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Ideal Flight 10 for FSX, FSX-SE and Prepar3D v 2/3

An essential addon; Ideal Flight 10 is a whole new adventure.

Take the burden out of setting up a flight in Flight Simulator *. The simple press of a button creates a next logical flight with flight plan, and briefing.

That's just a part of Ideal Flight; another press puts you in the cockpit, with in-sim menu of impressive functions, seamless atmospheric conditions, and procedurally generated weather.

Do more flying, see more airports, feel the environment come alive.

FSX+IF Screenshot: CB giant anvil out at sea Exciting Weather Everywhere

Ideal Flight 10 is an essential add-on:

  • Flight generator finds airports for your flight time and knows where you can fly to
  • Push-button create and launch fully featured flights with kneeboard briefing
  • Flights are monitored, assessed, debriefed, and added to a records database
  • In-flight menu of special functions include: Go to Approach and Pause at TOD
  • Automatic aircraft camera views and panels database
  • Starts other applications
  • Global Weather Simulation
  • Advanced weather with seamless interpolated air currents
  • Adds thermal and deflected air currents to any weather engine
  • Class leading 3D auto. flight plans, per aircraft
  • Kneeboard Flight Briefing Information Overload
  • Precise ETA and Fuel
  • No Impact on Screen Frame Rates
  • FSX Automated

Comprehensive handling of NavAid and Airways data, complete with 3D auto-route finder using actual simulator data. Professional and >augmented versions are the only planners available that can combine simulator data with real world data to produce perfect plans from the subset.

Not just a flight planner, but actually a full-fat one-click flight generator that works from your pre-set rules. A one-click simulation launcher puts you right in the cockpit, with everything to hand in the kneeboard briefing. Adding unparalleled value is a serious procedurally generated weather simulation system, Ai taffic scheduled around your flight, an in-sim menu of enhanced functions, and a configurable flight assessment recorder.

FSX+IF Screenshot: Global Weather Simulation Totally enhanced FSX experience: FSX+IF

Everyone can use Ideal Flight:

  • An atmospheric conditions upgrade includes seamless thermal air currents and wind deflections, uninterrupted weather and winds across the globe, with jet streams and doldrums. A global weather simulation provides the data for weather wherever you go, even across the oceans. Weather can be seen constantly changing as the day and location progresses.
  • You take a pilot's case-full of information with you on every flight. The briefing documentation contains airport maps, plans, route map, navigation frequencies, fuel, load, ETA, aircraft configuration notes, and so on, all included for the flight in a document for your kneeboard.
  • Automated flight plans contain enhancements usually found only as hand edited plans, featuring TOC, TOD, and minimum altitudes. You can edit or create plans with your flight planning tool, and drop the file onto Ideal Flight, to create the flight with briefing. Only create plans between airports you want with a comprehensive airport filter including user defined subsets.
  • An accurate fuel calculation and ETA prediction is generated for any aircraft from an easily configured set of aircraft configuration values; range, cruise speed, altitude, and so on. If you finish with too much fuel, you only need increase the range value before the next calculation. It's the easiest fuel, load, distance, and time calculation, available for FSX.
  • An aircraft setup database ensures you always get presented with your favourite setup, for any aircraft. Complete with an entire configuration of Cold & Dark overrides.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Early Morning Mists Dawn fog banks: Default FSX, Ideal Flight seamless global weather.

Ideal Flight = big enhancements to the FSX experience!

  • Press button creation of an "Ideal Flight" for any place, plane, or plan
  • Automatically applies your saved aircraft setup, then launches and monitors the flight
  • Advanced flight plans include TOC & TOD, and take into account terrainand flight altitude capability
  • IF10 processes any .PLN file into an "Ideal Flight". IF works for all aircraft and scenery
  • Automatically finds destinations that lie within a preferred flight time
  • The most accurate fuel and ETA calculation available, for any FSX flight plan
  • Comprehensive flight briefing made available for any flight plan; shows in your kneeboard
  • Flight assessment and Debrief, works for any flight
  • Advanced thermal and deflected air currents simulation works with any FSX weather
  • Complex failures and intermittant faults, with G-force and shock induced problems
  • Weather engine uses a global simulation; weather everywhere
  • Save time en-route; "Advance to Next Waypoint", weather, time, and fuel compensated
  • See all your parked aircraft, wherever you parked them, whenever you fly
  • Only places Ai traffic nearby, so you don't have to turn up the traffic slider to see traffic
  • Search the world map; see an enlarged view of any airport; provides a complete scenery listing
  • Create airport subsets like "My Addon Airports" and only include these airports for searches
  • Start any number of programs triggered during several phases of startup
  • Generate scenery and aircaft reports for your browser
  • So much more it's hard to describe, the biggest bang per buck Addon ever delivered for FSX

FSX+IF Screenshot: Seamless thermal air currents Enhanced atmospheric conditions

Main Features:

Ideal Flight 10, "IF10", is a console-like program that provides press button flight generation and launch.

Press a button; IF10 creates a flight file for any aircraft, and can automatically add fuel and payload. Flights are generated with a complete cold & dark setup. A comprehensive flight briefing is included for the kneeboard, no matter what type of flight plan.

Press another button; IF launches FSX with the new flight loaded, and you are taken straight to the cockpit. The briefing is visible in the kneeboard, and you will find additional functions are available from the pull down Addon menu.

FSX+IF Screenshot: Indonesia Default FSX Textures + IF Weather, Indonesia

FSX+IF Screenshot: Global Weather Simulation, Indonesia Global Weather Simulation: A damp Indonesian island

Fly the route; IF10 monitors the whole flight and IF presents an assessment/debrief after the flight.


The briefing contains almost all the information you would like during a flight; airport maps, nav aid frequencies, route sections table, accurate ETA, fuel requirements, loading, speed conversion graphs, aircraft configuration notes, copy & paste quick information roundup, and so on for any plane in your collection.

Ideal Flight Graphic: Briefing HTML Document HTML briefing for your kneeboard

The briefing describes how to climb, cruise, and descend, for accurate ETA's and fuel requirements. IF's fuel calculation is the most accurate available for FSX, and works for any aircraft in your collection.

IF generates flight plans for a specific aircraft and flight duration time.

IF flight plans are created by the most advanced auto flight plan generator available for FSX to date. The flight parameters for the aircraft, cruise altitude, speed, range, etc. are all taken into account when building the plan. The plan may guide you around high terrain. Plans include TOC and TOD and minimum safe altitudes.

Waypoints data in addition to FSX waypoints include oceanic tracks.

Adjust flight plans simply by setting aircraft flight parameters such as; flight time, climb rate, cruise speed, cruise altitude, and range. The fuel requirement is calculated and the aircraft is made ready and fuelled for the route.

There are special missions: fly coastguard missions to ships at sea and oil rigs, or maintain navigation equipment sites around the world.

Drag and Drop any plan file (.PLN) from your favourite tool onto IF and an "Ideal Flight" is created for the plan, with briefing, route sections table, nav aid frequencies, with TOC and TOD added to the plan if desired.

IF adds useful in-flight functions to the FSX pull down Addon menu like Go to Waypoint, Go to TOD, fast Save Game, and Fuel Consumption Report. Save/Load game provides more functionality than standard FSX save game files.

FSX+IF Screenshot: Default FSX, Carenado C340 II Works with all your favourite addons

Automatically set aircraft panels and views simply by saving your favourite settings from the in-flight menu. These settings are then applied to all flights currently saved or newly generated for the aircraft.

IF introduces seamless thermal, cumulous, and deflected air currents, to any weather engine. Additional air currents are provided to breathe more life into the simulated environment. Winds are channelled and deflected by terrain. Constantly and seamlessly, hot air rises and cool air falls.

Global weather simulation; use instead of downloading internet weather reports, and choose any time of year. IF's weather engine will generate seamless weather across the oceans, and complex winds including jet streams, move you around 360° in all directions, not just horizontally. Cloud base and visibility are computed from atmospheric conditions to give a more realistic looking sky.

Adjust weather and winds simply by making them more or less severe.

IF monitors and rates the flight with a post flight assessment and debrief. All flight information is stored in a history file.

Ideal Flight Graphic: Profile HTML Document HTML profile information document

Each flight is assessed, and the pilot is presented with a debrief document when FSX is ended. Scores are recorded, and the profile is rated against other profiles in a pilot performance table. Other information about the profile can be viewed in the profile HTML document.

Adjust the severity of flight scoring, only log flights you are happy with, review pilot history in the easily accessible records library.

A group of robot pilots compete with you for the top spots in the pilot performance table.

An automatic database remembers where you parked your aircraft, and remembers the favourite settings for all of them. Parked aircraft appear in the sim where you left them.

IF10 injects Ai traffic only where you want it, and adds a few Ai aircraft nearby your route, so you don't have to have the traffic slider up so much to get "interaction" with other aircraft.

There is an airports world map facility with search functions and filters, save and load favourite routes, and see enlarged airport diagrams.

User defined airport filter subsets comes with major hubs subset filter.

FSX+IF Screenshot: Default FSX, Carenado C340 II Automated flight plan and mission briefing

Drag and Drop your favourite screenshots onto any page to brighten it up! (excluding startup and info pages).

Please have a look at the help documentation: Ideal Flight Help Contents

Screen Images:

Ideal Flight Graphic: Startup Screen Startup Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Airport Screen Airport Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: User Configured Airport Screen User Configured Airport Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Profile Selection Screen Profile Selection Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Aircraft Selection Screen Aircraft Selection Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Aircraft Flight Parameters Screen Aircraft Flight Parameters Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Mission and Monitor Screen Mission and Monitor Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Weather Settings Screen Weather Settings Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Search Airports Screen Search Airports Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Large Map Large Map
Ideal Flight Graphic: Flight Records Screen Flight Records Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Scoreboard Screen Scoreboard Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Other Settings Screen Other Settings Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: About Ideal Flight Screen About Ideal Flight Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Flight Generator Screen Flight Generator Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Cold & Dark Settings Screen Cold & Dark Settings Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Flight Generator Screen; Plan Types Plan types, flight generator screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Flight Generator Screen; Plan Builder Plan builder, flight generator screen

Upgrade with Expansion Pack ">augmented":

Main features included with >augmented expansion unlocked: AIRAC and FMC support. Ai Buddy, a true Ai pilot to keep you company. Wake proximity to improve immersion when following and leading Ai Buddy. Comms Package automates starting radio settings, and aids flight starts; be ready listening to ATIS, Ai Aircraft, and ATC. With Committed Profiles, the flight is always added to the log. With Limited Profiles, the Pilot can only travel on transport within the simulation, and cannot change the current departure airport within IF10. Includes more route types, more errors and assessments, more of everything, and more fun.

...or move on to Prepar3D with Ideal Flight 10 Professional:

Ideal Flight 10 Professional, the P3Dv2 version, comes inclusive of all >augmented expansion pack features. In addition the background pictures can be locked from changes with a config setting. This version runs alongside Ideal Flight 10 on the same system. Why IF10 Pro for P3D? With control of all Sim Config Settings, Flight Files, Plans, Ai Traffic, and Weather, Ideal Flight provides true repeatable scenarios. (e.g. weather is procedurally generated with no randoms, and no data collected from the internet.)

Professional and >augmented versions combine AIRAC and scenery data to produce the compatible subset. Reads popular aircraft NavData sets for perfect plans. Auto-export GPS plans (with ATC configured for the flight) and FMC co-route files, so that GPS plans are duplicated and ready to load into the FMC co-route. Follow-me shadow aircraft Ai Buddy, and Ai traffic optimisations. Wake proximity, and turbulence effects around moving objects. Turbulent conditions created by extended flaps and gear. Veering stressed airframe at close to max airspeeds. More plan types, and random route finding, with random aircraft selection. More approach types; with FAF, IDF, and transitions, from SID and STAR departures and approaches. Adjust computed approach timing. Airport destination searches sorted by; alphabet, distance, heading, altitude, and reverse order. World map with improved functions, zooms, selection, and markings. Handling of airport subsets improved. More Cold and Dark functions included. In-flight menu enhanced with weather scenarios. Diagnostic package lists modules used, analyses VAS usage throughout the flight, reports on exceptions encountered by FSX, and lists any modules causing errors. Keeps a .csv file for analysis of more than thirty simulation values including for example; altitude, airspeed, frame rate, and VAS used. Comms radio package pre-sets radios to ATIS etc. More penalties Taxi speed and Low Altitude Speed. More NavAid symbols on route maps. Approach and Departure maps included with briefing. In-flight error messages, auto-pause, and auto-saves. Profiles new features; limited movement and committed flight score. And more…

FMS co-route file formats supported by Ideal Flight 10 >augmented and Professional:

  • FS9 .PLN - FS2004
  • PMDG .rte v1 - J4100
  • PMDG .rte v2/3 - 737, 777
  • PMDG .rt2 v1 - 747
  • PMDG .WX v1 - 777 weather
  • iFly .FLTPLAN v1 - 737
  • QW .RTE v1 - RJ100
  • Aerosoft Airbus X Extended .flp - AXE
  • Level-D .rte v1 - 767
  • Majestic .fpr vQ400 - MJC8 Q400 Dash 8
  • VATSIM Prefile
  • Carousel IV-AC INS .AWC WP - FSL Concorde-X, Waypoints data cards
  • Carousel IV-AC INS .ADC DME - FSL Concorde-X, DME Station data cards

NavData: >augmented and Pro versions build plans three ways; with navigation systems built into the scenery, with navigation data AIRACs from PMDG, iFly, Level-D, Aerosoft Airbus X Extended, (or the IF10 navigation data set specially supplied by Aerosoft NavDataPro), and uniquely, IF10 can intelligently combine data from simulator and AIRAC, to produce the most reliable flight plans and FMS files available for the sim.

>augmented expansion pack and Pro versions in addition, can automatically build fsx.cfg, dll.xml, and exe.xml files from components selected depending on chosen aircraft, and can be enabled for injecting into the sim before flight. Pre-configured Scenery.cfg files can also be utilised.

Some >augmented Screen Images:

Ideal Flight Graphic: Startup Screen Startup Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Other Settings Screen Other Settings Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: Flight Generator Screen Flight Generator Screen
Ideal Flight Graphic: File Export Screen File Export Screen

Almost all the screens within IF10 >augmented have increased functionality.

FSX+IF=More fun:

  • Glider fun: Thermal and wind induced air currents determined by environment and terrain, affect all aircraft. Complex winds move you around 360° in all directions, not just horizontally.
  • Helicopter fun: Visit hundreds more locations than airports, including navigation equipment sites, ships, and oil rigs.
  • Navigation: Flight plans include top of climb and top of descent. Flight briefing includes detailed route sections and times, with an accurate ETA. Slick pilots can get within one minute of the ETA every time!
  • Incentive: Get a route generated automatically for the aircraft you have, from where you are, to a destination that can be reached in a preferred time. The flight will be monitored in detail and an assessment presented after the flight.
  • Indispensible: Save without disturbing the flight. Several autopilot and systems items not available in the standard FSX save game file are saved, and restored with Ideal Flight. Advance time to avoid lots of repetitive blue sky and concentrate more on the navigation sections of the flight.

Ideal Flight is also written nicely for Windows:

  • The Ideal Flight setup .zip file is just over 10Mb, and the program uses resources similar to that of a File Explorer window.
  • You don't need to be admin to install or run IF.
  • Ideal Flight 10 setup can be run from inside the zip, no need to unzip first. IF10 does not need to undo itself into a temp folder before the setup can run. IF10 just gets on with it from inside the .zip, and there are no compatibility settings to make.
  • IF10 setup knows the system language, and understands locations of the FSX directories. IF10 checks the FSX installation and registry. Repairs to the FSX registry entries are made where necessary. IF10 setup may ask for confirmation of the FSX location if the FSX registry settings appear incorrect.
  • IF10 must learn about the scenery on the system, and the scenery files are scanned after changes to the scenery, or when IF10 is run for the first time. Several minutes may be required to scan the scenery files to make indexes, which consequently help speed up airport searches. After making scenery changes, the indexes can be remade from popup menu items on the startup screen.
  • You can start Ideal Flight by dropping your favourite .PLN file onto the IF desktop icon and IF starts with the .PLN loading. You can also drop .PLN's onto the icon to restore IF from minimized.
  • Ideal Flight is different technology that does not rely on c++ or .NET code libraries. IF will not hurt your FSX installation, and does not interact with other addons. You can use REX Textures and weather engine, or just REX textures, and the same goes with any other weather system. You can use any other traffic program, even if you use IF traffic. You can use almost any other addon too. Flight planning tools are especially enhanced by IF, since you can drop the plan file on to IF.
  • The program window can be resized (in settings) and there is no problem when your FSX video mode kicks in.
  • Ideal Flight uses little resources and has almost no effect on the frame rate. (Rain and snow will reduce your frame rate).
  • Backup Profiles and merge with fresh installations of Ideal Flight.

Please see the Help Documentation for more information.

Do more flying, see more airports, feel the environment come alive.


FSX+IF Screenshot: Overcast Overcast
FSX+IF Screenshot: Overcast Landing Overcast Landing <1Nm Visibility
FSX+IF Screenshot: Wet Morning Morning Fog and Showers
FSX+IF Screenshot: Tropical Shower Tropical afternoon shower on an otherwise pleasant sunny day!
FSX+IF Screenshot: Thermal, Cumulous, and Deflected Air Currents Find ridge lift.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Clear Evening Clouds clearing on a warm evening.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Special Missions Search and locate sea going vessels.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Seamless Global Weather Seamless weather across the oceans.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Thunderstorm Difficult weather conditions.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Simulated Complex Winds Use jet streams to shorten your flight time.
FSX+IF Screenshot: Tower View Early into the office, rise and shine! IF Tower Views.

All images Default FSX+IF, DX10, 1920x1200x32, 19fps limited internal, i7-960, GTX480.

Take the burden out of setting up a flight in Microsoft ® Flight Simulator X. The simple press of a button creates a completely new flight each time with weather, flight plan, and briefing. That's just a part of Ideal Flight; its comprehensive gamut of features makes Ideal Flight an essential add-on for Microsoft ® Flight Simulator X.

All weather generated from an algorithm, images provided have not been composed.

All images default FSX, Ideal Flight weather engine, seamless global weather.

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Ideal Flight Feedback...


In the earlier stages of development, Ideal Flight 10 was reviewed by PC Pilot Magazine, #82, December 2012, and awarded "Classic Product".

Just in...

Your program is proving to be the best add-on I have ever purchased thank you!!!!

Ray Rentschler


AVSIM post Love Ideal Flight? Enthusiastic AVSIM post says all!

More quotes from the forums...

I would just like to say what a brilliant program you have brought to us Flight Simmers. I'm in my Seventies and I have had Microsoft Flight Sims from when they first come out but never really used them much until now. It makes flying a whole lot different and I can't get enough of it now.


Congratulations codelegend on the concept, build and release of Ideal Flight. I have been using it for just a short time, but I'm very impressed with it. I love how you set it up so it can start FSX using FSX Limiter and also start other programs like TrackIR. So far it seems very stable and I look forward to seeing what new features will be added in future builds.


Other comments...

Some of the comments shown below are from those that requested they help with the IF10 project.

Stewart Ballantine emailed to say thank you...

Thanks for the program Ideal Flight. I had my first flight with Ideal Flight today from Cardiff to Vatry Chalons.


I think Ideal Flight is the best program out so far for FSX. It is a brilliant program!



(Stewart became a great help, and provided expert software testing and feedback, throughout final development of IF).

Kenneth McKinstry

Try Ideal Flight, it is really really good and codelegend has a real WINNER here.


(Ken soon began providing expert pilot feedback, sent in several suggestions written into IF, and expertly tested IF with dozens of addons throughout final development).

Bernhard Rems sent in several suggestions now packed into IF...

I hope you don’t mind that I give you feedback – but I think that your program is the best thing released for FSX in the last two years, and I want to contribute to make it perfect.


(Bernhard also provided expert program testing, fielded several FS forum threads, tested dozens of addons, and gave valuable feedback throughout final development).

Phil Manhart emailed to say thank you...

I was turned onto your program from a post at AVSIM, and it has absolutely changed the way that I use FSX.

Thanks a bunch for this program, it has enlightened the way that I fly and the way that I start flying.


Phil Manhart

Olivier Renac emailed to say thank you...

Congratulations for Ideal Flight, I'm loving it, and have not launched FSX without it since I bought it.



Jayakrishnan Nair emailed to say thank you...

Can I just say I now do not fly without Ideal Flight - I am enjoying it immensely!

Many thanks


Jeffrey Scharpf emailed to say thank you...

I just wanted to let you know that I just purchased "Ideal Flight" for FSX.

I think it's absolutely one of the best addons I've yet to purchase for FSX. It really changes everything and makes the flight sim fun again.


Everything works great, no reduction in FSX frame rates or any issues. I love all the options and the flight briefing is exactly what I've been hoping for. In fact, it's worth the money just to have the flight briefing part.

Great job!

Jeffrey Scharpf

Rick U.

I can not think of any reason that you would ever want to fly without IF, I mean we have realism that has never been felt before regardless of As real as it can get on the box. It is as Real now as I have ever experienced especially atc getting me vectored for ILS 27 at EGSH and it even handled tuning my standyby Nav to the right freq for the ILS and since I had the gps turned off while doing vectors and hand flying, I could see the localizer and glide slope points swing right to where I needed to put them to be on the Glide slope and Loc and wind gently pushing you around like in real sky. Oh this is unbelievable! I have a big big grin on my face and I would already be willing to call this the Rex of 2011! You have my total support on this deal! Let me rephrase that this Ideal Flight, it truly is!!!!! This is exciting!

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