This 'Flight Tips' section was born from a compilation of useful
key-stroke commands and procedures that John Achor, retired Technical Editor,
put together for me. He sent it to me because I was having difficulty flying
one of his charters. The information was so helpful that I have posted it
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This document has moved past what John sent, and is now a growing collection of FS Flight Tips. All may contribute ideas. If you were struck by a clever flight tip, or just one that you have difficulty remembering, please submit it for inclusion here.
Quick Pre-Flight Setup. I use the menu bar on the left side of FSNavigator to quickly set-up initial flight information. Consider a short 39 NM IFR flight from KBOS, Rwy 33L via SKR NDB, 251; to DRY NDB, 338; with an ILS approach, 109.1, to Rwy 35, KMHT.
Move your aircraft to either the ramp or a gate at Boston Logan Airport.
For many airports FS2002's "Go To Airport" function, Alt-W-A, provides the
option to move your aircraft to the Active Runway, to a Runway of your
choice, or to Gates or Ramps. Load Real Weather at Alt-W-W or get it from
SquawkBox if flying On-line.
Put the following information in the left side of FSNavigator by highlighting the desired window, typing the numbers, then hitting 'Enter.' The following picture, with numbered entry points, show where everything should go.
1. 135 is the KBOS ATIS Freq. for Weather and Runway Information.
Note: If you are flying On-line, you cannot receive ATIS by tuning the published frequency. VATSIM/SquawkBox will directly provide the ATIS Information.
2. 109.1 is Rwy 35 ILS frequency at KMHT.
3. 114.4 is the MHT VOR Freq. MHT, 3.9 NM from KMHT, is not in this flight plan, but is simply used to monitor the distance to the airport.
4. 251 is the SKR NDB Freq., the first waypoint after KBOS.
5. 1943 is the Transponder Code. ATC will assign this code if you are flying On-line.
6. 320 is the no-wind hdg from KBOS to SKR NDB. This entry also sets 320° into the AutoPilot.
7. 4000 is the assigned altitude for this IFR flight. This entry also sets 4000 ft into the AutoPilot.
8. 800 is the planned Rate of Climb on the way to your 4000 ft cruise altitude. This entry also sets the 800 FPM Vertical Speed into the AutoPilot.
9. 353 is the OBS for NAV 1. Since Nav 1, in this case, is tuned to an ILS frequency, the OBS function is disabled. However, I always set the OBS to the runway hdg as a reminder of what is in front of me for the ILS approach.
So there it is, you can easily enter all of your flight information and it's available to review with your flight plan for correctness.
Victor Airways ... If you are flying On-Line, there's a good likelihood that ATC will route you along Victor Airways, established by VORs. You can get a jump on the flight planning by clicking the "L" button to the right of FSNavigator, which will show the Low Altitude en route Airways.