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Fs2004/fsx Flight Plan Builder

Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:09 am

Hi,

I have written my own flight plan in the past for an entire airline (e.g. BA) in Microsoft Excel and I have made a very basic macro to convert it to fs2004/fsx flight plan. It allows me to mass convert a full fledged timetable into that format. However, I am now wondering if there is a freeware/payware out there which can do the same because my own macro has a number of limitations in it and I don't have the time to do coding work on it.

Note however I am talking about AI flight plan, not myself doing the flying.

Thanks
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RE: Fs2004/fsx Flight Plan Builder

Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:14 am

I've never come across such a tool myself & i really doubt there's one out there. I'd imagine otherwise we'd be seeing more updates to schedules from the likes of World of AI for example.

That said, I've been dabbling on & off with AI flightplans for years making modifications to schedules & destinations myself so i can believe for someone out to make a new schedule for a major operator from scratch your tool sounds very promising. Good luck in working it out further.
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RE: Fs2004/fsx Flight Plan Builder

Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:18 pm

The old MRAI compiler can take a CSV file that is formatted correctly and compile it into flightplans. The output will be into a single text file so you will need to extract the data into the three needed files to compile the plans for FS9 or to convert them into FSX format for compiling. When I used this tool in the past, it did a great job, however it didn't do a great job with balancing the aircraft activity, some aircraft would be super busy with flights and others would not. That was when I used a tool called TTools Companion to find flights that I could move from the super busy aircraft to the less busy.
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RE: Fs2004/fsx Flight Plan Builder

Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:56 pm

Quoting 9MMPQ (Reply 1):
That said, I've been dabbling on & off with AI flightplans for years making modifications to schedules & destinations myself so i can believe for someone out to make a new schedule for a major operator from scratch your tool sounds very promising. Good luck in working it out further.

Thanks I'll need it!

Quoting csturdiv (Reply 2):
When I used this tool in the past, it did a great job, however it didn't do a great job with balancing the aircraft activity, some aircraft would be super busy with flights and others would not. That was when I used a tool called TTools Companion to find flights that I could move from the super busy aircraft to the less busy.

Thanks for the info. What is the name of this compiler? Is MRAI compiler the name? It does ring a bell.

[Edited 2012-09-03 08:05:10]

My bespoke flight plans already has some flags to assign aircraft activities per aircraft however my macro doesn't always work with those flags especially when the flight plan is kind of broken up e.g. with long layover, so MRAI and TTools companions may be the solution.


[Edited 2012-09-03 08:09:22]
 
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RE: Fs2004/fsx Flight Plan Builder

Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:52 pm

Yes, it is the MRAI Compiler. I am not sure if it is still on www.avsim.com or not. Might also be on www.flightsim.com too.
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RE: Fs2004/fsx Flight Plan Builder

Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:12 pm

The job itself to convert from xls to flight plan format is more or less trivial handling of ASCII files - but does not help at all.
The AI flight plans are 24 hour or 7 day round around the clock contiguous descriptions of what one aircraft is supposed to do, and that is not available to the public. So knowing that DLH860 is an A320 supposed to leave EDDF at 1010 for ENGM is nice - and maybe you still can add the leg back from the schedules, a good tip is to look for DHL861 - but then we are at pure guesswork what this aircraft is going to do next - and the decisions which A320 goes where from EDDF is taken by LH dispatch on the fly if it is delayed or whatever - that is where the real work starts and gets almost impossible rather fast.

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