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It's FSX, but a whole new adventure.
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; it works with any addon, and its comprehensive feature superset makes Ideal Flight an essential add-on for Microsoft ® Flight Simulator X.
Comprehensive handling of NavAid and Airways data, complete with auto-route finder. 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 an in-sim enhanced functions menu, a serious weather simulation system, and a configurable flight assessment recorder.
Ideal Flight, "IF", is a console-like program that provides press button flight generation and launch.
Press a button; IF 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.
Fly the route; IF 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Introduce Ai traffic exactly where you want it. IF 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.
User defined airport filter subsets comes with major hubs subset filter.
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
Main Features: 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.
Combines AIRAC and scenery data to produce the compatible subset. Reads popular aircraft NavData sets for perfect plans. Auto-export GPS plans and FMC files so that GPS plans are duplicated and ready to load into the FMC co-route. Follow-me Ai shadow aircraft buddy. 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; FAF, IDF, SID, and STAR approaches and departures. 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. Comms radio package pre-sets radios to ATIS etc. More penalties Taxi speed and Low Altitude Speed. Improved 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:
Almost all the screens within IF10 >augmented have increased functionality.
Please see the Help Documentation for more information.
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.
Your program is proving to be the best add-on I have ever purchased thank you!!!!
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.
Ideal Flight could only be achieved with expert help. Some of the comments shown below are from people that requested they help with the IF 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).
Everybody thought REX was good [and it is] but 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.
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!
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.
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!