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Trip Folder


The Trip Folder is the bread and butter of LiveDISPATCH. It will be automatically generated and provided to the pilot with all information pertinent to the flight. It has been created to replicate almost exactly how the airliners also produce their trip folders. In this article, I will try to explain as best as I can what each section means.

Please bear with me as I am not a real airline pilot or a real pilot for that matter, so if I do not know what something means or stands for, I will let you guys know and hopefully someone out there can add a comment with the correct information.
DISPATCH REPORT

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The Trip Folder will always have a header where the airline name will be displayed along with the words DISPATCH REPORT.

Below the header, there is a section which seems like a small table with a series of dotted lines. When I was given a copy of the real trip folder, which I used as a template for creating the LD Trip Folder, I noticed the pilots had written down notes on these dotted lines, but I never got a clear answer as to what sort of info is written in those spaces.

It is then followed by a small section which basically gives you the aircraft's Basic Operating Weight, notifies you if there are any Minimum Equipment List issues as reported by maintenance.

The following section, you are shown what is the average fuel flow for the aircraft being used, followed by the flight number, date, origin, destination and alternate airports, aircraft type, engines, aircraft tail number and number of passengers.

It will also display the flight distance in both Nautical and Statute miles, aircraft cruising speed and the time the trip folder was computed in Zulu time.

Next is a very detailed and itemized summary of fuel and weights. Each required fuel item is shown in quantity and how much flight time that fuel is good for. In the example shown to the right, the flight is estimated to last 2 hours, so 4,400lbs of fuel is needed. Then an additional 30 minutes of fuel is added for any holds the pilot has to complete, followed by fuel requirement for Reserve and flying to the alternate airport. All this information is provided along with the aircraft weights down to the Landing Gross Weight, among other things.

Then comes an Altitude Profile and the distance to the filed alternate airport, followed by another section which basically recaps all the details about the flight, such as flight number, aircraft, origin airport, filed flight plan, destination airport with estimated duration, alternate airport and more details about the aircraft.
And finally, a small section where the captain signs off on the trip folder, along with the first officer. Seems like some other people get to sign off on it, but I do not know what does ACM's and LM stands for.


FLIGHT PLAN PROFILE
In this section, you will be shown each waypoint of the filed flight plan along with information as FREQ (if applicable), track heading to the waypoint, distance to the waypoint, coordinates for the waypoint and finally the name of each waypoint.

ALTERNATE FLIGHT PLAN PROFILE
In this section, you will be shown the flight plan from the destination airport to the alternate airport, with the same type of information as listed above.


STATION WEATHER INFORMATION
Here you are shown the weather for the origin, destination and alternate airports. Remember that these METARS/TAFs can also be viewed and updated in the Main Screen of LD, as your flight progresses.


TRIP FOLDER OPTIONS

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And finally, at the bottom of the screen you have an option to export the flight plan to several formats and also the ability to print the Trip Folder. The latter is very handy to have, as you have lots of information readily available and a neat place where to jot down notes if necessary.

You will also have an option to DISCONNECT LD from FS temporarily. This is very useful for those that use 3rd party weather addons such as REX or ActiveSky, where one needs to import a flightplan before starting FS. Once you have imported the flightplan into these addons and FS is back up and running, you can click RECONNECT FS and LD will once again sync with FS and allow you to continue with your pre-flight planning.

As stated earlier, I am not a real pilot and by no means am an expert on what every piece of information on the trip folder stands for, so if anyone wants to chime in, please do so by adding a comment below.

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