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New situ-files and short routes for download ?

Started by Horst, Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:43


QuoteHi Carl,
comming home from hollidays I looked for the situ file you promised to make.
Need I glasses or was it just a joke?  :roll:

Hope I have shared this ok....

Several situations 839a to 839e are on the ground. I have saved these as I went along preparing. The idea is you can continue or go to the next situation. 838a is in the climb.
Note ... it is a bit longer than 5 hrs  :)



Hi Horst,
Only a suggestion but have you considered building your own route and then programming the FMC?
I found that starting with the Basic Cold and Dark situ was a good place to get going. As I get things started up, I saved the different stages so that I had a set of basic situ files available without having to go through the startup each time.
Brian's Guide ( has a great description on how to go step-by-step through this.
For routes I use PFPX but you don't need to buy anything really because there are many websites which provide routes. This is one - One of the great things about PFPX is that you can save the route there and then load it directly into the PSX FMC.
If you Google the departure and arrival airports you will probably find the relevant charts, SID and STAR for the flight. If you do this a lot like I do, you could consider a EUR50 investment in Navigraph for a year which has everything you need -
With the weather pages in the Instructor panel in PSX, you can set any weather you want for your departure and arrival.
Richard McDonald Woods just posted a really great guide to improving your LNAV skills which, for me for sure, has a ton of really good stuff in regard to planning flights -
Starting on page 345 of Hardy's Manual, there is a guide to the Performance Pages of the FMC. As a starter it is quite formidable in that it's very comprehensive. However if you look on YouTube there are many videos on programming the 747 FMC. This one is quite good and helpful to get you through the basics -

For me the planning part of flight simulation is as much part of the process as the flight itself.
Greetings from the mountains of Northern Thailand (VTCC),
Chris Stanley.


Hi Carl,

thank you very much, having so much work to develop the flight situations ...

(is the weater at London Heathrow rainy ?  :mrgreen: ).

many greetings


Hi Chris,

also thank you very much for the tips.

Of cause I plan later to build my own routes and programming them via FMC. I need therefor more practice . Thanks for the internet adresses.

In the moment I test the PSX starting the situ files.

If the wintertime comes, I will have more time to "fly" ...



Quote from: HorstHi Carl,

thank you very much, having so much work to develop the flight situations ...

(is the weater at London Heathrow rainy ?  :mrgreen: ).

many greetings

"weather" of cause!  :'(


Quote from: John H WatsonWhen I boot up the situ, it's a daylight flight. I don't know if it's the same for you, but to reduce heat and extend lamp life in the (real world) cockpit, sometimes it's a good idea to turn down the instrument lighting (backlights, floodlights, etc) . Unfortunately, in the case of the switchlights, you have to balance annunciation visibility with heat generation: You can sometimes burn your fingers on the switches if you leave the MD&T switch in BRT).  :P This is one of the reasons why more modern generation aircraft have switched to LED lighting.



I was curious if there is an option to retrofit older 744 switch capsules with LEDs? I work on Gulfstream IV aircraft, which have similar style switches in the overhead panel, and which were originally equipped with incandescent bulbs (OL-3335)... Typically 4 lamps per switch.

As I'm sure you well know, changing these lamps can be rather tedious, as you have to carefully extract the switch capsule from its socket, and then carefully pry up the lamps with a small screwdriver blade. And, of course, one ALWAYS finds a few lamps to be inop anytime a cockpit lamp test is performed during maintenance. It can get expensive over time, both in terms of man-hours, and in the cost of lamps. We pay about $4.50 per lamp, and it is our practice to change all 4 lamps per switch, even if only one is inop, as the mechanical vibration of extracting the switch capsule will often break the filaments of a (previously working) lamp that has been in service for awhile.

Gulfstream came out with an optional customer service bulletin a few years ago to retrofit all cockpit switches and indicator lights with LEDs. It's quite expensive initially, but well worth doing in the long run.

I was wondering if a similar upgrade was available for older 744s with incandescent switch lamps?