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lon
lon
Posts: 4

9/29/2013
Is there a way to set the altitude for each segment of a planned flight, rather than setting just a single altitude for the entire flight?

FlightPlanner nicely adjusts the altitudes for the takeoff and landing segments of a flight. But my flights include segments after takeoff and before landing that require altitude changes while en route.

I tried to change the segment altitudes in the Navigation Log that iFlightFlight creats, but the Nav Log altitude values are locked.
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

9/30/2013
Hi Lon,

iFlightPlanner's detailed navigation logs are generated by underlying flight route calculation software provided via CSC DUATS. Unfortunately, the underlying planner only supports a single cruise altitude per flight.

We could look into ways to allow you to edit the altitudes in the printable navigation log, however, the winds, temps, time en route and fuel calculations would not be updated for the new altitude. If that would help you anyways, please let us know and we can investigate the possibility further.

As always, we welcome feature requests from our members and we keep a tally of feature "votes" in determining our development priorities. I've added your request to our list.

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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lon
lon
Posts: 4

9/30/2013
Hi John,

No need to investigate whether altitudes can be edited in the Nav Log. Thanks for offering, though.

For actual flying, I just write my desired altitudes in by hand. I asked about segment altitudes, because I've been using the GPX-in-GoogleEarth feature to pre-fly my flights, and I thought it would be good if I could change the segment altitudes for GoogleEarth. I have been able to do just that by opening iFlightPlanner's GPX files using the Windows Notepad program, and then changing the altitudes that way. It took me a few moments to realize that the altitudes in the GPX files are in meters rather than feet. But once I realized that, it was an easy matter to change the segment altitudes in Notepad and then re-save the file as a GPX. It works just fine. The altitude of the viewpoint in GoogleEarth goes up and down, to match the altitudes I put into the file.

Lon
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

10/1/2013
Lon,

Glad to hear you got it figured out! The GPX format specifies that elevation be expressed in meters, otherwise we would have used feet to be consistent with the navigation log.

Let us know if we can help with anything else!
edited by John Burnside on 10/1/2013

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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