10th Jun 2003, 22:18
I'm looking for a computer training program for the FMC of a Boeing 737 (for gen nav in the atpls) - are there any suitable packages available?
10th Jun 2003, 22:23
I wouldn't bother, to be honest- I don't know of one, if there is one it will cost a small fortune, and I would recommend saving your money. The questions in the GNAV exam on this are jolly straightforward, and the feedback and training that you will get from your groundschool should be adequate.
Spend the cash you save on crisps. Or AVGAS. It's up to you.
14th Jun 2003, 10:22
i'm merely a PPL student (even though i'll probably work myself up to an ATPL), but a good way to get used to FMC's (and a relatively cheap way) is to use microsoft flight simulator with some good add on planes .. there is gonna be a 737NG released from http://www.precisionmanuals.com/PRODUCTS/airliners/737NG.htm that, within limitations of FS, offers a fairly complete FMC that should get you going with the basics .. also there is http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/737.html .. a simulation of a 737-400 that has a pretty good FMC, and then there is the wonderfull http://www.wilcopub.com/767_MFS.htm .. which offers a simulation of the 767 .. with the FMC included in this add on i can use the Big Boeing FMC Guide by Bill Bulfer and program it pretty much according to the real one ..
i know flight simulator doesn't come close to the real feeling of flying, but these add ons do a pretty good job at simulating the FMC within the limits of Flight Simulator ..
There is a pretty good FMS program on the Bristol Groundschool CD ROM that covers all you'll need to know in order to pass the instruments and gen nav exams.