I had a very early beta - and it wasn't great. I'm going to get the latest version now and see what's working and what isn't.
The thing is, the GTN is a modern navigator... and that's it's first job. If it can't do that I'm not very interested. Additional features like METARs are cool...but the MSFS weather is not accurate half the time anyway. Charts via Navigraph are also cool but FliteCharts worked fine on the RXP/F1 versions. Sure it wasn't always updated but it worked great. You also need a charts sub to get it (I spent 85 USD for the annual plan). Can we even use the mouse for panning yet? I'm guessing no rubber band flight planning either.
Anyway I'm off to get a the latest version.
Alright so I did a little checkup to see what is working in this latest beta. I also downloaded premium which apparently will be payware when finished.
Right off the bat - you're stuck with default Asobo flight planning. You have to enter a departure and destination pair first on the FPL screen. Not accurate to the real one (in real one normally your origin is already displayed then you just enter waypoints and destination at the end). Annoying to me.
annoyed by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
I use Navigraph data. The waypoints are in the sim but you cannot select all IAFs from the PROC screen. In this case of RNAV(GPS) RWY 10R KFCM I must first select GEP as the transition, then go Direct YICUK. I should be able to simple select YICUK. Any IAF or IF's should be selectable.
fcmrnav10r by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
missingtransitions by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
RNAV 36 KFCM...can't shoot approach from OCEWA. (Oddly enough I was able to select it as an IAF).... but it just sequences to the FA: IJEYU
fcmrnav36 by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
missingOcewa by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
Cannot graphically edit the FPL.... but you can pan the flight plan map via mouse which is nice and expected. Cannot zoom with mouse wheel. I read on Discord that he doesn't think it will be possible because Asobo doesn't allow that or something
nographicaledit by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
I am happy to find OBS mode works!
obsyes by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
Waypoint info works and you can select the VOR freq to put it in standby
waypointIDyes by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
Navigraph charts working great!
chartsyes by Ryan Butterworth, on Flickr
METARs...I didn't setup my token yet but again...as far as MSFS is concerned..it doesn't read the important cloud ceilings and visibility values anyway
Overall it has some feature above and beyond the default Gxxx units...but from a navigation perspective, it falls quite short of what it should do.