For our first hop.

The 737 is not an easy aircraft to fly. So there are times you will need the assistance of your autopilot and auto throttle. Maintaing your speed, altitude, and direction are difficult without it. After these are activated just click with your mouse up or down for any deviation change you need to make. Its not full autopilot, itís only a semi. You have to make the necessary changes. Set your auto throttle and speed to 250 below 10,000 ft. Remember when I mentioned to change your panel to the 777-300 panel. See how much easier it is to read. Your VOR 1 and VOR 2 are in the same window.

We are going to do a very simple SID (Standard Instrument Departure) maneuver. This particular SID is called San Jose Eight Departure. Open up your radio stack and change your NAV 2 to SJC VOR 114.10. Then change NAV 1 to OAK VOR to 116.80.

Next change the course to 121 degrees and the Heading to 110 degrees. Get ATC approval for a VFR flight to the south. ATC will also direct you to runway 30R.


SET Nav 1 and Nav2.JPG †††††††††



Set IAS to



Set Course to

121 degrees


Set Heading to

110 degrees


VOR 1 set to 116.80


VOR 2 set to 114.10















1.8 miles out of the SJC VOR 114.10 DME of your VOR 2


Activate Altitude Auto Pilot


We are now departing runway 30R. Switch your Speed on. No Throttle control will be needed by you as the Auto Throttle is active. As your knots increase to 170 a slight pull of your joystick to get only a positive rate of climb. When this is ascertained, raise your landing gear At this time, activate your Altitude Auto Pilot. You will want to maintain 5000 ft throughout this flight until ATC tells you otherwise in the real world. In this case they will not. Maintain 303 degrees until you are 1.8 miles out of the SJC VOR 114.10 DME of your VOR 2. At this time of roll out we are .8 miles.
















Activate Heading Auto Pilot


1.8 miles out from SJC


Notice your VOR 1 for OAK is active. And we are 1.8 miles out from SJS VOR 2. This is the time you want to activate your Heading Auto Pilot. You may also want to retract your flaps from 5 degrees to 0 degrees.











We are almost at the 121 radial of OAK VOR 1










We are now intercepting the 121 radial of OAK. We will maintain 121 degrees until we are 47 miles out of OAK VOR 1 DME. Make slight adjustments to keep on course. Openthe radio stack and change VOR 2 to SalinasSNS to the frequency 117.3. When we will be 47 miles out from OAK intersept MOONY Intersection. Which is the radial 346 of SNS.









346 degreeoutbound radial of Salinas


47 miles out on the OAK DME


121 degree outbound radial of OAK


Heading 121 degrees


There !! You will note that we are still heading 121 degrees. We are 47 miles from OAK at the 121 outbound radial. We are also at the 346 outbound radial of SNS. We have intersepted MOONY.












Now that you just intersepted MOONY, itís time to change a heading to 108 degrees. The outbound radial will be 288. Open the radio stack and change NAV 1 VOR 1 to a the frequency 112.6 and track it to Panoche. The Vortac for Panoche is PXN.†††














We have just passed PXN. And this lesson is over. What you have achieved is a SID (Standard Instrument Departure). Youíve learned to use your Auto Pilot affectively, intersept radials, Locate Intersections. Now what you need to do is fly the same SID, but this time, instead of flying to PXN, Navigate to AVE. Let me know how you did.

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