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. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
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    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
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    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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  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. I’ve had PFPX for several years and opted for the subscription Wx service. But on opening the program this morning I failed to notice my subscription had ended before I started to plan a new flight I got as far as entering the departure ICAO when the program just closed. Tried again, same result. On the third attempt I noticed a red Wx text in the status bar. Ah, time to renew. I purchased another 12 months subscription and entered it in the relevant field and then all was okay. But I wasn’t impressed with it bombing me out without so much as an advisory message that my Wx subscription had expired. Something for the author to consider perhaps. Talking of which, how about bringing the TOPCAT forum back to life? We can’t post here as Aerosoft doesn’t sell it. Over to you. Christian and Judith.
  16. 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?
  17. I have v1.00 of Milan Malpensa Professional and when parked at gate 602 in a PMDG 738 the default jetway doesn't move. I seem to be alone in having this problem so I did a bit of thinking and have the solution. This could be helpful to others if they have Ultimate Terrain X v2 for Europe. You need to open the UT Europe utility and from the menu select Terrain - Modify Status of Repositioned Airports. Scroll down to LIMC and make sure it's disabled. This should be done without P3D running. Load P3D and voila! The default jetways now work. 😁 I have to say I'm surprised there are no SODE jetways here. Unless I need to do something with GSX.
  18. Ray Proudfoot

    Milan Malpensa Prof v1 - no jetways operating solution

    Got it, many thanks.
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    Milan Malpensa Prof v1 - no jetways operating solution

    Thank you Bob. Downloaded. I don't know what the second file does but hopefully there's a readme. 👍
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    Milan Malpensa Prof v1 - no jetways operating solution

    Thanks Bob. 👍
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    Milan Malpensa Prof v1 - no jetways operating solution

    The link you kindly provided has a link to SODE for Milan Malpensa Pro that doesn't work.
  22. I'm trying to plan a flight from LFBO to EGNT in a B738. I have to go to the Advanced option in Find Route to get a reasonably straight routing. The Results show and there are multiple route restrictions. I make a note of the first one, load the Route Restriction and filter for it. It's identified and I delete it and return to the main Planner. From there I select Replan but immediately an out of memory message is displayed. Same thing has happened 3 times on different routes. Either I'm doing something wrong or there's a problem with the program. Down in the status bar at bottom left it shows: Calculating flight BAW123 (LFBO-EGNT) <Esc> to abort. Pressing Esc does nothing and I have to terminate the program in Task Manager. Do I just post here or raise a ticket for a formal response? I can give more details tomorrow of the route and restriction deleted.
  23. Actually, I've come up with a better solution... maybe. GIRL1T GIRLI UP18 POL DCT MCT DCT LISTO UL612 HON N859 KIDLI ASTR2B I swapped P18 for UP18 and L612 for UL612. FL is 350. I'll fly it tomorrow and see how I get on.
  24. Thanks Stephen. Yes, I appreciate I’m a dispatcher for this phase of ops. I’d still like to spend less time getting a route though as it affects my departure time. I’ll have a go at importing those tomorrow. Maybe when I open the file your instructions will make things easy. Is this something that is permanently installed into my version of PFPX that is unaffected by AIRAC updates?
  25. Thanks Stephen. Yes, I have Excel 2010 so would like to get some realistic FLs into routes like this. I don’t recall having all these issues with previous versions of PFPX. Does the developer intend to make things better? I shouldn’t have to do so much work to get a realistic flight plan. I very much doubt r/w pilots have all this faffing about.