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    Want to handle AFE tasks in cruise

    Hello!
    I like to have the AFE for takeoff and climb, when I have to fly the aitcraft. But in cruise I want to deactivate the AFE and manage things like power settings and engine limits myself, so I have something to do.

    I already read the manual, but do you guys have a nice overview of limits or things to watch during cruise? Tipps and tricks are very welcome!

    Thank you!
    Klaus Schmitzer

    #2
    Use the performance tables for your power settings. Either the original (BMEP) or the ones added by PMDG that use MP, pick one or the other (I only use BMEP).

    The engine scan needs to be a part of your flight instrument and traffic scan. Develop a pattern such as top down left then top down right, but your primary engine instruments are BMEP or MP, fuel flow, CHT, oil pressure and temperature. These are the early warning ones but all of them need to be included in a scan at one point or another.

    I never use the AFE, not even for takeoff or climb. I'm busy but it's doable (in a simulator).
    Dan Downs KCRP

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      #3
      Originally posted by DDowns View Post
      Use the performance tables for your power settings. Either the original (BMEP) or the ones added by PMDG that use MP, pick one or the other (I only use BMEP).

      The engine scan needs to be a part of your flight instrument and traffic scan. Develop a pattern such as top down left then top down right, but your primary engine instruments are BMEP or MP, fuel flow, CHT, oil pressure and temperature. These are the early warning ones but all of them need to be included in a scan at one point or another.

      I never use the AFE, not even for takeoff or climb. I'm busy but it's doable (in a simulator).
      Thank you! This is a nice overview!
      Klaus Schmitzer

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        #4
        Originally posted by Rhinozherous View Post
        Hello!
        I like to have the AFE for takeoff and climb, when I have to fly the aitcraft. But in cruise I want to deactivate the AFE and manage things like power settings and engine limits myself, so I have something to do.

        I already read the manual, but do you guys have a nice overview of limits or things to watch during cruise? Tipps and tricks are very welcome!

        Thank you!
        In cruise I use 35/2250 for power. Once I have the power set I then switch to AutoLean. This will usually result in a torque meter reading of about 1500 although I do not use the torque meters except to let me know if I've had an engine failure.

        I'm old and old school so I do things a little different. ROFL
        Bode Bridges

        Beta Tester XM-22/26 TOW

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          #5
          Originally posted by Bluestar View Post

          In cruise I use 35/2250 for power. Once I have the power set I then switch to AutoLean. This will usually result in a torque meter reading of about 1500 although I do not use the torque meters except to let me know if I've had an engine failure.

          I'm old and old school so I do things a little different. ROFL
          Thank you! The DC6 is also old school, so this fits very well I think
          Klaus Schmitzer

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            #6
            Cowl flaps are closed in cruise I guess? Unless I need to cool my engines.
            Klaus Schmitzer

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              #7
              Originally posted by Rhinozherous View Post
              Cowl flaps are closed in cruise I guess? Unless I need to cool my engines.
              Cowl flaps always closed except when climbing or on the the ground. If CHT gets too high while in cruise those flaps are not the solution, best look at your power setting and fuel flows first. There is a problem but the flaps don't resolve it... they would only hide it.
              Dan Downs KCRP

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                #8
                I just finished the round trip KHOU-MHTG-SEQM-SLLP-SCEL-SCCI. Doing it without the AFE is always a good test.

                I ran into a couple of issues flying in the Andes and waiting on an answer from mi compadre for a real world answer. I'll post when I get the answer.
                Last edited by Bluestar; 24Sep2019, 00:06.
                Bode Bridges

                Beta Tester XM-22/26 TOW

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Bluestar View Post
                  I just finished the round trip KHOU-MHTG-SEQM-SLLP-SCEL-SCCI. Doing it without the AFE is always a good test.

                  I ran into a couple of issues flying in the Andes and waiting on an answer from mi compadre for a real world answer. I'll post when I get the answer.
                  This would be very interesting!
                  Klaus Schmitzer

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                    #10
                    Que paso sobre los Andes?
                    Charles Harris KRTS The Valley of Speed
                    ASUS ROG Strix B450-F, Ryzen 3700X, 1TB 970 Neo M2,1TB SSD, RX 580 8GB, 32GB DDR4 3200

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