Richard McDonald Woods

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  1. To ensure that I have my PANC airport scenery installed correctly with P3Dv4.2, I have flown in/out as a part of a grand world trip. At the same time I have made a video of my arrival/departure. If you would like to view the airport, go to my YouTube channel. If you would like to see additional airports as I video them, then press my YouTube red Subsrcibe button. I look forward to any helpful comments you wish to contribute, either below each video or to this forum. Regards, Richard
  2. Hi Stephen, Nothing stops use as advertised. That's not my point. However unreasonable I expect that, until a product has its support withdrawn, that there will be some evidence of ongoing development/support. I am not complaining, just showing my disappointment at not seeing a rounded-out product.
  3. Hi Ray, I'm not knowledgeable re GA, but know of nothing, outside particular aircraft models, that will help you, I'm afraid. Christian appears to have become overwhelmed by real-world aviation workloads over recent years and, much as we do receive occasional statements tending towards new releases, little happens. It's such a pity because both TOPCAT and PFPX offer very valuable functions but have never got beyond supporting a small subset of aircraft, and then not entirely accurately. Still, I believe that I have had my moneys worth long ago! I would agree that it's not 'proper' to keep offering for sale two products with zero support. Regards, Richard
  4. Hi Ray, Some hope, unfortunately With announcements like PMDG's, I suspect that the interest in a TOPCAT (or whatever) has gone as EFB developments within individual aircraft types come forward.
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    Tutorial: Flight from Sydney to Vancouver

    Many thanks, Mathijs
  6. I am pleased to announce a rather different approach to flight simulation videos using PFPX. A 6-part B777-300ER tutorial demonstrating a long-haul flight across the Pacific from YSSY to CYVR using the PMDG simulator. The tutorial is intended to educate, entertain and to provoke informed discussions on this forum by covering flight planning, flight preparation, departure, en route and arrival procedures. It includes planning for and execution of ETOPS and re-dispatch procedures. I decided to make the captain the centre of all views. So, no views that a real-world captain cannot see. The tutorial element is supported by voice interactions with both the crew and air traffic control and extensive helpful texts. You can also view the flight plan. A full list of hardware and software used in the making of the tutorial is included at the end. Please contribute your comments as posts to this forum.
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    What is RDSP ADD?

    Hi Christian, Solved! Stephen found a 'rogue' 20 hours set in a hold time. Don't know how it got there, but now fixed. Apologies for troubling you.
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    What is RDSP ADD?

    Hi Christian, I am trying to create an educational video demonstrating some of the latest simming software. An important element is, of course, to demonstrate ETOPS and redispatch during a long haul flight. So I am trying to establish an FP between YSSY and CYVR. Without redispatch, the FP is created (see attached No redispatch.jpg). Specifying Auto redispatch (see Redispatch.jpg), the FP generation is always causing the msg 'Fuel required exceeds maximum fuel on board (145,538 kg) limited by Tank Capacity'. I have always assumed that specifying redispatch would reduce the uplift. But by greatly reducing the payload, I can sometimes see that the Summary includes the item RDSP ADD with 20+ tonnes of additional fuel. Thus the error msg. I have asked Stephen Cooke for help with resolving this problem but, without finding a single discrepancy in our planning numbers, he is able to create a valid FP (without a RDSP ADD quantity) while I am not. His only unresolved query is whether there is more than a single version of a Microsoft redistributable that is causing our results differences. Could you ensure that this problem is solved so that the video team can progress please?
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    What is RDSP ADD?

    I am consistently being refused a succesful flight plan calculation on many long range routes because of the addition to the fuel requirement of a large RDSP ADD quantity. I understand that redispatch is intended to reduce fuel requirement for a flight rather than increase it. What does RDSP ADD mean and why is it being added to my calculations?
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    Unable to plan YSSY-CYVR with redispatch

    Hi Stephen, Under Win10 I have renamed the downloaded file to Boeing 777-300ER GE90-115BL.per as suggested. Copied it into c:\Users\Public\Public Documents\PFPX Data\AircraftTypes. I see that there is already a samename .txt file by Judith present. Reloading PFPX and with 365 px, I am still getting the 'fuel required exceeds max fuel' message, even after deleting my G-STBB aircraft record and allowing another to be built. My conclusion is that the installation instructions in the perf installation instructions for Win7 are incomplete? What should I do next?
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    Unable to plan YSSY-CYVR with redispatch

    Wow! Sounds much more believable. I shall have to replicate. Many thanks for your help, Stephen
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    Unable to plan YSSY-CYVR with redispatch

    My aircraft profile with redispatch is not-calculable because excessive fuel required. Without redispatch it is:: Empty weight: 167,829 kgs Payload: 33,215 kgs Max take-off weight: 351,534 kgs Max landing: 251,290 kgs ZFW: 201,044 kgs Fuel: 117,090 kgs TOW: 317,624 kgs Underload: 33,400 kgs
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    Unable to plan YSSY-CYVR with redispatch

    Thanks for your thoughts. @Rudy, Neither PHNL nor KSFO result in anything other than 'Fuel required exceeds maximum fuel on board (145,538 kg) limited by Tank Capacity'. I am quite prepared to lower the px but don't yet know to what. @Stepen, Adding an extra airfield to EDTO appears not to make a noticeable difference. The problem still lies in redispatching, which should result in a reduction in fuel load.
  14. Without redispatch, I am able to create a long range B777-300ER FP carrying a full load of 365 px and without extra freight. But when adding in redispatch I am able to carry no more than 71 px. I believe that redispatch is aimed at reducing fuel load but this FP is adding 32,318 kgs labelled RDSP ADD. With/without redispatch my flight is specified as: plan for minimum fuel destination alternate: CYXX ETOPS 330 with NFFN and PHKO as ETP airports Without redispatch, my flight is: release: 116,584 kgs arrival fuel: 11,986 kgs take-off weight: 317,118 kgs With auto redispatch specified, my flight is: redispatch fix: 31N50 redispatch airport: PHOG redispatch alternate: PHMU release: 145,475 kgs arrival fuel: 41,160 kgs take-off weight: 319,255 kgs Can someone confirm my difficulties or indicate where my problem lies, please? I am trying to create an FP for a video that we are to produce. Until successful we cannot produce any video. Thanks for any contriutions
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    Location of Navigraph Navigation Database?

    Many thanks, Tom. Not obvious. The setup documentation could be clearer. Cheers, Richard