B737 Alerts


Current Version: 1.6

B737 Alerts is a complete guide to the various alerts produced by the 737-Next Generation cockpit. Airline pilots will find it useful for recurrent training and sim pilots will find it useful as a quick reference.  The complete functionality of B737 Alerts is incorporated in our flagship product, B737 Cockpit Companion.

Graphically driven, the program quickly allows one to identify alerts from control heads, the Primary Flight Display (PFD), Navigation Display (ND), and flight management computer (FMC).

Where appropriate, MEL references are given, as is corrective guidance (particularly in the case of the FMC).

Cockpits provided include the B737-600, -700, -800, -900, BBJ, BBJ2, and BBJ3.

Optimized for both the iPhone and iPad (and for the iPhone 4's Retina Display), this combo app is an invaluable accessory for any airline pilot current in type, transitioning pilot, or prospective 737 pilot.

B737 Alerts is based on a quick-reference guide developed by Bill Bulfer, a recently-retired airline captain with extensive time on the 737. It includes many enhancements, and was developed in conjunction with Bulfer.

Note that the functionality of this app is included in B737 Cockpit Companion.  B737 Alerts was released in 2011, and we are committed to maintaining it for existing customers.  Customer feedback suggests it has value as a stand-alone tool.

Note that this product is for informational purposes only. In all cases, your airline's regulator-approved Airplane Flight Manual is the final word as to the correct operation of your airplane.

The program is graphically driven: we start with an outline of the cockpit (this and the other images are from the iPhone; the iPad displays are much larger, revealing more detail).

Touching a panel takes us to a close-up of the panel.

A third touch, over the light in question, takes us to the alerts related to that panel. In this case, we've touched the FMC CDU on the forward electronics panel. Note that this list is tabular for rapid identification.

Touching the message brings us to the definition of the alert.

Note the use of color at this level. For FMC alerts only, we use a color-coding convention in the title, intended to convey the severity of the alert to the user.

This scheme is based on Bill Bulfer's 20+ years experience studying FMCs and producing the B737 FMC User's Guide.

For alerts generated by the control heads, if the alert has a QRH option associated with it, a QRG button will appear at the top right corner of the screen.

Clicking on the QRG button will show a detailed QRH procedure.

These procedures are based on extensive experience and study of a myriad of quick reference handbooks during an airline career, and seek to unravel what are often very convoluted procedures and display them in a more consistent, systematic manner.

For the PFD and ND, an alternate approach is provided: one can get to the definition either graphically or via a list.

The graphical PFD and ND mode shows the alert in a SINGLE composite representation, so you can quickly click on the label and get an answer.

We have included an acronyms list of important concepts.

(For a more exhaustive list of acronyms, check out our companion product, Aviation Acronyms.)

If you fly a multi-type fleet, changing the airplane is easy.

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