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Performance Calculator - an up to date TOPCAT

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I'm not affiliated with the below in any way, but simply wanted to share something exciting for those of you that are seeking similar tools. I posted about this in the PMDG forum but figured I should share with a wider audience as it applies to more than just PMDG.

I was desperately needing something similar to TOPCAT so I could, more importantly than any de-rate, calculate runway distance margins on takeoff and landing. Since TOPCAT suffers on available profiles, specifically for the 737-900, the search was on.

I stumbled upon QSimPlanner...

https://qsimplan.wordpress.com/

It's free and actively being developed...for free.

Numbers are very close to real world performance and the A320 performance profiles for CFM will be added shortly. Also, did I mention it's free? It's a stand alone app that can use Navigraph data if you decide to use it for fuel planning purposes. You just need an active Navigraph subscription to do so.

Try it out and feel free to ask any questions. I've been using it for several flights now and love it as a rw pilot.

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Thanks for the heads up...I saw this in the avsim library today, going to give it a whirl.

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Looks very good indeed, once the A320 CFM profile is added, I can see this becoming quite useful.

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You almost had me there, I actually thought for a split second the dev has released an update. How silly of me.

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4 hours ago, Orbitandy said:

Looks very good indeed, once the A320 CFM profile is added, I can see this becoming quite useful.

and A320 IAE as well. 

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Yes hopefully an A320 IAE profile...the other two programs that do takeoff performance only do CFM for some reason.

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Thanks for the headsup! Gave it a quick look and seems promising. Love the price tag :cool: I agree with the others: hopefully an array of additional profiles will be added so as to extend the use of the app beyond, what appears to be, just the PMDG planes.

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Glad some of you found this helpful! What gets me most excited is the fact that this is alive and being actively developed.

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Not to hijack this thread (great utility by the way!) but for those looking for Airbus support:

http://wabpro.cz/A320/

Only A320, but IAE included.

James

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15 minutes ago, honanhal said:

Not to hijack this thread (great utility by the way!) but for those looking for Airbus support:

http://wabpro.cz/A320/

Only A320, but IAE included.

James

Yes, but that one is an online calculator, not a stand alone program. 

It's great btw I don't fly without it now.

 

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48 minutes ago, honanhal said:

Not to hijack this thread (great utility by the way!) but for those looking for Airbus support:

http://wabpro.cz/A320/

Only A320, but IAE included.

James

This is awesome, tanks for sharing! I'm not home so not able to input data, but does this output takeoff and landing distance  margins?

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10 minutes ago, N2382R said:

This is awesome, tanks for sharing! I'm not home so not able to input data, but does this output takeoff and landing distance  margins?

yes, everything and more.

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Anyone know how to export a route

I like it - nice and simple for me.

EDIT - found it - in actions.

all the best

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Per their forum, the author is looking for aircraft performance data.  It would be great for those that have such data to contribute.  

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12 minutes ago, SAX702 said:

Per their forum, the author is looking for aircraft performance data.  It would be great for those that have such data to contribute.  

Good man pointing that out!

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A great App.  :biggrin:  I haven't figured out how to get it to see my latest Navigraph data.  It does show an expired version though.  I figure that it is me missing something.  :blink:

 

Bill

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1 hour ago, Bill Griffith said:

A great App.  :biggrin:  I haven't figured out how to get it to see my latest Navigraph data.  It does show an expired version though.  I figure that it is me missing something.  :blink:

 

Bill

Bill no worries. It took me a minute to figure out as well. It absolutely can use the Navigraph data. It's designed to use the Navigraph data for the Aerosoft Airbus 318/19/20/21 family. Go to the Navigraph page and log in. Then manually download and install to your desktop the data from the below link (direct lead to the appropriate Navigraph page) and replace the QSimPlanner Nav Data with the one you downloaded. You can find the location of the QSimPlanner Nav Data in the settings of the app.

 

https://www.navigraph.com/FmsDataManualInstall.aspx
 

Let me know if you run into any trouble. Happy to help troubleshoot.

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Thanks a bunch.  I will do that.  :biggrin:

 

Bill

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This is actually much better than I thought it would be - great program. I'm not too sure on the calculations though - it's telling me that a loaded 744 can't take off from a 3500m runway as it isn't long enough so perhaps some config files need adjusting for weights? Otherwise great program!

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1 hour ago, N2382R said:

Bill no worries. It took me a minute to figure out as well. It absolutely can use the Navigraph data. It's designed to use the Navigraph data for the Aerosoft Airbus 318/19/20/21 family. Go to the Navigraph page and log in. Then manually download and install to your desktop the data from the below link (direct lead to the appropriate Navigraph page) and replace the QSimPlanner Nav Data with the one you downloaded. You can find the location of the QSimPlanner Nav Data in the settings of the app.

 

https://www.navigraph.com/FmsDataManualInstall.aspx
 

Let me know if you run into any trouble. Happy to help troubleshoot.

Worked!  As you knew it would.  :biggrin:  Thank you for the help with that.  It took you a minute to figure that out.  Know telling how long I would have been at it.  :laugh:

Bill

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1 hour ago, Bill Griffith said:

Worked!  As you knew it would.  :biggrin:  Thank you for the help with that.  It took you a minute to figure that out.  Know telling how long I would have been at it.  :laugh:

Bill

No worries Bill! Glad I could be your guide to enlightenment.

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2 hours ago, johnnycrockett said:

This is actually much better than I thought it would be - great program. I'm not too sure on the calculations though - it's telling me that a loaded 744 can't take off from a 3500m runway as it isn't long enough so perhaps some config files need adjusting for weights? Otherwise great program!

Not sure Johnny. It does look like he only has Flaps 10 as a t/o config for the 744.

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Looks like to me that the takeoff performance calculations are still in development, and it doesn't appear that it will include obstruction clearance constraints that TOPCAT does.... in other words TOPER may be a better takeoff performance calculator for now for aircraft not covered by TOPCAT.  Of course the route planning is a different thing altogether.

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17 minutes ago, downscc said:

Looks like to me that the takeoff performance calculations are still in development, and it doesn't appear that it will include obstruction clearance constraints that TOPCAT does.... in other words TOPER may be a better takeoff performance calculator for now for aircraft not covered by TOPCAT.  Of course the route planning is a different thing altogether.

TOPER was something I evaluated and unfortunately, as interesting as that tool looks, it suffers in that it doesn't offer runway margin numbers (unless I missed it). For the large iron I'm less worried about obstruction clearance and more about runway availability so I don't bust FARs and Operator limitations. That saidI think the overall headline is that we're in desperate need for an updated TOPCAT replacement. QSim, TOPER, etc all offer unique benefits but none are ideal unfortunately. I do think wabpro is very close on the money with what we will ultimately (hopefully) see replace TOPCAT.

That said, as far as the 737 is concerned, the output numbers on QSim for what I need are ideal and very close to actual.

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