One question about VatSim (ive just downloaded all the software and am learning before I get stuck in)..
I realise you have to file a flightplan before you fly, can I create and log my flightplan using the default Flight Planner in FS2004??
You can't use the flightplan that FS gives you because its not detailed enough. It leaves out SID's and STAR's aswell as airways. Have a look at this post:
A little clarification here. For GA VFR flying on Vatsim, you can probably get by with FS flight plans, though I would probably avoid the busier airports.
There is a site that provides preferred online routes, but I haven't had my first coffee of the morning and can't recall the url. Maybe someone can jump in with it. FSBuild is the ideal solution, however. Better routes and SIDs and STARs are provided by it. Unfortunately, it's payware.
For VFR, I have often not even used aeronautical waypoints, I normally just given a brief description of where I am flying i.e. ...east across the North coast of france and then south to Paris etc etc
Yes, you certainly can do that. However, since even the FS flight planner does a decent job of avoiding unnecessary transitioning of controlled airspace, I usually create and file flightplans.
Even offline, I rarely just fly around. Even in the real world I rarely walk out the door without knowing where I am going in advance.
Thanks for this guys...
With FS Build, will this load the flightplan into my GPS as well?
Is there a freeware alternative??
FSBuild will load this into your GPS and there is sort off a freeware version. Called FS Navigator it gives you 20 flights free then you have to pay. Here's the link