In the Aerofly FS Flight Simulator the Boeing 747, 777 and 787 Control Display Units (CDUs) are simulated realistically and in great detail. This device can be used to create a new flight plan, tune navigation radios, set and adjust the performance of the aircraft and a whole lot more.
The CDU has many pages of which a lot are simulated. You can access the most relevant pages directly by clicking one of the page buttons under the CDU screen or screen area. Some sub-pages can then be accessed through clicking line select keys, e.g. then an arrow on the screen is pointing at the line select key.
Data entry is accomplished by typing a value into the CDU scratchpad first. Then the value can be inserted into a field on the displayed CDU page with the line select key next to it. We’re now demonstrating the necessary steps to create a flight plan for the Flight Management Computer (FMC) using the CDU available in the Boeing 787 on the MFD screens. Per default those pages are selected on the lower MFDs.
Note - If you select the “before engine start”, “ready for taxi”, takeoff or landing states these steps will all be taken care of for you. And you can always go back to the navigation menu to change the navigation route, too.