Writing this guide is a darn sight harder than using the program.
now's the time to choose your airports.
use the 'airports' dialog box
- select 'Get Airport information'
If you're familiar with their codes, type the codes
directly as shown below...
1. Type out a 3 digit flight number
- 007 is a good start.
2.Type the airport code
of the airport from
where our aircraft begins the flight.
You don't type its full name; as soon as you type the code, ai Flight Planner does it for you.
3. Type the departure time
(24:00 clock) For now type 0900 (I'll explain further down when we go to watch our first traffic).
If you're lazy, like me, when you type 0900, as soon as you get to the next step, you'll receive a warning! Just ignore this and place your pointer in the 'To' box. Look again at the time, and you'll see the program has corrected - it now reads: 09:00.
4. Type the destination To airport code
With the 1 or 2 hour flight this must be a placed near to your point of departure.
I'm flying from LGTS (Thessaloniki) to LGSD (Sedes) its only a mile away. If you wish to use these airports you'll have to create parking space at Sedes. Not recommended for this exercise.
Anything you like, but you'll cause delay problems if your Cessna has to climb to 20,000ft just to land a mile or two away!
Try and avoid a mountainous area too for now for obvious reasons.
I typed in 30, which gives me 3,000ft. Plenty.
That's it - You have your first leg....
okay, so why can't I save?
Because you need a callsign
Either simply press
(flight number) button (arrow 2 above reg)
1. invent a reg
. number, as I did here.
2. Press the Reg
As soon as you complete this, you'll be given the option to save.
Save! (but don't exit the program yet or you'll lose the 'save'!
Under the 'save' button' you'll now see the 'Add leg' button.
Do the second leg and we're done, patience!
1. Create a flight number
for this leg...any 3 digits.
2. ai Flight Planner knows where you are! YOU dont write anything.
3. ai Flight Planner has done some math and provides the 'ideal' time.
; for this exercise put the same airport name as your departure airport in the first leg.
Mine was LGTS.
keep it simple again (see first leg) I'll stick to 30.
Well thats just about your flightplan...
Well I told you its a pretty smart program...
its warning me that my arrival time back at LGTS is cutting it too close!
1. So i do a little thinking, correct
my departure in the second leg from 09:39 to 09:30.
This doesn't often happen, I just don't want anyone panicking if it does on your first go.
2. With the time now adjusted, I try for another 'save'
This time its accepted.
So now we press the 'Add FP To List' button
, and see it appear on 'FLIGHT PLAN LIST'
we now have a viable
flightplan ready for Bgl compilation!
But before patting one another on the backs, we want to make a permanent
exit the program yet, or you'll lose