787WannabePilot

On average, how much time do you take to get into the air?

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I am averaging about 30 minutes... with 20 of it getting the plane set up. I am thinking of re-setting my startup panel to skip a few steps. 

What about yourself?

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About 15-20 minutes...That is route planning, acft configuration, weather check, etc..

 

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I'd say 20-25 minutes. 5 or so to get everything into and out of PFPX and get the sim loaded, another 5 or so getting the aircraft setup at the gate, and then 10 or so taxing depending on the airport and gate I happen to start at.


I'm 11 minutes after takeoff on an ATL-LAX flight, and I'd say it's been about 30 minutes since I sat down at my computer and opened PFPX.

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49 minutes ago, 787WannabePilot said:

I am averaging about 30 minutes... with 20 of it getting the plane set up. I am thinking of re-setting my startup panel to skip a few steps. 

What about yourself?

Same here but I don't think I'll skip any steps.  Mostly fly the A2A Connie with auto start.

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I usually launch the sim about 20-30 minutes before the TOBT. All flight preparation done before starting the sim, so I load the aircraft, preflight 10-15min, last minute check of the weather and rwy and departure in use, then wait for the pax, luggage and fuel loading to be completed before pushing backing.

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I take about 40-50 minutes but I am never in any type of grand rush because I fly mine as a BBJ (Boeing Business Jet). So for me it is just a leisurely set up from cold and dark to get flying through the skies in luxury. I always start mine from cold and dark panel state, shut it down to cold steel at the end of every flight, and take my time to go through the whole checklist flow. For me I think it is all down to personal preference. If you are simulating commercial airline pilot stuff I would think the vast majority of the time you are walking on to a fully booted up flight deck with the APU started and just the main engines shut down so I would think you would be out a good bit faster than me. I just love the depth of simulation on the NGX, J4100, and MD-11X. Going through the checklists is always fun, and I love on the MD-11X letting it fuel in real time. That usually sets me back an hour to get in the air if I don't fuel it before shut down.

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Most of the flights I do last 1-2 hours but are filled with various maneuvers and a lot of hand flying. Not uncommon to spend 30-45 minutes, prior to the "walk" time, checking weather, checking VATSIM/PE, fuel calcs, making a radio card, reviewing the plan for the flight (maneuvers, goals, etc.). Generally, will make a "crib sheet". 

Starting the aircraft, getting set up in the cockpit, ATC....about 10-15 minutes. In total, about an hour before each flight. 

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Very nice question, some times what drives me away from airliners is the time, until i have all setup with flight plans, check lists, boarding passengers, cargo, refueling,etc etc  1 hour goes down to the drain :) in GA in 20 minutes im on the air, but i like both!

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No more than 15 minutes from the moment the plane loads at the gate with cold and dark state.

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With lots of long-hauls at the moment I spend anywhere between 1 and 3 hours planning, depending on the various complexities along the route, then about half an hour in the aircraft until off blocks.  Then 14 hours in the air!  Love the 747!

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Twice now with my new FSL Airbus I haven't had time to complete the flight, but I have a small time window on weeknights. My guess is 45-60 minutes to get in the air, but I'm not into the groove of tubeliners yet, and I'm just really starting the learn the Airbus so hopefully I'll speed up. For me though, with the high-end complex add-ons, all time in the cockpit is quality time. :smile:

More realistically, I think I'll end up flying bush/GA weeknights and leave the tubeliners for the weekend.

 

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2 hours ago, VHOJT said:

With lots of long-hauls at the moment I spend anywhere between 1 and 3 hours planning, depending on the various complexities along the route, then about half an hour in the aircraft until off blocks.  Then 14 hours in the air!  Love the 747!

Curious. Is that 14 hours on time compress or real time?

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I try to limit pre-flight to 30 minutes (mostly with PMDG A/C, but also the FSLABS A320): Any more time than that, I get antsy to get going.  So, if fly any freeware, I usually get in the air ASAP. 

But, I think the time we spend on virtual flying should be our little secret:  I sometimes try to tell a non-simmer about my little hobby.  But I don't tell them how much time I actually spend on both prep and actually flying time, least they think I'm off my rocker...  But, I first started with MS FS1 in 1985, now with FSX, and I still love this hobby! 

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No more than ten minutes (unless I have to wait for departing or arriving AI planes). I always "initialise all systems", input the flightplan and other settings in the FMC, and then save the flight for another day.

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I'm in the ~30 minute range as well.  Starting with using Flightaware to decide on the city pairs and specific airline/flt number, then PFPX to create the flight plan.  Once in P3D, PMDG aircraft is loaded in turn-around state, run through preflight, then using GSX for pushback.  So, yea, about 30 minutes in planning/prep for each flight.

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I try to be under 15 as well.
When I use GSX it gets little longer.

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I usually fly online with Ivao.

Depending of the available controllers and the amount of traffic i have between 45' and 1 hour, from starting the PC to get airborne.

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Airline flights take longer of course.  Route planning, FMC loading,  weather briefing, aircraft loading and startup from cold and dark, and sometimes long taxis.

GA VFR flights don't take as long to get off the ground, even from cold and dark state.  I do these when my sim time is limited.

I enjoy them both!

JOHN

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Using GSX and FS2Crew it's anywhere between 30 mins - 60 mins, including planning and programming.  When using Airhauler 2 and the PA-24 I can be in the air in around 10 mins.

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30 minutes or so with Boeings. Including flightaware to get the route, doing all required (that I know of and available in the sim) pre flight checks, waiting for GSX, etc... Sometimes I feel like I'm going too fast and I'm missing something  basic that a real airline flight crew would need to do. For the FSLabs it takes me a bit longer as I double check everything during flight deck preparation as I'm not familiar with the A320.

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I load a previously saved scenario, or create a new one, with the aircraft at the gate on ground air/power and I'm arriving to take the next segment.  ASP4 is locked to simulator time, and sending the appropriate wx to PFPX.  I set the date/time to 30 min before the scheduled departure and use that time to run a PFPX plan, load fuel, preflight to include FMS and then load payload.  On short domestic trips I might be ready in 15 but on fictional long hauls (yesterday I did a GTI KIAH EGLL off tracks since I was going East during the daytime) the route selection may add 10 min to the turn time.

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Less than one minute with Aerofly FS 2!.

Cheers, Ed

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NGX, FSLA320: 30 min which includes PFPX, Topcat, weather review, cockpit prep and startup.

Dc10, L1011 or anything where i need to calculate take off performance card by my self and program INS: 40-50 min.

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2 hours ago, edpatino said:

Less than one minute with Aerofly FS 2!.

Cheers, Ed

haha Ed.... you remind me of a plane owner I used to fly with.  He wanted to sit down, start engines and taxi out and was annoyed when he had to wait on departure clearance.\

Even when I was flying the C-414 on a weekly milkrun between Dallas KRBD and Corpus KCRP (Track 002 at 16500 going and 182 17500 coming home as long as it was VMC) it would take 30 min to order fuel, check WX and preflight the airplane.

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Anywhere from 2 hours to 2 seconds, depends on my mood and what I'm trying to accomplish and how much free time I have.  But for some strange reason I seem to have an eternal quest to increase my flight sim complexity even if I don't use that complexity in 70% of my flying ... I guess I just need to know the complexity is there if I want to "get involved".

I did buy ForeFlight for my PC/iPad/iPhone and have found this to be favorite recent purchase and it'll probably be Product of the year for me (both simulated and real world usage) ... but even with ForeFlight it is as easy as power on and it automatically connects to my current sim (XP11, P3D V4, AF2) ...not sure why ForeFlight hasn't been plugged more for Flight Planning/tracking, fuel planning/tracking, weather planning/tracking, and so much more, even connects to real world traffic.

Interesting topic, I was planning a video on this very topic some months ago titled "Flight Simulation ... as complex as you want it to be" ... basically going over how quickly one can get up and flying to how long it can take to setup and make sure all the add-ons are working in harmony and up to date along with extensive flight planning.

Cheers, Rob.

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