Ray Proudfoot

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  1. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Understood Stephen. Maybe it's something the author of PFPX should be considering.
  2. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Hi Stephen, Thanks for your reply. It seems PFPX is quite reliant on David. I notice there is a link to his file in the Downloads section but perhaps this needs greater prominance. I'll set a reminder to download the new files each AIRAC cycle. It's disappointing his files cannot be integrated into a Navigraph AIRAC update. I would challenge your claim that "any user can create these links". Surely a level of knowledge is required for that?
  3. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Thanks for clearing up that mystery Emanuel. At least I have control over STARs so can choose the better one for my flights.
  4. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Stephen, it strikes me that this RAD file is more or less essential to get correct routing. Rather than users having to install the various files and folders manually doesn't it deserve its own installer? Or better still, integrate it into PFPX and Navigraph so it's updated automatically with each AIRAC cycle. Is the file updated each AIRAC cycle? If so that's an awful lot of work for the user to do. A comment from the developer might be useful here too.
  5. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    I saw another post with odd routing and the user was directed to install the RAD restrictions file. I've done that and there's good news and bad news. The routing is better but no SID was selected. This was the result:- BAF HYPER7 Odder and odder.
  6. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Here's another example of a poorly selected STAR. First using the one selected by PFPX - BAGS1L on EGCC-EIDW. Then I selected BAGS1K which seems far more suitable and realistic. So why didn't PFPX chose BAGS1K? Sorry, but this program has some problems that need sorting out.
  7. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    This is part of the route decided by PFPX. How on earth is an aircraft meant to navigate such a routing?
  8. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    I typed in my flight number followed by KBOS and then KIAD. I left PFPX to determine the runways based on winds. I have a current Wx subscription in PFPX and in the status bar WX:Online was ticked. I then use the Wizard to go through the remainder of the action. Aircraft Database, Random Loading, Find Route, Find Alternates, Compute Flight, Release Flight. It gives me this routing. LBSTA6 LBSTA V139 PVD DCT HFD DCT IGN J37 GANDE HYPER7
  9. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    I've just planned it again with a departure time of 18:00UT. Departure runway is now 04L and arrival 01R. But chosen SID is LIBSTA6. Why doesn't it select REVSS4 which is a westerley departure? The distance increase is 43%. Routing is LBSTA6 LBSTA DCT EXALT V139 PVD J68 PUT DCT BAF HYPER7 @Emanuel Hagen, yours seems a far better routing with the STAR being picked up at BIGGO. Why is my routing so different to yours and Stephen's?
  10. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Yes, my mistake. Given others are getting better routing than me is there a way of resetting PFPX back to default settings in case something is messing up the routing?
  11. Ray Proudfoot

    More bizarre routing by PFPX

    Hi Emanuel, Thanks for your reply. If you've just planned that maybe the winds have shifted. PFPX definitely gave me 31L. I flew a B738 with a ZFW of 110,600 pounds. AIRAC data is 1902 so up to date. Not sure what RAD is. The winds were calm ar KIAD so I chose 18C. I'm no expert on this route which is why I rely on PFPX. Use Directs was unchecked.
  12. This morning I planned a flight from KBOS to KIAD. Departure around 12:15UT. With no interference from me this is the route PFPX planned:- N0468F320 LBSTA6 LBSTA V139 PVD DCT HFD DCT CMK DCT SAX J6 PARKE HYPER7 Distance 472nm. I received a warning that this was substantially greater than the GC distance of 360nm The SID heading NE towards the Atlantic before turning south then SW seemed bizarre for a 31L departure when there's a westerly SID. So I decided to see if I could plan a better route. I came up with this stil with a 31L departure. REVSS4 REVSS DCT SWALO J75 COPES J230 SAAME J6 HYPER HYPER7 Total distance 389nm. It looks to be valid but I'm no expert so I'll defer to those who know better. The other point was the cruise level. 18000ft on the original changed to 320 after I entered 310 as the minimum. My plan resulted in a cruise of FL400. There may well be reasons PFPX chose the route it did but if it replicates the real world I can't imagine airlines being impressed at all the extra fuel they have to carry.
  13. Ray Proudfoot

    Manchester x Airport

    Manchester runways switched to 05/23 nearly 10 years ago. You’re picking up the default AFCAD rather than the one supplied in the Manchester package. Then again it was designed by IDS who have to be the worst developers I have had the misfortune to come across.
  14. Ray Proudfoot

    Mega Dusseldorf P3D V4

    I was hoping there would be some news by now. Approaching 25R 8 miles out P3D v4.4 crashed with ... Faulting application name: PREPAR3D.EXE, version: 4.4.16.27077, time stamp: 0x5bfdbb35 Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 10.0.17763.134, time stamp: 0x1659a33b Exception code: 0xc0020001 Fault offset: 0x0000000000055299 Faulting process ID: 0x390 Faulting application start time: 0x01d4c142c7b29581 Faulting application path: D:\P3Dv4\PREPAR3D.EXE Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\KERNELBASE.dll Report ID: 5b46f689-24f1-48a8-9d0d-8160c6617004 Faulting package full name: Clearly incompatible so I'll have to uninstall and await a new version. Hopefully with a reasonable discount. 😉
  15. Hello Judith, I renewed my subscription so the problem has gone away. Won't be able to check it until next January now. I have no current issues with Topcat other that will you be adding new aircraft to it?