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  1. Hi Heron, Basically, yeah. Basically calculate the "second" flight plan first. Cheers, Rudy
  2. Hi there, Basically, you put the amount of fuel you would like to tanker (i.e. to take fuel with you and plan to have it left over at your destination for the next leg) in the "Tanker" field. For example, your dispatcher/company might say that they would like to have 5 tonnes left over at the end of the flight for the next leg, for the reasons discussed below. You already plant to have 2.7 tonnes planned to be left over at the end of the flight in reserves (reserves, holding, alternate fuel etc.). You would then tanker an additional 2.3 tonnes to your destination. Airlines will usually tanker when the cost of fuel at the destination is expensive. An example would be Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The fuel there is more expensive than in Melbourne or Sydney, where most of the flights come from, so the airlines tend to bring some fuel with them for the next leg. Other reasons could be that fuel at the destination is in shortage, contaminated, or of poor quality etc. Airlines will know exactly what their operating costs are in terms of carrying the extra weight of tanker fuel, as well as fuel costs at origin and destination. With this, their computer/dispatcher will give a suggested tanker load for a flight. Their computer/dispatcher has worked out the exact amount of fuel to take with you, and to possibly upload at destination, to make the flight as economic as possible. The airline may also have limits on when they will tanker, and how much, sometimes up to a maximum figure below MLW, or they may not tanker if the destination is forecast to have a wet or contaminated runway etc. For us with PFPX, we can't really calculate accurately when to tanker without knowing all the costs involved. Cheers, Rudy
  3. What more do you want? They have told us it will be fixed with the next release, it's not a show-stopper, so just give them some time to fix it. I know it's been a while, but is there really a massive hurry? The program is amazingly bug-free for such a complicated piece of software. You should have used FOC 2003 - crikey it was temperamental sometimes!
  4. Can we have some screenshots or your plan to have a look at? 1) The cruise altitude in the real world may be lower than optimum due to airspace constraints. Try downloading the nav restrictions from the user downloads part of this forum and/or run your plan through the European flight plan validator (search the forum for more on that). 2) Examples needed of the warning message. I nearly always get a warning saying no alternate was planned, which is fine, because the carrier I most like to simulate does not routinely plan an alternate airport. Cheers, Rudy
  5. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/rough-opening-to-silk-route-67922/ L888 Western China Route 'The Silk Road' https://flightsimroutes.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/london-to-hong-kong-on-lima-triple-eight/ Just in case you are interested...
  6. Also, don't forget the Himalayas. Aircraft do not overfly the higher points of these mountains, and there are limited routes. In fact, Qantas a few years back created its own L888 route (now available to all airlines capable of using it i think) to shave 20-40 minutes flying time off the route. They had to carry extra oxygen bottles to allow for descent to a higher altitude if depressurised, as well as making complex escape routes from the terrain. Cheers, Rudy
  7. PFPX is far more advanced than Simbrief and is highly customisable in how you use it. Basically, it allows you to do far more and is more realistic. Cheers, Rudy
  8. Some sort of update on the issue from the developers would be good Cheers, Rudy
  9. Yep, go into the aircraft editor, edit the aircraft. There is a field somewhere there with "Weight change" and you can enter it there.
  10. Maybe we can start a user post with updated ones we've found until an update is made? Cheers, Rudy
  11. Hi guys, Any word on this issue? Cheers, Rudy
  12. Version 3.0

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    Changes - Version 3 Added JST_DP OFP file to allow for fuel to be put into correct fields when using decision points Updated fuel fields DP data now uses TANKER fuel rather than EXTRA fuel to stop PFPX adding more EROPS build-up fuel than necessary Hi all, This is a two Jetstar OFPs created from flight plan samples. I have paid great attention to accuracy and have made the format as close as possible to Jetstar's with the information I have. DP data is borrowed from Qantas format as I did not have any information for them. If you are doing a regular short-haul flight with no ETOPS or decision points, use the JST OFP. Use JST_DP OFP if you are going to be using descision points (e.g. DPA, DP1, DPD, ETOPS etc.). This will put the fuel in the right fields. Also, when using DPs, use the TANKER fuel field in PFPX to add extra fuel, so as it doesn't affect decision point calculations and load you up with more fuel than required. Please refer to the manual with my Qantas OFPs (also available on the Aerosoft PFPX Downloads forum) for futher information on DPs and fuel fields to use. I don't have specific information for Jetstar, so I plan my own Jetstar flights according to Qantas procedures. I suggest using the fuel policies from that file, as well as setting your EROPS settings for your Jetstar aicraft up similarly to the Qantas aicraft in that file. Included also is a Microsoft Word template for you to paste your OFP into so it looks like the Jetstar format. Logo is from www.jetstar.com Hope you enjoy! Cheers, Rudy
  13. Version 4.0

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    Changes – Version 4 Updated fuel fields to include VFR times Using TANKER fuel instead of EXTRA to allow accurate DP1/DPD/DPE fuel calculations Updated DPA information and calculation method Updated manual to reflect changes (pay particular attention to Planning DPA and PFPX Fuel Sections) Introduction This is a set of three Qantas-format OFP files for PFPX that as closely as possible replicate the Qantas flight plan formats. Included OFP files are the newer short-haul format, the older short-haul format, and the long-haul format. Great attention to accuracy has been given to these formats, although some trade-offs have to be made due to the differences between PFPX and Qantas software. Also included are two aircraft (Boeing 737-838 VH-VXH and Boeing 747-438 VH-OJM) that have been set up with the required EROPS data, equipment, and weights. The weights are made to match their respective PMDG aircraft. Two fuel policies are also included. This document will give a brief overview of how to use these formats. It is not possible to cover every aspect of flight planning “Qantas-style”, but important information will de detailed. I am in no way affiliated with Qantas. Whilst I have used reliable information as much as possible, some aspects are simplified or altered to suit PFPX or flight simulation. I welcome any question, comment, correction or suggestion, and can be reached on the forum, or at: rudy.fidao@gmail.com Cheers, Rudy Fidao 21st January 2017
  14. I just copy and paste mine into Word, edit anything I want, and print it from there.