The first payware MD-80 for X plane came from Rotate. A welcome addition to the payware library the MD-80 is a joy to fly. Well missing some feature, mainly in the FMC, it is still a lot of fun to fly. So come along for the ride.
So todays flight will be taking us from Atlanta(KATL) to Milwaukee(KMKE).
So lets get to the gate…
With ground power hooked up its time to bring the beast to life…
Once the power is on I get all the displays turned on.
Ground crew opens the cargo doors and we decided to board from the aft today.
Time to get to the FMC, First page to verify info
Reference airport set.
Time to align the IRS. For this plane Rotate did not program a wait time. Turn the knob to NAV and its good.
We set the IRS position and move on to the route.
We set the destination, KMKE in this case
Then we chose our departure route, We will be leaving off Runway 8R.
Then we program the remaining route. I did not show the arrival program because it was just runway 1l.
After the route is in its time to fill in the PREF stuff. the CI is 41 but Rotate made it so to get a proper CI you need to have 3 digits. So the community figured out to just add a 0 on the end and everything works.
We then check our gross weight for v speeds. You have to manually enter them. In this shot I forgot to switch from KG to LB.
Takeoff speeds entered and pre flight complete. V speeds can be entered manually or automaticly by pressing the OSB next to the speed. However its depended on flap position.
Next its time to set up the autopilot. In this pic I have the speed set to .77 but I also have it set to 250 knots. You can set Mach and IAS. For TO it doesnt matter since i’ll be in EPR TO
Time to set my long trim. Simply adjust the flaps selector knob to your take off flaps, in this case 15. The window above gives us a long trim of 10. So we simply adjust out long trim to 10.
Long trim set
Time to spin up the APU
GPU disconnected and doors closed ready to go
Fuel pumps on and we are ready for engine start.
Left engine first, Once the N2 is up to 22 give it some fuel and off she goes. Repeat for the right engine.
Time for taxi. In true MD 80 fashion we will be doing a power back from the gate.
Taxiing out to 8R
Lined up and spooling the engines up
Brief overhead check and all is good to go
Cruising at FL300
Coming up on time of decent
Getting the approach info for 1l
Passing through Chicago
About 25 miles out and lined up for final
I had to hand fly the landing, I missed the glideslope or went to my landing speed to soon. So no pics of the landing however it lands the same as any plane. Dial in the ILS Freq. and once stuff starts moving engage the approach mode.
And at the gate in Milwaukee
All in all a great plane. The plane ships with 4K textures. They put a big strain on my system. Rotate was kind enough to release a 2K texture pack for those of us that didn’t have newer systems. So all my pics are in 2K instead of 4K.