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  1. For some considerable time I have used Plan-G with FSX, I love it! I have been using Plan-G on a second PC and use SimConnect to connect to FSX, but now I have installed P3D v4.1 and want to connect my Plan-G install to it via SimConnect. I have had a few problems and have yet to do this successfully. The following problems are those I have encountered together with the questions that they raise. I have added the P3D paths to the locations part and path to the P3D scenery.cfg . This I did by mapping a drive on the Plan-G PC and pointing the drive at the appropriate local drive on the P3D PC. (Drive X: points to Drive C: etc.) and then browsed to the files required. This method has always worked before. The database build is very rapid. The help file indicates that this usually indicates a fail. Returning to the Database Build screen shows that the DB build is available which perhaps seems to also point to a failure. Having said that, when the Build database runs I can see it going through ORBX directories ect. I cant connect to P3D. However the connect icon greys out and the disconnect button is available. It is clear that no data conversation is going on as the map doesn't move to where my aircraft is. A small black square with an upward pointing arrow appears in the top left corner of Plan-G. On a third PC on the network configured for P3D only I cant connect. The above raises these questions: Can I use the same install of P3D for both sims? (Two DBs?) It looks like I can do. What is the black square? In the FS Connection Parameters how do I check the Config Index against the PC with P3D on it? The FSX Computer and Server Port/Pipe are still in the SimConnect Settings (FSX) and have always worked well for me in the past. Any help would be good
  2. Subscription Maps

    I am looking into using subscription maps with Plan-G I understand from the manual that I should be able to use Mapbox to do this, but I don't understand how to make this work. It seems like Mapbox allows you to have 3000 tiles free and so it would seem to be a good idea to set up Plan-G with Mapbox so that: I know how to do it with other subscription services I know what to look for with a service before I subscribe - So I don't waste money on a subscription that wont work with Plan-G I have tried to set up Mapbox but with no luck. However I am looking at the various things Mapbox offers and just trying pot luck as to what I must enter in the subscription maps box. I would be good to have a tutorial as to how to link in to a subscription service and what to look for with a service to insure that it can be tied into Plan-G. For example, can a subscription to Ordinance Survey allow their maps to be used in Plan-G? Any help would be great! J.
  3. A New Project

    A New Project If you use Tim Arnot's Plan-G flight planning freeware… http://www.tasoftware.co.uk/planG.htm ...this may be of interest to you. What I'm proposing to do may help you benefit from what I'm doing without replicating all my leg work yourself. I'm slowly populating my Plan-G charts folder tree with terminal procedures. I have an old (2011) DVD copy of all of the US IAPs, STARs and SIDs. I will also add public domain, non-US terminal procedures as they become available and as time permits, however the primary focus for the time being will be US terminal procedures. What makes this possible is that Tim's software now allows the use of JPG, PDF and LNK files – the latter are Windows Shortcut files. Most terminal procedures are PDF files. My airport diagrams are JPGs and the LNK files are necessary to efficiently use STARs. To make the files display properly for the correct airports in Plan-G, it's necessary to rename each file so that its filename begins with the ICAO code. I'm taking that a step further, embedding some additional information within the filename so the entries will sort logically when displayed in Plan-G and give me and any other users some idea what is in each procedure without having to open it and look at it. A picture is worth a thousand words so here's what a fully populated airport looks like in Plan-G. It's necessary to right-click on the airport icon in Plan-G, then left-click “Charts” on the fly-out to get the menu of available documents to display like this. Selecting any one of them from the fly-out displays that file in whatever viewer you use for that document type. STARs are unique among terminal procedures in that they may be applicable to more than one airport. As a result they must be handled a little differently from IAPs, SIDs and the occasional Visual Approach plate. For STARs I put the parent STAR PDF in a separate STARs folder, then create Windows Shortcut files (LNK files) for each airport to which it applies. The shortcut files are much smaller than the parent STAR pdf and each one is named so that it will display for the appropriate airport. For example, the Dallas area STAR “FINGR THREE” applies to five airports in the Dallas area. I've created five Windows Shortcuts, one for each airport to which the STAR applies… KADS – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KDAL – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KHQZ – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KLNC – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk KRBD – STAR – FINGR THREE.lnk They're identical except for the filenames and each one points to the full PDF copy of the STAR in the separate STARs folder. With those in the Plan-G Charts folder, this STAR shows in the Charts fly-out menu for each airport to which it is applicable. WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? Of course you could do what I'm doing but it's a long and tedious job and you'd only be duplicating my efforts. I propose to share the renamed files with others who are interested, via some kind of subscriber list much like what's available for my airport diagrams. I expect that the number of files and the volume of data will make e-mail attachments prohibitive, so am thinking of creating a shared Drop Box folder to which subscribers will have access for downloading my re-named files into their own Plan-G Charts folder. I haven't fully thought through all the bookkeeping and logistics of this, particularly given that I have a fairly large number of these done already, but am looking to gauge the interest level in this. If you think you might be interested in subscribing to this free service for re-named TPP files via DropBox, please e-mail me by clicking the link below and letting me know. allardjd@earthlink.net
  4. I guess most of us know how to prepare a flight plan using the FSX tool or Plan-G, however, I wondered if a tutorial might help, particularly for those who'd like to join in with rallies like MEBAR but lack the confidence - and experience, maybe - to translate a rally flight briefing into a flyable flight plan. Anyway, here's my attempt at introducing Plan-G for rally flight briefing: Please let me have your feedback! Cheers - Dai.
  5. The long anticipated release of Plan-G V3 has arrived. Tim Arnot, the mastermind behind behind TA Software and Plan-G, has announced in their forums that the product has been released. See here This is a complete major re-write of the core code. G3 uses maps based on Open StreetMap (OSM) data. This has the advantage of being free and will always be free. The old mapping software sourced from Google is now subject to possible levy's which cannot be borne by TA Software. The preferred servers for PG3 are from MapQuest, which is a commercial company that sponsors a free access server and doesn't complain about bandwidth. The second issue with OSM data is that the styling of the map tiles isn't optimal for our purposes. For example the only public OSM server that includes terrain shading is Open Cycle Map, which (obviously) has cycle routes writ large upon it. Tile data for the maps is now cached locally (something else they couldn't do with Google). The cached tiles will be used if available, in preference to going online. The Quick Plan Dialog in v3 has been enhanced. You can now specify a route. This is in the format of a space separated list of waypoints, e.g. BIG BENBO WCT. You can optionally use "DCT" to signify "Direct"; this will be ignored by Plan-G (ie BIG DCT BENBO is treated the same as BIG BENBO). Specifying DCT on its own is the same as Origin DCT Destination. The route is validated before you can press OK. Waypoints are prioritised in the order Airport, VOR, NDB, ISEC, User. Additionally a lookup is performed on the origin and destination ICAO codes, and the airport names displayed in dialog. Snippets are a new feature in v3. A snippet is a portion of a flight plan that can be inserted into another flight plan. There are two forms of snippet: Quick Snippets and Snippet files. Snippets are accessed from the context menu of the flight plan list view. Quick Snippets present a route dialog that allows you to type a list of waypoints in exactly the same for as for a Quick Plan. Right-click on a VOR or NDB, and a new Radial menu will appear. Selecting this will allow you to draw a radial at a specified bearing and distance from that navaid. You can repeat this multiple times from the same or other navaids, allowing you to plot intersection points and so on. A single 'Clear' menu will remove all radial lines from the map. Radials are in degrees magnetic. A checkbox allows you to select the radial as 'inbound' (ie a bearing TO the station). G3 now opens local KML files (no longer need to be stored on the web). There are options to load just markers, just polygons or both. Performance factors are now calculated from the active aircraft profile for the flight plan (piston only, right now). The data is displayed at the bottom of the plan window (you may need to move the brown separator bar to see it all). It is also logged. The Database Tools dialog is to allow (e.g.) X-Plane users that have also got a built FSX or FS9 database installed to copy data that is missing from X-Plane from one of the other databases. The process is a simple CSV export & import. Radio Stack You get 2x Nav/Com units, ADF, Transponder and 'standard' GA Autopilot. The values are updated as per the existing telemetry (PFD etc). All buttons are live and function as you would expect. You can set the Nav/Com/ADF frequencies directly from the map (i.e. right-click a VOR and select Nav1 or Nav2 from the menu). VOR and NDB can be set from the flight plan list (not airport at the moment). So there's plenty of new features to get acquainted with, the download is available here.
  6. The popular flight planner "Plan-G" from TA Software is almost ready for take off in it's latest major version update, V3. Released in 2009, Plan‐G was the first Flight Simulator planning software tool to use the acclaimed and versatile Google Maps mapping tool. Hitherto, the inbuilt planner and third party external flight planners have extrapolated geographic data from the Simulator program itself, with the limitation which that entails. Plan‐G was instantly popular and widely acclaimed across the flight simulator enthusiast world, and in August 2011 won the prestigious Mutley’s Hangar Award for Flight Simulator Addon excellence. Using a public domain global map, Plan‐G overlays features pertinent to Flight and Flight Planning – Airports, Controlled Airspace, Prohibited and Restricted Areas, Instrument Approach Paths and many more. Flight Plans can be graphically modified; adding, deleting or dragging waypoints to new positions with the mouse. User defined waypoints can be created “on the fly” as you build a plan. Plan‐G Version 3 is a brand new, completely revised version, and now uses Open Street Maps as its mapping base. Although terrain modelling and shading is not currently available in OSM, the vertical terrain profile feature in Plan‐G‐v2 has been enhanced and simplified to provide the same vertical navigation planning capability. The several information panes are now presented as floating windows, allowing the user to place information anywhere on the screen, or not, as they wish. Many new features have been added to Version 3 to make Plan‐G v3 the essential Flight-simmers utility application. As well as working with FS9 and FSX, Plan‐Gv3 now interfaces with X‐Plane, and with VATSIM if the user is connected to the Internet. From the manual, avaiable here, are the highlights.. OpenStreetMaps interface (replaces Google Maps) for comprehensive topographical detail including railways (traditional VFR navaid) woodland, parkland and watercourses. “Snippets” ‐ multiple waypoints which can be inserted into a plan either by “quick” entry” or from a snippets format (.snip) file. Now supports X‐Plane Versions 9 & 10. Fully editable flight plans can be saved in the X‐Plane format (.fms), or in Plan‐G’s own format (.plg). VATSIM Support – show all VATSIM controllers and active pilots on the map. RADIAL menu allows you to click on multiple VORs or NDBs and display specified radials from them for easy identification of intersections. A COM/NAV Radio Stack which simplifies changing frequencies, especially if Plan‐G is run on a separate display to FS or X‐Plane. Additional options added to the main map context menu. KML (& KMZ) files can now be stored on your PC. Revised Elevation Plot display. Aircraft Performance Profiles. Can your chosen aircraft fly at the cruising airspeed or altitude you have set? Data Tools allow data to be moved between MSFS and X‐Plane databases. PDF Charts display. Copy your airport charts, approach plates etc into (e.g.) Plan‐GFiles\Charts\EGKB and they will automatically be available when you right click the EGKB airport. We will, of course make an announcement when the program is available. Oh! and did we mention, it's freeware. However, there there is a donation button on the TA Software home page to show your appreciation!
  7. Hello Simmers, When I read birdmanmike's Air Hauler adventures I noticed he uses plan-G along with AH. I cannot use plan-G along with AH, I thought it was normal because AH connects to fsx and plan-G also, maybe just 1 at the time. But by birdmanmike it works.. Does anyone have some tips or clues to resolve this problem? Thanks in advance. Jan.
  8. Plan-G on iPad connected to FSX

    Downloaded and installed Splashtop XDisplay (2.99 GBP) on the iPad (Thanks, Tim!) and connected to W7 PC via Splashtop Streamer (free). Works very well - a bit stuttery, but there are 3 other PC's connected to our (family) hub. Here's a photo of the iPod with Plan-G displayed on it, with the main monitor behind showing FSX: I've also undocked the New View from FSX and moved this onto the iPad - seems fine. I'm working towards an iPad display of the basic instruments leaving the FSX VC or external view on the main monitor. I'll report progress... I think I've arrived in the 21st Century... Cheers - Dai. P.S. You'll find the Splashtop stuff here
  9. If you like flying in NZ, you can now do so with some VRP's and Plan-G http://aussiex.org/forum/index.php?/topic/11498-utilities-plang-visual-reporting-points-new-zealand/
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