MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 18476 posts, RR: 47 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 15474 times:
Is there a good way to choose a route in FS2004 taking into account the winds aloft? In other words how can I find out whether it's better to fly, say, ORD-BOM over the pole or over Europe using the winds that are programmed into FS2004 (they are real updated winds)?
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15423 times:
Assuming you are using real world data and flying only within the USA, you can go to this site. You probably will have to interpolate data (they do in the real world) for locations that are between forecasting stations.
MHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 15100 times:
What I do when flying transatlantic flights online is look up current or recent flights of the routes I want to fly on flightaware.com. Then, I plug those routes into a freeware addon called vasFMC, which couples with the autopilot and will fly the route for you.
They have several pictures of current charts showing approximate direction and relative speed of winds aloft (300mb level only - about 30,000ft) I take a look at what the winds are doing, and plan my flight along the appropriate airways using FSNavigator.
As an example, for ORD-BOM with the current winds, I'd say about an ORD-Greenland-Black Sea-India route would keep you in the tailwind the most while minimizing diversions (not worth it to follow the big troughs off the Newfoundland coast or south of the UK).
Flightaware helps out a lot as well.
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Kimberlyrj From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15008 times:
I always follow this procedure when planning flight sim routes etc
1.While in flight sim plot the course using FS Navigator 4.7
2.Take the data and input it to FS Build 2.3.0 (this send your flight plan to any number of FS utilities including FS itself, Feel There, PMDG, Level-D & Active Sky
3.Using Active Sky I import the route, which gives me all the weather information you will never need, departure airport weather, in flight winds and temps etc
4.Engage the relevant fuel planner for the aircraft your using (I fly either feel there, PMDG or Level D – all of which have their fuel planners etc