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Thread: FMC: What's the appeal?

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    Default FMC: What's the appeal?

    I've been sim-flying for a number of years and one thing that has puzzled me from its onset was the appeal of FMCs. I am not denigrating the FMC or those who use it. I have used them and really have no opinion of them either way. I am just legitimately curious, what is the appeal of using them?

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    I simply ignore it. My personal opinion is that it's a crutch to be used by those who don't know how to navigate. I prefer to fly airplanes (Flight Sim Airplanes) instead of computers (GPSs and FMCs) - but that's just me. The greater the challenge the more interested I am.
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    If you want to simulate flying a modern aircraft and the technology used by professional pilots, having an operating FMC enhances the experience.

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    The default GPS can actually act in a similar way as an FMC. It's just not how real world pilots do it.

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    I like to simulate flying modern airliners like the pro's do. So departure and arrival procedures and LNAV and VNAV navigation. Can't do that without an FMC to program your route into.

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    I can use the default GPS and do any RNAV, LNAV approach. I don't use auto-land, so I don't need VNAV.
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    In real life the appeal of an FMC (and other automated functions) is that it does a lot of things better than human pilots. Thus resulting in safer and more efficient flying.

    In our sim it will either wanting to do everything as in real life or not wanting to do some of the work.

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    Uh - what's an FMC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by montys View Post
    Uh - what's an FMC?
    Flight Management Computer. Another variation of this is Flight Management System (FMS). Works the same just a different way of calling what it is.
    Last edited by ED_4; 09-15-2012 at 06:21 AM.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_Management_Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverblade View Post
    The greater the challenge the more interested I am.
    If you're in a cockpit designed for 2 pilots, with air traffic control from IVAO or VATSIM or PilotEdge, with planes around you and fast changing situations, it's already a challenge to do everything right even with the help of a FMS.

    Of course, it can be more interesting to use classic radio navigation, no automatic VNAV, and a manual throttle, manual engine management. I like both.

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