Boeing 737-800 Quick Start
If you just want to get flying, here's a simplified approach to piloting.
- Line up on runway centerline.
- Add full throttle.
- Reaching 155 knots, begin pitch up to 20 degrees nose up.
- Gear up.
- At 1,000 above ground:
- Flaps up.
- Reduce power to 90 percent N1.
- Target speed: 200 knots.
To stay in pattern
At 3,000 feet:
- Reduce power to between 40 and 45 percent N1.
- Pitch to between 5 and 6 degrees nose up.
- Target speed: 180 knots.
To continue climbing
- Pitch down to 15 degrees nose up.
- Stay under 250 knots below 10,000 feet.
- Climbing above 10,000 feet:
- Adjust pitch to between 9 and 10 degrees nose up.
- Climb at 280 to 300 knots (reduce pitch initially to 6 degrees to accelerate).
To level off
- Reduce power to between 70 and 72 percent N1.
- Pitch to 1 to 2 degrees nose up.
At 20 nm out at 5,000 feet
Target speed: 180 knots
- Set power to between 50 and 55 percent N1.
- Set flaps to 5.
- Begin descent to be 3,000 feet at 10 nm.
- Set power to 40 percent N1.
- Set pitch 2.5 degrees nose up.
- Slow to 170 knots.
Approaching 10 nm out at 3,000 feet
Target speed: 170 knots
At "glide slope alive" or between 11 and 12 nm out:
- Gear down.
- Set flaps to 15.
- Set power between 52 and 55 percent N1.
- Pitch to 0 degrees.
At glide slope or VASI intercept
- Set flaps 30.
- Pitch to 0 percent.
- Target speed: 150 knots (or Vref speed).
Crossing the runway threshold
- Reduce power to idle.
- Smoothly pitch up to 3 degrees.
- Lower nose.
- Apply reverse thrust: Press and hold F2.
- Apply brakes: Press the PERIOD (.) key.
- Disengage thrust reversers: Press F1.