Infinite Flight has been making great advances recently, but I think it’s time to take it a step further and officially introduce SIDs and STARs into Infinite Flight.
What are SIDs and STARs?
An SID (Standard Instrument Departure) is a predefined route to access the system of airways in our skies after departing from an airport.
A STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) is the exact opposite of an SID, giving a predefined route out of the airway system down to an airport.
Now obviously you can manually program an SID or STAR in Infinite Flight by using charts at the beginning and end of your flight plan. What I’m asking for is more realistic functionality.
In real life, pilots would access SIDs and STARs through the DEP/ARR menu in their FMC. For example, a 737 pilot may load a company route into their FMC and then load their departure runway and an SID. When this is executed, the SID is automatically added to the route already in the FMC.
How would this be implemented into Infinite Flight?
I believe the answer to this is very simple. Let’s use a STAR at CYYC, IGVEP4.
I’m at my cruising altitude approximately 15 minutes from the top of my descent into Calgary, it’s time to plan my approach into the airport. I go to the map page, search for my planned STAR, which in this case is IGVEP4, just the same as I would search for any other fix or airport. When I search for the STAR, it will return results for that STAR with all possible runways it can be used for. Let’s say I choose IGVEP4.35R (which I believe is the format an FMC would show it in real life, but any real pilots feel free to correct me on that). Once I choose that option, Infinite Flight will automatically add that STAR onto the end of my flight plan.