How to use a route planner



  • @BarboraSamkova

    Does route planning with elevation such as ifr vfr etc. mode only work with ios app. I do not find route planning details in android.

    Thanks for any answer.



  • Hi,

    is it possible to enter speed and the startpoint of the voyage. Otherwise it is not very helpful.



  • I am trying to use it for a boat going from St Vincent island to the Azores. Almost 3000 NM. I am not understanding the segments of distance. How long is each one? How fast is the boat going? I am assuming the weather is being updated for the distance traveled.



  • @Tedscharf same question as Ted. What is assumed boat speed and can it be altered?


  • Administrator

    @Tedscharf @paul-4m @Fairplay-31

    Hi, there is no speed parameter.
    That means you see weather conditions for each part of the route 100km, 200km... etc for now. You can also move the timer above and get an idea about conditions later that day or in upcoming days.



  • @Korina But the position indication dot along the route moves with the time, what is the assumed speed? If you cannot know the speed the position indication is meaningless and the planning is not planning, just general forecasting without knowing where you will be. At least there is a nice line to look at.


  • Administrator

    @cap10david
    Hi, yes, it does move, however it only shows you weather situation at the very moment for the area between 0km - 50km - 100km - 150km etc. It generally gives you the idea what the weather will be like. Anyway, we plan to add the speed parameter.

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  • Still trying to get a feel for this for flights. Guess I just need to play with it more.

    Two basic question.

    1. While the VFR planner shows all sorts of good information, the IFR planner is very bare. I wonder what went into the decision that IFR pilots don't care about cloud bases and surface visibility.

    2. I'm trying to reconcile METAR/TAF discrepancies with the planner. Fore example, the TAF at Florence, SC (KFLO) at 3 pm today is winds 240 at 10-17 knots, 3,500 overcast with visibility >6 statute miles and light rain showers. If I am reading the Windy chart correctly, while the winds are consistent, I'm seeing a cloud base substantially lower at 1800-2000' and visibility only 1.7 statute miles

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  • @midlifeflyer
    The planner shows data as they come directly from the models.
    TAF is written down by a meteorologist.
    Meteorologists can add value to the model data.
    A human forecaster has knowledge of the local topography, as well as historical knowledge
    of how the land affects the wind, the visibility, cloud bases etc in an area,
    and can therefore predict the weather with accuracy.
    For flight decisions, is better to rely on TAFs.



  • @Gkikas-LGPZ said in How to use a route planner:

    @midlifeflyer
    The planner shows data as they come directly from the models.
    TAF is written down by a meteorologist.
    Meteorologists can add value to the model data.
    A human forecaster has knowledge of the local topography, as well as historical knowledge
    of how the land affects the wind, the visibility, cloud bases etc in an area,
    and can therefore predict the weather with accuracy.
    For flight decisions, is better to rely on TAFs.

    Thank you. Depending on the model, I can see similar differences between MOS and TAF forecasts. Switching models in Windy, I can also see differences.



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