Tiger1962 wrote:This is unlikely to be a fault with the ATC files. Anomalies like this can be inherited when you save a flight as the default flight. To clear the current default flight, open your FS9.cfg with Notepad and search for "SITUATION=C:\", then delete everything on that line after C:\ and save the FS9.cfg. When you restart FS2004, I recommend creating a new default flight in the C172 on the active runway at your local airport with the engine running and no other settings selected.
I agree with this completely if you save a flight and make it your default flight and you are using any weather other than real world weather than every time you crank up FSX it will load that weather no matter where you go to.
the only way to avoid that is to save your default using the clear skies or no weather option. than once you go to the airport you want to depart from change to real world weather or use some other program that generates weather like Active Sky. You also have to remember that the flight planer in FSX will not use SIDS or STARS and you will always get the fly runway heading option no matter what you do.
If you want to create realistic flight plans there are several free programs that will do this ROUTE FINDER is one of them I myself use Sim Brief it will use the current AIRC cycles to generate a realistic flight plan but you will need a NAVIGRAPH subscription to do this
This is the link for route finder http://rfinder.asalink.net/free/
This is the link for Sim Brief https://www.simbrief.com
You will have to register to use Sim Brief but it is free
this is the best free route planner you can find
It tells you every thing you need to know. This is the site you want to use if your aircraft has a real working FMC and not some generic version that will not allow you to program it
The only air craft that have a working FMC that I am aware of are payware aircraft I have two aircraft that have real working FMC'S A fleet of CRJ'S by Aerosoft and the PMDG NGX B737-800/900
These aircraft have a real working FMC just like the real aircraft does of course there are some things that are different than the real thing but not many with these FMC'S you can fly a real SID or STAR using the actual procedures to do so. It will allow you to fly the path you want to take. Of course you can not use ATC when using this as it will only follow the FSX flight plan that you generated.
What I do is program the FMC than create a FSX flight plan This allows you to take off under IFR conditions, and once I get air born I never reply to ATC and the plane will fly the route I created in the FMC
some times the two routes are a lot alike but the problem is the NAV DATA in FSX is older than dirt and will not have most of the way points you use.