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Flight planning feature request: “where could I go?”


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Can I make a feature request - likely popular with newly-qualified pilots like me.

As a user, I would like the ability to specify how long I’ve got the aircraft for (think “club renter” and for SD to show which airfields are within reach.

To begin, the MVP for this could be very simple: ask user how long they’ve got and then just draw a circle around home airfield with a radius showing the distance my aircraft can travel in half that time.

Longer term, could introduce wind into the mix to show the effect on range, or add the ability to include an on the ground stop and the time that takes.

My use case is that as a club renter I tend to have a 2 hour slot available to me and I’d like to see easily on the map where I might be able to reach, vs how far could I travel if I had 3 hours etc. At the moment you have to plan the flight and then check the estimated flight time and rework it if it’s too long.
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Flyingearly - 9/13/2020 12:43:42 PM
Can I make a feature request - likely popular with newly-qualified pilots like me.As a user, I would like the ability to specify how long I’ve got the aircraft for (think “club renter” and for SD to show which airfields are within reach.To begin, the MVP for this could be very simple: ask user how long they’ve got and then just draw a circle around home airfield with a radius showing the distance my aircraft can travel in half that time.Longer term, could introduce wind into the mix to show the effect on range, or add the ability to include an on the ground stop and the time that takes.My use case is that as a club renter I tend to have a 2 hour slot available to me and I’d like to see easily on the map where I might be able to reach, vs how far could I travel if I had 3 hours etc. At the moment you have to plan the flight and then check the estimated flight time and rework it if it’s too long.
What's wrong with your club? Why do you only get 2h slots? At our club and many others you can charter for days or even a week, if you fly at least an hour or two hours a day?



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I oppose such low-level brain extension. This may be tempting for a real freshmen with no social contacts at the home airfield, but IMHO it does not justify spending any effort to replace own thinking on that level. Sorry, just my opinion.
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The 2 hours bit was an example. If I have 4 hours, or 8 hours, it’s would be easier to see where I can reach in that time.

Others say it’s a low-level brain extension, but the same functionality back-end would also solve the emergency diversion question of “where can I glide to?”.

For club renters, btw, it’s not about “how much time have I got?” as much as “how much money have I got”? If I want to fly for 3 hours, I’d like to know where I can get to within that spend.

The longer time you have, the harder it is to plan because more options become available.
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Flyingearly - 9/19/2020 11:11:06 AM
The 2 hours bit was an example. If I have 4 hours, or 8 hours, it’s would be easier to see where I can reach in that time.Others say it’s a low-level brain extension, but the same functionality back-end would also solve the emergency diversion question of “where can I glide to?”.For club renters, btw, it’s not about “how much time have I got?” as much as “how much money have I got”? If I want to fly for 3 hours, I’d like to know where I can get to within that spend.The longer time you have, the harder it is to plan because more options become available.

There even is such a function, called "where could I go" in the planning mode, after you have selected your departure airport, it is restricted to 50nm, though...


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