Christopher Low

Majestic Dash 8Q-400 FMC

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I am currently trying to figure out the FMC flightplan input process in the Majestic Dash 8Q-400, and I note that some of the UK airport runways are not up to date. For example, the runway designations for EGMC Southend are 06/24, when they should actually be 05/23. Is there an update that I can install to correct this? As for using the FMC to input a flightplan, I thought that it was not working properly at first, but then I realised that the reason why it was not accepting my first airport ICAO code (EGMH Manston) is because that airport is now closed, and it is probably not in the database. The input method is significantly different to that in the PMDG planes, so I will need to "adjust" my thinking :smile:

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17 minutes ago, Christopher Low said:

I am currently trying to figure out the FMC flightplan input process in the Majestic Dash 8Q-400, and I note that some of the UK airport runways are not up to date. For example, the runway designations for EGMC Southend are 06/24, when they should actually be 05/23. Is there an update that I can install to correct this? As for using the FMC to input a flightplan, I thought that it was not working properly at first, but then I realised that the reason why it was not accepting my first airport ICAO code (EGMH Manston) is because that airport is now closed, and it is probably not in the database. The input method is significantly different to that in the PMDG planes, so I will need to "adjust" my thinking :smile:

Each FMC is different, because in case of the PMDG's Boeing, that's a different logic and design compared to the Universal, that's the FMC installed in the Dash 8. There are excellent videos on YouTube about programming the Universal FMC for the Q400. As for the navdata, or the database, navigraph offers up to date databases for navaids and airports each month, you probably are using the default navdata included in the Majestic package and not an updated database.

Cheers, Ed

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OK....so where do I get the updated database? I have not updated the navdata for this or the PMDG planes.

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3 minutes ago, Christopher Low said:

OK....so where do I get the updated database? I have not updated the navdata for this or the PMDG planes.

This is an option: https://www.navigraph.com/

Cheers, Ed

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43 minutes ago, Christopher Low said:

I am currently trying to figure out the FMC flightplan input process in the Majestic Dash 8Q-400, and I note that some of the UK airport runways are not up to date. For example, the runway designations for EGMC Southend are 06/24, when they should actually be 05/23. Is there an update that I can install to correct this? As for using the FMC to input a flightplan, I thought that it was not working properly at first, but then I realised that the reason why it was not accepting my first airport ICAO code (EGMH Manston) is because that airport is now closed, and it is probably not in the database. The input method is significantly different to that in the PMDG planes, so I will need to "adjust" my thinking :smile:

Take a subscription to Navigraph. It has a great interface which will search your addons and update them every cycle. There is one for the Majestic Plane by the way.

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Is there a step by step PDF tutorial flight available? The HTML sample flight is very difficult to follow, as it does not highlight things properly. I also wanted to select the cruise altitude on the MCP (by pressing ALT SEL), but the knob next to it would not change the altitude from "0". It flickered between "0" and "100", but would not increase at all. Maybe I am missing something here? :huh: I also can't see anything in that sample flight tutorial about setting the trim for take off....

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Just search youtube for Majestic Dash 8 FMS and you'll get a bunch of very good videos.

 

Vic

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A tutorial PDF like the PMDG 737 NGX Tutorial #1 would be the best option. Watching a video tutorial and running P3D at the same time is quite a difficult task with only one monitor.

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16 minutes ago, Christopher Low said:

A tutorial PDF like the PMDG 737 NGX Tutorial #1 would be the best option. Watching a video tutorial and running P3D at the same time is quite a difficult task with only one monitor.

the 'detailed tutorial flight' on their tutorial page https://majesticsoftware.com/mjc8q400/tutorials.html

includes a 71 page tutorial pdf and also checklist pdf

cheers,-andy crosby

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Also, we worked hard to provide the manuals and tutorials with the software. Have you looked that those?

Best wishes.

 

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1 hour ago, vgbaron said:

Just search youtube for Majestic Dash 8 FMS and you'll get a bunch of very good videos.

 

Vic

The best one by FAR is this one. It’s a hundred times better and more useful than Airline2Sim and this one is free.

 

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3 hours ago, Christopher Low said:

OK....so where do I get the updated database? I have not updated the navdata for this or the PMDG planes.

Wow, this is really surprising. But anyway, if you don’t care for having a new cycle every months, my advice is to get the monthly subscription, download the MANUAL installers for all the addons you own and then stop the subscription. I myself only buy a new cycle this way when I get a new addon that has to be brought on the same level: I don’t care for a new cycle every month at all. Those manual installers can be installed without having an active subscription, which isn’t the case if you use their ‘control center’.

https://www.navigraph.com/FMSDataManualInstall.aspx

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2 hours ago, Christopher Low said:

Is there a step by step PDF tutorial flight available? The HTML sample flight is very difficult to follow, as it does not highlight things properly. I also wanted to select the cruise altitude on the MCP (by pressing ALT SEL), but the knob next to it would not change the altitude from "0". It flickered between "0" and "100", but would not increase at all. Maybe I am missing something here? :huh: I also can't see anything in that sample flight tutorial about setting the trim for take off....

I posted a few times on the Majestic forum already that they should delete the sample flight from the download: it is full of mistakes and lacks a lot of steps. It’s the worst tutorial I have ever had in all my simming life. The detailed flight that spesimen posts should be added to the download instead. It is still not perfect but a LOT better! 

You’ll learn the most though from reading the system description pdf that comes with the plane.

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It is a complex model as any professional study aeroplane / add-on, I bought it 3 days ago and it is one of the best I have ever purchased in my 22 years of flying simulation experience.

I only managed to perform a successful landing last night after 3 days of reading manuals and several practice attempts, this model behaves like a real plane so it is a bit tricky to get use to it when you sit on it for the first time, reading the manuals is very important in order to allow your learning curve to reach an acceptable level to operate and pilot this model.

Regards,

Simbol 

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3 hours ago, Christopher Low said:

I also can't see anything in that sample flight tutorial about setting the trim for take off....

The trim setting for takeoff is not really rocket science with the Q400. Just note the CG limit for your TOM  in the Control Panel and adjust your trim accordingly when preparing for departure. (nose heavy = more bias to NU trim).
As long as you are in the white TRIM band and CG limits within the envelope you should be just fine. Just prepare to apply some ND trim when airborne as the lady tends to climb like a home sick angel initially.

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I was really surprised when I first got the Q400 the elevator trim wasn't more scientific! Rudder trim on the other hand, always right one needle width before takeoff!

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The devs on the Q400 certainly knew how good the flight model was (it's running outside P3d incidentally), if you watch a replay of your landings, look closely at the pilots on the flight deck! They both hit the "brace" position! I couldn't stop laughing the first time I saw it!:biggrin:

If you Google it, there are some good examples of flying tech used. Your approach angle has to be set up spot on first, then descent controlled by power from those massive turboprops. If you mess with the pitch on final, get ready to bounce!:blink:

Cheers!

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5 minutes ago, charlie130 said:

The devs on the Q400 certainly knew how good the flight model was (it's running outside P3d incidentally), if you watch a replay of your landings, look closely at the pilots on the flight deck! They both hit the "brace" position! I couldn't stop laughing the first time I saw it!:biggrin:

If you Google it, there are some good examples of flying tech used. Your approach angle has to be set up spot on first, then descent controlled by power from those massive turboprops. If you mess with the pitch on final, get ready to bounce!:blink:

Cheers!

You forgot to mention that if you move the throttles to idle during the approach you will drop like a stone!

S.

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8 hours ago, simbol said:

You forgot to mention that if you move the throttles to idle during the approach you will drop like a stone!

S.

Ha ha! Yes, quite!

Those things wings are only there to fix the massive engines to. That's why traditional flare on landing is useless.:biggrin:

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