• X-Plane 11 Default FMC Tutorial

    X-Plane 11 Default FMC Tutorial

    By Paul Mort


    Hello and welcome to this tutorial. This time I will be covering the use and facilities of the updated default FMC used in X-Plane 11. As I am sure you all know, in most cases in X-Plane 10, the FMC in a large aircraft was a fairly basic 'point and shoot' affair, with the exception of good payware models. This is not so in X-Plane 11. Here we are given a more useful and feature-packed FMC as standard, and it is from this we will take our example for this tutorial, using the default X-Plane 11 Boeing 737-800.

    The Route

    Being from the UK, naturally I chose a route in an area I was familiar with. Starting from my local airport, Manchester International (EGCC), I was going to fly the short distance to Bristol Airport (EGGD). Using an online route finder, the data for my flight was mapped out, as shown below.

    Cruise altitude between 5000 and 5000

    EGCC (0.0nm) -SID-> MONTY (42.6nm) -N42-> RETSI (67.9nm) -STAR-> EGGD (136.0nm)


    ID TRK DIST Coords Name/Remarks
    EGCC 0 0 N53°21'14.00"
    MONTY 229 43 N52°53'34.00"
    RETSI 154 25 N52°30'42.00"
    EGGD 174 68 N51°22'57.61"

    Note: Tracks are magnetic, distances are in nautical miles.


    This is a fairly basic route and ideal for the purposes of this tutorial.

    The FMC

    To begin with, we will use Runway 23L as the departure runway, as our route takes us in a south-westerly direction. So here we are on Runway 23L at Manchester, ready to roll with the pop out FMC (Figure 1) on view.

    X-Plane FMC
    Figure 1

    If we take a closer look (Figure 2) we can see the default FMC index page outlined in red, and that it is page 1 of 1. The message at the bottom also tells us that the navaid database is not current but this can be easily rectified with an update from the Navigraph web site (for a small fee). However, it is still functional, so for the purpose of this tutorial it can remain as it is.

    X-Plane FMC
    Figure 2

    Tags: fmc, x-plane

    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Great tutorial Paul; this helped me quite a bit!

      Many thanks!
    1. cactus jack's Avatar
      cactus jack -
      Outstanding...ended some of my programming struggles. Many thanks from a newbie to FMC flying
    1. ronb62's Avatar
      ronb62 -
      thanks, this was the best in giving me a clue about solving discontinuity errors
    1. RodTod's Avatar
      RodTod -
      This was desperately needed by us! THANK YOU!
    1. mattrauch's Avatar
      mattrauch -
      Would it be possible to get the entire tutorial as a .pdf file so I could save and print it?
    1. DeLiverpool's Avatar
      DeLiverpool -
      Quote Originally Posted by mattrauch View Post
      Would it be possible to get the entire tutorial as a .pdf file so I could save and print it?
      Nifty little tutorial indeed. Thank you, much appreciated.

      mattrauch: I think I can PDF it for you, i made myself a .docx file, just as printable.
    1. Gio350D's Avatar
      Gio350D -
      Despite to same fsx fmc, there isn't settings for fuel, cost, weights...is there?
    1. Rob4play's Avatar
      Rob4play -
      Boy! This is what I was looking for! Now, if I can only figure out how to make that area just below L6 and R6 accept ANY data, I might be able to get this turkey off the ground. .... Actually, I did get off the ground; I got impatient to fly and took my Laminar 737-800 off from Manchester. Any thoughts why I can't enter data????
    1. johnyyz's Avatar
      johnyyz -
      How do you save the flightplan ???????
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