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So, lets say you're bored, and want to fly. How do you choose your destination?

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Sometimes I want to go from point a to point b and I have no clue where I want to fly. What do you do in this case? 

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I look for updated routes from my favourite airline and fly the route depending on how real I want the experience. I.e. I love Emirates and so have joined Emirates Virtual as a virtual pilot. I also love PMDG's 777 and 747 so any new route that's introduced by Emirates that flies a 777 or 380 in real life will get flown. I substitute the 380 with pmdg's 747-400ER and fly away :-)

Cheers,

Marz

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I base it on the time I have to fly, then whether I have been to the airport before in the sim.

For example: I wanted to fly the the PMDG 747 but not do long hauls due to time constraints in the real world. I remember seeing Japanese routes that used to use the 747 on 2 hours or less. I looked up ANA routes using the 777 and just flew those routes and enjoyed the new area of the world.

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My virtual airline provides a map showing all the airports they serve and which I've yet to visit. I simply pick one I've never been to before :)

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I look in the avsim screenshots forum and when I see fun screenshots, I remake the flight mentionned.

One hope is posting the 'pln' with the screenshots on avsim.

Mark

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I usually have phases with the aircraft I own. Currently, it's the FSL A320. So, I load up FR24, take a look at a general region I'd like to fly in and then set the filters to show me only A320s flying to/from airports within that region.

Once I find a flight that is around the time I'd like to spend in the sim, I'm off to the repaint sites and PFPX to plan the flight.

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I have created a Google map, with all my payware airports marked with their ICAO and name. It has worked an absolute treat over the years. Whenever I am unsure where I want to fly, I open Google Earth map and I have all my destinations laid out in front of me. I can also use the Google measuring tool and decide the duration of a flight from one airport to another! :smile:

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Pick a rough time you want to spend being airborne and multiply that by estimated average cruise speed, open LittleNavMap, pick a departure airport, display a range ring around it and then pick a destination that is just about that flight distance away. If that yields multiple interesting destinations, pick the one that has a scenery or AFCAD/AFX file available.

 

I've been hopping my way around North America and the Caribbean like that.

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My choice is mostly (but not exclusively) based on the time of day, my addon airports, and ATC on Vatsim. I use FSCaptain to generate a random flight, that takes into account my addon airports (I set a 70% chance to fly to an addon airport and a 30% chance to a random airport). It also creates a Google Earth kml file of all addon airports that I have installed.

Peter

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2 hours ago, Rockliffe said:

I have created a Google map, with all my payware airports marked with their ICAO and name. It has worked an absolute treat over the years. Whenever I am unsure where I want to fly, I open Google Earth map and I have all my destinations laid out in front of me. I can also use the Google measuring tool and decide the duration of a flight from one airport to another! :smile:

Hi Howard,

Not to take away from your efforts with Google - but - if you get tired of updating the maps - Little Navmap - scans your scenery.cfg and databases this information for you - then - in the map view you have the ability to show - only - those airports you have improved scenery for... It works like a champ... I consider the literally hundreds of ORBX freeware airports as potential destinations and it would take forever to plot them manually... After checking real world weather for what I want to fly in - my next stop is LNM to view my improved airports...

Regards,
Scott

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I have been using AirHauler 2 and pick a mission that looks like an interesting destination.  I like that it "forces you" to use the same departure airport as where you last landed...kinda fun.  Other than that, I usually fly in the US, Canada or Alaska, so I'll open up WunderMap for weather and find some interesting place to fly based on weather conditions...

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Open up the FlightAware website, pick an airport that is interesting to you, and check for inbound or outbound filghts. Simulate one of them.

Open up the ADS-B Exchange website, look for aircraft flying over your head right now (*or over an area you're interested in flying through), and set up a flight based on that.

  Or, if I'm truly bored, I just don't fly. Pick up another game and mess around with that for a while.

-Greg

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Like others, I follow my VA for my next flight. 

It would be nice to have a web site that would allow one to select a departing airport (could default to last airport you landed) and suggest a random flight based on real-life flights from this airport, other flights flown by other pilots, or just a random one.  For each, it could show payware/freeware airport scenery and equipment plus a link to simbrief.com or similar site (or even have simbrief.com offer this service) for routes, weather, etc.  What else?

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Sports fantasy is my theme. 

Currently I am flying a mix of the St Louis Blues NHL schedule and the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball schedule.  Have to play off of both. So last night I was in St Louis for their game against the Florida Panthers, missing the Hoosiers hard fought basketball win over Penn State.

For tonight I will fly from St Louis to Ann Arbor, Michigan, (into KYIP) for the Indiana women's basketball game at Michigan.  Then to Bloomington, Indiana, for the men's basketball game against Northwestern on Sunday.  From there it's from Bloomington on to Toronto for the Blues game there on Tuesday. Then on to Ottawa for a Thursday night Blue's game. Then to East Lansing, Michigan, for the Indiana vs Michigan State game Friday (19th).  Back to St Louis for the Saturday night game vs Arizona.  Back to Bloomington for a Monday night game vs Maryland, then back to St Louis for a Tuesday night game.

It's a busy schedule.....

I choose my twin engine GA aircraft on a blend of economy and speed based on the distance of the longest leg of an out-of-town trip.

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I look for interesting weather in some area covered by my payware sceneries.

Dave

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I live in western Canada, so I head south in the winter.  In the fall of 2016, I toured the Caribbean then came back to western Canada briefly then I flew to Australia and toured Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands all winter. last fall I went to Bermuda and then headed to south America where I am now. I used the default Beech Baron for the longer flights and "rented" smaller aircraft for local "low and slow" sight seeing.  In the summer months I fly around Canada and the USA.  I use little Navmap for planning each leg depending on the time I have available for each flight. 

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I opened a topic with the same subject some time ago, that as some good ideas, check here...

 

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I fly for a VA that has very flexible destinations. We're not bound by real airline routes.
As a cargo flier I simply delivery stuff to different airports. Pick flight time that matches my real life availability (always fly in 1x speed) and go for it.
Sometimes I move to a different hub and repeat the process.
For passenger flights I tend to pick cross Pacific/Atlantic routes.

 

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4 hours ago, scottb613 said:

 

Hi Howard,

Not to take away from your efforts with Google - but - if you get tired of updating the maps - Little Navmap - scans your scenery.cfg and databases this information for you - then - in the map view you have the ability to show - only - those airports you have improved scenery for... It works like a champ... I consider the literally hundreds of ORBX freeware airports as potential destinations and it would take forever to plot them manually... After checking real world weather for what I want to fly in - my next stop is LNM to view my improved airports...

Regards,
Scott

Wow Scott, that sounds amazing. I will definitely take up your suggestion there. Many thanks. :smile:

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I'm a member of the Virtual International Flying Club  ( VIFC ). They always have programs where there's a list of airports to be flown to. Just finished one for Italy, now starting one to fly in parts of South America. All flights are recorded, miles flown, duration, etc. The neat part is that you're rewarded with a digital patch of recognition when completed.

 I also go to Google Earth depending on my mood.

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You could also take a look at Ideal Flight 10 - http://www.codelegend.com/idealflight/. It has too many useful features to mention them all here. However, once you've entered details of all of your aircraft during setup, you can specify how long you want to fly and it will show you possible destinations based on specific aircraft performance. When you select a destination, it will then fully flightplan the route for you and open the sim already set up to go. It's definitely worth a look at the site to see just what it's capable of.

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On 10.1.2018 at 1:45 PM, scottb613 said:

Little Navmap - scans your scenery.cfg and databases this information for you - then - in the map view you have the ability to show - only - those airports you have improved scenery for... It works like a champ...


 

where can I find the setting for only showing airports with imrpoved scenery? Many thx for your help!

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1 hour ago, felan09 said:

where can I find the setting for only showing airports with imrpoved scenery? Many thx for your help!

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Regards,
Scott

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