I've been trying to read whatever material I can find on STAR(s) (which isnt much that I can find anyway). Since I had read and educated myself on this topic and I decided to look for some random STAR(s) and see if I could fly them. Grrr..that was a mistake. I couldnt even properly figure'em out! As an example, the STAR RW26 ELTOK 1H approach (Arlanda, Sweden). This one I found on: http://www.scandva.org/recruitment/files/essamap.zip
Here is my question:
1. On the Arlanda STAR RW26, how do I know what flight levels I need to be at on various parts of the STAR?
2. It states that once at IAF, radar vectors will be given. How do one simulate that in FSIM once the IAF has been reached, or do I just sorta "fly the pattern from there"?
3. More general question...how often are these types of approaches made in real life anyway? Arent you typically vectored in to final most of the time?
I've read the sample article from Computer Pilot magazine on STAR but it seems like most STAR(s) are different...
Help much appreciated!