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1. When IF10 is first run, what is the indexing process for?

    Ideal Flight takes on a challenge not attempted before. It introduces almost every add-on you can think of in an integrated total package, and serves to enhance FSX in such a way that going back to FSX on its own appears to be a “chore”.

    The problem for IF10 is that it needs to know everything about everything including add-on’s to do its job. An indexing operation is required when you first install IF10 or after installing add-on scenery into FSX.

    The index makes sure IF10 knows all it needs to know from memory before FSX runs, which minimises any interruptions to the file system.

    The index also filters out a list of locations sufficiently far away from airports to present alternative locations to visit as missions in IF10. A setting can be made in the config file to adjust the range.


2. My PC can only just run FSX fast enough for reasonable video frame rates. Ideal Flight sounds like it does a lot of things, I'm worried that this may add to the CPU time required to run everything.

    Any other program running alongside FSX will ultimately rob FSX of available CPU time. This problem has been recognized, confronted, and tackled from the outset of design and development behind Ideal Flight. Indeed, Ideal flight can actually serve to improve your simulation frame rates.

    IF10 was designed from the ground up to only enhance FSX and not increase CPU usage, computers are only just emerging that are powerful enough to run FSX "fully".

    Ideal Flight will hardly even register as using any process time when monitoring FSX and makes almost no difference at all to the frame rate of FSX.

    IF10 does not interfere with the game loop of FSX, even to introduce the extra atmospheric effects. No increase in CPU usage is actually needed by FSX to incorporate the effects because of the special way IF10 and FSX work together.

    IF10’s FSX setup works from a db so there are no game files needed which can bog down FSX.

    One of the big hits to frame rate is by having any other aircraft in the sky with you. IF10 adds Ai aircraft a different way; only a few aircraft are introduced where you go, so you don't need to turn up the traffic slider to get other aircraft "interacting" with you.

    Weather is not taken from the internet but is produced from a semi meteorological global weather simulation. Without hand coding anything, you get cute effects like clouds clearing on a nice evening, and so on. With this approach weather updates can be trickled in to FSX so as not to disturb FSX too much, and with no internet access in the background. Weather without aerodrome weather stations present, say across the oceans, is possible because weather is simulated globally and artificial weather stations can be added anywhere. Of course, rain and thunder will decrease your frame rate as it always did before.

    IF10 is a; self-contained ".exe", built from its own technology that does not rely on ".net" or "c++" libraries or a connection to the internet for continued or reliable operation. IF10 runs out-of-process with FSX and only polls for information, and gets it when FSX has it ready. IF10 keeps a full physics system in memory so does not rely on getting all the data all the time.

    Apart from weather metar updates and save games, FSX is never interrupted by IF10.


3. I completed a flight and had a lot of fuel remaining. Can I set the amount of fuel I take for the trip to minimise the load?

    For the fuel calculation, most importantly, the aircraft range must be set. These values are read as best as possible from the aircraft files, but the rest is up to you!

    With Ideal Flight you fly, and you get a ‘feel’ for the use of fuel through experience, and make your own adjustments to the flight plan just like real life.

    To alter the fuel calculation you change flight parameters. Go to the Aircraft screen in IF10 and press the Flight Parameters button. Adjust approximate range, cruise speed, and so on.

    In the flight generator adjust the safety and taxi fuel:

    Added Fuel Mins = 0

    Taxi Fuel Mins = 0

    And Cargo:

    Cargo = 60 = constant cargo amount %, Cargo = 0 = random cargo amount.

    Disable IF10 weather and then generate the flight, fuel is calculated to be more if you are into the wind, and less fuel when flying with the wind direction.

    Generate a flight and keep a note of the cargo, each time you generate a new flight the cargo will change, keep an eye on it, or set a constant cargo amount %.

    Fly the route keeping to all speeds and climb rates as shown in the briefing. Check the fuel remaining when landed and understand the cargo weight effect.

    Set your Range: Say you have 20% fuel remaining. Increase Approximate Range and do the flight again. Now only got 10% left when you land? Increase range again and repeat the flight. Now only got 1% fuel left? Repeat the flight. Now got 3% left? You had less cargo load than the flight with 1% remaining fuel.

    The fuel and flight time will alter depending on how far you dog-leg onto approach, and also on leaving departure onto the main route. The ETA will show up these minor differences as well. Barons have a small turning circle, 747s large. There are no settings for the radius of the turning circle in IF10. It is mathematically predicted at the moment.

    The briefing is calculated from all the flight details. When you follow the flight plan as in the briefing, you should arrive very close to the ETA and use very close to the same fuel every time. Since the fuel calculation is based on this set-up, allowing the range to be set correctly makes it an extremely accurate computation.

    When in flight, IF10 monitors the fuel use accurately so as to diminish it by the correct amount during time advances. IF10 can do a feedback calculation and set the range automatically, but this function is not available for the time being. The pilot is instead required to read the log and make their own mental calculations, setting the range for next time, just like in real life. This is part of the fun of IF10.

    Ideal Flight Fuel Calculation: Registered copy only.


4. I'm not sure I want my flying assessed. What is the Ideal Flight Assessment, and can it be avoided?

    When you fly a simulator, if you don't have the physical response from the aircraft movement, then you really aren't sure how much the aircraft has been shaken around.

    The IF10 Monitor records the forces and movements of the aircraft, and provides scoring against the information collected in the post flight assessment. This way you cannot help caring more about how smoothly you handle the aircraft, even when taxiing.

    Even though you are presented with an assessment and score, if it serves no interest pay no attention to it. However if the score is zero, the flight cannot be added to the records log. This will not impair the enjoyment of the flight, but you may start to think about being more careful with your aircraft.


5. I read that Ideal Flight saves and restores more settings from a save game than the standard FSX save game files. What are the limitations?

    This largely depends on the aircraft: for example the autopilot bank angle setting can be restored in some jet aircraft.

    Also aircraft with retractable floats that start floats up are handled nicely by IF10; messages are sent to put the floats down if the aircraft is in water, and restore the floats position when restoring from IF10 save games.

    One problem for IF10 is panel power; if the panel starts powered off by default, since it cannot be turned on with standard FSX software, aircraft with such a panel may not restore from a save game as elegantly as we would like.


6. Ideal Flight is supposed to store all my aircraft views and panel locations. Where is the aircraft setup library, and how do I use it?

    It's all automated:

    During the flight, drop down the Addons menu and one of Ideal Flight's menu options is "Save Aircraft Settings".
    To see what this does, start a flight with IF10:
    Arrange your VC views and choose Save Aircraft Settings.
    Arrange your 2D Panels and gauges and again choose Save Aircraft Settings.
    To see what has now happened:
    When the message has shown that the settings have been saved, choose "Restart Flight".
    Once the flight has started have a look at the VC views, panels and gauges. They are all still set up how you left them. Even a saved flight will be updated.

    Backup your aircraft set-ups:

    Whenever you want to start with a fresh profile, you can keep your aircraft settings by saving a backup of the setup files located in:

    Vista+: C:\ProgramData\Ideal Flight 10\Profiles\Setups

    XP: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Ideal Flight 10\Profiles\Setups


7. How do I park my aircraft, and how do I select them later?

    When you choose a new aircraft in Ideal Flight, it is said to be "selected".

    When you successfully land the aircraft and leave it somewhere, it is said to be "parked".

    Next time you generate and start a flight you appear in the aircraft you last used, in the location it was left, unless you chose a new aircraft.

    If you choose another aircraft and you are leaving a successfully parked aircraft, Ideal Flight asks you if you want to remember where you parked it. If you choose to remember, the aircraft will appear in the parked aircraft lists in the aircraft selection and profile pages of Ideal Flight.

    The aircraft parked at your current location appear in the list on the aircraft selection page.

    The profiles page can access all your parked aircraft. The list fills with the aircraft parked at the location chosen in the "Other Aircraft Locations" list.

    Airport maps in the world view show you your parked aircraft locations. You can choose airport group types like USA, Favorites, and Parked Aircraft, from a drop down menu.


8. Can I choose to create and fly a route from within the FSX main menu and still save games and advance time with the IF10 in-flight menu?

    If you choose "FSX Main Menu" from the airport popup menu in IF10, FSX starts with the main menu. Then when you have created a flight, you can fly with IF10 Weather and Assessment.

    If you start a regular IF10 flight you can go to the FSX menu there and start an FSX flight too!


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