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  1. Dear Christian and Judith,


    Despite giving my unfiltered opinion about the replies I got regarding TOPCAT from Judith on mail in several of my streams, I would still like to express my thanks for providing the community with two fantastic products. I couldn't imagine doing flights without PFPX, even though I need to do a bit more hoops and jumps to get it too Vatsim/IVAO.

    When I look at TOPCAT and PFPX, my main concern is longevity. Yes, PFPX has some quirks and some bugs, that would be nice to get fixed, but the program works as intended and more importantly, it's longevity is ensured by the community itself to be able to make aircraft profiles, OFP templates and add airport information to the program. As I see it, it is here the issue lies with TOPCAT. I can certainly understand if TOPCAT is written in an old language, that it may be more cumbersome to update it and that it could possible really need a port to a more recent codebase (it is hard to speculate about without knowing the language it was written in). I, unfortunately, have only been able to use TOPCAT on one plane, the X Plane 11 Zibo Boeing 737, but boy, does it shine. The direct integration with PFPX and the detailed info about seating arrangements, weight distribution and likewise, is second to none. 
    But, herein also is the longevity issue with TOPCAT. The inability of the community to create performance profiles for the program. I have the ToLiss Airbus A321, A340 and FFA A359 and I would love nothing more that to use TOPCAT for each and every of those planes, even though they have their own calculators, simply because the fantastic integration with PFPX. But sadly I can't, because of lacking profiles.

    So, personally, I would say that some way of giving the community ways to make TOPCAT profiles, would come a very very long way. Not only for the community, but probably also for your sales of TOPCAT and PFPX.


    Michael Hansen 

  2. Hi all,


    I have found that the doors are better controlled via the "AirbusFBW/PaxDoorModeArray[0-7]", than the AirbusFBW/PaxDoorArray[0-19] used in the original file. I have tried replacing the entries in both files and it works flawlessly. The doors are new registered as OPEN, when the jetway is connected and close when the jetway is moving away. The datavalues are 0 for "closed" and 2 for "open". Value one, is for "auto". 




  3. On 10/12/2021 at 5:09 PM, DLRK said:

    Simbrief is better anyway. 

    I very much disagree. I have used Simbrief on several occasions and for a quick and dirty flightplan, it works fine. But if you want just a tad more granular control, especially on the routes, then PFPX is the tool to go. Also, I have found that the fuel predictions and calculations of PFPX seems to be better than Simbrief. We just need someone to pick up the mantle and continue supporting both PFPX and TOPCAT.

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  4. 1 hour ago, srcooke said:

    Tested here Michael and having entered the entries and computed the flight values return as follows:


    <&PIC> =PILOT
    <&Crew1> =FO
    <&Crew2> =OTHER
    <&Crew3> =SO


    Yes, I found that out by trial and error, but thanks for the quick reply.  Do you happen to know if I can put the Message to Crew in Details into the plan somehow?



    Michael Hansen

  5. Could someone maybe be so kind as to give an example on how to put in pilot and crew info. 

    I have tried with <&crew1>, <&crew2> and <&crew3> but I only get text fields. No names or anything. 

    If I do the same in the ofp, crew1 is second officer, crew3 is third officer and crew2 is not showing anything. 

    can someone help, please?



    Michael Hansen 

  6. Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I am at a loss here. I am trying to find the keyword for the Pilot In Command, but I cannot find it. Also, I have tried to include fields with Crew 1 to 3 in a crew info file, but it doesn't seem to work. My template is as such:


    PIC:            |   <&Crew1> 
    2nd Officer:    |   <&Crew2>
    3rd Officer:    |   <&Crew3>


    Update: Nevermind, for some reason it just worked......



    Michael Hansen

  7. Hi all,


    I have a couple of questions regarding the APM functionality in PFPX?


    1: Short and clear. What is Gross Weight? The weight of the airplane at TO, the current weight of the airplane, or something else?
    2: How do I keep my measurements? I made a bunch of measurements on the TBM-930 yesterday and applied them to the airplane, but then when I did some measurements on the A320neo today, both my measurements for the TBM-930 and the applied values was gone.



  8. Sorry if I haven't been completely clear on this, but my problem is not so much as what data I need to put into the profile, but more how to obtain the data? More specifically, what is the usual workflow? Do you ask the developers of the airplanes for the data or do you get the data yourself, the hard way? 


    In any case, I have sent an email to Asobo, who is the primary developer of the airplanes in MSFS2020, if they have any data available. Until some of the third-party devs gets around to producing accurate airliners, it is a good start. 

  9. You mean the fuel and drag bias option? I am already doing that, but I would also like to find out how to make my own profiles. So if it is not done the hard "hack" way,  how is it done then? You simply ask the manufactures for the data?


    When I look at the flight profile, the only name numbers for a select weight scheme. I have even found a profile for a Cessna 172R with only one weight scheme.




  10. Hi all,


    I have been looking for an aircraft profile for the a320neo, but haven't been succesfull so far, so I thought I might try to make on myself. The thing is that I have absolutely no idea on how I do it specifically. I have access to a flight recorder that can give me details about the airplane as I fly it, meaning that I can get the fuel weight, consumtion, airspeed, etc. at various altitudes. So I hope that some people might be able to answer my questions here.

    1: As has already been described in great detail, the main content of a flight profile is weight, altitude, speed, fuel consumption and (possibly) isa temps. But I am not quite sure whether I need to keep the weight of the plane fixed or if you only go from the initial weight of the plane. 


    2: Do I need to do it under controlled conditions or is any weather fine?


    3: Is this even the way it is usually done or are the number extracted directly in a different way?



     Michael Hansen

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