How do I see the estimated flying time for my route? This especially if I see that the fuel is good enough for 4 hours so I want my flying time to be less than that based on current conditions.
You can find your estimated ETE on the menu bar, look for ETE to DEST
The EFT is one of the options in the bottom menu bar, press and hold and option and adjust as you would if you were changing your views.
I do see that however, that updates only once the flight has begun,post which I cannot make any fuel changes. I see it’s blank when the FPL is set and aircraft is in parking bay
The only option you have is to look at the “estimated flight time” in the fuel and weights menu, when parked with the brakes on. Remember to add a bit more fuel if you’re cruising at a fast speed or through headwinds.
You cannot see the estimated flying time while on the ground. If you are flying an actual route, you most likely got this route off of some sort of flight planner online. These flight planners will give you an Estimated Time Enroute. You can use this time to determine how much fuel you need to plan for.
Another option which might be a bit more complex is to divide your total distance which is given in your flightplan and divide it by the groundspeed you expect to be flying. Example: 6200nm route / 550kts GS = 11.27hrs. or 11hrs. 16mins. The groundspeed will change based on winds, but I find that using a very general number between 480-550kts GS will get you within range of the airport.
It’s like a car’s gps, it doesn’t know speed limits, or in this case, It doesn’t know your cruising speed.
ETE just gives your estimated arrival time based on your current groundspeed. So as winds change or you slow down your IAS your ETE will change as well.
If you don’t want to do calculations, jump in Google, some websites make it for you.
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