[jhb_airlines] Re: FSC Blindspot

  • From: Mike Nicholls <miken5000@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 10:15:35 +0000 (GMT)


Right click on the worksheet name at the bottom of the page

A whole heap of options appears

Mike 214

From: Frank Turley <frank.turley1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, 10 November, 2008 8:00:38
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: FSC Blindspot

One feature of Lotus which I've never found in Excel was the ability to have 
different colours for the worksheet tabs. If anyone has figured out how to do 
it in Excel I'd be interested.
Frank T.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Mike Nicholls 
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 11:10 PM
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 

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.


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