You have probably flown your flight simulation a while now and you are wondering how to take the next step? This page will give you an overview of the role of Navigraph products and services in the flight simulation community. It basically answers “Why?” do you need Navigraph data.
What Does Navigraph Do?
Navigraph offers updated airport charts, enroute charts, and navigational databases to increase the realism of gaming and game-based learning in flight simulators such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Lockheed Martin Prepar3D and Laminar Research X-Plane. The data, sourced from Jeppesen - a Boeing company, is parsed into data formats suitable for flight simulators, and made available every 28 days according to the AIRAC cycle.
Why Do You Need Navigraph?
In short - you need Navigraph to reflect current conditions in your flight simulator. This is important for realism and also to share an updated virtual airspace when flying in network with other pilots and controllers together using different addon software. Here is how the different parts come together:
Up to Date Charts
The airport diagrams in Navigraph Charts are very useful when taxiing the aircraft from the gate to the runway. The departure procedures in Navigraph Charts tells you how to fly from the runway to the airway leading you in the direction you want to fly. Navigraph Charts also has a route calculator which tells you which sequence of waypoints you need to pass in order to get to the arrival airport. The route is visualized on the enroute chart and there is also a Moving Map function which plots the current location of your aircraft. As you get ready to land Navigraph Charts has charts for arrival and approach procedures that tell you which waypoints you need to pass, along with speed and altitude restrictions, and information about available lights and landing systems at the destination airport. Navigraph Charts also has information about frequencies for radio and navigational aids so that you can contact air traffic control, tune in on navigational aids, and align yourself on the glide slope into the destination airport.
Corresponding Navigational Databases
The navigational data available via Navigraph Navdata apps keeps the waypoints and frequencies in the navigational databases in your flight simulator up to date so that computations made by your aircraft flight management computer displays corresponds to the information in the charts available in Navigraph Charts.
A Unified Virtual Airspace for All
We also supply many third party software developers with navigational data. This means that if you use any of those services, or fly in a networked mode together with other pilots and controllers, you want to use the most recent navigational data corresponding to the latest AIRAC cycle. That way everything is in synch and everyone share the same updated virtual airspace.