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Hi!I joined this forum yesterday - thinking in ZuluSo first of all I'd like to introduce myself a little bit. My name is Daniel and I live in the former German capitol Bonn. Please be patient with me and my probably bad english ;-)Our nearest airport is EDDK - also known as "Adenauer" or "Koeln/Bonn Airport" - which is the main hub for UPS in europe. (Beautiful MD-11's here, can't wait for PMDG's one)I should explain the current situation: Few month ago I purchased PMDG's 747 & 737NG and started to be a more "realistic" sim-pilot using actual charts, checklists... u know what I mean.Since I purchased various other FS2004 addons I recognized that there is a kind of "navdata mass" - No standards, software developer's use their own navdata format, no compatibility at all. It takes always to much time to update these databases when a new cycle becomes effective. Today we are at a point where the main source (navdata.at) for these files is maintained irregularly.Don't get me wrong... Richard Stefan does a great job and of course I understand that "real life" things come first. My consideration is now to write a little open source tool - perhaps using MS .NET Framework - to allow users to build navdata files on their own based on DAFIF and other "raw" data sources. Starting with the PMDG navdata format eventually other formats will be supported. OK, there is no future with DAFIF but I think - especially DAFIFT (the plain text version of DAFIF) - this is a good starting point for development.Or maybe those Jeppesen guys decide to share navdata with the FS community :-lol A thing that's driving me crazy is, that you can't find any information on the internet about converting DAFIF files.Please correct me if I'm wrong:People who know how to convert the data don't share this knowledge.I hope you now understand my point of view :-shyFinally I have these questions and ask the community for comments:1) Is somebody interested in having such a tool?2) Has somebody information about the stucture/format of navdata files (PMDG, PSS, FSNavigator for example) ?3) Has somebody other suggestions or opinions?Big thanks for your attention!Kind regards,

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Daniel,Richard Stefan and Terry Yingling already basically do this at www.navdata.at (for the AIRAC) and www.planepath.com (for the SIDs/STARs.) They're not perfect, but they're the best we have considering that real navdata costs 10s of thousands of dollars for even a single cycle. The federal government has also decided to end the public distribution of the DAFIF database, so things probably aren't going to get any better unfortunately.


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