How do I make my flights more realistic?

Hey guys. I really wanna make my flights more realistic. How can i do that?

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Here are some tips

  • Leave from the gate the RL flight does
  • Use the SIDs and STARs
  • Use the aircraft that is operated on the route
  • Maybe depart when it actually does (that may not be possible depending on time zone)
  • Use SkyVectors or another site for a realistic FPL

I use flightplandatabase for that 😉

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I use Infinite Flight FPL Converter. Will generally give a good flight plan, and manual input is needed for charts, but is very basic.


Hello there! I usually spend 30 minutes doing just that. Here are some sites that I use:

  1. FlightAware - I use this to make sure I spawn in the correct gate, and make sure I have the right aircraft and make sure it’s a real route.

  2. FPLtoIF - I use this to make fairly precise weight calculations, it also gives suggested departure/arrival runway, as well as suggested SUDS/STARS. It gives you a flight plan but sometimes the SIDS/STARS don’t really line up together.

  3. Flightplandatabase - I use this for flight planning. I enter the SIDS/STARS, and then the route FPD gives you kinda gives you the airway you use.

There might be more but these are the ones I can think of.


The user guide is for helping users understand the basics of Infinite Flight. I would recommend using the IRL call sign as well as dep/arr gates.

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I just created a topic if you’re interested:


Here are some of my tips:

  • Choose an IRL flight - chose an airport, look up the IATA code (the 3 letter one), go to this website, enter it and then one of the destinations conveniently placed on the map.
  • Realistic flightplan - register at, log in at FPLtoIF and now you can generate IF-ready flightplans with one click!
  • Joystick, yoke, etc - buy some flight sim accessory, download liveflight connect and enjoy. Now, liveflight connect is discontinued, so bugs won’t be fixed, but I mean, what can break there?
  • IF assistant - want to have GPWS warnings? Copilot callouts? Mark Denton calling you a dumbass for overspeeding on a taxiway? Then for a couple bucks you’ll have a new dimension to your IF experience. IFC thread for this contraption is here.
  • Use SID/STAR/oceanic tracks - Laura already pays for them, you already paid to have them, so why not use them? Note that arcs for SID/STAR aren’t currently in the game, so some of them might be awkward.
  • Charts - charts might have things like max speed on SID/STAR which aren’t reflected in the game and also they are sometimes quite beautiful.
  • Fly with IFATC - I’ve spent 2 years to get there, so quality control there is quite good and also it is just cool to be controlled by someone who actually knows what he is doing.

Might add some other things later, but here’s your top gear top tips for the time being.


Oh yeah I got one that covers all of these things


This is really my entire flight procedure, but it goes with this topic:

  • ALWAYS USE A REALISTIC SCHEDULED FLIGHT CALLSIGN. When doing so, check for aircraft type, livery, route, gate, terminal, etc

  • Make a realistic flight plan using and convert to IF friendly waypoints using

  • Spawn 15-20 mins before your time of departure to file the flight plan, add SIDs/STARs, and check airport for other departure/arrival info

  • Check FR24 or FlightAware to see runway operations as well as taxi patterns (if IFATC is not present), or check (D-)ATIS for controller approved procedures

  • Use In-Flight Assistant to plan for step-climbs throughout the flight as well as auto fill in V1 and V2 speeds as required based on flight parameters. these altitudes can be accessed through SimBrief planning software

  • Pushback either according to IFATC or FR24 established procedures

  • After pushback, commence the start-up and after-pushback checklists. This will include starting of both engines (done one at a time) as well as turning on the beacon lights. These checklists will also walk you through the flaps and spoiler control checks and settings required for various aircrafts. This typically takes about 5 minutes total. Obviously take more time if needed under the proper conditions ie: no IFATC DO NOT start taxiing as soon as your engines are running. Make sure to run them for some time to ensure proper thrust stabilization.

  • After check list procedures are completed (~5 minutes), begin taxing to the proper runway using established taxi procedures (FR24 or IFATC)

  • Announce and hold short of the runway to check fuel levels (do not adjust, this is how much fuel you have now) as well as nearby traffic and other parameters as designated

  • Line-up and wait on proper runway. Make sure to turn on landing and strobe lights here! Before beginning the spool, make sure to set thrust to N1-50% to ensure proper thrust stabilization from both engines.

  • Release parking brakes and begin roll. Once V2 is established, rotate aircraft at proper angle of attack

  • After hearing/confirming positive rate, retract gear.

  • Fly the designated SID, IFATC instruction, or check FR24 for current departing procedures

  • Selectively retract flaps based on current speeds when met

  • After climbing past FL100, speed up slowly to designated Mach speed to ensure smooth transitions once above FL280

  • Turn off your landing lights above FL100, and turn the seatbelt sign off at an altitude of your discretion

  • Supply a stead rate of climb to your cruising altitude, inputting trim where necessary, and monitoring the whole climb to ensure a proper transition into the cruise phrase

  • Cruise

  • About 25-30 minutes before arrival, begin the landing/arrival checklists. Make sure to check FR24 or the (D-)ATIS for current arrival procedures

  • Slow speeds where necessary, and extend flaps where speeds comply

  • Below FL280, turn seatbelt signs on again

  • Below FL100, turn on landing lights again

  • I like to set my ILS/APPR below FL100, but you can now assign APPR to a runway whenever you want with 20.1

  • Follow the proper arrival procedures in place, either by IFATC or check FR24 for current procedures

  • Always land on the appropriate runway and check FR24 for proper taxi to gate procedures

  • When exiting the runway, turn off landing lights and strobe lights (only turn back on when crossing a runway)

  • Arrive at the proper gate, checking FR24 or other sources for proper info

  • If APU is present, make sure to turn that on after exiting the runway at some point, and turn engines off at the gate

  • With engines now off, turn off the beacon light.

  • Turn off the seatbelt sign, and open doors where applicable.

  • Exit the flight!

Here is the full procedure I use to make my flights ultra-realistic. It’s always a good idea to have either FR24 or FlightAware open when doing any flight.

To increase the realism with some cool third-party or add on features, consider these:

Always learn more or brush up at the Inflight Flight User Guides as well!

Hope this helps! 😀


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