How to Use TOPCAT for FSX and P3D
TOPCAT is a powerful tool for flight simulator enthusiasts who want to plan their take-offs and landings with realistic and accurate data. TOPCAT stands for Take-Off and Landing Performance Calculation Tool, and it is a Windows application that can be used with Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) and Prepar3D (P3D). In this article, we will show you how to use TOPCAT for FSX and P3D, and what features it offers.
What is TOPCAT?
TOPCAT is a software that simulates the performance of various aircraft types during take-off and landing phases. It can calculate the optimal thrust, flaps, speed, runway length, obstacle clearance, and other parameters for different weather conditions, runway surfaces, and aircraft configurations. TOPCAT can also generate load sheets, individual runway tables, and performance reports that can be printed or saved for later use.
TOPCAT was developed by professional airline pilots, and it is similar to real-life software used by airlines. It has a worldwide database with close to 10,000 airports and 28,000 runways, including obstacle data and engine-out procedures. It also supports NOAA, IVAO, VATSIM, and ActiveSky weather sources for FSX and P3D.
How to Use TOPCAT?
To use TOPCAT for FSX and P3D, you need to download and install the software from the official website[^1^]. The current version is 2.74, which is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. You also need to purchase a license key to activate the software.
Once you have installed and activated TOPCAT, you can launch it from your desktop or start menu. You will see the main window of TOPCAT, which has four tabs: Aircraft Selection, Airport Selection, Take-Off Analysis, and Landing Analysis.
In this tab, you can select the aircraft type that you want to use for your flight. TOPCAT supports a wide range of aircraft types from various manufacturers, such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, McDonnell Douglas, etc. You can also edit or add new aircraft types using the editor.
After selecting the aircraft type, you can enter the basic weight data of your aircraft, such as operating empty weight (OEW), zero fuel weight (ZFW), fuel weight (FW), payload weight (PLW), etc. You can also enter the center of gravity (CG) position of your aircraft.
In this tab, you can select the departure and arrival airports for your flight. You can search for airports by name or ICAO code using the search box. You can also browse through the airport list by continent or country.
After selecting the airports, you can choose the runways that you want to use for take-off and landing. You can see the runway length, width, slope, surface type, elevation, magnetic heading, etc. You can also edit or add new runways using the editor.
Next, you can enter the weather data for your airports. You can manually enter the wind direction and speed, temperature, 0efd9a6b88