Hey IFC! I am planning on making my first transatlantic flight from KBOS to EHAM on a Delta Airlines 777-200ER, and it’s approximately 7 hours. Does anyone have any tips? All help is appreciated.
Make sure to pack enough fuel, lower your brightness, and plug in your charger. Also set an alarm. Asher listed one last good tip so read below. Good luck!
Make sure Automatic Low Power is on
Hey! Glad to see your gonna do this! During your flight I suggest to step climb to conserve fuel. Sasha mentioned some great device performance methods that will assist.
Everyone’s mentioned some really great tips so far (which I highly recommend following). Good luck, happy flying! Nothing but the best!
The 772 has some pretty hefty range so you shouldn’t have any problems on the fuel side even if you choose not to step climb. BOS-AMS should take you about 6-8hrs depending on your speed. Just remember to take device precautions and you’ll be all good.
Don’t forget to check those tailwinds! You never know what winds you may encounter hopping the pond. And you can also utilize tracks, but it’s all up to you. Safe journey!
And of course, follow proper protocol with your device such as battery,etc
Yes, I recommend connecting the charger, keeping the settings very low, and most importantly wake up on time. Good luck.
Hey! I wish you luck on your endeavor and I hope all goes well, there are some good tips above! A personal tip from me when doing future long hauls, is to time them out according to when you wake up if you haven’t already, using FPLtoIF. So, if I want to start a flight, for example, at 5pm and want it to land around 9 am the following morning, I’ll enter random destinations that I think will be close to around 16 hours, if you did the math there. ;)
When you say keep settings on low do you mean brightness, power saving, etc. Or graphics settings?
I mean screen brightness.
Think about using a transatlantic track to help navigate you across the ocean
Thanks for the tip for using FPLtoIF.com! It really helps with planning my flight! One question though, can you look up waypoints in IF? I know FPLtoIF.com gives me waypoints but how do I find them in a sea of a million waypoints that I don’t need for my flight?
You can look up waypoints, but my suggestion to you is to click the orange, “Copy Flight Plan” button under the generated flight plan in yellow. After you’ve copied it, you may go into Infinite Flight, open your map, go to the search bar in the top right corner, open your keyboard, and paste it there. It will then ask you in the bar below the search bar if you want to add that to your flight plan or replace it, and you may do either. If you have any further questions, feel free to give me a PM and I can help!
I followed the steps you told me to do and it worked. One question though, FPLtoIF.com gives you altitudes for those waypoints, and VNAV is only for descent, so how do I know that I will reach the altitude it tells me in the flight plan?
Hey does anyone know if windy.com is a good source to check on whether I’d be getting tail or headwinds in IF for my trans atlantic? Or the route itself give info on this inside the IF app somewhere? Kinda makes it a go - nogo situation as last time I had to do water landing (successfully!) due to low fuel after battling headwinds for +9 hours! :)
Btw @cleared_for_takeoff good luck on your endeavour! I’ll be monitoring you in liveflightapp, got my popcorn ready😅
Yes windy.com is very useful for seeing the winds over the oceans.
What I did before going to bed:
In IF app
- Switch time to night
- Point camera to darkest part of the cockpit (do this in the dark)
- SETTINGS: Interface Timeout + Hide Status Bar (because it still shows even in darkest setting)
- Clear scenery cache. My transatlantic amounted to 11:55 hours @ 101.88MB)
In flight plan
- Step climb, step climb, step climb!
- Check winds, heads or tails? (I didn’t and regretted it waking up)
- Plug in headset and all volume off
- Switch volume and notifications to do not disturb
- Screen brightness not auto and at 0%
- Cancel all alarms (I used external alarms)
Result: Waking up 8 hours later into the flight phone was cold and battery was charged to 100%! :D
(Fuel was almost zero in the middle of nowhere though, water landing about +1 hour later lol!)
Since you’re asleep for most of the flight, I tend to find one altitude and stick with it since I won’t be able to wake up in the middle of the night and climb. But, you also do not have to follow those altitudes given on FPLtoIF because they represent a pretty steep climb and descent, and it’d be best to follow your VNAV.
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