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How Do You Prepare For Your FSX Flight

Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:41 am

I am just wondering,how do you prepare for your next FSX flight?
I usually check the weather on Google Earth,and go to to get my flight plan and also check out runway layouts and other info about my destination airport at
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RE: How Do You Prepare For Your FSX Flight

Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:01 am

I personally like to fly real routes and what not. So I start my flights with a trip to to get a flight. Unfortunately I must fly to or from the US, which is kind of limiting. I find that the ATIS is sufficient for me to get weather. I will occasionally find problems loading the flight I get from flgihtaware into the FMS that I use for the flight but I usually can sort it out. I also find to be very useful for terminal procedures, however you have to be a member.
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RE: How Do You Prepare For Your FSX Flight

Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:31 am

I use FSX as a training tool where possible, so I do everything exactly the same as I do in the real world - weather from the Pilot Briefing Service provided by Airservices Australia (which I manually enter into FSX), routes and charts from the Jeppesen Airway Manual, and when flying airliners, procedures and performance charts from the PMDG documentation, unless I have airline-specific SOPs for the type (such as QF B744 checklists and operating procedures).
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RE: How Do You Prepare For Your FSX Flight

Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:54 am

I use x-plane, but the same procedure would apply.

a) I decide what airports I want to fly between, and download all published procedures.

b) I go to to see if the flight really exists and, if so, I copy the filed flight plan.

c) I write out my flight-plan by hand, including all SIDs, en-route way-points, and STARs. I put speed or altitude requirements next to appropriate way-points and plan my climb and descent based on that.

d) I turn on x-plane and choose my aircraft. I go through pre-flight checks and push back, then start engines and enter my flight plan (manually) into the FMS. I call the tower for taxi clearance and a weather report (I have real-time weather ON at all times so I get accurate information with up to 10 minutes delay) and slightly modify my departure route if I have to based on which runway is in use. I then enter my speed and altitude bugs into the autopilot and off I go.

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RE: How Do You Prepare For Your FSX Flight

Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:41 pm

1. Think of a flight (I have a lot of freeware downloads, so my options are pretty extensive)
2. Use the flight planner to load it, usually direct VFR just because it's faster
3. Adjust the weather to my liking and set the wind direction for my preferred runway
4. Switch to the top-down view and call up the tower for permission to taxi and take off
5. Push back and use slew as I follow the little yellow arrows
6. Contact tower, receive permission for departure
7. Take off, wait for tower to tell me I am leaving the airspace and ignore ATC until I start descending.
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RE: How Do You Prepare For Your FSX Flight

Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:07 pm

1. Think of any flight I feel like, could be with a 767, or a DC-3, whatever "feels" right at that moment.
2. Think of a route, again, this could be anything, lately I fly around the US a lot.
3. Find a route using a program called "V-Route", or sometimes make a route with FsNAV myself.
4. Power on airplane (I always start cold and dark)
5. Fire up FS, select flight, load, and listen to ATIS. (Usually on Real World Weather with updates)
6. Fire up Sim Charts and find a good SID.
7. Enter route, start engines, get clearance and fly!

I ignore FS ATC during the flight, only on ground, TO, and landing I have it on. I've had to many IFR flights being screwed up by stupid ATC instructions.
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