How do you guys prepare for a flight?

So before every flight I always make sure the day before my flight that I make sure my route is planned and I also do some research on the airport that I’m landing at, then I check on my wind app to check what winds I would expect for that airport, after that I calculate my fuel usage and load and then calculate my time of departure and arrival and also witch runway I’m gonna be landing at. And then I’m ready for the flight I believe preparing for a flight makes things run smoother.

How do you as pilots prepare for you’re flights.?

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  1. Open FlightMapper to find aircraft and callsign info

  2. Get a flight plan, climb profile, all that

  3. Find weather data and weight and balance

  4. Spawn in and enter flightplan, adding instrumental procedures

  5. Fly

  6. Netflix


I spawn in, find what route I’m doing, get the fpl, then I get any extra info like fuel and weight. Then I take off

I mess around on FlightRadar24 to find some interesting or appealing routes I can do (I’ll usually screenshot a bunch of flights that I like). Once I choose a flight, I search for it on FlightAware to get the Flight Plan. (If FlightAware doesn’t have the Flight Plan, I’ll use to search for a route, but only as a last resort). Then I’ll spawn in on Infinite Flight and file my flight plan, calculate fuel and weight, etc. Before pushing back/departing, I find appropriate climb profiles and speeds for the aircraft I’m using to maximize realism. Then I’ll follow these procedures as I depart/climb out.

I usually just make a briefing sheet the day before for my flight and on the day of the flight I print airport diagrams and procedures for the departure and arrival airport and then basically fly.

Among all the other standard things like getting flight info, flight plan, etc, one interesting thing
I do is to create like a “roater” for myself in Google Calendar - be it a very strange schedule 😂

So these are the steps I take to prep for a flight. Depending if it’s a domestic or international flight. I have two different prep modes. Also I use and plan my legs out usually well ahead of my flights.

For domestic flights

  1. Pull up real world flight that I bookmarked on FlightAware.

  2. Go to Simbrief and generate my OFP. I then Open it with PDF.

  3. Go on my phone then open simbrief up.

  4. Copy XML to FpltoIF and generate the fpl.

  5. Open IF-A and IF-O

  6. Open up IF and spawn in to the departure airport and my selected gate.

  7. Select SID and copy the middle legs into the fpl before then selecting the arrival and approach for my arrival airport.

  8. Get info such as departure airport runway heading and altitude/speed constraints plugged into the Nav.

  9. Check weather and ATIS info of departure airport (if applicable).

  10. Pushback and taxi to runway then depart.

For international flights I usually do them during the day for personal reasons. I generally like to mentally prepare for a long haul flight the evening before I depart. The list is pretty much the same as the domestic flights with the exception of mentally prepping the night before. I also use Navigraph for all my flights domestic or international. While airborne It really depends on how I’m feeling, but I generally bounce between YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify and American Truck Simulator.

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I made this post somewhere else, but I guess I’ll post it again:

RealismPolice here, this is one of my favourite questions:

  • 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! 😀


Hey! Great question
Among other things, I follow the FAA-recommended “preflight information” list, colloquially known as the N.W. Kraft list. Before going on a flight, I must be familiar with the following:

Notams - both at airports of origin and destination, and any enroute NOTAMs

Weather information - which I pull from or

Known ATC delays - if there’s a gate hold in effect, or, in IF’s case, if ATC will be open when I depart/arrive

Runway lengths at airports of intended use

Alternatives, or alternate plans of action if my flight cannot be completed as planned

Fuel required - usually I plan for fuel to get to my destination + my alternate airport + 45 minutes of cruise time after

Takeoff and landing distances available at airports of intended use - especially when the runway has an extended displaced threshold at either end.

To accomplish this, I use a combination of various websites - or for my basic flight planning and fuel, SkyVector or (because I’m also a real-world pilot) ForeFlight for any NOTAMs and other relevant airport information and approach/departure charts. I also use LiveFlight to check traffic at the airports to see if there might be any known delays.

Hope this helps!


Here is my standard VA pre-flight checklist.

  1. Brief myself on the main details of the flight, including duration, takeoff weight, departure gate and terminal, departure runway, V1, VR, and V2, climb speeds and rates, cruise altitude, and airport area weather.

  2. Create flight plan through Simbrief or FPLtoIF

  3. Start IFOperations

  4. Verify callsign, aircraft, gate, terminal, airport and server

  5. Spawn in

  6. Start aircraft systems at the gate

  7. Select SIDs, tracks, STARS and approaches, paste flight plan

  8. Enter and verify weight

  9. Pushback and taxi to runway

  10. Verify climb details

  11. Check for traffic

  12. Announce intentions and takeoff

This is my standard checklist, if there is active ATC I have a few more steps.


Spawn at my local field in a F14
Hit auto start with breaks off and power set about 10%
Start rolling flaps 5
Taxi & take off then route to the mach loop

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For mostly all my planned flights(sometimes I have last minute ones), I use FlightAware to see what flight I’ll be doing. I just enter in the origin and destination airport I want and pick a flight that was already completed. Sometimes I just look at the radar map and pick a flight to do from their. I look at the type of plane, call sign, altitude filed, and route. And then I look on Navigragh for the airport charts for the departure and destination(SID and STAR altitude/speed restrictions). Before the recent update, I used to input all the waypoints that made up the SIDS and STARS manually into Infinite Flight.

I like to be as realistic as possible. Here’s mine:

1). (Before flight) Go to for my flight plan. I try to only use this for the waypoints and coordinates because I don’t know how to find coordinates myself.

2). Turn on MAIN BATTERY and start APU. Turn on seat belts, no smoking, and NAV lights.

3). Preflight walk around and inspection.

4). Set departure airport as first waypoint and add SID in IF. Adjust the flight plan to make sure it doesn’t interfere with the SID’s and STAR’s and then add the flight plan, typing in one waypoint at a time. Then, go to my arrival airport and select a STAR and an approach. Then, I select the airport as my final waypoint.

5). Add fuel and passengers and calculate V speeds. Add V speeds to IF-A.

6). Pilot briefing

7). Turn on beacons. Request pushback.

8). Do an awesome flight!

Hope it wasn’t too long 😂

The whole thing takes around 10-15 minutes, plus time sitting at the gate waiting for pax to board, etc. This list could also be really long if I included the doors and how I use them (also realistic).

  • I look about which airport I’ll depart from and the airport where I’ll land at.

  • I look flights that exist between these two airports (if not, I search another flights) on FlightRadar24 (and at the same time, I find what airline(s) (with the callsign) fly/flies that route)

  • I go to Flightplandatabase to find a flight plan

  • Searching charts from these airports

  • Looking METAR and TAF

  • Looking about which terminal I depart from

  • Sometimes looking winds during flight.

  • Spawn on IF and do all checklists

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Make my own fpl

Auto start

Take off from taxiway


Jk but usually id

Fuel up.

Nav lights seatbelts no smoke main battery on
Apu start

Everything else that they said above

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(from another topic i thought it would fit…)

For me

.Wake up (not really usually from 5am-5pm)

.Check flightsfrom website which airline/aircraft I choose

. After doing passengers and cargo loads I wait for push back either 2-5 minutes

.Taxi with one engine then when im almost to my assigned runway engine 2 comes on then i take off smoothly to see how cool I am

.During flight i watch boring stuff and check what me flight is doing

.around 160-110nm I started my descent and check whatever runway is available due to winds

.after landing I speed to my random gate and finished with some passengers sick and done for the day

. then I do 4 more flights and same thing lol

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