Quick Start Flights
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The following procedures are relevant for sighted pilots ONLY. Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) pilots should go HERE.

Okay, you've got FSX installed, you have the latest version of Pete Dowson's FSUPIC installed, you've run two or three Speech Recognition Training Sessions and you're ready to fly with your Co-Pilot Michelle! Here's the proper sequence to follow with FSX, although it is very close to what you would do with FS9 (FS2004) and Prepar3D (with the default Mooney Bravo):

Getting Started on a Short Flight

  1. Launch FSX and select FREE FLIGHT (top left on the menu panel).
  2. Under CURRENT AIRCRAFT, click on CHANGE and select the Cessna C172SP Skyhawk.
  3. IMPORTANT: DO NOT SELECT Flight Planner (we want to keep things simple).
  5. In the Filters area, set By Country/Region to Any.
  6. In the Search Airports area, enter KSEA in the By airport ID text box.
  7. Click on Seattle - Tacoma Intl in the list.
  8. In the Filters area, set Choose runway/starting position to 34R and press OK.
  9. Under CURRENT WEATHER, select CHANGE.
  10. Click Weather themes, select Clear Weather from the list, then press OK.
  12. Under Time of day, select Day then press OK.
  13. Click Fly Now.

  14. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Ensure your simulator is running in the "Windows mode" - NOT in the "Full Screen mode". If you are in "Full Screen mode", simultaneously press the ALT and Enter keys to go to the Windows mode.

  15. Press the ALT key to expose the simulator's MAIN MENU at the top of the screen.
  16. Select Flights followed by Save.
  17. Under both Flight title and Flight description enter IYP Quick Start, then press OK.
  18. From the MAIN MENU, once again select Flights followed by Load and select the file you just saved called: IYP Quick Start.
  19. Click Fly Now.
  20. After the scenery is loaded and the aircraft appears, minimize your simulator.
  21. Launch the It's Your Plane application.
  22. Restore your simulator.
  23. Michelle introduces herself, identifies your aircraft and says, "Captain, It's Your Plane... we're ready to go." NOTE: If you're using the FREE 15-day TRIAL version, Michelle will provide some additional instructions.
  24. Now let's manipulate the aircraft and its settings with Voice Commands.

Getting Airborne

Okay... let's have some fun!
  1. Say the phrase... "Restart Cold and Dark" and Michelle will reset both the aircraft and IYP. Again wait until she's finished giving you the preliminary start up messages.
  2. Once she's done speaking, say, "Spot View". The view will change.
  3. You'll note that the doors are open, so say, "Close doors"
  4. Say, "Cockpit View". The view will change.
  5. Ask Michelle, "What are the window names?" She'll rattle off the names.
  6. Say, "Bring up I F R panel".
  7. Try saying, "Bring up V F R panel".
  8. Now say, "Bring up Main panel".
  9. OK... say, "Parking Brakes Off" followed by "Parking Brakes On". Look at the ugly red bar!
  10. Now say, "Battery Master Switch On"
  11. Say, "Beacon Light On".
  12. Say, "Fuel Pump On".
  13. Ask Michelle to... "Set the Engine Mixture to Rich".
  14. Now say, "Fuel Pump Off".
  15. Wann'a have some fun? Say... "Fire Up Engine".
  16. How about, "Master Alternator Switch On"?
  17. OK, "Navigation Lights On".
  18. Try this ... "Make the heading zero seven zero" and watch the BUG on the Heading Indicator gauge.
  19. OK, say... "Avionics On".
  20. Say, "Bring up the radio stack".
  21. Great ! Now say, "Make the altitude three thousand five hundred".
    Note that a Default Vertical Speed of 700 feet/min is automatically loaded (look at the bottom right of the Radio Stack).
  22. Try this ... "Set the Vertical Rate of Climb to five hundred". . . see !
  23. Let's change the Com1 Frequency ... "Set Com1 to One Two Three Point Five".
  24. How about ... "Set Nav1 Standby to One One Three Decimal Five".
  25. And, "Exchange Nav1".
  26. How about this? "Squawk Four Five Six Seven". Look at the Transponder!
  27. We're done with the Radio Stack, so say, "Get rid of the radio stack".
  28. Let's set the flaps! Say, "Flaps ten".
  29. Now let's set the Pitch (Elevator Trim) to the T/O position. Simply say, "Adjust Elevator Trim for Takeoff".
  30. Say... "Make the Heading 341" and look at the BUG on the Heading Indicator.
  31. Now say... "Altimeter two niner niner two".
  32. Try saying... "Cycle Coordinates" and look at the red status bar on top of the screen. Repeating this command will continue cycling the Coordinate display.
  33. Now say, "Landing Lights On" followed by "Strobe Lights On".
  34. Terrific!   Now let's get out of here! Say... "Bring up V F R panel"
  35. OK... say, "Parking Brakes Off".
  36. Say... "Take off checklist".
  37. When Michelle asks, "Do you want me to assist you?", respond with, "No thanks", or "Negative".
  38. After Michelle provides her instructions, say... "Apply takeoff thrust".
  39. After you hear Michelle say, "Rotate", gradually pull the nose up.
  40. When you hear Michelle say, "V2", say, "Auto-Pilot on".
  41. Then say... "Airspeed One Zero Zero", or "Airspeed one hundred"
  42. Once you reach about 500 feet Above Sea Level (ASL), which is approximately 150 feet Above Ground Level (AGL), say, "Flaps up".
  43. Now say, "Turn right heading Zero Seven Zero", and the aircraft will turn to a heading of 70 degrees, assume and maintain a Vertical Rate of Climb of 500 feet/min and climb to 3,500 feet!

Let's Go Home!

You're currently heading East (070 degrees). Wait until the aircraft reaches 3,500 feet and has settled in at an Airspeed of 100 knots, then it will be time to go back to the Seattle -Tacoma Int'l Airport (KSEA). For the purposes of this simple flight, you're not going to bother contacting the KSEA Tower to get the assigned runway, rather, you're simply going to make an Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach on runway 34 Right... whether they like it or not! (Ha Ha)

  1. Okay, you're climbing to an altitude of 3,500 feet on a heading of 070. Since you did not to create a Flight Plan for this short trip, your trusty Co-Pilot Michelle has no idea where you are going, or where you want to land; you need to tell her. You do so by saying, "Make the destination airport Kilo Sierra Echo Alpha". Michelle will respond with, "Roger. Kilo Sierra Echo Alpha. Distance (whatever) miles. Airport Altitude 433 feet. The airport name is Seattle".
  2. Now say, "Load the ILS Approach Frequency for Runway Three Four Right". Michelle will respond with, "Navigation 1 set to the ILS Approach Frequency of 110.3 for runway 34 Right". She will then say... "I have set the course to 341". Incidentally, since you are so close to the KSEA airport, Michelle may tell you that the Localiser and Glideslope are Alive! Don't concern yourself with that just yet.
  3. Once you get to 3,500 feet, I'd like you to head down-wind. Say, "Turn right Heading One Six Zero".
  4. Once you're stabilised on a heading of 160, I'd like you to descend to an altitude of 2,700 feet. So, ask Michelle to "Descend and Maintain Two Thousand Seven Hundred".
  5. Once you start down, say... "Descent checklist".
  6. You can respond with, "Affirmative" and/or "Confirmed" for each and every checklist item, until Michelle finally reports, "The descent checklist has been completed".
  7. Try saying, "Look front right", "Look right", "Look left rear", "Look left", "Look Front".
  8. Okay, you're doing great. We need to be approximately 18 miles South East of the airport before we turn onto BASE (250 degrees). Fortunately, Michelle will provide you with periodic distance and direction reports once you're beyond about 10 miles from the airport.
  9. But, where are we... actually... right now? Say, "Get Directions to Airport", or, "Get Airport Directions". Michelle reports your direction and distance from the airport.  
  10. You can say, "Bring up the GPS" to see where you are.
  11. Okay, Michelle just said, "Airport is 18 miles; five o'clock", so you're ready to turn onto BASE. Say, "Turn right heading Two Five Zero".
  12. Say, "Get rid of the GPS".
  13. We'll need to know when to set the heading to 310 (30 degrees off of Final) in order to intersect the Localiser. So, say, "Set the ADF to Two, Two, Four Decimal Zero.". This is the frequency of the Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) (ID=ODD) located 4 nautical miles from the threshold of Runway 34R. (see image below)
  14. Manually set the ADF HDG Select Knob in the ADF Indicator to 250 (our current heading).
  15. Then, when the ADF is pointing to 320 degrees, say, "Turn right heading Three One Zero" to start our Approach to Runway 34R.

                  NDB ID=ODD

You Land The Aircraft

  1. Soon after you turn right to 310, Michelle will say, "Captain. This might be a good time to do the Approach checklist".
  2. Say... "Approach checklist". When Michelle asks, "Do you want me to assist you?", you respond with "No thanks", or "Negative".
  3. Once again, you can respond with, "Affirmative" and/or "Confirmed" for each of the preliminary checklist items.
  4. Michelle will say, "The Localiser's alive", followed by, "The Glide Slope's alive".
  5. When Michelle says... "If needed, this might be a good time to turn on the marker ident"... you can simply ignore this.
  6. At about 13 miles out, say, "Airspeed Nine Five" followed by "Flaps Ten".
  7. At this point, say, "Bring up the Radio Stack". Manually press the APR (Approach) button on the Autopilot (bottom of the radio stack). The APR light on the radio stack should light up. Now say, "Kill Radio Stack".
  8. Watch the VERTICAL NEEDLE in VOR 1 Indicator gauge. It will be left of centre, then it will gradually move towards the centre as the ILS localiser is captured.
  9. Michelle will recognise and lock onto the Localiser and turn the aircraft towards Final.
  10. Once Michelle settles the aircraft on Final, say, "Airspeed Eighty", followed by "Flaps Twenty".
  11. When Michelle says... "Don't forget to contact the Tower", you can ignore this as well since the Tower has no idea what we're doing! (SMILES).
  12. As you approach the airport, Michelle will say, "We have captured the glide slope!"
  13. After the Glideslope is captured and your aircraft descends below 1,800 AGL (2,300 ASL), say, "Airspeed Seventy", followed by, "Flaps Thirty".
  14. If you'd like, you can say, "Virtual Cockpit view", followed by, "Look Straight Ahead". You can also say, "Zoom Inwards" and "Zoom Outwards" to optimise your view!
  15. You'll be descending down the Glideslope. At about 500 feet AGL (approx. 900 feet ASL), say, "Auto-Pilot Off". Then, apply the Brakes (or hold the Brake Switch) for about 2 seconds. Michelle will say, "Captain, I am no longer controlling the airspeed". Okay, it's now time for you to... Wake Up ! (LOL)
  16. Use the engine power to control your altitude. If you're descending too quickly, gently apply a little more power; if you're starting to climb, gradually reduce the engine power. Use the runway Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) White and Red lights to judge your approach. Remember, if all 4 lights are WHITE, "Have a nice flight"... meaning you're too high. If all 4 lights are RED, "You could be dead!"... meaning you're too low. Ideally, you want to see 2 WHITE and 2 RED.
  17. Once you're over the runway, kill the power and gently pull the nose up to make a nice flared landing!
  18. After you have cleared the runway, say, "Taxi Lights On", "Landing Lights Off", "Flaps Up", followed by, "Maintain Taxi Speed" and Michelle will... as usual... do her thing!

Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcription
Great!   Now minimise your simulator and look in the folder called IYPLogs. It's located off the root folder of your simulator. In there you will find a Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcription file. It will be named in the format of... Sort the list of files in descending order. In this file, you will see all of the instructions you made and the responses from Michelle (Mike) as well.

Click HERE to see a sample Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcript.

We hope that you enjoyed this Quick Start Flight. We tried to expose just a few of the hundreds of voice commands that can be used with your Co-Pilot.

Are You Ready for Checklists?
The next thing you ought to try is performing ALL of the checklists. Create another flight of about 80-100 miles departing from an airport of your liking. Save and Load your flight as you did for this Quick Start flight. Then, bring up IYP and ask Michelle to, "Do All Checklists". I strongly suggest that you read about the SimpleATC+ system before doing this.

OK... let's do the same flight, only this time we will let Michelle assist you with the takeoff, climb out, approach and landing.

Letting Michelle Assist You! - REGISTERED VERSION ONLY

We'll ask you to basically repeat all of the steps in Getting Airborne (1-43), and Let's Go Home (1-15) above. Exceptions are, whenever Michelle asks you, "Do you want me to assist you?", please respond with... "Yes please" or "Affirmative". Also, you can side-step item 42 in the Getting Airborne section, because Michelle will automatically pull up the flaps! During climb out, if you look at the Vertical Rate of Climb on the Autopilot panel, you'll notice that Michelle is automatically changing this value based upon a whole bunch of optimization parameters.

Okay... we're on BASE, looking at the ADF needle, and about to turn towards Final.

  1. Soon after you turn right to 310, Michelle will say, "Captain. This might be a good time to do the Approach checklist".
  2. You say, "Approach Checklist".
  3. Michelle will respond with, "Roger, we'll do the approach and landing checklists."
  4. Michelle will then ask, "Do you want me to assist you?"
  5. You respond with, "Yes please" or "Affirmative".
  6. Michelle will say, "Roger."
  7. Michelle will run through the preliminary checklist items. Again, simply respond with... "Confirmed" or "Affirmative" for these checklist items.
  8. As you're performing the checklist, Michelle will say, "The Localiser's alive", followed by "The Glide Slope's alive".
  9. Michelle will state that she's setting the airspeed to 95 knots.
  10. Once the airspeed drops below 98 knots, Michelle will automatically set the Flaps to 10 Degrees.
  11. When Michelle says... "If needed, this might be a good time to turn on the marker ident"... you can simply ignore this.
  12. As soon as the aircraft detects the Localiser, Michelle will say, "Switching to ILS Approach Mode" and automatically activate the Auto-Pilot Approach (APR) mode.
  13. She'll then say, "Locked on the Localiser" and automatically turn the aircraft towards final approach.
  14. Michelle will then say, "Heading set to runway heading", and preset the Heading (BUG) to the runway's course bearing.
  15. She'll then set the airspeed to 80 knots and automatically set the Flaps to 20 degrees.
  16. Once the Glideslope has been intersected, Michelle will say, "We've captured the Glideslope" and begin to follow the glideslope downwards towards the runway.
  17. Once the aircraft dips below 1,800' AGL (or 2,300 ASL), she'll lower the flaps to 30 degrees and set the airspeed to 70 knots.
  18. When Michelle says... "Don't forget to contact the Tower", you can ignore this, since we're going to surprise the unsuspecting Tower! (SMILES).
  19. If you'd like, you can say, "Virtual Cockpit view", followed by, "Look Straight Ahead". You can also say, "Zoom Inwards" and "Zoom Outwards" to optimise your view!
  20. You can change the landing mode by saying either, "I'll handle the landing", or, "I'd like you to handle the landing."
  21. If you have previously asked Michelle to handle the landing, she will say, "Captain. I'll handle the landing. It's my plane!" Otherwise, she'll say, "You'll be handling the landing... It's Your Plane!" If you're going to be doing the landing, Michelle will then say, "I am no longer controlling the airspeed", followed by, "You have control of the Auto Pilot". Follow the exact procedures in the first Quick Start scenario above!
  22. Michelle will call out, "One Thousand", "Five Hundred", "Four Hundred", "Three Hundred", "Minimums", "Two Hundred".
  23. If Michelle is controlling the landing, you'll hear her say, "One Hundred" followed by, "Captain, I am no longer controlling the airspeed."
  24. She'll continue to call out... "Fifty", "Forty","Thirty","Twenty","Flare", until touchdown.
  25. Once you're over the runway, kill the power and nose-up for a PERFECT LANDING!
  26. After you have slowed, Michelle will say, "The approach and landing checklists have been completed."
  27. She'll then pull up the flaps automatically.
NOTE: In the case where Michelle is Auto-Landing the aircraft, you won't be required to do a thing... Michelle will take care of bringing the aircraft to a complete stop (unless there's a 40 knot side-wind !!!)

Click HERE to view a list of aircraft supported by the It's Your Plane system.

Please refer to the Voice Commands section for a complete list of all acceptable voice commands.

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