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  1. My predication (considering the whole industry's shift toward subscription cloud-based services) is a subscription model potentially including the whole PMDG product line with continuous innovation and updates. Almost a Virtual Airline as a Service (VAaaS) model. Even if my prediction is not accurate, this will be a feasible business model to be considered, you are welcome PMDG 🙂
  2. vanzunator

    Communications: VHFs, RTPs, ACPs etc.

    great video, thanks for taking the time to make this. PJ
  3. Yes, I can see the exact moment that ASN loads the flight plan automatically, obviously you need to be on the 'Flight Plan' tab in ASN to see the auto loaded flight plan. per my post #1 in this thread, ASN auto loads the flight plan if the correct settings is selected (Auto Load Simulator Flight Plan). Thanks Michael, if you look at the caption for that image, I mentioned "For FSX PLN FILE FOR WXR option: Choose CREATE AND LOAD TO FSX"
  4. Based on my tests, it seems every time you request weather related data either for the route or DES forecast, you get updated data from ASN. so if ASN is running, your DES forecast won't be 7 hours old, based on the original weather data you got pre-departure.
  5. Date link works with any program that can generate a WX file for PMDG aircrafts and puts in [FSX]\PMDG\WX folder.
  6. vanzunator


    My brief tutorial in the following thread may help with this topic: Brief workflow tutorial: PMDG 777 SP1 Company Datalink function with PFPX + Active Sky Next (ASN) JohnJ
  7. vanzunator

    PFPX, ASN & SP1 setup

    My brief tutorial in the following thread may help with this topic: Brief workflow tutorial: PMDG 777 SP1 Company Datalink function with PFPX + Active Sky Next (ASN)
  8. This is a quick tutorial on how to setup and use PMDG 777 SP1 Datalink function in conjunction with PFPX and ASN in an integrated and automated workflow. This is simply a suggested workflow that I use, I don't claim that this is the only or the most proper workflow for integration between those applications. Hopefully you find it useful and can customize it based on your own personal preferences. Initial Configuration In ASN select Auto load simulator flight plan, we will use this feature later in the process. In FSX, load PMDG 777 SP1 and make sure the following options are selected: MENU > PMDG SETUP > AIRCRAFT > EQUIPMENT on pages 12 & 13: MENU > PMDG SETUP > OPTIONS > SIMULATION: For FSX PLN FILE FOR WXR option: Choose CREATE AND LOAD TO FSX The worflow steps Assuming you have no active PFPX weather subscription or if you prefer to use ASN weather in PFPX, open ASN and choose WX Configuration > Save Weather File. That saves a global weather file that PFPX can use in the next step for proper route and fuel planning. Open PFPX, make sure it uses ASN weather (not its own weather subscription). Create the flight plan in PFPX as usual, it only needs to be exported in one format: PMDG route format The above action creates a flight plan in PMDG format (.rte) and places is it in [FSX]\PMDG\FLIGHTPLANS. In this case it will be [FSX]\PMDG\FLIGHTPLANS\CYVRPHNL01.rte 3. In FSX, inside PMDG 777 SP1 use the RTE > REQUEST ROUTE feature to load, accept and activate the flight plan we created in step 2 (e.g. [FSX]\PMDG\FLIGHTPLANS\CYVRPHNL01.rte). Now everything that PMDG 777 SP1 requires for different weather uplink connectivity is done. You only need to read on, if you'd like to know how all that magic between PFPX, PMDG 777 SP1 and ASN happened. By loading the flight plan in PMDG 777 SP1 FMS, there are a few things that happened behind the scene, courtesy of the new features in SP1 and integration to ASN: When PMDG 777 SP1 loads the .rte flight plan created by PFPX, it automatically creates and loads a flight plan in FSX format (.pln) to FSX. This is based on the options that we selected in step 3 above. The location for this file is [username]\Documents\Flight Simulator X Files\WX.PLN Step 'a', in turn, triggers ASN to load the flight plan automatically. This happens because of the option we selected in step 1 in ASN. Step 'b', in turn triggers creation of a weather file by ASN, that weather file is the file that PMDG 777 SP1 requires for the weather portion of datalink functionality, ASN will create that file in [FSX]\PMDG\WX\xxxxyyyy.wx Everything we did above is to get the following weather file (auto) generated for PMDG 777 SP1: [FSX]\PMDG\WX\xxxxyyyy.wx For all weather related uplinks in PMDG 777 SP1 to work, it requires a WX file in [FSX]\PMDG\WX folder, the filename is xxxxyyyy.wx where xxxx is ICAO code for Origin and yyyy is the ICAO code for Destination. Regards, JohnJ
  9. vanzunator

    PMDG 777-300ER aircraft template for PFPX

    thanks, got it!
  10. vanzunator

    PMDG 777-300ER aircraft template for PFPX

    I have the latest version of PFPX installed (1.15) and as you can see in the screenshot there is no aircraft templte for PMDG 777-300ER. I've looked in thier thier download sections and forums and haven't been able to find an add-on downloadable templae. Could you please point me to where you have seen/downloaded the PMDG 777-300ER templte for PFPX? Regards, JohnJ
  11. Hi, Has there been any collaboration between PMDG and PFPX during development to release an aircraft temple for PMDG 777-300ER in PFPX similar to what already exist for PMDG 777-200LR soon? That template obviously is key to proper route and fuel planning for PMDG 777-300ER in PFPX. Thanks in advance for any info, I have search both this forum and PFPX forum and couldn't find any answers. Regards, John Johnson
  12. vanzunator


    I’m really glad that I found this thread. I spent over 6 hours trying totroubleshoot the inconsistency between VNAV ALT behavior as described in Lesson4 and my FSX SP2 VNAV ALT loaded lessons. I'm glad to know it wasn't me doingsomething wrong or my system having a bad configuration. I was indeed able tosimulate the correct VNAV ALT behavior by creating a new flight from scratch inFSX. It seems in PMDG 747-400X in PMDG -> Genera l-> Options -> AFDS:Allow VNAV ALT (if applicable) is always checked but grayed out as pointedelsewhere in this thread. It seems in real 747-400 this is an airline option,selected by some airlines to ease the flight management activities. Even PMDG737 THE NEXT GENERATION 737-600/700/800/900 aircraft operation manual says: “VNAVALT Option: Selecting VNAV ALT will allow the FMC to utilize the VNAV Altitudehold function during climbs and descents. VNAV ALT is an option chosen by someairlines to simplify the methods used by the crew to climb and descend theairplane. Ifselecting VNAV ALT to make it available in the aircraft, the crew will have theoption to level the airplane during climbs or descents at altitudes other theFMC specified cruise or target End of Descent altitudes. By using either thealtitude intervention switch or the MCP Altitude selector, the crew can leveloff at an intermediate altitude and the AFDS will show VNAV ALT to indicatethat VNAV is holding the selected altitude. Whenclimb/descent is recommenced, simply selecting the desired altitude in the FMC altitudewindow and pressing the altitude intervention button will recommence theprevious VNAV climb/descent mode. Ifthis option is NOT selected, leveling the aircraft at an intermediate altitudewill cause the AFDS to revert to ALT HOLD mode. In order to recommence theclimb/descent, VNAV must be selected manually from the Autopilot Mode ControlPanel.” Surprisingly PMDG 747-400X operation manual doesnot talk about this setting.