The Route screen provides you with the fields that you need to complete in order to create a new route or modify an existing route. The contents of the Route screen change, depending on whether or not a route already exists, whether or not you need to build a new route, or whether or not you have generated route options.
There are four main elements to the route screen:
Route Builder group
Other Route Screen fields and functions
Save Route group
If no routes currently exist, you will be shown the message No routes currently exist. All buttons except for the New button are disabled. The system defaults to the first stored route in the list.
For information on all the buttons on the Route screen, refer to Other Route Screen Fields and Functions.
Clicking on the New button opens the Route Builder and Options groups, providing all the tools and options required to build a route. The tools and options are described in the next segments.
After entering the data to build the route, clicking on the Generate button starts the route analysis routine. When complete, the Route screen changes to display the best option based on the criteria entered for the flight. The Route Legs grid is displayed in below, populated with all the legs of the route. When multiple routes are displayed you can sort them by fuel amount, distance, time, fuel cost, carbon emissions, fuel cost, direct operating cost, or overflight charges by clicking on the desired heading. A black triangle to the right of the header title shows the direction that the list has been sorted in.
Note there are two possible flags that may be added to a route:
CAP indicates there is a flight level cap on the route (MFL) that either comes from the Route itself or Aircraft Characteristics (FOMS 220).
PROF indicates this route makes use of flight level profiling.