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Post Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:34 pm
OAL853 Nick Papandreou User avatar
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Olympic Air Virtual is happy to announce parternship with Simbrief.

SimBrief's Integrated Dispatch System (IDS for short) is the web's most comprehensive freeware Flight Plan Generator, designed exclusively for Flight Simulation purposes. Based on the industry leading LIDO/Flight software used by many airlines around the world, the IDS fetches real-world aviation data (such as weather, NOTAMs, and AIRAC cycles) and uses it to generate in-depth briefing packages.

In practice and in our case it means that the pilots have the chance to generate an Operational Flight Plan (OFP) based on their pirep's information through our Dispatch Office. The only requirement is a free Simbrief account.

In order to use the Simbrief feature, just click on the Simbrief OFP button in the pirep page as seen in the picture below.

The following data from your pirep is then submitted to Simbrief for flight planning generation:

    1. Aircraft type
    2. Aircraft registration
    3. Flight's callsign
    4. Flight's departure and arrival airports
    5. Flight Plan
    6. Block Out time
    7. Pilot's name
    8. Alternate Airport
    9. Cost index
    10. Aircraft's Operating Empty Weight
    11. Aircraft's Max Take Off Weight
    12. Aircraft's Max Landing Weight
    13. Aircraft's Max Zero Fuel Weight
    14. Aircraft's Zero Fuel Weight*



* The value of ZFW is based on the aircraft type and on previous year's average capacity of the real Aegean-Olympic Air company (83,2% for 2017), plus/minus a percent for variety purposes.

Important notices:

  • Simbrief is a free service and it's flight planning is based on previous year's AIRACs. Simbrief uses the pirep's flightplan, but if that doesn't comply with the user's AIRAC, mades the appropriate changes, mostly assigns directs between navaids. If you've purchased Navigraph FMS data, you can use it to update Simbrief's AIRAC cycle.
  • Changes made on the pirep get posted to Simbrief without the pilot having to submit the pirep first. You can change the flight plan for example and press the Simbrief OFP button. The OFP will be generated based on the updated flight plan.
  • The values of "Cost Index" and "Alternate airport" are used only by Simbrief and are not being saved localy. Thus their values are being reset when leaving/reloading the page.
  • You may have to disable any pop up blocker preventing the Simbrief from operating flawlessly.
  • Since Aeroclub is based on VFR routes, Simbrief isn't available for that division.
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Post Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:05 am
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Excellent work Nick!
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Post Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:56 am
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Thank you Nick, very neat integration.
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Post Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:19 pm

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Fabulous!!! O0

Post Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:23 pm
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Thank you :)

Update: Made a few adjustments so that simbrief takes the aircraft's values of OEW, MTOW, MLW and MZFW from our dispatch office.
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Post Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:54 pm

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Σχετικά με την σύνδεση Simbrief , ο σύνδεσμος από το Pirep λειτούργησε άψογα , έφτιαξε το πλάνο και στη συνέχεια το έκανε SAVE στο Format .fms που απαιτείται στο X-plane 11 για να φορτωθεί στο FMC. Η πτήση εκτελέστηκε χωρίς κανένα πρόβλημα. Πιστεύω πώς αυτή η αυτοματοποίηση θα απλοποιήσει , τουλάχιστον για εμένα , τη διαδικασία προετοιμασίας του πλάνου.
Well Done κ. Παπανδρέου.

Post Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:34 pm
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It was announced today that the average capacity of the real Aegean-Olympic Air increased from 77,4% (2016) to 83,2% (2017) ;D so the ZFW calculation formula has been updated accordingly.

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