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Hi guys,RouteFinder site is down at the moment, as far as I can see. Hope it gets back up soon. Everyone else is seeing this site inop too, right? If someone could just confirm this for me, would appreciate this. The reason I ask is that in the past I've had times where sites were inaccessible even though others had no problems accessing them during the same period.Tim

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It didn't work for me either when I just tried it. Hopefully it's back up soon as it's the way I plan my flights!Andy S

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How do you guys use this service? You can make a flight plan and then it saves as fs9 GPS flight plan?Sorry for all the questions Im just interested how this works :)Thanks!!!!!

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>It didn't work for me either when I just tried it. Hopefully>it's back up soon as it's the way I plan my flights!>>Andy SSame here. RouteFinder is one of the most important sites on the net for me.Tim

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>How do you guys>use this service? You can make a flight plan and then it saves>as fs9 GPS flight plan?>>Sorry for all the questions Im just interested how this works>:)>>Thanks!!!!!With RouteFinder you enter the departure and the destination airports, the cruise altitude, and accept or check anything else on the page you need to, and then it gives you a route to use. You can then print that page and you'll have the route to enter into your FMC/FMGS. If you want to put it into your FS9 stock flight plan, well, I use FSNavigator to plot out the route. I also make notation of FIR boundaries through FSNavigator as well onto my flightplan. I use RouteFinder for all my flight planning, as it's extremely good quality and very reliable. I hope it gets back up soon.Tim

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Have you ever looked into becoming a membver of AOPA? AOPA is a real world flight organization that offers a great North American Flight Planner, magazine, real time weather, and free on line training courses. Although their service/organization is real world, it transfers over to flight simulation very well. If you are taking the extra steps required to make Route Finder work in FS9/X, AOPA may be another great source of information.In addition to the real world data, the past two years they have also added 2 FS9 aircraft, developed by Flight1, free of charge for becoming a member. The two aircraft were a Rockwell Commander 112A and a Cherokee Six.Tom

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simroutes will output a datafile that works with FS9.you can create your own route (http://www.eleventhstreet.com/fb2/ParseRoute.aspx) or search for already create routes (http://www.eleventhstreet.com/fb2/Showplans.aspx), though i find the route database to be limited.real world flight routes in the USA (and flights beginning or ending in USA) can be collected from flightaware (http://flightaware.com/). you can copy the routing information, paste directly in the simroutes and then output into FS9.--

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It's still not working. I'm having to lay off the simming until it's back up which is a shame.Andy S

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The problem with the AOPA stuff is that for those of us who are not real pilots, we can't get real weather without a Pilot Certificate Number or Student Medical Number. Unless there is some way around this that I can't find. I was going to sign up, but this seems like a big limitation for virtual pilots. Routefinder does/did a great job of plotting routes for us automatically. It is great for virtual flight planning as the routes were quite good and there often isn't a need for us to plot out routes ourselves. I find that the manual routes I create are no better than the ones generated from the site. Right now I usually use a combo or Routeplanner and pilotfriend.com. I guess I'll have to go back to planning my own routes again for now...

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I am not certain that I understand your statement on weather. I can receive real time by selecting the weather information button from the AOPA web site. Regaional maps, internet types of reports, and METAR. What I can not get is real time weather thats overlays my flight plan without using a third party weather program. I'll take a look a RouteFinder when it is back on line.Tom

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>Woops, no way. I use "Landings" site to plan my flights;>doesn't cost anything, let alone $80 buckeroonies.>>:D>Doesn't that just give a straight line route between 2 airports though, or am I missing something?Tim

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