Getting ready for take off
||Select the take off flaps setting
of 20 degrees.
You can click the flaps indicator to do this.
The slats also extend fully with the 20 degree flaps setting.
||Click the 'Tail Trim' gauge to read around
3.0 to 3.5 degrees.
This tilts the whole tailplane to give more nose up force.
You will need to adjust tail trim a lot as you fly, so
it is important that you have easy controls assigned for
'elevator trim' in Flight Simulator.
||Click on the Speed Reference chart to get
a list of important speeds & settings for the flight.
TOW (take off weight) should show close to 95 (tonnes).
If it does not, adjust the fuel load until it does read
Thru is the take off thrust setting (shown here as 93)
V1 is the max speed you can abort a take off.
VR is the speed at which you rotate (pull the stick back)
V2 is the safe flying speed
MFR is minimum speed to retract the flaps
FUS is the flaps up safety speed
Initial climb speed will be 160 kt.
||If you look on the Brize Norton chart,
altitudes are always given as two values (eg. 2770 &
These are QNH & QFE readings. QNH is measured
above sea level & QFE is measured from the local ground
If you click the altimeter until it is reading as close
to zero as possible, that will give the QFE reading during
Since we are only doing circuits, this is an acceptable
thing to do & it makes life easier.
||Click the radio toggle button
to bring up the radio stack.
We need to set both NAV radios and an ADF radio.
NAV1 should be tuned to '111.9' which is the ILS frequency
at Brize. Note - If you are
using Nick Black's Brize scenery, you need to tune NAV1
to '111.85' instead.
We are going to tune NAV2 to the ILS frequency at the
nearby Fairford airbase. This is because the default
MS Brize scenery does not give a DME (distance measuring
equipment) reading from the ILS or the NDB beacon.
Note - If you are using Nick Black's
Brize scenery, you do not need to tune NAV2 at all, because
the ILS gives DME information.
The ADF frequency is '386'. This is the frequency
of the NDB beacon at Brize which we have to pass over
on the first circuit.
||Adjust the 'Course' to 257, so that the
arrow is pointing straight down the runway.