Another month and another month of AIRAC data is available to download through the FMS Data Manager. However, this update actually enables some new features in Microsoft Flight Simulator and also on the SimBrief website.
Starting with SimBrief, the latest AIRAC data (2110) now enables users to select aircraft type-based procedures. If you look at charts, you will see that certain SIDs and STARs have procedures that can be only completed by a specific aircraft type or if it has certain equipment. With the new updates, SimBrief will now filter out procedures based on the aircraft type you are flying. You can view procedures and their restrictions in the Route Finder section of the Integrated Dispatch System.
In addition to the changes with SimBrief, Navigraph has updated its offering in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The latest data means that the localizer beamwidths in Microsoft Flight Simulator are more realistic. In the blog post by Navigraph, the simulator has a fixed value of 5 degrees, although some airports in the real world have a variation on the localizer beam. For example, Zanesville Municipal Airport has a beamwidth of 6 degrees. From AIRAC 2110 and onwards, Navigraph will include this data for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
As a small reminder, don’t forget to run your FMS Data Manager to get the most up-to-date FMS data for your simulator and aircraft. If you missed it, Navigraph acquired SimBrief and promises to keep the service free.
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