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Problems with Stars in PMDG 737

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leachus2002
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Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:55 pm 

Hey Peeps,

Well, fair play this 737 from PMDG is a mean machine, but I am having a few minor issues with the sids/stars when I plan my landing.
For example, I am coming into luton, get cleared for a 26 landing, but unfortunately I can't select any sids in which to perform it.

When you try and select a sid/star - you just get "none" listed in the FMC.

I have looked at this website: http://www.navdata.at/ and tried to download the relevant sid, but I am not sure how to install it....if I have to.

Oh, confusions Smile

thanks
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CRJCapt
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Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:07 pm 

I don't have a PMDG aircraft but allow we to try to help. The STAR is part of the routing that gets you within say 30 NM from the airport(not exact). If you are close enough to be cleared for an approach/ landing, you don't need and would not fly a STAR. You should be on a radar vector for an approach. Smile
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leachus2002
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Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:53 pm 

Thanks for the quick reply Smile

My problem is that my last leg finishes about 40nm outside the airport and if I direct the fmc to the runway on which i want to land, it brings me to the threshold at a 90 degree angle - please note I am using luton as an example Smile
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Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:36 pm 

From 40NM out, you would be on a radar vector from ATC. If you are doing it on your own, go direct to a fix on the centerline of the approach(10-20 miles out if you have a choice) that you are executing. As you approach this fix, put yourself in Heading mode, setup NAV 1 for the approach and land. With the exception of a GPS approach, the FMS is not used for instrument approaches. If landing in good weather(VMC), go directly to the final approach(FAF) on an approach and be at about 1500 ft. AGL at that point. That is normally 5 NM from the airport, you should be able to see the runway and land visually. If this fix is at a very bad angle such as 5 miles north of the runway and you are arriving from the south, you will have to give yourself a vector to get yourself around to the correct side of the airport. I don't have that chart for your airport. There are procedures at some airports for aircraft to precisely execute a course reversal for an approach without ATC but large airports always have ATC.Smile
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leachus2002
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Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:08 am 

Thanks for all that CRJcapt Smile nice piece of info.

On a seperate note, I know I have seen it on here before. Can anyone remember/tell me where I can find airport charts on the net?

Ta
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Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:56 pm 

leachus2002 wrote:
Thanks for all that CRJcapt Smile nice piece of info.
On a seperate note, I know I have seen it on here before. Can anyone remember/tell me where I can find airport charts on the net?
Ta Leachus

USA- Arrow http://www.naco.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=naco/online/d_tpp
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