounds and  a few didn't quite know how to take off. We all try to help each other, but yeah, during a busy event you may not get quite as much slack as on a quiet day.

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The good controllers just roll with it. Mistakes aren't a big deal as long as you stay away from the busy fields while you're learning (and nothing is usually busy until the weekends, or during an "event" anyway). Heck, I'll teach someone how to fly when controlling if it's slow enough.

Just after I posted my comment about being "worried" about vatsim I looked on the website and was thinking to myself I think this would be a good experience. So I may give it a go. What airports do you think would be a good starting airport, and also would it be best to have ATC running on one computer and flight sim on another.

 

Thanks,

 

Jack Roberts 

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If you're familiar with the West coast start with KLAS-KLAX.. nice short flight with all the parts (departure, enroute, arrival and approach).  Flightplan available on Flightaware.com

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If you're familiar with the West coast start with KLAS-KLAX.. nice short flight with all the parts (departure, enroute, arrival and approach).  Flightplan available on Flightaware.com

If I do decide to sign up I will definitely fly this route. Do you know if there are any ground movement charts besides the airport diagram. I know they have one for KIAD in Washington. If you know where these charts are available please let me know,

 

 

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Jack Roberts 

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Jack, I'm not aware of any.  I know taxi charts are not uncommon outside the US but the FAA doesn't publish them as far as I know.  Who publishes the one you have for KIAD?

 

All the "IFR plates" are available at Flightaware.com and since KLASKLAX is a SID connected to a STAR you won't need enroute charts.

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I know they have one for KIAD in Washington.

 

Not sure what you're referring to, unless you're talking about the Jepp low vis taxi routes and so on.

 

AirNav.com is what I use for everything chart-related in FAA land.

 

This might help you get an idea of what to expect when flying on VATSIM at IAD:

https://vzdc.org/sop/IAD_711065D.pdf

(Page 13 shows the taxi routes on the lower half of the page)

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A little off topic but this might be a good place to ask. Kyle might know. Seems a post some time back I got the impression most airlines that use the HUD don't equip with auto land. Talking about the NG of course. Seem we were talking about Southwest and other US carriers. Been wondering about this.

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A little off topic but this might be a good place to ask. Kyle might know. Seems a post some time back I got the impression most airlines that use the HUD don't equip with auto land. Talking about the NG of course. Seem we were talking about Southwest and other US carriers. Been wondering about this.

 

I'm not sure about equipage versus autoland capability, but you'e correct about SWA. They have the HUD in order to not be required to have autoland (and the requisite maintenance/currency) for CAT-III approaches. They're hand flown with the HUD in use.

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Not sure what you're referring to, unless you're talking about the Jepp low vis taxi routes and so on.

 

AirNav.com is what I use for everything chart-related in FAA land.

 

This might help you get an idea of what to expect when flying on VATSIM at IAD:

https://vzdc.org/sop/IAD_711065D.pdf

(Page 13 shows the taxi routes on the lower half of the page)

I did a quick search for the ground charts I was talking about and I could only find this for KIAD it would help a beginner.

 

http://www.cockpitseeker.com/wp-content/uploads/PARKING-CHART.png

 

 

Jack Roberts

Jack, I'm not aware of any.  I know taxi charts are not uncommon outside the US but the FAA doesn't publish them as far as I know.  Who publishes the one you have for KIAD?

 

All the "IFR plates" are available at Flightaware.com and since KLASKLAX is a SID connected to a STAR you won't need enroute charts.

Also while Im at it I was looking on the Vatsim and saw that you need to current weather for where you are flying, and I know fsx has a weather generator but lets be honest its not that great. I was wondering if there was a good FREEWARE version of anything. I might get rex later down the road. 

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

Jack Roberts

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I did a quick search for the ground charts I was talking about and I could only find this for KIAD it would help a beginner.

 

AirNav.com is a better source. It's free and it's up to date (the chart you'd linked to is nearly 15 years old). Granted, the FAA version doesn't have gate numbers, but they're not quite necessary.

 

http://155.178.201.160/d-tpp/1501/05100AD.PDF

 

 

 


Also while Im at it I was looking on the Vatsim and saw that you need to current weather for where you are flying, and I know fsx has a weather generator but lets be honest its not that great. I was wondering if there was a good FREEWARE version of anything. I might get rex later down the road. 

 

You don't need current weather, but that's what the controllers and most of the other pilots would be using so you should be using it.

 

If you're planning on getting weather, get ASN. The NGX will be getting ASN weather radar in its next update. No other weather program offers this, currently.

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AirNav.com is a better source. It's free and it's up to date (the chart you'd linked to is nearly 15 years old). Granted, the FAA version doesn't have gate numbers, but they're not quite necessary.

 

http://155.178.201.160/d-tpp/1501/05100AD.PDF

 

 

 

 

You don't need current weather, but that's what the controllers and most of the other pilots would be using so you should be using it.

 

If you're planning on getting weather, get ASN. The NGX will be getting ASN weather radar in its next update. No other weather program offers this, currently.

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is I signed up for Vatsim and got my account registered. The bad news is when I installed FSInn and FSCopilot everything worked fine until I got to the microphone area. Now I have a microphone attached to my headset and the headset is USB. So I plugged the headset into a USB port and it worked, but never showed up as an option in the FSInn UI (something like that) I noticed any thing I plugged manually into the audio jack in the pc itself it would show up as an option. When I plugged the headset into the audio jacks in the pc it wouldnt reconize it and the headset would work at all. I was wondering if there was any advice I could get on how to resolve this issue. If you didnt understand any of it its ok I kinda needed to get this off my chest.

 

Thanks,

 

Jack Roberts

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I was wondering if there was any advice I could get on how to resolve this issue. If you didnt understand any of it its ok I kinda needed to get this off my chest.

 

Yep...

 

Uninstall FSInn.

Install vPilot.

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Yep...

 

Uninstall FSInn.

Install vPilot.

Ok the satus has changed a little It reconizes my headset. I press my push to talk button, how do I know its working. I will give vPilot a go

 

Edit: Got vPilot set up everything I think, but when I connected Im getting a bunch of messages saying

 

 

"BAW1314"  Error failed to create aircraft this usally means that the model is not actually installed. The aircraft will be created with a different model

 

I dont know what to do can you please help?

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Hey Jack. Just read the documentation with vPilot. It will explain the aircraft model stuff. I could explain but without vpilot running in front of me I will screw my explanation up.

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