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Tutorial: Autothrottle | VNAV | Citation Longitude | Part 2


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The basics of the autothrottle system and VNAV are covered on the Citation Longitude in Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) with update AAU1.


The video starts with an in-depth review of the AFCS or automated flight control system window (also called flight mode annunciator) and what some autothrottle messages mean and where they will be displayed.


The autothrottle can be used on takeoff and will be demonstrated in the video with modes that will be seen during a normal takeoff as well as a red CAS message when the ATS does not work correctly.


An arrival into Rocky Mountain Metro (KBJC - Denver, CO) will be setup and flown in the video demonstrating what will be seen during an arrival when VNAV is used.


The difference between ALTS and ALTV along with flight plan target altitude are discussed.


To make VNAV work flawlessly, these three things need to happen.


  1. Select VNAV
  2. Enter the appropriate altitude in the altitude selector
  3. Look for a TOD or top of descent


For a very detailed video on VNAV doing a complete departure and an arrival, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu36df6145g


And more VNAV examples with the similar G3000 unit in the TBM 930: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td7h4F6kIkA


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This video is produced by thecorporatepilotdad. He has been a FlightSim.Com member for close to twenty years and using Flight Simulator since back in the day of FS98 and FS2000. He is also a professional pilot with over 7000 hours of real world flight experience ranging from Cessna 152s to super-mid size business jets.

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Nels, I hope that the non-MSFS users realize that these videos are a wealth of information, much of which can be used even in many FSX and 2004 aircraft. Systems knowledge, and the overall thought process that goes into effectively using these systems, is valuable to any pilot. Well done again. I also like the level of reality here with sun/shadow on the EFIS/MFDs. Often an annoyance in real flight.

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