Thanks to the generous donation of my good friend ShakerMT, here is a full flight tutorial on the FSLabs Airbus A320. See below for chapter content.

AIRCRAFT PREPARATION 05:07

COCKPIT PREPARATION 12:43

ALIGNING ADIRS 15:07

FMGS INITIALIZATION 17:20

FUEL AND PAYLOAD 18:39

INSERTING THE FLIGHT PLAN 22:44

vSPEEDS AND TAKEOFF DATA 30:10

COCKPIT PREPARATION (CONTINUED) 33:28

BEFORE START CLEARANCE 37:11

STARTING THE APU 37:30

BEFORE START CHECKLIST DOWN TO THE LINE 42:05

BEFORE START CHECKLIST BELOW THE LINE 43:11

STARTING THE ENGINES 43:40

WHAT TO DO AFTER ENGINE START 47:21

AFTER START CHECKLIST 49:58

PREPARING FOR TAXI 51:00

BEFORE TAKEOFF CHECKLIST DOWN TO THE LINE 1:01:17

BEFORE TAKEOFF CHECKLIST BELOW THE LINE 1:03:42

TAKEOFF 1:06:46

AFTER TAKEOFF CHECKLIST 1:11:37

CLIMB 1:11:58

CRUISE 1:18:56

DESCENT 1:29:49

SETTING THE NAV RADIOS 1:31:52

APPROACH CHECKLIST 1:38:33

FLYING THE APPROACH 1:41:02

LANDING CHECKLIST (SORT OF) 1:42:35

LANDING 1:43:26

AFTER LANDING 1:47:09

PARKING AND SHUTDOWN 1:52:07

45 COMMENTS

  1. The engine start switches are modeled correctly, you have to pull them up (right-click) and while they are up (hold right-click) you can flip them to the On-position.

  2. Great video! Not sure if anyone already commented on this but for the ZFW, you need to enter the value from the flight plan and it will adjust all the weights/PAX and calculate the CG.

  3. I know I'm quite late with these comments, but I have only now found this "Tutorial".
    I'm sorry. If you are going to put up a "Tutorial", you should really know what you are doing in the first place. Half the time you had no idea, for instance the engine start. Right ckick and then left click zt the same time. I could go on and on.
    If you haven't yet done so, Read the Introduction pdf, which tells you how to do most of the things that you had no idea about.
    Sorry but I think if someone produces a tutorial, you should have read the stuff before and had a couple of practice runs.

  4. As mentioned the FLEX temp is a way of derating the engines for take-off. We generally put in a high temp, such as 40 or 50 degrees. This tells the FADEC computers to derate the engines to the power they would produce, if it is that temperature on the airport. It is a bit wierd really. If you do the same on the PMDG aircraft, on the Thrust Limit page, you will see the Take off thrust go down beside the FLEX ebtry.
    Also it is important to enter the flight plan into the FMGC before entering the Block fuel into the INIT page 2. It then calculates all the speeds and altitudes.

    (Please excuse if this is mentioned before, and spelling mistakes. I have a vision disabilitynd find it hard to read)

  5. I'm not sure if you know or don't know why you got retard on takeoff but after you select you SID in the pref page you have to set the flaps and the c/g then the flex temp should set itself automatically.

  6. Semper Fi Brother! I remember taking the train from Oceanside, right outside of Pendleton, to San Diego, flying to Phoenix then to El Paso my home town when I was in my beloved Corps. Good times, Rah!

  7. Hello Capt, ty for the video it is really helpful.

    I would like to add a few info about Flex Temperature and the thrust reduction (32:30)
    There are 2 Take Off THRUST options .
    1 – Thrust levers at toga detent. Applies the highest trust available for take off and since it causes too much EGT (exhaust gas temperature ) , it reduces the engine life. We may need Toga for performance reasons related with runway length(short), obstacles(long), ambient temperature(high), aircraft weight(heavy) e.t.c
    2 – Thrust levers at Flex / MCT detent. That one is lil bit tricky. First of all we have to know that jet engines performance ( highest amount of thrust available) reduces with outside temperature. With a flex entry to mcdu performance page, for example 48 C degrees, we make flight management computer to assume that outside temperature is 48 C, and it calculates the maximum thrust available for that temperature( in this case thrust available calculated by flight management computer will be lower than the thrust available in standard temperature, which is 15 C degrees ) . When we move thrust levers to FLEX / MCT detend it applies that calculated thrust, instead of full thrust. So why do we need that ? For engine life. Imagine an airplane on a runway of 5000 meters with no pessengers. you dont need to apply full thrust and steal from engines lifes. By simple charts which is prepared specifically for each runway, you enter your aircraft's weight, ambient conditions and find out if you can use flex take off or not. However anytime you feel like flex detent wont be enough for take off, you can increase thrust to Toga during take off run.

    Thrust Reduction Altitude : Airbus 320 has a limit of 5 minutes for Toga Thrust ( , in case of one engine fails limit increases to 10 min ). So at the thrust reduction altitude that we entered to mcdu, flight management computer gonna ask us to pull thrust levers back to climb detent. We have to keep in mind that our climb performance will be lower with climb thrust, so if there are no noise restrictions you can increase thrust reduction altitude to higher level for a better initial climb performance, we may need this for altitude constraints after take off. However we have too keep in mind that we have max 5 minutes and higher thrust reduction altitude means more noise closer to airport areas and lower engine life.

    I hope i didn't make it more complicated than before.

  8. Hi, at 1:18:09 please could you share with me what scenery is giving you those beautiful sharp mountain ranges? I would love to have it in my sim! Thankyou 🙂

  9. I have a question commenters do i need to buy the simulator then the plane or if i buy just this and pay 100$ i also have the game????

  10. I probably should have read all the comments before posting but, blah. So PFPX will calculate your V speeds and flex temp if you select the takeoff and landing tabs at the top of the screen when planning your flight. These will then be listed just below your weights and above your flight plan. So you can get and manually enter the proper V speeds and flex temp into the MCDU for takeoff speeds and derate if recommended.

  11. Hello, is VOR the easiest way to navigate for beginners when using Boeing or Airbus? I really just wanna learn to navigate from A to B under easy weather condition and get flying asap 🙂

  12. Hello Captain Mac! I was just wondering where you got you checklist and you flows from because when I bought the fslabs a320 it didn't give me any documentation with it. Great video by the way and also if you wanted it to turn to the APU page automatically you should have pushed the all button instead of the door button.

  13. The flex to temp is set so that you don't use full thrust on takeoff. Real airlines do this to increase the time interval between maintenance for the engines because apparently airlines go through engines like tic tacs. The thrust reduction height is set to tell the aircraft at what altitude it's going to nose down at and accelerate right after takeoff. If I'm incorrect feel free to correct me but that is my basic understanding of the subject.

  14. "FLEX" is the standard takeoff thrust setting used on Airbus aircraft, unless departing a contaminated (wet / icy) runway or if performance constraints (short runway or hot and high) exist, in which case TOGA (full thrust) is used.

    "FLEX" takeoff settings use an assumed temperature thrust reduction to preserve engine wear and thereby prolong engine life.

    The assumed FLEX temperature used (e.g. 40 degrees C) reflects the thrust which would be achieved from a TOGA takeoff with that outside air temperature (+40 C in that example).

    As the photo shows, the FLEX setting (thrust reduction) results in more runway used on takeoff than TOGA.

    From Airliners.net

    So anyway, the temp you put in means that the computer calculates the TOGA engine N1 or EPR at that temperature and uses that N1 for takeoff. So they use less power, saving the engines 🙂

  15. hi , all the sim expert out there, i would like to purchase this flightsim but i m not sure if my lap top could support ( i m a dummy on computer , my compute is Intel CORE i3, do you guys think its ok to use it to play this flight sim? many thanks!

  16. Good video, but I wish you would have done some research on A320 normal procedures before doing a 'tutorial' flight. You wouldn't have seemed so lost while performing certain procedures….like turning the wx radar on and taking off 😉

  17. ShakerT, I've known you for quite a bit myself, including your 'real' handle, and you have always been a great guy and generous to a fault. I know Michael sincerely appreciates everything you've done to promote and support not only his channel but the different VA's we all belong to as well. I tip my hat to you sir.

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