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Navigraph Introduces Simmers Without Borders – Donate Computing Power to Help Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Navigraph has started a new pro bono venture to help speed up the search for a vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19). The new project, Simmers Without Borders, is open to anyone in the flight simulation community who are keen to do something to help find a vaccine for the coronavirus. As you know, COVID-19 is a global pandemic that requires immediate attention.

According to the press release from Navigraph, Simmers Without Borders is an easy way for anyone in the community to do their bit to help scientists find a vaccine for COVID-19. By using an established research project called “[email protected] you able to provide your own computing power to help find solutions to help speed up the process of finding vaccinations. [email protected] is ran by the Bowman Lab in St. Louis School of Medicine at Washington University.

“If there is something flight simulation enthusiasts have in abundance it’s computing power.” says Magnus Axholt, co-founder of Navigraph. Of course to run our simulators, we need a huge amount of computing power. “As much as we would like, we can’t always be up in the air. When we are not flying, we can set our powerful computers to do work for research.” Magnus continues.

To help track your progress and also to see the results as a community, users who wish to donate should use the Team ID 245628 when running the client software. All the work your computer does will count towards this Team ID and you will be able to follow the progress not only of your computer, but also that of other computers in the flightsim community, and that of other communities in the research project as a whole. Leaderboards are available on SimmersWithoutBorders.org as well as on foldingathome.org.

“Let’s show the world what the flight simulation community can do!” finishes Magnus in a video that was recently put online which also contains more information on what protein folding really is.

To start donating your computing power to speed up the search for a coronavirus vaccine – go to simmerswithoutborders.org.

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Navigraph’s 2019 Community Survey Results Now Available

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Late last year, Navigraph partnered with 29 developers, community leaders and publishers to distribute their annual flight simulation survey. The results of the survey have now been made available for public viewing. In total, 17,800 people responded to the survey, answering over 90 questions all related to flight simulation. The survey was designed to help developers, publishers and community members assist with
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Reminder: The FlightSim Community Survey 2019 Now LIVE – Get Involved

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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 deeper explanation on it.

Navigraph has up until now been offering their services through three separate subscriptions: an FMS Data subscription, a Charts subscription and an Ultimate subscription. The latter was a combination of the FMS Data and Charts access, and was available through a monthly as well as a yearly subscription.

After the recent changes, Navigraph has upgraded all users of the FMS Data subscription to an Ultimate subscription. Navigraph is doing this without any additional costs for your current subscription period. Your subscription will begin to cost more at the end of your current subscription period +3 months. The three months are considered as complimentary by Navigraph so you can explore the Charts service and see what it has to offer.

Of course all these changes beg the question as to why this is all happening. This was explained by Navigraph too, in the aforementioned forum post. The team sees their software, and software developed by other developers, as increasingly complimenting each other. A good example of this are the planes, most of which use Navigraph data for their navdata. This navdata is complemented by Charts, which can visualise this data and calculate routes based upon it. There are also integrations with services such as SimBrief that use the Navigraph data as an underlying data structure for their route calculation. Another example is how developers are integrating not only the navdata, but also the charts into their add-ons. EFB’s are becoming more of a norm, and many developers are integrating Navigraph Charts into these EFB’s.

Another reason specified by Navigraph for going ahead with these changes is their own roadmap. This roadmap was shared with us earlier this year. The team is working on more products to expand their current offering, and bundling all their products under one subscription is something they wish to do. Some of the roadmap items are VFR charts, weather, traffic network and better integrations for other add-on developers.

This change received so much comments, that CEO and Co-Founder Magnus Axholt took to the forums with a more in-depth explanation on things. Magnus addresses some of the most common comments, such as people simply having no interest in the Charts app, or the increase in price for people with a subscription (after their subscription period ends, +3 months). He also re-iterates that they want to serve their users the best way they can.

Update: Navigraph has reverted all the changes discussed above. You can read more about the reversion in this article.

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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

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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
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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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