FSX – How to Take-Off Boeing 737-800

Advanced ways of how to take-off in flight sim

Hello and welcome back to Jack’s FSX Videos. Today for this tutorial, I’m going to be showing you the basics and some more advanced ways of how to set-up your aircraft to take-off – so basically how to take-off. Although I’m using the Boeing 737-800, the principles are the same for almost every aircraft. So, here’s how to take-off. Right so, the first thing you need to do is just jump inside the cockpit by pressing F9, and you need to set your flaps. Usually, this is obviously- most of all this stuff is done over on the taxiway or at the gate, but obviously I’m just here at the runway. So you can see a flaps lever down there – you can either just pull that forward with your mouse and drag it forward, you can use your joystick to do it, or you can just use the key command by pressing F7 – on this aircraft, four times for 10 degrees – that’s usually about what you’d do for this aircraft. I only put it at 5 at this point, but I do later put it at 10. So that’s all you need to do for this point. And basically you may be wondering right now why you need to even put flaps out at all, especially if you’re new to aviation or FSX, you can just see them there coming down, it’s basically just because it creates lift for the aircraft – it just makes it easier for it to take-off.

So about 10 degrees is normal for this aircraft under normal weather conditions. So the next thing you need to do is turn on your lighting, again this is something that is usually done at the gate. So the quickest way to do it, is just to press L, which turns on all of your lights, as you can just see there, and then to go and manually turn off your taxi lights because that is literally the only light that you do not need for take-off. You need everything else, your landing lights, your strobe, wing, beacon – everything like that.

One thing that you may also see that you might need to turn off is the runway turnoff lights, on this aircraft they don’t work at all, but if they do on some aircraft, make sure you turn those off as well – they’re only used for landing. So while you’re up here on the overhead panel, which can be accessed pressing Shift+5, you need to turn on your No Smoking sign and Fasten Seat-belt signs, so you will hear a noise in the background there as you do it. Again, these are something that need to be turned on over at the gate before even the passengers get on-board in theory. But the Fasten Seat-belt sign shouldn’t be turned on while you’re refuelling. So at this point, you’re pretty much set to take-off, you can then push forward on the throttle like I’ll explain in a second and take-off. But if you’re looking for a slightly more advanced- just a couple more things, then you can keep watching.

Otherwise, if you think that’s good enough to set you off for now, then just skip ahead and watch the rest of the episode. So here’s just a couple more small things for more of an advanced take-off. Right so, for these couple more advanced tips on how to take-off, one of those is setting-up the autopilot. Which I’ll be releasing a video for in a couple days, all of the links will be in the description for these updated tutorials – showing you fully how to that. So the first thing is just to flick up the flight director switch, arm the auto-throttle, then you set-up your speed for take-off – it should be at around about 300, depending on obviously your aircraft, but for this one around about 300. You don’t need to set any of the buttons yet. Heading: usually runway heading when you’re taking-off, and then you set-up your altitude to your first level – usually ATC will tell you that one, along with the heading if there is one. And then your vertical speed selector, usually it’s about 2,500 for take-off, and then once you’re in the air a bit and gotten higher, you can bring that down to 2,200 or 2,000.

The default 1,800 isn’t usually what pilots go at unless there’s been some sort of change in mid-flight. And the other thing that you can do is set the auto-brake, now the one, two, three and max. settings are only ever used for landing – so you don’t need to worry about those for this episode, and then it’s automatically by default on the off. But what we’re going to be looking at is the RTO switch, you may need to go into the 2D panel to use this because often it doesn’t work here as you can see.

So go into the 2D panel and you can then switch it to RTO, which basically means if the pilot needs to abort take-off, he can do so by reducing the throttle to idle and then the plane will automatically start braking at maximum. So that what that’s there for, so you can just switch that to RTO. So, once you’ve done all of that, that is all you need to do basically for the take-off. There are a few other things, but this is just basically the basics. So once you’ve done that, you just hit the engines forward to 50% or by pressing the F3 key, you’ll see the engines spool up there on the engine display, on the bottom right, and once you see them do that you can then slowly start pushing the throttle forward to 100%, or by pressing F4.

You do want to do it slowly – don’t just kick it forward, take your time with it. And as you can see there, the plane will obviously start moving along, and then you watch your speed on the bottom left of the display there, where it says 130, 135, 140 and then you can start to pull back on the stick, or obviously use your mouse and keyboard or whatever you’re using. And then you’re in the air, and then you can press G, once you’ve got a positive rate, once you know you’re flying upwards, and the gears will come in just like that.

Right so, once you’re in the air, sorry about my yoke like doing that, but once you’re in the air and you’re getting good enough speed and everything – you know everything looks okay – you can then turn on the autopilot and also retract your flaps back to 0 because otherwise once you’re in the air, they’re just going to slow you down. They’re only for taking-off so that it creates lift, so you can retract those to 0. You can also just so your turn or whatever around about now, once you’re out from the airport, or once ATC has told you to – obviously depending on what you’re using. So I’m just activating the autopilot here, so you just do the speed, the altitude, and the main autopilot, and if you’ve got a flight course put into the GPS, then you can just hit that switch there, NAV hold, as long as the NAV-GPS switch is switched to GPS – and then the plane will turn accordingly.

So that is it. So that’s all you need to know for the basic take-off, so you’ve got your flaps, lighting, and if you wanted the more advanced version, you’ve also got the autopilot in there and the auto-brake. Okay so thanks for watching this tutorial on the basics of how to take-off in the Boeing 737-800, but like I said it works with pretty much all aircraft – especially commercial jets. So that’s it for this video, I’ll be having more tutorials out in the near future. Thank you for watching..

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