Does anyone use an external source to creat flight plans? I utilize FlyQ for some stuff to estimate fuel usage and flight time but it does not recognize international airports. I would like to do the same for transatlantic flights and such but cannot find an app to “legally” do it.
Personally I always like to do a combo to add adrenaline:
FPLtoIF for RWY, SIDs, STARs, Routes and Fuel/Pax/Cargo
FLIGHTAWARE for past flights’ liveries/ airlines and refining fpltoif’s speeds and TOC/TOD altitudes to match exactly what the pilots did on any given completed flights IRL
FR24 to find one matching flight that’s about to depart IRL, match the departure live, on the second… and race them! :D You’d know you’re having fun when you start to compare yourself with a live pilot and start to worry on who’s a better airline employee during the race mid-flight, with procedural executions, time and fuel saving - all while you’re sitting down at home at AGL 0 feet LOL!
-----> A special mention (I found out in FR24 that pilots don't actually follow their waypoints to the dot).
Some cut corners - big time! Was it to save fuel and time? Were those waypoints unnecessary when there’s very little traffic around? My fav ride in IF is 737-800, found one departing Bali shooting up like a rocket ship and cutting corners, speeding out unexpectedly resulting in me losing the “race”, it really wasn’t easy following that flight. Apparently I found out that this is a thing. To this day since, I’d always like to say when re-telling this story “those Boeing pilots are crazy speedsters!” I love the 737s…!