Flight Planning


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Basic flight plans:

After selecting your departure and arrival airports you can choose to select your waypoints manually or to have them created automatically. In this case there are three types of basic flight plans:
 - navaid-to-navaid plan
 - low-altitude airway plan
 - high altitude airway plan

Airports and waypoints can be selected either from a list with a mouse click on the map. 
 

Advanced flight plans:

Different route types can be combined: so you can start your flight e.g. with a navaid-to-navaid section, then proceed to a jet airway route, and finally finish with a victor airway route. You can also select some waypoints manually and have the rest completed automatically.
Furthermore you can insert into your flight plan:
 - SIDs/STARs and transitions
 - Natracks (North Atlantic Tracks) and PACOTs
 - user-defined route segments

 

Flight plans are created on the (undockable) flight plan panel as shown in the screenshot below. Most of what you see is largely self-explanatory. Note that the course is given both as true track and magnetic heading. As you enter an airway, flight level restrictions follow the name of the airway (airway UZ717; flight levels 250 through 660). The flight plan is given both as a list of waypoints as well as a route string which can also be copied and pasted


Flight plan panel before takeoff
 

After takeoff the flight plan panel slightly changes its appearance. First, the real takeoff time (Flight Simulator time, not system time) appears above the table. In the example below we took off at 10:03 and are estimated to arrive at 10:36. Estimated arrival time is re-calculated at each waypoint.
On the right hand side data are displayed (in red) which are recorded at each waypoint. For example, at intersection PADBA we were estimated to arrive at 10:07, but in fact arrived there at 10:10; so we were roughly 3 minutes late. At that time we were flying at FL 150 with a ground speed of 432 knots. Furthermore we had used up 07% (= 31364kg) of our fuel. (Fuel quantity can be displayed in kg, lbs, or US gallons).


Flight plan panel after takeoff

Flight plans can, of course, be edited in various ways. Waypoints can be added or deleted. Moreover, you can delete all waypoints between your current position and a highlighted row. Suppose ATC instructs you to skip certain waypoints of your filed flight plan and to go directly to some waypoint XYZ. In this case, you can change your flight plan with a single click.