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navlog and route optimization for winds


mindyerbeak
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Hi,

I would be interested in fsc and I was wondering if the software creates a navlog we can print out with all the info for the route we need to fly (winds at altitude ,fuel burn, time enroute etc ) and also if the program can create a plan taking into consideration the winds so that if the winds are favorable it will plan one way and if they are not it will choose the best way to get to the destination.

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Hi Anonymous,

First, you can save (and subsequently print out) a flight plan in XML format, in which case all available information is included. You can write a style sheet to adapt the format to your personal needs.

Wrt winds the answer is no, and that for a simple reason. First, FS Commander is a stand-alone program which allows you to plan flights without being connected to Flight Simulator. In this case there is no wind (nor weather). Second, you can load real-world weather into FS Commander. In this case there is in some sense conflicting information since the program does not know, of course, whether you want to use real-world weather or the weather set in FS. At the conceptual level automated consideration of weather or winds does not make much sense. Responses to specific weather or wind situations are typically matters of human activity and judgment where a whole bunch of factors intervene. If FS Commander forced upon you a flight plan based on its (FSC's) judgment, then obviously this might be in conflict with YOUR judgment. In other words, there are clearly limits to what should reasonably be automated and what should remain part of the pilot's responsibility, and as I see it, reaction to, and analysis of, weather situations is such a case.

Regards

Sascha

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Wrt winds the answer is no, and that for a simple reason. First, FS Commander is a stand-alone program which allows you to plan flights without being connected to Flight Simulator. In this case there is no wind (nor weather).

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Winds can be imported from other sources (internet sites or active sky) even if fsx is not running.Winds are an important factor when it comes to flight planning (money and time wise). Some flight planners optimize routes for winds when constructing flight plans.

My questions were answered anyway so thanks for your time.

Anonymous-Vic

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