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simBrief enables Pilots to automatically create an Operational Flight Plan (OFP) based on the details of their intended flight – and, with only a few clicks, easily integrate it into our System.

You must have an active simBrief account in order to use the integration.
If you don't have an account, visit simBrief to create it.


What's the simBrief Operational Flight Plan?

The simBrief OFP, also known as the Operational Flight Plan, is essentially a dispatch packet. It simulates a real world experience with Pilots receiving information about their flight, weather, routing, fuel usage, weights, etc. – everything required to ensure they're operating within the performance standards of the aircraft they're flying.

simBrief does a good job adding to the realism of simulated flying by offering this service. That's why we encourage you to sign up for an account and, when possible, use it.

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If you need help understanding the OFP and how to use it, ask your fellow Pilots.

The information contained here is very useful for setting up your aircraft's Flight Management Computer to make your flight as realistic as possible.



Let's take a look at a number of items:


Flight Tracking – When you start your ACARS application – smartCARS 3 or FlightTrackerXP – you'll see your aircraft on the map and it'll show your flight path as you are flying.


Route Copy – Click the icon next to the route to copy it to your clipboard.
NOTE:  This is useful for pasting the route into ACARS.


Pre-File – These buttons take you to their respective online ATC sites with a pre-filled form to submit your flight plan.


FlightAware and SkyVector – View active real flights leaving your departure airport – or – open the flight plan route in SkyVector.


Dispatch Release – View the raw OFP print out.


Edit – This opens simBrief in another tab. That allows you to edit this specific flight.
NOTE:  If you do edit your flight, you must click Reload – as explained next.


Reload – After completing your OFP edit, you must click the Reload button to refresh its data in the template.


Flight Status – A number of informational items regarding the real-time status of your current flight are displayed on the map.

  • When smartCARS 3 has not been started meaning you did not click 'Start' this reminder will be seen;
  • When you're in Preflight, the Network Status is displayed as a means of reminding you to set the flag for the ATC network you're using;
  • When in the various phases of flight, your altitude, ground speed, time remaining, network and phase will be displayed. If you're successfully in Cruise, the phase indicator will turn green (useful for mistakes with cruising altitude or low pressure problems.); and,
  • Once you've arrived and the PIREP is ready to be submitted, the status shows only Arrived (in green).

NOTE:  The data updates every 10 seconds.




Weather and Runways

This area will allow you to review the METAR, TAF, and Runway information for your departure, arrival, and alternate airfields. Notice how we provide you with the runway ILS information (if equipped.)



Flight has not been started in your ACARS application


This section is relevant if you use the "Import Latest simBrief OFP" function. If you simply click the green button, you can proceed past this section.

If you see this message and you are using the "Import Latest simBrief OFP" then you have entered incorrect information. You must fix the following information in your simBrief OFP before you import it to the CrewCenter. Failing to do so will result in the message below showing for the duration of your flight.


Click the "Edit" button on the OFP page and ensure that the following fields match your information!



The Airline and Flight Number box must match the flight prefix and number of the flight you bid. If you are flying WAX 221, you will enter "WAX" in Airline and "221" in Flight Number.

If you do not match these 2 boxes, the 'Flight has not been started...' message will remain.

Settings – simBrief

In order to use our integration, a few things will need to be configured on the Crew Center website before you proceed.
To access your settings:

1 Click your name at the top right of the Navigation Bar;
2 Scroll down and select Settings;
3 Click simBrief; and,
4 Complete your user Username and Operational Flight Plan settings:

a. Username – You must enter your simBrief username if you wish to use the Import Latest simBrief OFP option found on your briefing.

b. Plan Format – Our default OFP plan is DAL. If you wish to use something else, choose it from the list provided.

c. Weights – Weights for simBrief default to pounds (lbs). If you'd rather use kilograms (kgs), be aware of the fact all weights shown on our website will be in kilograms instead of pounds.
NOTE:  If you do change to kilograms, you must also change the Settings in ACARS to kilograms as well.


Settings Operational Flight Plan (OFP)

To reflect the freedoms you have when flying for us, simBrief's OFP settings can be customized to your own preferences.

These are the settings usually appearing on the right side of simBrief's New Flight screen.


Pressing the cog button will show more options for your flight plan - such as extra fuel load, if you want stepclimbs or not, any custom route variables, and number of passengers or weight of cargo onboard.


To customize your OFP settings permanently, follow these steps.

1.  Go to your Profile settings in the Crew Center website.
     Click simBrief.
     Scroll down to the Operational Flight Plan section.


2.  Make your preferred selections.

You should be familiar with all of the options shown, so their explanations will not be detailed here.
For more information, review the simBrief User Guide.


3.  Once you've made your selections, scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the Save SimBrief button.


If you forget to click the Save SimBrief button, your preferences will not be saved.


How do I generate a simBrief Operational Flight Plan?

This is the Pilot Briefing for the flight you selected. It'll provide you with your flight information, weather and a route map. The top right section of the map provides the simBrief status – it's either Available or Not Available.

Available Not Available

If simBrief has a default airframe for the aircraft you've chosen – or – you entered a saved airframe (Custom Airframe) in your simBrief settings, you're able to generate an OFP from our website.


To learn more about Custom Airframes, scroll down to its section below.


If simBrief does not have a default airframe for the aircraft you've chosen – or – you have not entered a saved airframe (Custom Airframe) in your simBrief settings, you'll not be able to generate an OFP from our website.


To learn more about Custom Airframes, scroll down to its section below.





When you see these times in your OFP, it's important you know they're only estimates determined using wind data available at the time it was generated. Winds are seldom, if ever, static over time. That's why these times should not be considered as absolutes.

The bottom left section of the map will contain the METAR for your departure and arrival airports. If one, or both, are unavailable you'll see 'NO METAR DATA'.


To generate your OFP, click on the 'Green Clipboard'. You'll get a popup window asking you to log into simBrief.


Click on the at top right to see the options you can modify. Once you've finished, click on the icon to return.
NOTE:  If you don't understand what the option means, place your mouse over it for more information.

You're logging directly into simBrief through an API. As a result, your credentials are not transmitted through our servers.


simBrief Import

If you entered your simBrief Username in settings, you'll see an Import Latest simBrief OFP option available. This allows you to create an OFP on the simBrief website and import it back into our system so it can be viewed with our OFP template.

There are, however, a few things you must to do to enable that to happen. You must:

  • generate the OFP on the simBrief website;
  • ensure Airline equals the prefix of your flight (ex. WAT, WAC, WAX, etc.); and,
  • ensure Flight Number equals the number on your bid.
  • ensure ATC Callsign matches your Pilot ID



The Airline and Flight Number box must match the flight prefix and number of the flight you bid. If you are flying WAX 221, you will enter "WAX" in Airline and "221" in Flight Number.






The ATC Callsign must match your Pilot ID in order for the same callsign to be carried over into your online flying pre-files. If you leave this blank, SimBrief will use your flight number above as ATC callsign which will not follow our online flying rules.


This does not apply to members of the Walker Patron program as they are allowed to fly any airline/callsign outside of Event flights.

If you do not match these boxes the import process will stop and you will be notified.

    Once you complete your changes, return to the Pilot Briefing. Select Important Latest simBrief OFP. You'll then see our Template with your updated changes.


    If you happen to put in the wrong information, you will be taken to an error page indicating where you made an error.



    How do I access the Pilot Briefing?

    In order to access your Pilot Briefing, use the same navigation described above and select Flights > My Bids. Once there, click the Clipboard icon in the yellow box for your flight.



    Returning To Your simBrief Operational Flight Plan

    If you leave the OFP page, you can return to it later. Go to My Bids. Click the Headset icon in the green box and it'll return you to the simBrief OFP.



    Custom Airframes

    To learn more about the Custom Airframe system, see the simbrief Guide (Dispatch Fleet Page).

    Custom Airframes allow the flight characteristics of your aircraft to be more in-line with your performance expectations. When you generate a simBrief Flight Plan using a Custom Airframe for a specific aircraft you've stored in the Crew Center, it will be used instead of the simBrief default when selected for a fligtht.

    These instructions will assume you've created a Custom Airframe – or have an ID from one shared with you.

    Before you begin this process, determine the Fleet assignment of the aircraft for which you wish to create a Custom Airframe – Cargo, Charter or Scheduled.

    1.  Log in to simBrief. Go to Dispatch > Saved Airframes.
         For our example, we'll use the Fenix A320.


    2.  Click the Edit button next to the Custom Airframe you want to use.


    3.  Copy the Internal ID from the Airframe Info, there is a handy "clipboard" button you can click.


    4.  Go to your Profile settings in the Crew Center website.
         Click simBrief.
         Scroll down to the Custom Aircraft Frames section.


    5.  Each Company aircraft is assigned to a specific Fleet. Because the Daher Kodiak is in the Charter Fleet (Charter Operations), expand the Charter Operations section. This is why knowing the Fleet assignment of your aircraft is important.


    6.  Locate your aircraft in the listing. In the Text Box beneath it, paste the Internal ID you copied in Step 3.


    7.  Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the Save SimBrief button.


    If you forget to click the Save SimBrief button, your Custom Airframe will not be saved.