Charts

1) Check the recommended route with FlightAware for updates.

2) Copy your route from the Flight Brief page.

3) Go to SkyVector and select 'Flight Plan' (upper left) to open the planning box.

4) Enter the departure & arrival ICAO's into the appropriate boxes.

5) Paste the route of flight into the main text box.

6) Enter your cruise altitude and airspeed. Airspeed is TAS (~450kts) not IAS.

7) Select 'World Hi' (upper right) to see the enroute charts.

8) Mouse over the departure airport to get the Airport Diagram and SID chart.

9) Mouse over the arrival airport link to get the AFD, STAR, and approach plates.

Weather

1) SkyVector displays METARs & TAFs at all airports.

2) Open the 'Layers' box (top left) and check 'Winds Aloft'.

3) Open the Winds Aloft configuration tool to adjust the display for your cruise altitude.

4) Triangle = 50kts, long barb = 10kts, short barb = 5kts. 

5) Use the 'Layers' tool to check for turbulence, SIGMETS, and icing along your route.

Filing on VATSIM

1) Airport and time info should be self-explanatory.

2) Cruise speed is TAS, not IAS or IMN. Should be 440-460kts for cruising in the 30's.

3) Altitude is full 5-digit. (ex: 35000)

4) Aircraft code is the ICAO code, i.e. B738, CRJ9, A319, etc. Find official codes for all aircraft here.

5) Equipment codes: if you have a full-function FMS with SIDs & STARs, your are a /L for the 737.

6) If you are anything less than a full-up FMS (ex: "default GPS") file as /W. No need to remark "default GPS".

7) Paste the flight plan into the 'Route' box. Do not include the Departure/Arrival ICAO's.

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