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Entries in Primary Flight Display (2)

Monday
Aug182014

Primary Flight Display (PFD) - Differences Between Sim Avionics and ProSim737 Avionics Suites

As I work on a slightly more technical post, I thought I would post some images of the Primary Flight Display (PFD) belonging to two of the most popular avionics suites - ProSim737 and Sim Avionics.  I am not going to compare avionics suites in this post as both have their pros and cons and specific features.  What is important, is that the reliability and graphic output of either suite is second to none and exceeds that of many competing avionics suites.

Sim Avionics is owned by Flight Deck Solutions (FDS) in Canada and simulates both the B737 NG and the B777.  ProSim737, developed in the Netherlands, is dedicated solely to the B737 NG.

In the interests of disclosure, I own both suites, however, use ProSim737. 

A post located on the ProSim737 forum discusses the various PFD differences.  The post can be read here: 'Comparing the ProSim PFD' (thanks Jacob for sending this to me).

BELOW:  First image is a screengrab of the PFD from ProSim737.  Second image is a screengrab from Sim Avionics, while the third image is a photograph of a real B737-800 PFD.

 

 

Sunday
Sep092012

B737-800 Primary Flight Display (PFD) Diagram

 

I recently came across this in the Flight Crew Operations Manual (FCOM) for the B738. The simple to understand picture is an excellent visual reminder to the most important areas of the Primary Flight Display (PFD).

When I was new to jets, I had this image printed in colour above the computer screen as a quick reference guide. It doesn't take long before the its part of memory.

I've made the image quite large so you can right click, save and print it out if you want to.

If you want to read ther B738 Flight Crew Manual (FCOM) navigate to the Training & Documents section (menu above) and you can download the manual. There are a lot of Boeing documents that can be read and downloaded from this section.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



KEY

1. Bug 5 (white)
2. Flaps Manoeuvring Speeds (green)
3. V2+15 (white)
4. Takeoff Reference Speeds (green)
5. Minimum Manoeuvre Speed (amber)
6. Minimum Speed (red and black)
7. Maximum Manoeuvring Speed (amber)
8. VREF+20 (white)
9. Landing Reference Speed (green)
10. Speed Reference Display (green)
11. 80 Knot Airspeed Bug (white)