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For all those trying to find your runway headings while in flight, there is a tool out there, but its in french.http://jacky.brouze.ch/jab/programmes/jabn...BNavig-Util.aspits a flight planner NAV tool. You have to register to down load it.Just click telecharger button and fill in details. Once you have downloaded it, create a folder and unzip all the contents to that folder and run exe. it will take a few minutes to scan all your bgls for aiport info, works with fs9 and fsx.this gives all the aiport info you need, has moving map, flight planner, shows true runway heading, shows airport layout, comm frequencies.picture is bettersc_02May090909.jpgenjoy

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There is another one which I really like and use in all my main aircraft. It's a freeware program called Airport Chart Gauge V2, which can be downloaded in the file section of this website.It shows runway info, taxiway markings, parking gate and ramp numbers, frequencies including ILS, and other useful info all while in flight. It scans all your airports and builds a database for them to display.The picture below is normal zoom, you can zoom in for more detail.acg.jpg

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This other one is free too, but dosnt require it being added as a gauge its simply run as sepereate app.

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I have registered and still cannot locate the link to download this program. Any suggestions?Thanks a lot,Howard

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Scroll to bottom of page click on the " telecharger JABNAVIG" buton. Then when newe page opens up click on the " Jai lu et jaccepte les conditiobs ci dessus" , button, thats the do you accept conditions button, and your download will start, its not a big file.

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I've downloaded this program but cannot locate the instruction manual.How do you select different runways?Ron

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The aeroplane button connects it to FSx when FSX running. The zig zag line i believe is the flight planbutton. The arrow with ? is the airport buton, just type in the id. Not sure abt the APS but suspect its for an online session, will need to play more. The button with 4 squares locks or unlocks the Aps windows, ie it allows you to display one of or all of the windows. The top left box shows all the airports around you, mouse wheel zooms in / out, click on an airport to diplay its info in lower right box. Top right box show runway info if connected to flight sim it will zoom in as you approach it. the lower left i believ diplays the flight plan, havnt used that part of it yet.The green far left button reduces the ap to a button that can be clicked to open it agn.

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>The aeroplane button connects it to FSx when FSX running. The>zig zag line i believe is the flight planbutton. The arrow>with ? is the airport buton, just type in the id. Not sure abt>the APS but suspect its for an online session, will need to>play more. The button with 4 squares locks or unlocks the Aps>windows, ie it allows you to display one of or all of the>windows. The top left box shows all the airports around you,>mouse wheel zooms in / out, click on an airport to diplay its>info in lower right box. Top right box show runway info if>connected to flight sim it will zoom in as you approach it.>the lower left i believ diplays the flight plan, havnt used>that part of it yet.The green far left button reduces the ap>to a button that can be clicked to open it agn.mjrhealth, does it work over simconnect or fsuipc on a second pc? Looks good. Otherwise the in-game module is the way to go I think. Very useful tools, guys. Thanks.Dirk.

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Just wanted to support the Airport Chart recommendation here.A great addon.Once you add it as a gauge (easy), you can then select it via the View menu - it sits at the bottom of the "instruments" menu there. And it's easy to use, easy to close, even puts a small green plane - oriented in the right direction - on the map. Great, esp if you're stuck in some esoteric spot courtesy of Cargo Pilot :)Great piece of free software, I won't fly without it now. Makes paper airport charts redundant. And sits inside FSX, so no need to run an external app. And it's in English.

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If I could read french I guess I could register it and download it. However I don't so is there an english language version of the site? Ken

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Skullx, thanks for mentioning here this simple but extremely useful utility, I wonder why it took someone so long in MSFS hobby to come up at last with such a wonderful utility . I got most of the commercial navigation utilities, like EFB and others just mention them, but this one is the most simple, substantial feature wise (including updateable db) and fast to use 'on the fly'. I'd like to thank the author Holger Maass, and recommend him to release a commercial version of it if he manages to keep it the same simple. :)I strongly recommend to try it, guys.Thank you,Dirk.

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The airport chart is very nice. There used to be a utility back in FS2000 days "Airport's Chart Viewer" but this is much better. Only problem is that the way the database builder works, it ignores any addon mods to airports.scott s..

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Yes, this Airport Chart utility is very nice, but i also would like it to read the airport add-ons. Maybe Holger can update it to do that... i hope.

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Hi. I tried installing this gauge in FSX. I got several screens that were in German and I have no idea what to do. I did get the database in FSX built but don't see any folder where it installed the gauge so I can insert it manually in my planes panels. I see an apchart.dll in the FSX Gauges folder but no instructions at all. Does it require Net Frame 2.0 to work? Thanks, regards, Bob.

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Weird, in my case the stock runways (KSEA, CYVR) are off by exactly 20 degrees in the rwy info.@Bob: make a screenshot of the installation windows in german, then use the above online translater. Unfortunately I dont remember exactly what was written there, but something very generic, like Ok, Next etc.Dirk.

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>Weird, in my case the stock runways (KSEA, CYVR) are off by>exactly 20 degrees in the rwy info.>>@Bob: make a screenshot of the installation windows in german,>then use the above online translater. Unfortunately I dont>remember exactly what was written there, but something very>generic, like Ok, Next etc.>>Dirk.Hi. I did not see any translator. I did use Google and finally figured out what the German was. My problem is that it never did install anything or if it did I have no ides where it put it. Where did your folder get installed? Does it require Net Framework 2.0 to run and install? I do see the dll gauge in my Gauges folder but I don't have the installation info to install it in a panel. There is supposed to be a pdf manual. Best regards and thanks, Bob.

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Bob, did it create a new shortcut Airport Chart DB Builder on the desktop? If you find it - run it. I have Net Framework 2.0 and 3.0 installed.

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Hi. Yes it did create a shortcut. I had already run the db builder. I see a folder in C:Program FilesMahosoftAirport Chart with the dba.dll, db.builder.exe and the pdf manual. I ran the builder again from within the folder and it created a database somewhere (not in that folder). The pdf says that when you run the installer it gives you a list of the planes in FSX and allows you to choose which ones you want the gauge installed in. I never got any such screen. These are why I hate installers. I wish he had just zipped it all up and put a good readme so we could do it all manually. It never told me where it was installing to or even thet it put a shortcut on the desktop. If I could ask you to e-mail me and send me a typical install in the panel.cfg I can go on from there. I did write to Holger but have not received any answer yet. Thanks and best regards, Bob.

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It's too bad there isn't much help for it. If you are familiar with panel.cfg here is a way to install the gauge:1. Open panel.cfg in the panel subfolder for the aircraft you want the gauge installed into.2. You should see a section with window declarations:[Window Titles]window00=mainWindow01=Radiostackwindow02=APwindow03=GPSThe number of windows will vary. Use the next number in sequence (in this example 04) and type in:window04=AP chartThe text you use (AP chart) is how it will be listed in the "views->instrument panel" menu.Then scroll down through the file below the window03 section and add the new window04 section (again, the actual number will vary depending how many windows are in your panel).[Window04]size_mm=300,200position=6BACKGROUND_COLOR=10,10,10VISIBLE=0ident=10011gauge00=apchart!apchart, 0,0,300,200This will create a 300x200 size popup window in the lower left corner of your display.You should have apchart.dll in your gauges folder.That's it.If you use the 2d panel, you might want to try this:go to the end of the [Window00] section and find the last gauge entry in sequence, such as this:gauge49=Navion!GPS_Zoom, 829,401,207,141add this line:gauge50=Apc_Icon!Apc_Icon, 60,809,20,20using the appropriate gauge number (next one in sequence, in this case 50).Then unzip and place the small gauge file attached to this post in your gauges folder. This will place a 20x20 click icon on your panel. You will have to adjust the 60,809 numbers to get the icon in a convenient spot on your panel bitmap. I'm not really a panel guy so don't complain too much :)scott s..

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Hi Scott. That's exactly what I needed. Thanks a lot. Thanks for the icon too. I'll try it today. Besty regards, Bob.

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Hi again Scott. I installed it and it is GREAT! THANKS!!! I appreciate the help. The icon helps too. Best regards, Bob.

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All: I received the following email instruction from Holger some time ago ( April I think ) Note the tuning suggestions.Scott: Thanks for the GPS icon tip, I'll give it a whirl!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>First, search the next free WindowXX number. Check the [Window Titles] section for this. Then, insert a new line immediately after the last line in the [Window Titles] section as follows:WindowXX=Airport ChartXX is the next free number and the text right of the '=' sign appears in the Views->Panels menu.Next, go to the end of the file. Append a new section like this:[WindowXX] <-- XX same as above, Note the square bracketssize_mm=912,654position=4 <-- 4= centered on screenwindow_size=0.75 <-- change it to your needs, in case the gauge is too small/bigbackground_color=0,0,0visible=0 <-- 0= not visible at startup, 1= visibleident=10000 <-- MUST be unique and >= 10000 !!!!zorder=1update_rate=6 <-- Not greater than 6, due to frame rate impactsgauge00=apchart!APChart,0,0,912,654>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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>Hi. I tried installing this gauge in FSX. I got several>screens that were in German and I have no idea what to do. I>did get the database in FSX built but don't see any folder>where it installed the gauge so I can insert it manually in my>planes panels. I see an apchart.dll in the FSX Gauges folder>but no instructions at all. Does it require Net Frame 2.0 to>work? Thanks, regards, Bob.If you want the installation to add the gauges automatically to all your planes, you need to have the apchart.1 file on the same folder as the other files. After you put it there, run setup.exe again.Edit: Sorry, this answer was for your other message (19).

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