After returning to main Free Flight menu we select the Flight Planner to create our flightplan. We select Warsaw Okecie (EPWA) as our departure airport (gate 24) and Malmo (ESMS) as our destination airport. Now we choose the IFR flight and High Altitude Airways as the method of route finding. Click the Find Route button and the program will create our flightplan.
As we can see, the proposed route consists of 7 waypoints (4 VORs and 3 intersections). During the flight we will use the GPS system. Aircraft in FSX are not equipped with the FMC (Flight Management Computer), that controls the aircraft during the whole flight. This is why the GPS system is very useful in navigation.
Generally we could accept the proposed flightplan, but as our route goes from GRU VOR to ROE VOR - and these are the points of airway UL621 - we can delete the points in-between.
Besides, if we want to fly "as real as it gets", we should also add the EPWA TMA departure point, which is IDAKO (IDAKO waypoint is connected with the SID procedure - Standard Instrument Departure. Unfortunately SID/STAR procedures are not available in FSX). Our modified flightplan is shown below.
Now we set our planned altitude to 32000 feet and click the NavLog button to view the details. The planned route to Malmo is 336 nm long, expected fuel consumption is 716 gallons (4798 lbs) and the approximate time we'll spend in the air is 42 minutes. The navigation log can be printed out.
Soon we'll come back to the fuel consumption.