Flight Planning Software
Pre Flight Planning is essential to conducting a safe flight. Below are some programs that can you help to do this!
Disclaimer: VATPAC provides no official support or endorsement of the products listed below. They are provided for information and convenience only.
Free Flight Planning Software
SimBrief is free software access via a web-browser. SimBrief is best used for IFR flying. VATPAC recommends SimBrief as the best free briefing software!
Plan G is a free software that is best for VFR flight planning. It allows you to see your position on the map as well as other VATSIM traffic and controllers.
For more information visit the PlanG Website http://www.tasoftware.co.uk
Commercial Flight Planning Software
Professional Flight Planner X (PFPX) is a professional flight planning software for IFR pilots mainly. PFPX is not being activately developed.
Nav (AIRAC) Data
Now you have your sim up and running you might notice a warning "nav data is out of date" or SID's and STAR's are missing. This usually means your nav otherwise known as AIRAC cycle needs updating. This occurs every 28 days and is available from several sources.
Free Navdata Updates
World Navigation Database for Default FSX/P3D provide free updates for your simulator to reflect real-world changes, often this doesn't include all the data required.
Navigraph provides both Chart and Navigation Subscription Services for ALL flight simulators including MSFS. Navigraph also includes vatSys intergration which, while not required, is highly recommended.
VATPAC recommends Navigraph as the best nav data provider for flight simulation.
Aerosoft Navdata Pro This software isn't widely used.