Navigraph Charts and FMS: The FSElite Review

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Navigating from point A to B can be such a daunting prospect for newcomers to flight simulation. It can be a challenge for the more experienced amongst us too, but it’s a necessary skill that we all need to get a basic grasp of to get us to where we want to be and in an incident-free manner. As we usually enjoy our flight time alone (as we can’t afford a co-pilot), we need to have all of our navigational information at hand in order to help the experience become more realistic yet we crave something more organised to make the whole process of a flight easier.

Navigraph has been synonymous with flight simulation for over a decade. For a monthly fee or full yearly package, most of us rely on Navigraph to keep our favourite aircraft’s navigational systems up to date with the use of their AIRAC cycles. We also get the latest professional worldwide airport/terminal charts from Jeppesen. “The aim is to describe approach and departure procedures from airports with a clear presentation of altitudes, obstacles and landing minima during Instrument Flight Rules”.

My route planning go-to software is SimBrief which is a simple free-to-use website that can be used in conjunction with the latest Navigraph AIRAC cycle and the Navigraph Charts app. For those of you that use other route planning software, the route plans can be imported very easily from a saved file plan on your PC. If you don’t use any flight planning software, then a route can be entered manually. I will be looking at what the latest version of the Navigraph Charts app for Windows 10 has to offer and to determine whether this is a necessary utility for newcomers and the more experienced desktop pilots.

My usual routine with a simple IFR flight whilst using a single monitor is having a lot of windows open on my web browser for example; a route planner (SimBrief) and several airport charts which will include SIDS, STARS, parking and ground information, taxiways, runway information and ILS approaches. So as you can understand, it’s overwhelming and slightly disorganised. Navigraph Charts is a utility that aims to alleviate all of the “clutter” and give you all of the information you need at the click of a button (or two).

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Reposted as a reminder for the community to get involved. As with previous years, Navigraph has put together the biggest FlightSim Community Survey for the community to partake in. Between November 20th 2019 and December 2nd 2019, community members around the world will be able to take part in conducting a vital piece of research for developers and media outlets. The survey has
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Navigraph Reverts Subscription Changes

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Navigraph has reverted the changes to their subscription models that took place over the last few days. Yesterday we shared how Navigraph was dropping their monthly and annual separate FMS Data and Charts subscriptions in favour of one 'Ultimate' subscription, combining both services. Today, the Navigraph team has let us know this change will no longer take place and customers
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Navigraph Subscription Changes

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Popular FMS (AIRAC) data and charts provider Navigraph has made some changes to the way you can purchase access to their products. Going forward, Navigraph is bundling their FMS Data and Charts subscriptions. There is no official announcement through the Navigraph news section, but on their forums there are a few posts that announce the change and get provide some
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Navigraph Releases iPad App Update

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Navigraph has released a major update for their Navigraph Charts iPad app. Available to pilots in the flight simulation community who have a Navigraph account and active subscription, the app offers updated Jeppesen IFR charts on iPads (running iOS 10 or higher). The update includes new procedure visualization, allowing pilots to use the SID, STAR, and approach overviews to find
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Navigraph Publishes Roadmap

Every year at some point in the fall the team at Navigraph gathers for their yearly workshop. This year, the workshop was held with as goal to kick off some new projects. The workshop led to a roadmap for Navigraph for the coming 12 months, which Navigraph has presented in one of their blogs. The blog also comes with a vlog, made by one of the founders of Navigraph, Magnus. He briefly presents the plans from the blog in video format, and gives us a sneak peak into the Navigraph office.

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First of all, Magnus confirms that the Navigraph Charts app for iOS is still being worked on. Although a bit overdue, with the Navigraph desktop, web and Android apps being released nearly four months ago, we’re happy to hear the iOS version hasn’t been forgotten and is ‘due any week now’.

In addition to the IFR and CAO charts currently available though the Charts app, Navigraph will also be adding VFR Sectional Aeronautical Charts (“sectionals”). The team’s goal is to develop their own custom VFR sectionals and refresh the IFR enroute charts. In order to produce these VFR sectionals the team has to gather and render lots of geographical data.

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Navigraph Charts Export Flight Update

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A quick update from Navigraph. In a new update for Charts, you will now be able to export your flight to Prepar3D and X-Plane 11 (in *.pln and *.fms files respectively). This feature was highly requested by people of FlightSimExpo, and is available right now. The team is also asking your feedback on other formats that could possibly be added
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Navigraph Releases New Charts Update for the Public

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The brand new Navigraph Charts platform is now available for all users who have subscribed to the service. Taken from our previous article, written by Daan, the new chart product will include various brand new features including route calculation, procedure visualization, intelligent procedure selector and map overlays. Furthermore, there has been some integration with SimBrief which will import your route.
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Navigraph Releasing Charts Update Next Week

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Navigraph has informed us that they are about to release an update for Navigraph Charts. Charts is a highly popular product that helps you plan and visualise your route in an interactive way, and allows you to view Jeppesen procedure charts of around 6800 airports all around the world. The update has been in development for several months and has
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