Can anyone help with my approach issue?

I set up an low level IFR flight plan from EGPK to EGCC. My route arrives at LAKEY before acquiring the DALE2A arrival for the approach to ILS23R into Manchester.


The first problem I have is that my arrival and approach don’t actually connect and the end of the arrival has a dotted line to the beginning of the approach. No matter I thought, the plane will just fly the dotted line. Well it doesn’t.

When I load up the file into MSFS first thing I notice is that the GPS actually routes me from the end of the arrival straight to the airport then runs a reverse course of the approach before turning back in to acquire the localiser.

I’m not sure whether it’s Navigraph or MSFS that is actually correct but why doesn’t the route tie up in both? What am I doing wrong? When I’m planning in Navigraph should I be selecting the approach before the arrival or vice versa? I seem to be having this mismatch quite often where I can never seem to ling the arrival with the approach no matter which options I select.

Any advice welcome.

The dashed lines usually indicate an approach where you would get ATC vectors to the final approach course. You can fix that in Charts by adding the IAF (Initial Approach Fix) as a waypoint after the fix where the dashed line begins. In MSFS, depending on the aircraft, you might have a discontinuity message in the FMS. You can take the first waypoint after the discontinuity and move it up just above it and the autopilot should then fly to the IAF.

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