A beginner’s guide to the FMS

How to create an FMS flight plan

Dear PC Pilot,

I have been a for many years and you have helped me build a great of paid and freeware Your are but one I seen covered I need is how to build a basic flight in FMS. - just a simple New York to Miami plan and some of cost index.


The above letter is an excellent example of one of the more common questions we get asked by our readers trying to understand the Flight Management System (FMS). So, we have set up a step-by-step guide on how to create the route suggested in Rudy’s letter using one of the more popular flight simulation airliners, the PMDG 737NGXu, although, the procedure is almost identical on other Boeing aircraft. We have also created a video showing the necessary steps in setting up the route on the FMS at the end of this article.

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