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Taking off in a 737-400 - Guide for Newbies!!!

TimTim Guest

Hi everyone

Now, we all were new to Flight Simulator one time or other. Now most of us can admit to when we first got into flying we always wanted to fly the "heavy metal" first. Everyone has the impression that "there the fastest" "you see them more than Cessna's" blah blah blah

First, most people might start with the 747 "cos it looks d coolest", but then wonder "why the hell does it not leave the ground on me and I'm well off the end of the runway??" and then decide its too big of an airplane for the runway and eventually go down to the 737-400, which does go off the runway, so they will stick to that

But are the newbies doing it right?? That is the question!! Follow this guide and I'll have you off the ground the proper way in no time.

And don't worry, the guide is foolproof 😉

Refer to this picture if you need any help

I am using Greg's 737 Panel, so this will look different, but all the instruments needed for takeoff are more or less in the right place, so you shouldn't be confused!!

OK, here is the guide for you!!

  • Set up your flight... choose aiport (any one you wish but must have a solid runway that is long enough for a 737).. choose runway in airport (usually "Active Runway" will do)... choose time (day is better at first, because its easier)... choose weather (choose "fair weather" or "clear skies", don't choose weather which affects your visibility... taking off blindly is a whole different ballgame)
  • You should now be on the runway.
  • Set flaps to 5 degrees (press F7 three times) (see number 1 in picture for flaps)
  • Set autobrakes to RTO (Rejected Take-off, more imortant than you think) (see number2 in picture)
  • Set lights.. switch all lights on... to do this press L
  • If needed, set autopilot (but don't activate it)
  • You are now ready to roll down the runway
  • Begin by increasing the throttle smoothly to 40% (or you could just say half way)... when the engine spools up to "half way" increase the throttle smoothly to 100% (full power, full throttle, 'd noisy setin')
  • When you get to 150 knots (or nautical miles per hour) rotate gently to 10 degrees. After about five seconds, press G to raise the landing gear. Then increase your pitch to 17 degrees (halfway between 15 and 20)
  • Now if you wanted to, you could activate the autopilot which you set earlier now, if not just keep climbing as normal
  • Raise flaps (this actually means lower the value, so put them back to 1)
  • Decrease pitch to about 10 degrees and climb to your target altitude (if you have one 😛)
  • Move autobrakes from RTO to Off (this isn't crucial, it can be done any time in the flight, as autobrakes don't affect speed in the air seen as they are for the wheels and they are safely tucked away and locked in a nice wee compartment under the plane)

And there you have it, you are in the air flying!! 🙂

Now all you have to do is..em... land!!

Landing isn't so easy to explain like I did there because with landing there isn't as much definite figures as takeoff, such as flaps, power, trim, pitch, speed etc.

Hope this helps all of you budding flight simmers out there!! 😀

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Greekman72 Chief Captain

Very useful guide 😉

TimTim Guest

Thanks Greekman!!

Also mods I forgot to say if any of the information is incorrect please feel free to edit it at your will!!

marok Guest

can you give me a link to that panel download because I must say that mine sucks compaired to that lol.

THanks
Brian

TimTim Guest

http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=39190

You have to be a member on avsim.net to be able to downlaod that... but to join avsim is free. so if you are not a member i recommend you join

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RadarMan Chief Captain

marok wrote:

can you give me a link to that panel download because I must say that mine sucks compaired to that lol.

THanks
Brian

Here's a link to the panel.

http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=greg737.zip&CatID=fs2004pan&Go=Search

Radar

Guest

RadarMan wrote:

marok wrote:

can you give me a link to that panel download because I must say that mine sucks compaired to that lol.

THanks
Brian

Here's a link to the panel.

http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=greg737.zip&CatID=fs2004pan&Go=Search

Radar

thanks both of you lol

Guest

RadarMan wrote:

Here's a link to the panel.

http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=greg737.zip&CatID=fs2004pan&Go=Search

Radar

How do you link to avsim searches??

Pro Member Chief Captain
Tailhook Chief Captain

You have to register with avsim before you can download.

Pro Member Chief Captain
RadarMan Chief Captain

Anonymous wrote:

RadarMan wrote:

Here's a link to the panel.

http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=greg737.zip&CatID=fs2004pan&Go=Search

Radar

How do you link to avsim searches??

Feed in the zip so you get it alone on a page.
Right click on that page.
Click on "Properties".
Take the URL from the gray window and post that.

Radar

Guest

RadarMan wrote:

Anonymous wrote:

RadarMan wrote:

Here's a link to the panel.

http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=greg737.zip&CatID=fs2004pan&Go=Search

Radar

How do you link to avsim searches??

Feed in the zip so you get it alone on a page.
Right click on that page.
Click on "Properties".
Take the URL from the gray window and post that.

Radar

Thanks a lot!!

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pilotwannabe Chief Captain

Nice post TimTim 👍

😉

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