Hi there IFC!! I thought of an incredibly helpful idea of a feature to add to IF. I have a very busy schedule, and I usually have a specific flight time that I seek. I can find out how long a specific route will take, but to do that I need to climb to cruise speed and direction and look at the “ETE to DEST at the bottom”. I think it would be incredibly helpful for IF to add a route time calculator or something of the sort before you load into the game. This would allow me and people with the same problem to know how long their route will take before loading in. There is no way for you to look at the in-flight map that is provided in-game.
I know that there are other ways to find the flight time, but one integrated into IF would allow more detail with the inclusion of the following:
- Wind to calculate for drag and therefore a slower arrival
- Anticipated cruise speed (Mach)
- Route (WITH WAYPOINTS)
- V/S for climb and descent
- Climb speed
** The calculator should include the in-flight map provided so that all of the mapping is consistent in and out of game.
All of those factors would allow the “calculator” (if you will) to provide the most accurate flight time planning. Also, the tool should allow pilots to directly move their FPL from the calculator to the game (whence loaded in) without having to replace all of the points. I know this is similar to other websites outside of IF, but having it integrated into the game will allow for unparalleled efficiency and convenience. I hope my fellow members of the IFC feel the same way!!