CHAPTER 5. Information Systems

Information Systems  5-1
Introduction 5-1
Multi-Function Display 5-2
Essential Skills 5-2
Moving Maps 5-2
Using the Moving Map 5-2
Maintaining the “Big Picture” 5-3
Maintaining Awareness of Potential Landing Sites 5-3
Maintaining Awareness on the Airport Surface 5-3
Identifying Controlled Airspace 5-3
Identifying the Missed Approach Point 5-4
Catching Errors: Using the Moving Map to Detect Route Programming Errors 5-4
Catching Errors: Using The Moving Map To Detect Configuration Errors 5-4
Maintaining Proficiency: Spatial Reasoning Skills 5-5
Failure Indications 5-5
Common Error: Using the Moving Map as a Primary Navigation Instrument 5-5
Awareness: Overreliance On The Moving Map 5-6
Terrain Systems 5-6
Early Systems 5-6
Terrain Display 5-7
Monitoring Surrounding Terrain During Departure and Arrival 5-7
Evaluating a Direct-To Routing 5-8
Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems 5-8
TAWS A and TAWS B 5-8
TAWS Alerts 5-8
Risk: Silencing TAWS Alerts 5-8
Risk: Flying in Close Proximity to Terrain 5-9
Cockpit Weather Systems 5-9
Thunderstorms and Precipitation 5-9
Onboard Weather Radar Systems 5-10
Ground Weather Surveillance Radar 5-10
Limitations of Both Types of Weather Radar Systems 5-11
Lightning 5-12
Clouds 5-12
Other Weather Products 5-12
Using Advanced Weather Data Systems 5-12
Preflight Overview 5-13
Track Progress of Significant Weather En Route 5-13
Investigate Weather Phenomena Reported by Radio 5-13
Broadcast Weather Products Versus Onboard Weather Sensors 5-13
Common Error: Skipping the Preflight Weather Briefing 5-14
Traffic Data Systems 5-14
Traffic Data Systems Using Onboard Sensing Equipment 5-14
Traffic Data Systems Receiving Information From Ground-based Facilities 5-14
Advanced Traffic Data Systems Based On ADS-B 5-15
Using A Traffic Data System 5-15
Setting Sensitivity on a Traffic Data System 5-15
Responding to Traffic Alerts 5-15
Error: Overreliance on Traffic Data System/Failure To Scan 5-15
Using a Traffic Data System on the Ground 5-15
Fuel Management Systems 5-15
Initial Fuel Estimate 5-16
Estimating Amount Of Fuel on Board 5-16
Predicting Fuel at a Later Point in the Flight 5-16
Determining Endurance 5-17
Risk: Stretching Fuel Reserves 5-17
Other Cockpit Information System Features 5-17
Electronic Checklists 5-17
Electronic Charts 5-18
FMS/RNAV Pages on the MFD 5-18
Chapter Summary 5-19

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