[jhb_airlines] Re: FSC Blindspot

  • From: Gerry Winskill <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:29:44 +0000

Doh, I'd completel forgotten about Organiser. Still, I enjoyed the time spent last week, making a spreadsheet diary! Doh!

Gerry Winskill

Paul Reynolds wrote:
I still have Lotus Smartsuite 3.1 installed on one of my PC’s (i.e. 123 release 5) though I don’t use it, Excel 2007 in use here.

I agree with Mike about Lotus Organiser though, far better than M$ equivalent.


*From:* jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Mike Nicholls
*Sent:* 09 November 2008 23:11
*To:* jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [jhb_airlines] Re: FSC Blindspot

Ah Lotus

At my last vacation ( sorry, vocation ) I inherited a management accountant postion which used Lotus 1 2 3

Shortly afterwards a change of FD meant we moved to Excel 2003 or whatever. For the next three years we had some spreadsheets in a lotus format and new ones in excel

Apart from some printing routines being different, at a basic level I was happy with both

I guess now everyone uses excel, but I can't remeber anything particular wrong with Lotus ( and Lotus's Organiser ( diary ) was second to none )

Mike 214


*From:* Bones <bones@xxxxxxx>
*To:* jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Sent:* Sunday, 9 November, 2008 15:17:28
*Subject:* [jhb_airlines] Re: FSC Blindspot

Groundspeed calculation is easy. The headache is getting accurate wind data
for the route and height you are flying at. It's not really an issue if
bumbling along at 2000ft but if you are up at FL390 and hit a 150kt
Jetstream it's going to throw things way out.

bones@xxxxxxx <mailto:bones@xxxxxxx>
http://woodair.net <http://woodair.net/>

-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 09 November 2008 09:56
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [jhb_airlines] FSC Blindspot

My journey times entered in IVAO Pireps are always significantly longer
than those predicted in the FSC flight plan. That can be a nuisance if I
want to start a flight with the idea of arriving at a specific time; say
just before I'm expected to join SWMBO in watching a programme I
"wouldn't want to miss"!

It's been fairly simple to modify the Lotus spreadsheet I put together
to calculate fuel loads. It now calculates, then adds in, taxi times,
time climbing to and descending from altitude, plus final approach and
landing, then adding these to time in the cruise. All of these are at
different speeds and I'm guessing that the FSC designer has just taken
total distance and divided by cruise speed.

Even the more realistic stage by stage approach makes no allowance for
winds. I might be able to build that in but it will probably make my
head ache; even more.

BTW, does anyone else still use Lotus?

Gerry Winskill

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