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    Fuel Calculator

    Could someone recommend a good freeware fuel calculator, or another solid method for calculating fuel loads. I have begun to fly using FS Passengers, while in VATSIM. To economize my flights, stay within protocol (i.e. 1 hour reserve) and most importantly get to my original destinantion. (ask me about my 18 mile glide to a GOOD landing after running out of fuel with passengers) I need a good way to calculate fuel needed. What I am doing now does not seem to work. I file my flight plan using FS Navigator, then export my Flight Plan to my FreeFD ND, and to FS9, at this point I can use FS9's NAV LOG to show ETA, estimated fuel burn and whatnot, however, after loading FS PAssengers, and loading cargo and passengers, my weihg then increases.I can only guess what my required fuel should be, or adversely if on a long trip, what I should pare my cargo down to after loading full of fuel. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Thank-you Tony. I will try it tonight.

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    Take-off and Landing Performance Calculation Tool

    I found an other useful Tool (Freeware), called TOPCAT - Take-off and Landing Performance Calculation Tool.

    http://topcat.ofplan.net

    At the moment, there are these Aircrafts supported (others will follow soon):
    - Boeing 747-400 / Freighter
    - Boeing 767-300 / Freighter

    and there are many other features:

    Worldwide database with close to 10.000 airports and 28.000 runways
    Including an import function for PMDG 747-400 and PMDG 747-400F weight data
    Coming with a Load Manager, Take-Off and Landing Planner (Taking into account various parameters like runway length, runway slope, wind, temperature, runway condition, airport pressure and elevation, etc...) and with an option to directly download weather data from online sources (NOAA, IVAO or VATSIM)
    Calculates all relevant speeds (V1, VR, V2) for Take-Off and Landing and de-rated thrust including Field Limit Weight, Climb Limit Weight, Obstacle Limit Weight, Brake Energy Limit Weight and Tire Speed Limit Weight
    Take-off and Landing data for abnormal configurations (e.g. Flapless Landing, Inoperative Reversers, etc...)
    A wide variety of units: kilograms (kg), pounds (lb), meter (m), feet (ft), hPa (hecto pascal), inHg (Inches of mercury) for your personal needs
    ACARS-Function





    Best Regards,
    Jack

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    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by jack79 View Post
    IAt the moment, there are these Aircrafts supported (others will follow soon):
    VERY NICE, and thanks for the link..... But sad to see no Airbuses

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    O' contraire Matt.

    I would like to introduce you to, TOMAFLEX.

    A friend of mine created this software, It is a very useful tool. Boeing and Airbus Support.

    When I was building my Bus Simulator this is what I used.

    http://www.tomaflex.net/

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    ...other aircrafts

    Well, thats true - its sad to see no Airbuses... Im also waiting for A320, A330!

    So, perhaps you are as glad as me, to hear, that the Topcat-Developer promised me, that the next aircraft will be an Airbus.

    The other link - tomaflex - looks really very similar!! Ill try it!


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    It's really too bad that POH's are not readily available for newer commercial aircraft without having to go through a 398 check to get one.

    With the POH, you can calculate practically to the last 50 pounds of fuel needed for a leg.
    Boeing Skunk Works
    Remember...140, 250, and REALLY FAST!

    We don't need no stinkin' ETOPS!



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    Re: Fuel Calculator

    Hi ak49er !! I would like to recommend you, visit the web page www.airlines-virtual.com and download the excelent and FREE Fuel Planner, for about 60 differents aircraft models.
    Will be great for you !
    Regards

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