Navigraph Charts! It’s here!
Written by JT on May 23, 2019
Navigraph Charts is a software for flight simulator pilots to search any airspace in the world for waypoints, navaids, and airways. Navigraph Charts contains an interactive enroute chart and a worldwide coverage of Jeppesen charts at 6,800 airports in 230 countries. The software is available for Windows and Mac Desktop; iPad and Android tablets; and for most web browsers. With Navigraph Simlink it is possible to connect Navigraph Charts to Lockheed Martin Prepar3D, Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Laminar Research X-Plane to see the aircraft move across the charts.
In the seventh revision of Charts the following new features have been added or improved:
Route Calculation – A pilot can plan a flight between two airports and ask Navigraph Charts to calculate a route. Optimized for shortest distance the suggested route will use the closest transition points near the airports. The calculator supports NAT and FRA routing. The route calculator has been designed to be very easy to use and doesn’t have very many settings. More features may be added as we receive user feedback.
Colorful Route String Visualization – Whether you decide to calculate the route, or build one yourself by clicking waypoints, the airports; runways; procedures and waypoints are all represented as colorful pills in the flight panel making it easy to navigate in the Charts software.
Procedure Visualization – Once you have a route, you can visualize the departure procedures on the enroute map to see which SID that fits the selected runway and transition point. Similarly, at the arrival airport, you can visualize the arrival and approach procedures as brightly colored tracks into the airport in order to choose the best one.
Intelligent Procedure Selector – When selecting procedures, we have listed the most appropriate ones at the top, so that you don’t have to scroll to find the one that fits your runway and transition point.
Map Overlay – While selecting procedures you can also superposition a procedure chart on top of the enroute chart to better understand how it connects to your route. We find that especially when combined with the moving maps feature, pilots get an increased situational awareness as all relevant information is displayed in proximity to the ownship icon as it travels across the procedure chart.
SimBrief Integration – While Navigraph Charts can calculate a route, some of you may want to import your own routes. You can do this by copy pasting a text route string or by importing a PLN file, but the easiest and most flexible way is to enter your SimBrief username and let Navigraph Charts fetch the latest flight plan from SimBrief.
Navigraph Charts is available as a subscription without any minimum binding period for 8.30 EUR per month (approx 9.30 USD). The subscription also includes access to navigational data for all important addon software in the flight simulation community which update automatically with the Navigraph FMS Data Manager software.
Navigraph was founded in 2003 by Stephen O’Connell and Magnus Axholt. Navigraph is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and currently consists of 12 developers and 317,000 registered users. Navigraph prides itself in the close relationship with users and organizes a yearly flightsim community survey to guide development.