ERNIE ALSTON - FSBUILD 2
ERNIE ALSTON - FSBUILD 2
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Flight Planning for Flight Simulation.
Fsbuild is a comprehensive IFR flight planner that allows you to create realistic flight plans that can directly be used in flight simulation.

Features Overview

  • Map view to graphically display created flight plan routings and available Navaids airways, SIDs and STARs.
  • Enhanced coded route interpreter, interpret various coded route/Flight Plan formats
  • Flexible automatic route generation, can auto generate complete flight plans from scratch between DEP/DEST, as well was generate a route between two or more defined points.
  • Grapical SID/STAR display to assist in determining best SID/STAR route for direction of flight.
  • Airway, and Navaid Search in user specified areas for efficient route planning.
  • 'Plan mode' feature allows use of the Map view for manually creating flight plans from scratch using Navaids, Airways SIDS and STAR's.
  • Optional Step climb calculations for long range Flights.
  • Aircraft performance calculations climb cruise, descent, and fuel.
  • 10,000+ ready to use flight plans included.
  • Easy access to flight plans stored on the websites for easy copy/paste directly into Fsbuild.
  • Import routes created with external Flight Planners/Flight Planning web sites
  • Entire FAA Preferred IFR routes and Severe weather routes database included (can be easily updated by a download from FAA's web site).
  • Canada Preferred IFR routes database included.
  • Support for insertion of daily, and static North Atlantic and Pacific Track routings into Flight Plans.
  • Exporting of flight plans to several FlightSim, and FlightSim add-on formats.
  • Detailed Navigation log with aircraft climb, cruise,descent, and fuel performance information included.
  • Performance calculations adjusted for Winds aloft forecast at each waypoint (Available for SimWx, FSMeteo 5.2, and ActiveSkeywxRe)
  • Can be used with X-Plane,FS2002,PS1,FLY!2 FlightSims.


FEATURED DETAILS:

FLIGHT PLANS:

STORED:

  • Database of 10,000+ ready to use stored flight plans included.
  • Save/Delete user created Flight Plans.
  • Log kept of recently Created/Built Flight Plans for easy retrieval and reuse.

CATEGORY:

  • Support user definition of stored flight plan categories linked to user defined flight plan files.
  • Search/Filter flight plan list display by departure, destination airport city name or ICAO code

 

BUILD:

  • Enhanced coded route interpreter, interprets various coded Route/Flight Plan formats.
  • Route Plotted over World Map after each Flight plan build.
  • Flight Plan waypoints displayed in Active route table/grid after each build.
  • Manual Flight plan creation using Navaids, Airways SID's and STAR Identifiers.
  • Map view automatically re-zooms to show only area between deprture and destination after each build.
  • Optionally Include or Exclude SID or STAR from route during build.
  • Step climb profile can be calculated for long distance routes.
  • Optionally insert TOC/TOD waypoints into flight plan.
  • Performance calculations adjusted for Winds aloft forecast at each waypoint (via fsmeteo,ActiveSkywxRe or SimWx).
  • Fuel 'Bias' adjustment support for use with different variants of the same aircraft type.
  • Expanded cruise fuel performance support (fuel flow calculations adjusted as aircraft's gross weight changes in cruise)
  • Automatically selects cruise alt based on aircraft capability, and direction of flight odd-even altitudes.
  • Automatic SID/STAR version number correction during Build.
  • Build Flight directly from route/table grid option to support user defined waypoints, and to specify certain Navaids.
  • Coded Flight Plan automatically placed in windows clipboard after build (optional) for squawkbox 2 users to paste flight plan int SB's flight plan dialog.
  • Route heading/bearing calculations adjusted for magnetic variation.
  • User defined fixes/waypoints supported using various lat/lon formats.
  • Automatic Export of flight plans to several FlightSim, and FlightSim add-on formats after build completion.

 

AUTOROUTE GENERATOR:

  • Auto generate complete flight plans from scratch between DEP/DEST.
  • Automatically selects stored flight plan route when dep/dest matches stored route (option can be disabled).
  • Wildcard option to allow single or multiple legs (or gaps) of a partial route to be autogenerated.
  • Recognizes single direction airways during auto-generation, and avoids wrong direction airways.
  • Automatically selects appropriate SID's STAR's and airways for route.
  • SID/STAR selection only includes SID/STARs available for the selected runway.
  • Optionally can Include/Exclude SID/STAR from flight plan autogeneration.
  • Takes into account preferred departure and arrival routings at specified airports (preffered DEP/ARR routes can be user defined).
  • Automatically selects or low high alt airway routes based on cruise altitude.
  • In plan mode auto generated routes can be modified for error correction or fine tuning by the user.

 

PLANNING/CREATING (PLAN MODE):

  • Plan Mode for manual creation of Flight plans using Map view display.
  • Each route modification or change is automatically replotted on the map display, so you can immediately see how your modification affects the routing.
  • Coded or ATS representation of route automatically updated with each route modication or change.
  • Route waypoint table automatically updated with each route modication or change.
  • Automatic new waypoint positioning. No need to drag and drop or specifically place selected navaids at a certain spot as Fsbuild knows exactly the appropriate place to position a selected Navaid in the Flight Plan.
  • Current stored or coded route built automatically when entering plan mode for easy modification existing or stored flight plans.
  • Great circle route optionally generated as a guide for long distance route planning.
  • Can manually type in airway by Identifier and have it highlight on map for better airway route identification/selection.
  • Current North Atlantic Tracks graphically displayed in map view
  • Can insert todays Daily North Atlantic Tracks routes into Flight Plan.
  • Available North Altantic Track Altitudes selectable from pulldown menu.
  • Can optionally select static North Atlantic Tracks used by online ATC organizations into flight plan.
  • Search specified Map area for Navaids, and Airways, search results can be inserted into the flight plan.
  • Airways can be inserted into flight plan by specified airway route segment (From,Via,To)
  • Automatic display of appropriate SID/STARs when new airport or runway is selected.
  • Can define display of airways that pass over a specified Navaid, for easier route planning via the Map.
  • Airway routes displayed highlighted on map upon selection for better indentification.
  • Automatic Insertion of selected SID/STAR route into flight plan.
  • SID/STAR airways highlighted when selected for better identification.
  • SID/STAR transitions highlighted on map separately upon selection.
  • SID/STAR and Airway waypoints highlight individually on map upon selection
  • Airway Map lines can be ID'd by mouse selection on map for better clarification of which map line represents which airway.
  • Airway waypoints highlight individually on map upon selection
  • Airways SID's, STAR's and Navaids can be identified on map no matter what the zoom level is. Allowing for better use of these items over longer distances.
  • Single Direction Airways displayed on Map with directional arrows indication route direction.
  • Insertion of lat/lon Map cursor position into flight plan as waypoint.

 

DISPLAY:

  • Grapical SID/STAR display to assist in determining best SID/STAR route for direction of flight.
  • Map view to graphically display created flight plan routings and available Navaids airways, SIDs and STARs.
  • Route Waypoint highlighting, so you can see exactly where each waypoint in your flight plan is located geograhically.
  • FL notation displayed when route waypoint is at or above defined transition altitude for the departure/arrival area
  • Online ATC situation display view (Only Vatsim supported at this time)
  • Insert relevent user configurable web sites into Fsbuild interface.

EXPORT

Exporting of Flight Plans to various FlightSim FMS/GPS add-ons.

Exporting formats available:

  • FS2000 Planner (.pln)
  • FSNavigator 3/4
  • PSS 747/777
  • PSS A320
  • PSS DASH8
  • FLY!II Planner
  • PMDG 777/767 for FLY!II
  • Aerowinx PS1 (.rou and .via option)
  • ACS-GPS
  • Radar Contact ...
  • Squawkbox3 pilot client
  • FSInn pilot client
  • FPI ATOC pilot client
  • FlightSim Commander
  • FSAcars
  • IVAP Pilot client;
  • Flight1 ATR72-500
  • Lago MD80
  • LDS 767
  • FSAcars
  • IVAP Pilot client;
  • Flight1 ATR72-500
  • Lago MD80
  • LDS 767
  • FSX
  • Aerosoft L1011
  • iFLY 747
  • vasFMC
  • PSS 777/757
  • iFLY 737
  • Google Maps

IMPORT

Importing of Flight Plans from various formats.

  • Squawkbox
  • FS2000
  • 767PIC
  • PSS 747/777
  • PSS A320
  • PS1.3

Via option available for PSSA320, PS1.3,767PIC, and FS2000 .PLN to import the route in ATS or coded formats.

 

 

AIRCRAFT DATA/PERFORMANCE:

  • Detailed Aircraft, time, and fuel performance calculations (user customizable)
  • Takeoff and Landing V-speed calculations based on gross weight, elevation, temperature, and flaps settings.
  • Takeoff Gross weight automatically recalculated when fuel or payload weight values are modified.
  • After Build, Takeoff and landing Gross Weights are adjusted to include the projected fuel use for the flight.
  • If Max takeoff and landing Gross weights are exceeded user is notified by highlighted them in red.
  • Aircraft Performance data included initially for, A320,B727-2,B737-4,MD80/83,DC10-10, ERJ145.
  • Optional Step climb calculations for long range Flights.
  • Cruise performance/fuel flow changes as aircraft's gross weight changes during cruise.
  • Performance calculations adjusted for Winds aloft forecast at each waypoint (Available for SimWx, FSMeteo, and ActiveSkywxRe)
  • Performance data can be customized for a specific Flight Sim aircraft model.

 

NAVDATA

  • Database of SID's and STAR's, and Airways, Airports and Navaids included.
  • Preferred arrival and departures routings included for many airports (user customizable).
  • Complete High and Low alt Airways database.
  • US Socal TEC routes
  • US and Canada Preferred IFR routes.
  • VOR's, NDB's, and Intersections, and Airways databases will be updated every Airac cycle via Navigraph's service.
  • Program Database is simulator independent, can use the same database for different FlightSims.
  • Entire FAA Preferred IFR and Severe weather routes database included (can be easily updated by a download from FAA's web site).

 

MISC

  • Support of FL notation for user defined cruise altitude box.
  • Pulldown menu available when entered Navaid ID contains multiple ID's in the database (waypoint table/grid).
  • Can define Magnetic year used in magvar adjustments (range 2000-2005).
  • Displays latitude longitude position of cursor on map, automatically adjusts display when mouse moves.
  • Flight Plan Navlog printout with optional export to .pdf format.
  • Navlog can be customized to include your own or your organizations logo .
  • SID/STAR menu displays in synch with runways that support them as runway selection changes so does SID/STAR menu.
  • Map Zoom factor displayed.
  • Detailed Navigation log with aircraft climb, cruise,descent, and fuel performance information included.
  • Navlog includes column to display ARTCC/FIR sector for each Flight Plan waypoint
  • Optionally to display user defined aircraft callsign in Navlog
  • Import directly from multine ICAO/telex route format
  • Import directly from the numerous websites and applications that store or generate flight plans in coded format.
  • Import routes created with 'RoutFinder' website.
  • Automatic flight plan destination alternate selection (user confugurable).
  • Activity Log (to keep track of recently created flights)
  • Revision option for X-Plane. Since X-Plane does not support loading flight plans from previous versions, you can specifiy which X-Plane revision you currently have, so X-Plane will load Fsbuild generated plans in your release.
  • Easy access to flight plans stored on various flight plan/planning the websites for easy copy/paste directly into Fsbuild.
  • Miniplan version of Navlog dcan optionally be exported to FS2002's Kneeboard notes file with the abbreviated route and takeoff and landing data (v-speeds) information.
  • Navlog automatically exported to X-Plane for display inside X-Plane 6.5
  • Activesky2004 Winds Aloft support.
  • Gatekeeper support.

System Requirements:

  • Minimum Pentium 700, 384 MB RAM, 80MB/HD.
  • Win98, WiNNT/2000, WinXP
  • Will work with 256 RAM, but will run a bit slow at times, some options may need to be turned off.
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REVIEWS
\"If you need a powerful Flight Planning utility, buy FS Build.\"
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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Tyrone Headlam
*Verified Product User*
2012-04-03 15:44:38
Simply a must for the serious Flightsimmer. perfect calculation once you have a performance file for a aircraft. It blends pefect with ISGSIM Avionics.
Thank you for bringing joy back to the Flightsim World!.

T. Headlam
Marc Egelhofer
*Verified Product User*
2009-05-26 19:52:01
With FS Navigator unavailable, I was looking for a similar product to support my complex simulation.

FSBUILD can do indeed a lot, but its handling is fairly complicated in some cases and much less inituitive than older FSNAV. It took me a while, for example to export the flightplan - it works, but you simpy need to get under the skin of the program. this is why you see in the (well supported) forum, why people have often similar problems.

For what it does, I find it overpriced and is overcomplicated where it doesnt need to be.

Roy Hinds
*Verified Product User*
2007-10-14 18:36:49
Having recently purchased the Level D 767 I needed to get a serious Flight Planning tool.

Firstly I tried evaluation version of FS Navigator and found it's user interface "user hostile"

Downloading and starting to use FS Build things looked more promising other than I am a "map" kind of person and likes to look at the route I intend to fly. The graphics on my Commorode 64 two decades ago where better.

Does it do flight planning - well YES, however if you are used to looking at a map or enjoy using a map give this one a wide berth it's not for you.
James Pearce
*Verified Product User*
2006-01-14 01:15:20
I recently purchased a very expensive aircraft add-on, and wanted a flight planner that was very professional. I have been using other flight planner software and online, but nothing beats FSBUILD.

Initially I thought this was a waste of money, but within a few minutes, it has suddenly grown on me. I didn't realise when purchasing that it creates a navlog (a 'real-life' looking flight plan)!

I understood that it can import winds aloft, so I also decided to purchase ActiveSky v6. FSbuild will import the winds from ActiveSky, work out the wind component on each leg, and adjust fuel accordingly!

I worked out that I probably do around 100 flights per year, and this works out at around 20 pence (£0.20 pound sterling) a flight. You would be a fool not to invest in FSbuild.
George Joachim
*Verified Product User*
2005-11-08 11:02:13
This program is a great flight planner that can generate a large number of plans between well known airports. It can also convert them into formats suitable for a range of FS add-ons and it can also collect flight plans from various websites. It is very useful in generating and categorising large numbers of flight plans along with various details like altitudes and fuel planning. Its main drawbacks are: a bad looking map, lacking info on adjacent navigational info, no ILS or bearing information (even though SID and STARS are included) and it ignores smaller airports and landing strips. I am hoping that FSBUILD can be made to include the above in the future, making it a truly master planner.
Randy Swofford
*Verified Product User*
2005-09-21 16:09:28
Nothing makes flight planning easier than Ernie's FSBUILD. From SID/STARs and NAT tracks to fuel planning FSBUILD is always reliable and accurate. hands down the best flight planning tool available today and Ernie always provides excellent support.
Goran Ivaz
*Verified Product User*
2005-06-08 07:54:58
Well, it can definitely do a lot. But I think this program is only for the very dedicated, hardcore FS addict.

Not user friendly.

Not intuitive.

Requires way too much configuration.

I am still learning it, so I am probably a bit frustrated over it's complexity.

If you have FS Navigator, take a long hard look at whether you need FSBuild. I will take FS Navigator over FSBuild any day.
FLETCHER REISTER
*Verified Product User*
2004-09-23 21:18:12
FSBuild is undoubtably the best planner I have ever used. I fly Delta virtual every day of the week, 3 or 4 flights per day and FSBuild is my lifeline. I coulnd't go a day without it. Every day...Every flight. Thanks Ernie!!!
Daryl Shuttleworth
*Verified Product User*
2003-10-07 06:22:38
FSBUILD 2.0 is an indespensible Flight Planning tool. Well worth the money.

I use the program for each and every flight. I print out the NAVLOG after I've imported the weather, and use it to crosscheck my fuel burn and my ETE.

I also use FSNavigator as a visual aid/map display tool - but FSBUILD is a true FLIGHT PLANNER, calculating J Routes, DEP's, ARR's, etc.

If you're serious about planning your flights, FSBUILD is the ticket.
DJ Borell
*Verified Product User*
2003-09-30 06:37:57
Ok, first off, this is a fairly well written program, and it does in fact do flight planning, but, even given that, I can't say it's worth the investment.

I tried it for use with both X-Plane 7.10 and MS Flight Simulator 2002 and 2004. X-Plane had the biggest problem. Once I got it to export the flight plan, and put it in the right folder, it was in the wrong format for use with X-Plane. Rather curious as it claims to be compatible. Perhaps with an earlier version, I don't know, but I have my doubts that the flight plan format was changed. At any rate, I was unable to successfully use it for X-Plane.

It worked fine for MSFS, both 2002 and 2004, but, to be honest, it does not have the fuctionality to make it any better than the native MSFS flight planner. It essentially does the exact same thing, and, in some cases, I had to change the plan in MSFS flight planner so that it would start from a gate as opposed to a runway threshold. Annoying, but still functional.

A better program, with significantly more functionality for MSFS 2002/04 (though, alas, not X-Plane), is FSNavigator. Not only does FSNav integrate with MSFS, it also is used as a replacement to the native flight planner and GPS and can control the autopilot functions.

Overall, this is a decent flight planner, but only if that's all you want.
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