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TOPCAT

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I have done a search for TOPCAT here and just come up blank.

Is there any way to add or update the aircraft database in Topcat?

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I don't believe so.  I believe the files are locked/hardcoded in to the program and require updates from the developer to get a new aircraft.  Unfortunately it's been something like 2 years since and update and there have been statements that it will not be developed further. 

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In short, no. At least I'm pretty sure you can't. Unfortunately, TOPCAT has been abandoned by its developers, reasons unknown. Shame really, as it was (is) a nice tool in our flight planning arsenal. The last addition was the 777-200 and that was a few years ago (after PMDG released the T7 for FSX).

**Eric got there before me.

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However I'm still using it and is usable for the planes that it includes. For example the B737, B747, B757, B767, B777-200 and A320 CFM are some of the profiles I use in TOPCAT. It also includes a profile for the MD82. So, even if not updated any more, it's perfectly usable. Pity thought it has been abandoned. Let's hope it will be continued at some point.

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i've been using TOPER for the 737-600 and 737-900 . although it doesn't support derates, the assumed temps are usually working well which helps a lot with the 900 especially. i found myself underguessing the power by quite a bit when i tried to use the values from the -800 in topcat as a substitute.

for the concorde... cps-x is invaluable..

it would be cool to see a more general purpose solution that can have user modified files. although i feel like gathering the data for something like that would be quite an undertaking, which is maybe why not so many people have done it already.

cheers,-andy crosby

 

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What I like is the co-op between PFPX and TOPCAT. The values can fill in automatically. But if you can't update the planes the interaction becomes non-existent. 

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