Now speaking of Oceania, when ever I arrive in NZAA, from the north or west, I am told I am cleared to Final, decend to 2000ft and contact tower etc. Should this happen before TOD.
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TOD is a calculation made by your FMC based solely on your input as to be the most economic point to start your descent. ATC even in the real world don't know that. So TOD is "advice" given to the pilots by the FMC. It is in no way mandatory. ATC can and do descend you at will according to traffic etc. Most of the time in the real world ATC will descend you more or less where your TOD is simply because if you have a properly constructed flight plan there will be a correlation.
If it is really important that you start your descent precisely at TOD for reasons such as low fuel for example then you can in PF3 as in the real world ask for a lower altitude but as in the real world that would entail recomputing all your descent profiles.
TOD only applies to the initial descent from cruise. Bear in mind that after that point there are many real world altitude and speed restrictions that may have to be followed.
There are too many videos on YT by "Reputable" youtubers that never use ATC and thus use TOD as indicated by their FMCs. This puts TOD in people's minds as therefore being "de rigueur". And, on these occasions without ATC it obviously has to work. However, add ATC to the equation and it's a different kettle of fish entirely.
Think you have mis understood my problem. Been flying for many years, with PFE and PF3, so with all due respect, I am up with the play
My issue, is that I do not get decent clearance whatsoever after commencing decent, I get clearance to final at 38000ft 250nm before the airport. Not even handed over to approach, just cleared to final. Only happens in Oceania, not in USA or Europe. That is certainly not realistic, or what PF3 is designed to do, unless some kind of unknown bug. Also, getting the same controller and who is also flying 200 odd AI planes is also not what PF3 is designed to do. Thanks for trying to help anyway.
Edit: Most PF3 flights, I am cleared to descend at pilots discretion to a certain altitude, not in this instance. I am cleared to the FAF, contact tower on ...... From FL380 ? The controller would need a Cristal ball, could be 20 planes on final.