Flying in some parts of the country the STAR maybe helpful, but I would like to see SID's. When planning you must fil-in all the individual waypoints for flight planning purposes and then when filing delete them and type in the actual SID name. You can file with all the waypoints but to me it can be confusing when picking up your clearence. It appears that if you put all the SID waypoints in your AOPA flight plan and then transfer to Garmin (and maybe other providers) their program recognizes the individual waypoints as the SID and changes your route using the SID's name. I am fairly new using the AOPA/Garmin programs, and it is more than possible I do not fully understant thier operations.
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