|Author(s)||Justin Smithies, Syd Adams, Isaias Prestes|
The 777 Freighter (777F) is an all-cargo version of the twinjet, and shares features with the -200LR; these include its airframe, engines, and fuel capacity. With a maximum payload of 226,000 lb (103,000 kg), cargo capacity is similar to the 243,000 lb (110,000 kg) of the 747-200F. The freighter has a range of 4,900 nmi (9,070 km) at maximum payload, although greater range is possible if less cargo weight is carried. As the aircraft promises improved operating economics compared to existing freighters, airlines have targeted the 777F as a replacement for older freighters including the 747-200F and MD-11F. The 777 for Flightgear is based on 777-200 developed by Justin Smithies, Syd Adams.
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See Boeing 777#Systems for the main article about this subject.
Important notice: as of FlightGear 2.4.0, the 777 has tiller steering, just like the real aircraft where the pedals only turn the nose wheel by a few degrees - to achieve optimal precision during takeoffs and landings. Use the tiller (777-200ER > Tiller Steering) dialog to steer during taxiing.
- You can also connect a separate joystick axis to the tiller control - just like in the real aircraft, where there is a separate control wheel.
- Finally, you can also disable the separate tiller control and revert to the unrealistic behaviour of using pedals only to completely control the nose wheel (see 777-200ER > Tiller Steering dialog).
- Go to Equipment > Fuel and Payload and set your fuel amounts and make sure your tanks are selected
- Right-click twice to get into the move view mode and look at the overhead panel then click all the electrical buttons until they are all lit up
- Hold the 's' button for 10 seconds or until the engines are running at idle.
The 777 autopilot can be fully controlled using the 3D cockpit switches. For FG2.4.0 use left and middle mouse buttons to turn any switches left/right. For FG2.5.0 and newer, you can use the mouse scroll wheel on all cockpit knobs.An Autoland system is going to be available as of v2.6.0
You can also use the 777's built-in autopilot tutorial to learn about the different switches.
Autopilot controls, from left to right, top to bottom:
- A/P - Autopilot engage/disengage button
- F/D - Flight director (the pink lines that show up on your attitude indicator)
- A/T ARM (L/R) - Arm/disarm autothrottle for left/right engines. Must be armed to enable autothrottle for the respective engine.
- CLB CON - Continue climbing using the vertical speed the plane was at, when this setting was first engaged
- A/T - Autothrottle engage/disengage button. Like the real 777, the autothrottle is independent from the main autopilot, so autothrottle also also works when the autopilot is disabled (Note: this was different for FG2.0 and earlier!).
- IAS <> MACH - Switch between IAS speed mode and Mach number speed mode
- IAS window - Set your desired IAS speed or Mach speed here
- LNAV - Tells the autopilot to follow the Route Manager settings laterally (control the heading)- this has never worked for me, the autopilot just makes meaningless circles/goes north
- VNAV - Same as LNAV, except vertically (control the altitude)- never tried this setting before
- FLCH - Flight Level Change, set the altitude and press FLCH to climb or descent to designated flight level.
- A/P DISENGAGE - Dedicated autopilot disengage button (click twice). It serves as an easy to reach "emergency disengage" button.
- HDG <> TRK - Switch between heading bug and course track
- HDG window - Set your desired heading or course track here.
- HDG select - Engage/disengage heading or course hold mode and maintain SELECTED heading (FG2.5.0 and newer).
- Bank limits (AUTO/5/25) - Define banking limits for turning, i.e. 5 for gentle turns at cruising altitude, 25 for good maneuverability at lower speeds; auto will be fine in most cases.
- HOLD - Engage/disengage heading or course hold mode and maintain CURRENT aircraft heading.
- V/S <> FPA - Switch between Vertical Speed and Flight Path Angle
- V/S window - Set your desired Vertical Speed or Flight Path Angle
- VS/FPA - Engage/disengage Vertical Speed/Flight Path Angle hold mode
- ALTITUDE window - Set your desired altitude here
- Altitude selection (AUTO/1000) - Switch between automatic incrementing (AUTO) and incrementing by the thousands (1000)- this setting only helps when selecting the altitude via the knobs, this won't apply if using the Autopilot Settings dialog
- HOLD - Engage/disengage altitude hold mode
- LOC - Track NAV1 VOR, flying by the heading given by the NAV1 radial
- APP - Arm the ILS localizer and glideslope (laterally and vertically). Any current AP mode (HDG and ALTITUDE HOLD) remains active, until the NAV receiver captures the localizer or glideslope.
- A/P - Engage/disengage autopilot
- F/D - Flight director
(Also see forums).