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Winds uplink in the FMC

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I have started perusing the intro document, and was quite happy to learn that PMDG is reaching out to the weather program developers and proposing to have the FMC wind info used in the 777's cruise and descent forecast page auto populated by said weather programs.  I have been wishing for this feature for ages, and I'm very excited to see that this feature is possible.  Because in the end, it's just data, and how hard can it be for the two programs to talk to each other?

 

Kudos to PMDG, this is a HUGE step in matching real world ops where the cockpit crews have the luxury of pressing a button on the FMC and retrieving the wind info electronically, avoiding tedious data entry.   And no where else is this feature more important than in the long range 777!!!!

 

How many here have been secretly wishing for this feature and were surprised to learn PMDG had thought of it!   PMDG really has thought of everything.

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Also like this feature and the fact that the installation created the necessary WX  folder automatically with small text file installed there explaining how to use it.

 

:rolleyes:

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It is great having the option of uplinking weather data from AS2012. I don't mind found it manually

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I'm sitting on the fence in regards to updating from ASE to AS2012.  Not sure it's really worth the upgrade cost, but I'll tell you what, it's an instant sell for me if they add the option to export the winds automatically and seamlessly to the PMDG 777's FMC. 

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Mine (and others) ran into difficulty doing that, mine says error in the FMC when trying to load the winds.

 

Alex

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Mine (and others) ran into difficulty doing that, mine says error in the FMC when trying to load the winds.

 

Would you mind posting your file somewhere where I can take a look?

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Would you mind posting your file somewhere where I can take a look?

 

Check your skype ;) 

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Check your skype ;) 

 

Bah - I'm at work.  I'll check when I get home unless you have a dropbox link or something...

 

Sorry I stopped responding yesterday, too.  I had Skype up on my iPad and I put it down to keep working on work stuff and forgot about it.

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Bah - I'm at work.  I'll check when I get home unless you have a dropbox link or something...

 

Sorry I stopped responding yesterday, too.  I had Skype up on my iPad and I put it down to keep working on work stuff and forgot about it.

 

I am in no immediate rush with it, it would just be nice to get it working, Talk later 

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I also had an error, followed instructions to the letter...I went back and watched Froogles JFK to Den flight where he shows the wind feature and I may have figured out why.

 

He exported his plan from PFPX to the PMDG flightplan folder using the name KJFKKDEN01.rte. Now he then used CoRoute in the FMC to load that flight...Then created wx file, using the same flightplan routes in AS2012. He named it to match the CoRoute. So KJFKKDEN01.wx. When I created mine, I did not use a coroute, just manually entered flightplan. Wondering if that is the difference. Trying a flight shortly with the method Froogle used.

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My both files are named KIADKLAX01.rte and KIADKLAX01.wx and i still get the error message :/

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I have pfpx connected to REX. Does the loadsheet contain the right information? I found something that looks like it, but it doesn't work.

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Wondering if that is the difference.

 

Nope.  The name just has to match the route [AirportICAO][AirportICAO].  It can match the COROUTE as well, but it really just needs the two airport codes.

 

 

 


KIADKLAX01.wx and i still get the error message

 

Make sure the file in the folder is not KIADKLAX01.wx.txt.  That's hugely important.  If you have "hide known filetypes on, uncheck it to be sure.

 

 

 


Does the loadsheet contain the right information?

 

No.  It needs the exact format as mentioned in the manual...

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Make sure the file in the folder is not KIADKLAX01.wx.txt.  That's hugely important.  If you have "hide known filetypes on, uncheck it to be sure.

 

 

 

 

There we go! Thank you so much Kyle!

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Mine (and others) ran into difficulty doing that, mine says error in the FMC when trying to load the winds.

 

Alex

Hi Alex

Did you manage to sort your issues out with this as I'm having the same problem. I've read the readme within the PMDG\wx folder, as well as watching Froogle's fully loaded video but the FMC just won't accept it.

Gavin

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I can say this feature works!   The only minor quibble on my part is that I cannot replace the .wx file with newer data as the flight progresses while the sim is running, as the file is open in FSX and basically read only at that point.   Not sure what can be done about that, apart from either saving the flight and exiting the sim, replace the file, and resume saved flight.  If Active Sky or any other external program offers the feature I wonder if they would run into the same roadblock? 

 

Can someone from PMDG offer some insight as to whether wind data refreshes this can be looked into?

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Hi Alex

Did you manage to sort your issues out with this as I'm having the same problem. I've read the readme within the PMDG\wx folder, as well as watching Froogle's fully loaded video but the FMC just won't accept it.

Gavin

 

I didn't mate, tried on two different flights now

 

Alex

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Opus is onto it too.

 

The PMDG 777 upper wind and temperature text file will now be created and automatically copied to the <SIM>\PMDG\WX folder. This file is only generated during a weather update under the following conditions,
 
a. When a Flight Plan has been specified and processed (or activated in the sim).
b. When a PMDG aircraft is loaded and sitting on the ground.
c. When the <SIM>\PMDG\WX folder exists.
 
N.B.
 
The PMDG 777 report is generated in OpusFSX\Themes\OpusPMDGData.txt prior to copying to the SRCEDEST.wx file in the <SIM>\PMDG\WX folder, where SRCE and DEST are the ICAO codes for the point of departure and destination respectively.
 

To obtain meaningful data GRIB forecast data must be available, please check the Opus Upper Atmosphere on-screen weather report or associated Opus text report files (the OpusWeatherReport and OpusFlightReport files in your OpusFSX\Themes folder)

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Hi ,

 

I can't get it to work with opus .

I first exported the fligthplan from fpfx to the fsx folder wich created the file wrmmomdb01in fsx and pmdg flightplan folder  , imported the fsx flightplan with opus , grib data forecast enabled and processed the flight .

I do have the file wrmmomdb.wx (without the 01 )in the WX folder created by opus but when i am on the airport , completed the flightplan in the fmc , go to the legs page , route data end request for weather nothing happens .

 

Best regards ,

 

Gérard

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I would like to second the question regarding the refreshing of winds aloft data along the route.  They do get stale rather quickly. Cheers. 

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Not sure if the AS2012 version works for me but just tried it with the latest version of OPUS and it works flawlessly.

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I can say this feature works!   The only minor quibble on my part is that I cannot replace the .wx file with newer data as the flight progresses while the sim is running, as the file is open in FSX and basically read only at that point.   Not sure what can be done about that, apart from either saving the flight and exiting the sim, replace the file, and resume saved flight.  If Active Sky or any other external program offers the feature I wonder if they would run into the same roadblock? 

 

Can someone from PMDG offer some insight as to whether wind data refreshes this can be looked into?

 

Try copying the new winds to a new .wx file than the one you originally loaded, and then name it something different. So if you started with CYULEGLL.wx, copy the new winds to a file named CYULEGLL1.wx. Then enter "CYULEGLL1" into the scratchpad, and press the wind data request button, followed by the EXEC button. That should load the winds from the CYULEGLL1.wx file and now your winds should be updated with the new data.

 

Note: I haven't tried this mid-flight, so it's possible there's an issue there, but I did just give it a shot on the ground and it looked to work without issue. This was with AS2012.

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Hi Mike, thanks for the suggestion.  I'm not sure this is the most feasible solution, because if I was to create a new filename, I would have to erase/replace the existing route in the FMC and that can throw things out of balance, having to redo the sids,stars,etc.   That is just my first thought on this workaround.  But I do see in the FMC legs page there is no option to load a specific file, it reads the filename created initially that is connected to the original route.

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