One day I was flying in the x-plane 11 default 737, and I wanted to know how to put waypoints in the FMC. I searched online, and the only tutorials I could find were for the Zibo 737. Eventually I figured out how to program the FMC so now I am making a tutorial for less experienced players.
In this scenario, I will be going from KSAC to KSFO and my waypoints will be ALWYS->CEDES->ARCHI. My cruising altitude will be 5000ft, I will be going at 250 knots and my callsign will be AAL1738.
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Step 1: Flight Plan
Before you can program your FMC you need to have waypoints. I recommend SkyVector It is a free website you can use to find waypoints and flight routes.
Step 2: Press FPLN on the FMC
Step 3: Press CLR to Clear the Scratchpad
Step 4: Enter Your Origin Airport's ICAO Code on the Scratchpad
Step 5: Press the Button Next to the Boxes for the Origin Airport
Step 6: Enter Your Destination Airport's ICAO Code on the Scratchpad
Step 7: Press the Button Next to the Boxes for the Destination Airport
Step 8: Enter Your Flight Number in the Scratchpad
Step 9: Press the Button Next to the Spaces for FLT NO
If you do this correctly, the blue light above EXEC should light up, do not press EXEC yet. There is an option for CO ROUTE next to the FLT NO but ignore that. The CO ROUTE is for company routes.
Step 10: Enter Your First Waypoint in the Scratchpad
Step 11: Press the Button Next to the TO Designation
If you do this correctly then the space under VIA should automatically fill in with the word DIRECT.
Step 12: Press EXEC
After you press it, the blue light should go off.
Step 13: Press the LEGS Button
This should take you to a screen like the one above.
Step 14: Enter Your Second Waypoint in the Scratchpad
Step 15: Press the Button for the Empty Space Under Your Last Waypoint
If you do this correctly there will be an option to CANCEL MOD and EXEC will light up again.
Step 16: Press EXEC
Each time after modifying your legs, you will need to press EXEC.
Step 17: Repeat the Last Three Steps As Many Times As Needed, If Necessary Press NEXT PAGE to Add More Waypoints.
Step 18: If Something Like the Below Happens to You, Choose the Option That Matches Your Waypoint's Location.
Step 19: Press the Button DEP/ARR
It should take you to a page like the one above.
Step 20: Click on the DEP Option
Step 21: Choose Which Runway You Will Be Taking Off From
If necessary click on NEXT PAGE to get more runway options.
Step 22: Press EXEC
Step 23: Press the Button for DEP/ARR INDEX
This will take you back to the DEP/ARR page.
Step 24: Press the ARR Button for Your Destination Airport
Step 25: Choose Which Runway You Want to Land On
If necessary press NEXT PAGE to look at more options.
Step 26: Press EXEC
Step 27: Press the LEGS Button
There will be a space that has boxes and says DISCONTINUITY, that is fine.
Step 28: Go to the Next Page and Press on the Button That Is Right After DISCONTINUITY
If there is an option under DISCONTINUITY then press that. Doing this will make that option go into your scratchpad.
Step 29: Go Back to the DISCONTINUITY Page and Press the Button Next to It
This will replace the DISCONTINUITY with the waypoint.
Step 30: Press EXEC
Now your NAV flight plan is complete, but you still need to configure the climb cruise and descent.
Step 31: Press CLB
Step 32: Modify the SPD/ALT Limit to Your Suit.
Since my cruising altitude is 5000 I will leave the CLB page as it is.
Step 33: Press Either CRZ or NEXT PAGE They Both Go to the Same Page
Step 34: Modify This Page to Suit Your Needs
I am cruising at 5000ft and my target speed will be 250kts.