The Route Builder group on the Route screen provides you with a variety of options for runways, departures, arrivals and the airways to use when generating the route.
The Airline Code Parameters (FOMS 170) allows you to enter a minimum runway length. Any runway shorter than the value entered is highlighted orange and a warning is issued if a flight is computed using the runway.
The fields in the Route Builder group are described below.
If the Default on UI field in Airline Code Parameters (FOMS 170) is set to checked, the default will change according to what the Defaulting Method is set to in the Airline Code Parameters. However, you can select any of the following options:
Note: For the Max Tail Wind, entering a value in the Max Rwy Tail Wind in the Airline Code Parameters (FOMS 170) sets a maximum tail wind for runway selection. This ensures the NFP system does not use a procedure with forecasted tail winds greater than this value. This setting primarily affects the Best Route and Longest Procedure options.
Use a specific SID
Clicking the Use SID checkbox allows you to make use of a SID in your route. A drop-down list of SIDs that apply to the selected runway from FOMS Menu 320 (SID Routes Program) is made available for you to choose from.
When you select a specific SID from the dropdown list the procedure is automatically displayed on the map screen. The procedure is available immediately, you do not need to select the Generate button.
Do not use SIDs
Clicking the Do not use SIDs checkbox instructs NFP to not use SIDS when generating the route. NFP generates a route to fly direct to the most efficient enroute waypoint.
Use a preferred departure
Clicking the Use a preferred departure checkbox allows you to make use of a preferred departure in your route. A dropdown list of preferred departures from FOMS Menu 316 (Preferred Departures Program) appears for you to choose from.
Clicking the Use Tracks checkbox allows you to make use of Tracks in your route. A dropdown list of tracks (NAT, PAC, AUS, or NOR) appears for you to choose from. When building PACOTS routes, the N-FP system will allow flights to leave or join an outer PACOT at any reporting point. To use this feature, you must de-select the Use Tracks checkbox.
Use a preferred arrival
Clicking the Use Preferred Arrival checkbox allows you to make use of a preferred arrival in your route. A dropdown list of preferred arrivals from FOMS Menu 317 (Preferred Arrivals Program) appears for you to choose from.
Use a specific STAR
Clicking the Use STAR checkbox allows you to make use of STAR in your route. A dropdown list of STARs that apply to the selected runway from FOMS Menu 325 (STARs Routes Program) is made available for you to choose from.
Do not use STARs
Clicking the Do not use STARs checkbox instructs NFP to not use STARs when generating the route. NFP generates a route to fly direct to the most efficient enroute waypoint.
If the Arrival Runways field in Airline Code Parameters (FOMS 170)is set to Y, the Arrival Runway dropdown list will default to Max Headwind. However, you can select any of the following options:
Route String Window
The Route String window allows you to enter a specific route using MTTA (Minimum Time Track Airway), DCT (Direct), and/or specific airways.
Refer MTTA Expansion Options on the Route String Parser article for information on MTTA options.
Selecting a route string updates the Route String window with the selected route string. If you are building a new route with another route previously stored, the route string window automatically populates with the previously stored route instead of defaulting to MTTA. This makes for easier route editing.
The Route String window can be resized by dragging the bottom right corner.
IFPS Compliant Route Options
You can view and apply IFPS suggested routes from the CFMU.
Note: The N-FP system may not always be able to find a valid route option. A message is displayed in the Status Bar if no IFPS routes are available.
Enter any comments that are applicable to the route. If the route exists as a city-pair on FOMS Menu 305 (City-Pair Routes Program), the comments entered here are added to the FOMS file. The Comments window can be resized by dragging the bottom right corner.
Clicking the <<Back button takes you back to the list of routes (if they exist) or to the prompt to build a new route (if they do not already exist).
This button allows you to generate your route.
This button allows you to reset the data currently in the fields in the Route Builder window.