TSC Tasks

Gulfstream GVII

Eddie sez:

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2020-05-21

Draw a Circle Around a Fix

If you want to highlight a fix (such as an ETP) or give yourself a specific diameter around a fix for airwork or other reasons, you can:

  1. Swipe Phase of Flight
  2. Select the Enroute tab
  3. Select the FMS Tools button
  4. Select the Fix Info button
  5. Enter the waypoint as the Fix (You can also select one from the pull down menu
  6. Enter the distance in the Brg/Dist window as slash and the distance

Programming an Approach

As with many Touch Screen Controller tasks, there are more than a few ways to do this, but this seems to be the easiest.

  1. Swipe Phase of Flight
  2. Select Arrival Tab
  3. Select FMS Landing button
  4. Select Arrival Button
  5. The runway, approach, and transition are selected left of the line, the STAR and its transition on the right of the line. Don't forget to select "Apply to Flight Plan"
  6. Make sure you page through the buttons above in order: Wx/Met, STAR Rwy, APR Mins, AC Cfg, and LDG Data. The bottom right of each of these pages contains the next thing to do, you must not forget "Confirm Init to LDG Data" on the AC Cfg page.
  7. This is a good place to brief the landing data. Keep in mind that you have now did the perf portion of the autobrakes, you still need to activate them on the POF Arrival page.

An Example Power Up

Initial Power Up

When first powered, the TSC come up as follows:

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Photo: TSC 1 through 4 power up defaults
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The left seat pilot should keep TSC 1 and 2 where they are so that you can select "CABIN PWR" and "All On" from TSC 2 followed by "Sec Pwr" to check the SSPCs, as well as execute the FCS test when it comes up on the checklist.

The right seat pilot should keep TSC 3 where one button press gets you to "FPLN Source" and TSC 4 is one button press to "FMS Init" which is a good way to start.

FMS Init

You are just checking to make sure the time and date are correct (automatically off the GPS), the present position is initialized (automatically off the GPS). Here you will also check to make sure the database is up to date (green), and the FMS active mode is as desired (usually Synchronous/FMS1-2). Normally all you need to do here is press the "FPLN Source" button, but it should already be set on TSC 3, which is my preference.

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Photo: TSC FMS Init
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FPLN Source

I prefer the flight plan on TSC 3 and you can get there by pressing the "Continue to FPLN Source" button on the default FMS Init page.

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Photo: TSC FPLN Source
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Here you can select from a datalink requested flight plan, a manually inputted one, or one that has been previously stored. For the datalink method, all you need is the Recall number. For the manually inputted flight plan, you will need the airport identifiers. The stored flight plans will populate the window that comes up next. No matter which of the three methods selected, the result after hitting the "Load" button should be the flight plan page.

Activate Flight Plan

If manually entering a flight plan you will see an "Amend Route" option where you can add waypoints. The "Join Airway" button illuminates if there are airway options after that waypoint. Selecting "Dep/Arr" gives you the option of specifying the departure runway and procedure, as well as the arrival runway and procedure. The bloomed "Activate" button will activate any changes.

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Photo: TSC Flight Plan Activate button
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An Active Flight Plan

Once the flight plan is active, the "Activate" prompt goes away. The "from" waypoint will be in amber, the "to" waypoint will be magenta, and all following waypoints will be green.

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Photo: TSC active flight plan
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Selecting the "Active FPLN Data" button will change the display to show:

  • Time, VS/FPA, SPD, Alt
  • Winds, OAT, ISA/DEV
  • DTG, GS, ETE, ETA
  • Leg fuel, Fuel Rem, GW
  • Lat, Lon, Mag Var

FPLN Task Menu

Pressing any of the waypoints on the left column will bring up a task menu. Not every task is available for every type of waypoint, in which case the tas will be grayed out.

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Photo: TSC Waypoint Task Menu
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  • Amend Route — Inserts waypoints after the selected waypoint.
  • Center Map — centers the map on the MFD with the selected waypoint.
  • Change Dest — Changes the destination with a prompted airport identifier.
  • Cross/RTA — allows a crossing restriction in terms of altitude or a Required Time of Arrival (RTA).
  • Delete — deletes a waypoint or discontinuity.
  • Dep/Arr — brings up procedures for the origin airport when on the ground, the destination airport when in flight.
  • Direct To — sends the flight plan directly to the specified waypoint or the destination. I've heard that if you go direct to the destination without an alternate, you might not be able to insert other waypoints.
  • Hold — displays a holding pattern for the selected waypoint, defaulting to th present course with right hand turns. Select "DB Hold" will display any published patterns.
  • Insert Airway — enabled when one or more airways pass through the selected waypoint.
  • Intercept — allows intercept of a selected course or airway to a waypoint.
  • Make FROM Waypoint — Puts the selected waypoint at the top of the flight plan so it is effectively behind the airplane, making the next waypoint the "to" waypoint.
  • Proc Turn — displays the procedure turn in the current flight plan but doesn not allow any changes other than deletion.
  • Show Info — displays waypoint information.
  • Vectors — allows intercept of a course to an FAF.
  • Vert Direct To — establishes a vertical path to a qualified waypoint provided it has an altitude programmed, the altitude preselector will permit it, it isn't a MAP, and the resulting angle is between 1 and 6 degrees.

Perf Init: Fuel/Weight

The next tab after "Flight Plan" is "Perf Init" and that is good, but you will not always be presented with the correct page, which should be "Fuel/Weight" to get everything correctly. If you miss this, the performance will not initialize. So try to remember to look left at the start of this new tab.

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Photo: TSC Perf Init tab, Fuel/Weight page
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Once a page is done, you should see a prompt for the next page on the bottom right. In this case, the next page will be "Alt/Spd."

Perf Init: Alt/Spd

The "Cruise Alt" entry will likely be blank and must be filled before you can continue. Once all necessary entries have been made the "Confirm Init to POF Data" button will appear and bloom.

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Photo: TSC Perf Init tab, Alt/Spd page
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Perf Init: POF Data

You shouldn't neet to make any changes to the POF Data page. It does give you a "Next Fuel Data" button but you could as easily press the "Fuel Data" button on top.

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Photo: TSC Perf Init tab, POF Data page
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Perf Init: Fuel Data

You shouldn't neet to make any changes to the Fuel Data page either. It does give you a "Next Perf Takeoff" button but you could as easily press the "Perf Takeoff" button on top.

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Photo: TSC Perf Init tab, Fuel Data page
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Perf Takeoff: Wx/Met

If you have already selected the runway all you should have to do is enter the surface winds. (But you can enter the departure runway and SID from here if you didn't. Everything else is derived by the airplane, but you can make changes.

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Photo: TSC Perf Takeoff tab, Wx/Met page
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Perf Takeoff: Rwy/SID

These values should already be filled in, but you can make changes.

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Photo: TSC Perf Takeoff tab, Rwy/SID page
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Perf Takeoff: Obst

These values can be left blank if there are no obstacles that penetrate the normal obstacle floor or SID climb gradient.

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Photo: TSC Perf Takeoff tab, Obst page
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Perf Takeoff: AC Cfg

Here is where you would make changes to rated/flex thrust, flaps 10°/20°, CAI and WAI, BTMS status, and thrust reverser use. You should see the "Confirm Init to TO Data" in the bottom right. If you don't, there is a missing field somewhere in the previous pages.

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Photo: TSC Perf Takeoff tab, AC Cfg page
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Perf Takeoff: TO Data

The next page should be your completed takeoff data. You can select manual data by pressing the "Auto" button and then enter the numbers here.

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Photo: TSC Perf Takeoff tab, TO Data page
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This data will be duplicated on the Phase of Flight / Takeoff page.

Perf Takeoff: CLB Data

The next page shows climb data related to climb requirements set by a SID, obstacle, or baseline minimums.

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Photo: TSC Perf Takeoff tab, CLB Data page
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Engine Start / Taxi / Takeoff

There is a Start Up page but I don't find it particularly useful once you are ready to start engines so I tend to keep these pages this way from engine start to taxi to takeoff.

TSC 1

The Phase of Flight / Takeoff page is a good one to have up at TSC 1 since it gives you the V-speed, takeof data, and autobrake information.

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Photo: TSC POF Takeoff page
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TSC 2 and 4

From the left seat I like having this page at TSC 2 since it will let me know how we are along the way to getting the airplane configured. If something needs to be corrected, the item under "Configuration Info" will be in amber.

From the right seat I like having this page at TSC 4 for the same reasons plus it gives me a way to adjust the XPDR, TCAS, and radar. Accessing the radio is simply a matter of swiping down from the top and then hit the "X" to leave that page returns you to where you were.

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Photo: TSC POF Taxi page
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TSC 3

I tend to keep the FPLAN page up at TSC 3 since the left seat pilot can easily see it and it is close enough to DU3 that it is easy to see the results of navigation changes.

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Photo: TSC FPLN page
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En Route

Once en route I like having the POF en route page at TSC 1 and TSC 4 (depending on what seat I am in) since it seems to have everything I need. Notice the top line tells me which radio is primary for transmission and even the frequency. Drop down a few lines and you see the VREF for the current configuration and altitude.

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Photo: TSC POF En Route page
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Arrival

Setting up for the arrival the POF Arrival page gives you access to landing data (needed for approach numbers), ATS (needed for ATIS), display control (needed for HUD/EVS), flight guidance, and autobrakes. Once completed, the page should be populated with the needed data. To get started, you will need to press the FMS Landing button on the top left.

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Perf Landing: Wx/MET

If you haven't selected an arrival STAR, approach, or landing runway yet, you can do that here. Then you will need to add the surface conditions. Required entries will be "bloomed." The "Next STAR Rwy" on the bottom right prompts you for the next step.

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Perf Landing: STAR Rwy

The STAR Rwy page allows you to enter STAR, STAR transition, approach transition, approach, and runway information, as well as the runway configuration.

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Perf Landing: APR Mins

The APR Mins page determines the automatic callouts at minimums. It defaults to Off but you can select "Baro" (the "minimums" call at the selected barometric altitude) or Rad Alt (which gives a radio altimeter height). I believe this has changed to "Secondary" for an additional call. If you need to adjust the cruise altitude, the "Alt/Speed" button on the left takes you to the FMS page to do that.

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Perf Landing: AC Cfg

Most of the selections are needed to achieve a "Confirm Init to LDG Data" button, which is needed to get your landing data numbers. Most are also self explanatory, but the documentation is sparse.

  • Mode — this defaults to "Dispatch" but can also be "Enroute." I haven't played with it yet but I think it should impact the Landing Factor selections.
  • Flaps — the default is 39° but you can also choose 20°, 10°, or zero.
  • Anti-ice — this default to off but you can also choose Cowl or Cowl+Wing.
  • Autobrake — this defaults to Off but you can choose Low, Med, or High.
  • Thrust Rev — this defaults to Operative, the other choice is INOP.
  • Landing Factor — You have a choice of 1.0, 1.25, 1.67, and "Manual." It gets rather silly because the 1.25 and 1.67 are dispatch factors under Part 91K, 135, and EASA. In other words, these factors do not constrain you once you are en route. The manual selection can be useful, however, since various malfunctions to call for additives.

Once you have the necessary data entered, you should see a bloomed "Confirm Init to LDG Data" button. Click that to see your completed data.

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Perf Landing: LDG Data

Much of this data is duplicated on the POF Arrival page. You should go there for your arrival and landing since that is a good place to ensure the autobrakes are properly set.

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See Also:

Gulfstream GVII-G500 Airplane Flight Manual, Revision 4, August 29, 2019

Gulfstream GVII-G500 Production Aircraft Systems, Revision 3, July 15, 2019