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I see a lot of discussion about updating the navigation data - which I gather is basically not possible. This is a problem, but probably not too serious.

I was wondering if there is any way to add charts? The system only has the USA charts I believe, and for most of the world that is of limited use. I see that there is a /Charts folder that contains a lot of *.fca files. These are basically zip files with *.tpc files in them. I have no idea what the tpc files are. It seems like it might be possible to convert PDF files to this mysterious format.

Any ideas??

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The charts are likely stored in a proprietary (encrypted) format. So there's no way to import our own charts.
I'm not sure, but it looks like European/(outside of the USA) charts would only be available as an optional purchase (Garmin European FliteCharts) or included in Garmin's PilotPak subscription.
And even if you own them, I'm not certain you can install/use them with the trainer.

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10 hours ago, kneighbour said:

It seems like it might be possible to convert PDF files

Hi, I'd be interested to know how to reach this conclusion!

well, I've some good ideas already but you might know something I don't know yet which might proove helpful.

for now, there is no way to add charts, it involves both formatting the chart files to the proper format, and reference them in the index file too.

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5 hours ago, Bourrinopathe said:

The charts are likely stored in a proprietary (encrypted) format. So there's no way to import our own charts.
I'm not sure, but it looks like European/(outside of the USA) charts would only be available as an optional purchase (Garmin European FliteCharts) or included in Garmin's PilotPak subscription.
And even if you own them, I'm not certain you can install/use them with the trainer.

Not properly encrypted format. I've investigated about that and fca files in ..\fc_tpc\charts directory are compressed files which contains tpc pictures.

The problem is that the database read only a listed fca files, so if i try to rename one of them and edit the content, overwriting with another picture, the trainer wont read that because it's not in the fc_tpc.dat database index

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On 11/16/2017 at 8:43 AM, Bourrinopathe said:

The charts are likely stored in a proprietary (encrypted) format. So there's no way to import our own charts.
I'm not sure, but it looks like European/(outside of the USA) charts would only be available as an optional purchase (Garmin European FliteCharts) or included in Garmin's PilotPak subscription.
And even if you own them, I'm not certain you can install/use them with the trainer.

Before this thread goes off the edge of the page, it may not be possible to add charts, but it is possible to update them via this method. The fca files can be opened with any ZIP-based decompressor. And they are in fact, TilePic format images which can be opened with the "Swiss Army Knife" of image conversion, XnView. So, to update the chart, one has to convert the PDF to TilePic, Zip it and rename it with the original file name.

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