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  1. Thanks for the info everyone, I've just been hooked on flight simming for the last month or so.. But Ive been digging all over the net and reading everything I can to learn the ropes. So I started out on the cessna and learned about VOR navigation etc etc.. Now I have the Boeing 777 and have a pretty good understanding of a lot of it now but I there is still plenty more to learn.
  2. Thanks, Yes I have been looking at the charts and trying to calculate the descend rate. I also wanted to confirm that there is no way to have the autopilot ONLY handle the LNAV portion with LOC on while having the V/S disengaged so I would only be manual on the altitude. I guess that isnt possible though...
  3. Hey guys, I have a quick question that I havent been able to find the answer to in a search. When I do a localizer only (not ILS) approach with autopilot on and LOC selected, What is the best way to maintain the correct descend rate. Currently I am using the altitude setting on the MCP along with V/S FPA and then monitoring it on the MFD until I get a couple hundred feet or so from the runway and then I turn off the autopilot and throttle down and land. I am wondering if there is a better way, for example can I keep the localizer enabled so I can stay on a more precise track to the runway and manually controll my throttle and pitch. It seems like if you want to have the localizer enabled then you also have to have the altitude / VS controlled by the autopilot as well. In the real world do pilots turn off everything and go manual when they are near the aiport? And if so how soon is it common to do this? Thanks, Tavis
  4. sideburn

    Help with VNAV on 777

    I don't know if this is something I am doing wrong, but it seems like a bug to me. If you select KSAN as your destination airport and then in the arrivals page select I09 (ILS runway 09), the ILS frequency does not appear in the NAV/RAD page. It should have the frequency, "xxx.xx PARK" set on that page. If you then fly to the arrival airport the ILS never kicks in. I CAN get it to work if i manually enter the ILS frequency (111.55) on the NAV/RAD page. Also I noticed if you SAVE the route and then reload it and go back to the arrivals page, I09 is no longer selected. Seems like a bug to me or maybe it has something to do with the database being out of date or something.
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    I had come across that prior to posting this thread but didnt read completely through it. I found this recently as well and figured I would post it in here for anyone else who might find it useful. It is the 777 Advanced Panel Manual: http://cours.etsmtl.ca/gpa745/notesdecours/Cours%203/Cabine%20de%20pilotage%20pour%20le%20film%20du%20Boeing-777.pdf
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    Not harsh at all I agree. Thanks for the links. I'll go through them. I've got the basics down now and have has 2 successful fmc driven flights now. Once the ILS came in I clicked the LOC button and then the APP and it brought me down to the runway then I turned off autopilot, landed and maxed out the reverse thrusters. I was a little sloppy but not too bad for the first success on this size plane. Still a lot to learn but I'm off and running now I think. I went from KSAN to KLAX and then from KLAX to KSAN it was a little tricky for me at first to let a klax to ksan runway 27 since I had to loop around but I finally got it sorted out.
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    I don't see anywhere where you can edit the speed/alt in the FMC.. No sign of an LSKR button anywhere.
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    I see.. Is the TOGA button on the A/P related to this in any way? I haven't even tried to mess with or read up on any of this yet so I probably shouldn't be asking about it
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    OK I am getting really close to having this sorted out now. I finally got a flightpath programmed into the FMC with waypoints and it is aligning to the runway. I just had to figure out how to setup the DEP/ARR section properly. I'm not sure what the looping path (INTC ?) it makes after the end of the runway is yet but I will read up on it tomorrow. And I still need to get sort out when I have to set the altitude manually and when the FMC takes control. I was in my final approach and i thought at that point I could set my altitude to as low as I wanted and the FMC would hold at 2000 since that altitude was in large print for that waypoint but it kept descending. I'll get it sorted out.. I tried to run the flight and got all the way to it saying "glide slope, glide slope..." and then x-plane crashed. So I am going to crash as well and pick it up tomorrow. Thanks again for all the resources and info.. This is going to be a useful thread to refer to..
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    Hi Mike, On this: Can you tell me what makes the FMC determine whether it will make the altitude entry for a waypoint small print (predictive) vs large (restriction) ?
  11. sideburn

    Help with VNAV on 777

    I found thepause setting and it worked.. I've had some success now witht altitude issues.. When I set a direct route flight using the DEP/ARR pages. The plane now properly climbs after takeoff to the correct cruise altitude and decends when it reaches the arrival airport. So the only problem I have now is getting a route programmed that will align the plane correctly to the runway and use the ILS to guide me in.
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    OK, that explains why my plane was not climbing or descending ever. All of my waypoints in the FMC are all small print. This leads me to another question.. I am using simroutes to find the waypoints. Maybe I am taking the wrong path here. Maybe waypoints are always going to be predictive and I need to enter airways? I'm not sure how to go about finding those and making a good flightpath.. More learning to do there.. But I am about to try another method by doing the entire route completely from within the FMC, I just found out how to use the DEP/ARR page and let it generate the route for me. When I did this the altitudes are now in large print so I bet its going to work. And now since I selected the arrival runway, maybe I am closer to getting the ILS (IAP?)working. JonRD463, I didnt see a pause at t/d mode but I did find the HOLD page.. Is that what you are talking about?
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    Thank you this is useful info and looks promising... I will try again tomorrow. So is this the correct procedure: 1) Prior to take off set the altitude on the MCP to the same cruise altitude that is set in the FMC (in my case FL350, so set the MCP altitude to 35000). -- in my experience so far, doing this was causing the plane to climb straight to 35000 feet ignoring the altitude levels assigned to each leg/waypoint in the FMC's route -- 2) When getting near the end of the route prior to the FMC's route leg/waypoint's descending altitudes, set the MCP altitude near a final approach altitude (say 2500 feet or so). -- the plane should not descend until we reach one of the leg/waypoints that has a lower altitude assigned to it. Am I getting warmer ? Thanks for the help everyone... -Tavis
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    It came with a manual. It is the official boeing manual. I've been reading it. There are some basic tutorials I have found and I have watched several on how to setup the MCP and VNAV but they work for them of course and not for me (yet) there must be some little thing I am missing.. I've been going through the manual and videos I can find on youtube but no luck yet. That is why I have resorted to this forum.. It is the 777 by Ramzzess & Philipp for x-plane. It is really impressive. High quality graphics and I thing 95% accurate to the real thing. The manual, like I mentioned is the actual boeing manual with side notes on what is not simulated or different than the real 777 (and there are not many). I toggled back and forth between standard and the othersetting on the PFD to see if it changed anything so that's not it but yeah, I have been kindof hacking my way through the learning process..
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    Help with VNAV on 777

    I don't know what's going on... I tried again KSFO to KSAN. I am in the final legs of the flight.. I am near the airport and the plane is still at 28,000 feet and cruising at 315kts. According to the FMC, I should be at 295kts and descending to 7,000 feet right now. No matter what I try I cannot get the plane to descend. I have even changed my autopilot altitude to 7,000 feet and clicked the button in the center of the dial. I have tried reseting autopilot on and off, vnav and lnav on and off... no luck. Screenshot attached of current situation: