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PMDG 747-400 - Long Range Issues

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Guest yoyomike

Hi Guys,Happy New Year! I've been flying the -400 package quite lately. Good job! I've been taking it on short to medium hauls lately and last night (while waiting for the clock to strike 12) I took it on a long-haul flight from Manila to Los Angeles. As you all know, one major factor on these flights is the winds aloft which greatly reduce the total NAM flown - decreasing ETE and more importantly Fuel-Burnoff. After making all calculations for the flight and loading the fuel, the FMC still displays "insufficient fuel" because I was unable to input the winds aloft data on the LEGS page. (Winds that day were a sustained 150kt tailwind). Anyway, I loaded a bit more fuel to appease my very cranky FMC and landed with so much fuel. :)Do you guys plan to update the -400 with a functioning LEGS page? I guess about a year back it would have been impractical, but with the new WX add-ons coming in, I guess it would be nice to take full advantage of the capabilities available to us.Oh yeah, I did notice another thing, just a report to you guys about the RTE2 function:- I couldn't delete the ORIGIN on the RTE page 1 when I was programming for the destination alternate (KLAX-KONT).- I couldn't "STEP" through individual waypoints in the planning mode when RTE2 was the active flight plan.Anyway, I hope you guys sure consider this! Again, Happy new year, captains!

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Guest Lobaeux4

The LEGS page doesn't function?

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Guest yoyomike

The Legs page?Whoa did I post that? Haha. Sorry. The WINDS function on the LEGS page, I mean. I was hoping we could input winds aloft information for the waypoints.

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Guest Lobaeux4

Haha, okay, that's not good, with this bird I'd think the winds section would be needed, eh?

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Guest yoyomike

yes sir! It would be great used in conjunction with Activesky and this nifty website: http://www.ofplan.net. I use 'em for all my medium-long haul flights on PMDG.

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LEGS / RTE DATA / enter wind heading / speed in scratchpad.. Upload using R1-R5 keys. As I noted in another post it will even do downstream wind mixing as prescribed in the FANS (Honeywell) guide.Hope this helps.Best,Vangelis===================================== E. M. Vaos Precision Manuals Development Group www.precisionmanuals.com=====================================


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oh thanks! I now know why it wasn't functioning - i was inputting wind for a waypoint during climb and descent. This is great! Looking forward to my next long haul.Thanks captains!mike

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