do you usually base your flights off of wikipedia like me? or do you just have fun and take whatever? thought this would be pretty cool to see what people say 😊
I plan my flights based on my life schedule. Usually I plan a 15-16 hour flight so I can get good XP and flight time.
i haven’t done a long haul in so long! i need to do one soon
I like to mix real life routes with routed of my own choice, and have a variety
i usually use Simbreif, paste the route into IF get rid of the messed up fixes and set up altitudes for vnav and that was really it.
Flightradar24 to get flight info, like aircraft type, and a sense of where the airline parks at the airports. I’ll then snatch the flight plan from flightaware, and add in the approach and departure paths in IF
Flight aware in my opinion is the best place for flight plans
First I just think of where to fly
Then I use Flightradar for the flight number,aircraft type(I dont follow sometimes lol), how the route looks like and where to park at.
After that I head in and try to recreate the route itself
I use a variety of different tools like
Simbrief - For flight plan and VNAV
FlightAware - For accurate flight information as well as which gate the flight will arrive at and depart from
Chartfox - For charts to set altitudes, speeds, minimums. Etc (You need a VATSIM acc for this)
Eurocontrol - For aircraft performance limits
Windy - For weather as well as NOTAMS, ATIS and backup METARS
IFC - For anything in between such as aircraft performance databases
My flight planning is normally pretty simple:
Look on FR24 for something fun. If nothing fun then check airport arrivals for a cool location I want to fly to.
Go to FPLtoIF.com to get the FPL in an easy IF format
Fire up IFAssistant and away I go!
I don’t know how it is with other people but I have like an almost endless amount of XP but a really low amount of landings. I’m forever stuck at grade three solely because of my landings, especially the 100 landings in 90 days that you need.