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PMDG 747 Type Course Lesson 3

PMDG 747 Type Course Lesson 3

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PMDG 747-400/400F TRC 3: Maneuvering 3 - 1Copyright 2006 PMDG All Rights Reserved For use with PMDG 747-400/400F ONLY
PMDG 747-400 Type Rating CourseIntroduction
What is the PMDG Type Course?:
This type course is designed to help you learn and explorevarious aspects of the PMDG 747-400 that you might not otherwise have discovered after readingthe supplied documentation. Please note that this type course will assume that you have readthe documentation we supplied with the airplane. This course will also assume that you haveprinted the Chapter 5 Normal Procedures checklists, and the Flight Use Checklist to use andfollow during the type course.The entire type course will consist of several lessons broken into pieces. These pieces willroughly reconstruct the entire type rating maneuver evaluation conducted for certification in the747-400 type aircraft. Please note that this type course is written very generally for the learningand interest of our flight simulator customers and does not reflect the actual operating procedureof any specific carrier or training techniques taught by any specific training facility. This typecourse may contain errors and omissions which we may correct from time to time at ourdiscretion. Additionally it stands to reason that no aspects of this course should be used for anypurpose other than the enjoyment of our PMDG 747-400/400F simulation products.
Lesson Plan Overview:
The PMDG Type Course will begin at KBFI, where you will learn topower up the PMDG 747 from a parked and de-powered state. You will be taken throughprogramming of the FMC for a flight from Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, (KBFI) to MosesLake, Washington (KMWH) where you will learn to conduct various visual and instrumentapproaches in order to improve your proficiency with the PMDG 747-400. Along the way somelessons may require repetition in order to help you learn specific tasks. To help with thisrepetition process, we will provide specific saved flights that you should load and run in order toensure that your experience matches the teaching materials for the course.Please remember at all times that in the complex field of aviation there are many differentregulatory bodies, corporate policies and personal operating procedures that vary from others,and sometimes they even conflict with one another. Do not be intimidated by differenttechniques, as it is always valuable to expand your skills as a pilot but we recommend that youuse the techniques we teach in this course at least initially until your grain comfort with theairplane.Our hope is that upon completion of this Type Course, you will have gained sufficient experiencewith the operation of the PMDG 747-400 to dramatically increase your enjoyment of thissimulation. It has been our experience that many customers never take the time to really learnthe depths of this simulation and subsequently miss out on the true simulation value and learningexperience of this product. We hope that this type course will help you to experience just howcomplex this PMDG 747-400 simulation truly is!
3 - 2 PMDG 747-400/400F TRC 3: ManeuveringFor use with PMDG 747-400/400F ONLY Copyright 2006 PMDG All Rights Reserved
PMDG 747-400 Type Rating CourseLesson Three: Maneuvering
Lesson Three Overview:
For this exercise we are going to depart from our planned flight forsome “hands on” maneuvering through some basic climbs, descents, turns, steep turns andstalls. I have provided a series of saved flights. These flights are designed to work with specificsections of this lesson, and you will be prompted which saved flight to load during each phase ofthe lesson.Each saved flight will be used to demonstrate a different technique for takeoff. Some of thesaved flights will be reused a few times in order to demonstrate different techniques. This lessonpicks up where Lesson Two ended, so you will notice that the aircraft/FMS setup is familiar!This lesson will take you through a normal takeoff using one of the takeoff profiles that you havealready used. You will then hand fly a climb profile that includes an intermediate level-off in orderto give you some practice controlling the pitch and power of this magnificent aircraft. When wehave reached a safe altitude for maneuvering, you will conduct some basic turns, followed bysteep turns, and approach/recovery from aerodynamic stalls. We will then conduct a short seriesof climbs and descents using a few hand flying techniques that will help you when it comes timeto visualize what the airplane is doing when it is being controlled by the autopilot during similarclimbs and descents.Practicing these maneuvers will give you greater competence and confidence to fly some of theapproach/landing maneuvers by hand by teaching you how to
the airplane rather than simplymonitoring the autopilot.Although 99% of your flying in this airplane will likely take place on the autopilot, one of the true joys of being an airline pilot comes from the smooth manual control of your aircraft through allregimes of flight.
What you will need:
The following items are needed in order for you to gain the most benefitfrom this course:
You must have a copy of the Type Course source files. (You should have them if you arereading this!)
You should print ALL of
Chapter 5: Normal Procedures 
and keep it nearby for reference.(Hint: Windows START menu, ALL PROGRAMS, then PMDG Simulations, PMDG 747-400 Operating Manuals.)
You will also need to print the CHECKLIST located in the PMDG Simulations, PMDG747-400 menu as well.You will find it most helpful to print this Lesson Plan before commencing. Additionally, we findthat it is helpful if you keep your checklists nearby in printed format as you will reference themcontinually during your first few starts.You can use any PMDG 747-400/400F livery for the purpose of this course as it may suite yourtaste. The images within the documentation will be from the new PMDG 747-400F.
Installing This Type Course Lesson:
 The ZIP file that contains the lesson plan should be unzipped to your main Flight Simulatordirectory. We have structured the zip file so that all of the required files will be appropriately
PMDG 747-400/400F TRC 3: Maneuvering 3 - 3Copyright 2006 PMDG All Rights Reserved For use with PMDG 747-400/400F ONLYplaced in the correct directories for you provided that you have “use directories” selected inWinZip.If you have problems, just copy the following files to the correct locations:PMDG-744-TRC-<lesson name>.sav -> <Flight Sim Root Directory>\PMDG\747400\PanelState\ PMDG-744-TRC-<lesson name>.FLT -> <Flight Sim Root Directory>\Flights\PMDG\ PMDG-744-TRC<lesson name>.WX -> <Flight Sim Root Directory>\Flights\PMDG\ 
PART ONE: It’s Deja-Vu All Over Again!:
At this point, please stop your simulation and use the FLIGHTS, Select A Flight menu in MSFS to load the saved flight 
The point of this lesson section is to take you through a normal takeoff and climb out including a level off at intermediate altitudes. THIS LESSON SHOULD BE FLOWN BY HAND WITHOUT THE FLIGHT DIRECTOR. The auto throttle will control power for you during the initial climb.
Takeoff. You’ve done this a few dozen times by now, it should seem. After completing thePMDG 747-400 Type Rating Course 2, you should feel very comfortable lifting this massiveairplane into the sky as if she really was meant to leave the ground gently from her tip-toes.We are going to repeat a generic light weight takeoff, but this time with a twist: We are going toturn off the flight director, and you will fly her entirely be reference to the instruments.How hard can it be? It might take a few repeats to get “smooth” with the controls- but you areready. Trust me!Start Flight Simulator 2004 and use the SELECT FLIGHT option to load PMDG-744-TC-Lesson3_Part_One from within the PMDG folder. Your aircraft will appear sitting on the runwayat Boeing Field. This is an exact replica of a setup from one of the previous lessons. This flightpicks up with the aircraft ready for takeoff, and all checklists completed! The only thing left foryou to do is to set the Autobrake to RTO (remember- this is one switch that just won’t save it’sposition….)Now the one “minor” difference between this takeoff and the previous training exercises is that Ido not want you to use the autopilot during these lessons unless instructed to do so. We will usethe flight director today as an aid to help you become comfortable hand flying the airplane. Youshould take mental not of the pitch required for climbs and descents, as these values will becomerepresentative for you to conduct climbs with and without the flight director in use.For takeoff, you may use the auto throttle, but we’ll turn that off a bit later in this lesson too!The first step in our exercise today is to conduct a normal four engine takeoff with an initial climbspeed of 166 knots, followed by a normal acceleration through flap retraction and a level off at5,000’ MSL initially.To commence your takeoff roll, bring your throttles up to approximately 70% of N1, and pause fora moment to let the engines stabilize.(
This note applies only to customers who have installed both the 400 and 400F 
: A quick rule ofthumb to help you reach 70% like a professional, is to bring the throttle thrust index lines up until

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