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P3D v4 AI aircraft minimum cruise altitude and approaches

Hi. Hoping that someone here can help me.

I have created a simple flight plan for an ai helicopter to fly between 2 heliports app. 7 miles apart. The FP altitude is set to 500 ft (assume this is AGL, the heliports are 400 ft MSL). Also made a plan using 1000 ft as the altitude to see if there was any difference. Is the FP altitude AGL or MSL?

The helicopters take off and land as expected but cruise at app. 2,400 ft, which is 2000 ft AGL, despite the fact that I have the FP altitude set much lower. Is 2000 ft the minimum AI cruise altitude?

Also, is there any way to have the AI fly directly to an airport instead of executing a long, curved approach maneuver which takes it many miles away from the airport?

Thanks for your help.

If your plan is IFR make it VFR.

Yep, making the plans VFR did help. The cruise altitude is now 1,000 ft lower, however, they still fly at 1000 ft AGL even though the FP altitude is 500 ft. The approaches are also shorter.

Thanks a lot!


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I think FS assumes a 1000 ft minimum altitude. But you might be able to change that for the pattern at the airport involved - runway properties, Pattern Altitude.