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  1. Hi, Evan. Thanks for revisiting this. Could you please pin this in the Cape Air Virtual forum as well? Thank you! -- Dana
  2. Hi, Szymon. Excellent guide! I'm a long-time, but on-again-off-again, member of BVARTCC and Cape Air Virtual. I made the switch to X-Plane when version 11 debuted and haven't looked back. One of the only things that was disappointing about coming to XP11 from FSX/P3D was the pilot client: XSquawkBox was no V-Pilot : ) However, I just recently discovered the XPilot client and now I'm back online. I'm sure you're aware of it, but just wanted to let you know it made the difference for me between jumping back online vs. sitting on the sidelines. Okay, happy controlling and/or flying : ) Regards -- Dana Atwood KAP279 Here's the link: http://xpilot.clowd.io/
  3. Hi, again, shyflyguy. Well, I finally had some time to play with the spreadsheets yesterday, in between swim lessons and birthay parites (didn't get to this sooner since I was caught up by the events in Boston last week, grew up around the city so I was glued to the coverage). Again, thanks for figuring out the WCA formulas. I have to say that it's really cool stuff. I teaked the format to suit my own preferences. The only thing I couldn't get to work was the enroute time calculations in the first two columns. Okay, here it is (see attached). Please let me know what you think. And, thanks again for your help with this. It has been a lot of fun. Regards -- Dana
  4. Hi, shyflyguy. I just opened the spreadsheet and it's awesome. Thanks for figuring out the WCA calculations. I was going to ask you if you knew how to do the WCA math (why stoop to use a wiz-wheel when Excel can do it for you...kidding, kidding...I love my old E6B). Okay, I'll have more time to play with the spreadsheet later today. Can't wait to plug in the formulas to my modified spreadsheet. Thanks for doing this! Fun stuff. Best -- Dana p.s. And, thanks for the advice on the TAS numbers. I'm going to skip them and go with the reference numbers I have on the AC. In fact, I don't remember fooling around with those numbers when I was doing my PPL training. Thanks again for figuring out the WCA/HW/TW/XW formulas!
  5. Hi, again, shyfly. Hey, so you inspired me to try to turn all of the TOC and TAS computations into Excel formulas. I think I got it right, so I'm hoping you'll take a look at the attached spreadsheet. It is an abbreviated version of my original spreadsheet using the original winds aloft data, but assuming a landing at KBID and then a climb to 5500 on the way to KMVY. I also added a fuel section and add some other fields for additional information. You'll see that I color-coded in yellow the cells where you could actually input performance data (try changing the performance data and watch the TOC times and distances change). Also, the TOC lines in the actual flight plan are shaded in a light gray. It was fun putting this together. And, I think it works. I hope you'll check it out when you have a free minute and let me know what you think (mistakes, suggestions, etc.) Regards -- Dana p.s. It's probably overkill, but we could probably figure out a top-of-descent (is that even the right term?) formula to calculate when to start descent to the destination. It would be the reverse of the TOC formula (kind of), but using maybe traffic pattern altitude instead of field elevation. Just a thought. Okay, thanks again for inspiring me to give this a shot.
  6. Hi, shyfly. Thanks for your advice. Yup, my mistake on the TOC computation (checked the formula, but forgot to do the cruise minus FE computation and left the climb time from your spredsheet on my version...dumb mistake, but that's how I learn). Also, I used your rule-of-thumb TAS formula, but I changed a couple of the cruise altitudes from my first plan. So, the variations come from altitude changes that I had built into an earlier plan. In the end, it's just a plan, but I really enjoyed going through the excercise of the dead-reckoning computations (it has been ages, literally). Your instructions were clear, and I had fun playing with the spreadsheet. Actually, I'm interested in recreating my long, solo cross-country from Beverly to Bangor using the spreadsheet (and a correct TOC computation, and correct TAS numbers this time : ) Okay, thanks again for all your time and effort on this one. Regards -- Dana p.s. Hey, fascinating stuff about the low-level winds aloft (and cool stuff about riding with the NOAA folks...although going to Sun 'n Fun sounds cooler). I'm going to keep playing with winds aloft data since it has got my curiousity up.
  7. Hi, shyfly. Thanks for the refresher course on dead reckoning -- it has been a while. And, I loved the spreadsheet. I modified it (hope you don't mind) and attached a copy of the completed spreadsheet for you to see. I did find that my WCA calculations from my good, old E6B were different (but not by a ton) than the online one I tried. Also, I got the winds aloft from Foreflight (nope, didn't use it during the flight) for the correct time early in the day (probably too early). I maybe should have used winds aloft figures from Active Sky as the numbers I got in the air were off by a fair amount from the Foreflight numbers. In any case, I found that flying my planned heading during the event took me off course on the KBID - KMVY leg. I did correct when I got a visual on Martha's Vineyard, but I'm concerned that the sim didn't respond like it should to the winds aloft -- even considering that the winds aloft were from a more northerly heading than in my forecast. So, I'll take any and all advice on the following. How can I more realistically model winds aloft? I'm using Active Sky Evolution with Wind Smoothing turned on in FSUIPC. What source do you recommend for detailed winds aloft forecasts and information for your simulated flights? Okay, thanks again for the great lesson on DR flight planning. And, thanks for your part in creating the event last night. I survived my remote instrument panel software not working and a computer crash (just outbound from MVY) to finish the challenge. It was great stuff. Regards -- Dana p.s. I will incorporate your "pattern time" entries in my next flight plan, and your TOC suggestion was cool (think I did it correctly using your formula). p.p.s. I also attached a scan of one of my old RW cross-country flight plans just for fun (1992 vintage).
  8. I'm crazy busy right now with end-of-the-year stuff at school, but I should have some time next week to do some research on a tower visit. I know that incident at JFK might nix this kind of visit, but you never know. Also, I bet Cape Air would be willing to host a field trip (especially considering their crazy MOCHA mission...well, we're not really customers but...). Before I do some homework on this, do any of you guys have connections at either place? Or, the obvious question, are any of you real-life controllers who might have an in with the RW community? Okay, just keeping this idea going. -- Dana (aka the newbie) p.s. Hey, I'll see you guys tomorrow night for the KBOS/KBTV RC...looking forward to it.
  9. Okay, I know this is a crazy idea, but have you guys ever hosted a real-life field-trip to Logan or Barnstable? Boston is a great place to visit in the summer anyway, but a visit to the tower at Logan or to Cape Air at Barnstable would be a blast. I come down every summer to visit my sisters (we grew up down that way) and to visit college friends, so I'll be in the neighborhood. I bet a bunch of us would be willing to make the trek if we could coordinate a visit to the Logan tower or to Barnstable (and, except for the traffic, Cape Cod is a great place to visit in the summer, too). Okay, that's my crazy idea. Thoughts? -- Dana
  10. Anyone else live up this way? I mean North Country of New York and Greater Burlington (or even Montreal and south to the border). A couple of us have an informal flight sim club where we get together once a month or so at each other's homes or offices to do some simming. If you're local and interested let us know.
  11. Can't wait for the Burlington Regional Circuit. We live across Lake Champlain from Burlington so we're lucky enough to keep tabs on both the Burlington and Plattsburgh traffic (the Plattsburgh 35 approach traffic goes right over the house). In fact, my boys know when the Allegiant MD-80s are overhead just from the sound they make (climbing out of Plattsburgh for Florida, they make a lot of noise for a "little" jet). Okay, looking forward to the Regional Circuit. Hope you guys like "flying" up this way as much as I do. -- Dana p.s. Plattsburgh (KPBG) is a great place to practice heavy aircraft pattern work (it's a two mile long runway), and you're just a few minutes away from Montreal. Just a thought.

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