Table of contents
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Installation and setup
- 3 Using XPFlightPlanner
- 4 Load into X-Plane
XPFlightPlanner is a simple tool for generating flight plans that can be used with X-Plane. It uses native airports, points and routes included in X-Plane’s world database.
XPFlightPlanner uses X-Plane’s native file format
*.fms to store and load flight plans.
Remember, this tool must not be used for real world aviation but for simulation purpose only!
Installation and setup
Installation on Microsoft Windows
To install XPFlightPlanner on Microsoft Windows, simply double click on the installer and follow the wizard.
Installation on Mac OS X
To install XPFlightPlanner on Mac OS X, double click on the image file
*.dmg and copy the XPFlightPlanner application to the Applications directory.
Installation on Ubuntu Linux
To install XPFlightPlanner on Ubuntu Linux, unzip the
*.zip archive anywhere. The application also runs on other Linux distributions, but Qt dependencies must be installed.
Register with your serial number
To register your copy of XPFlightPlanner go to the menu
Help > Register.... Then, copy and paste your email and serial number from the email you received.
Be sure not to copy-paste extra characters like white-spaces etc. The fields are case sensitive.
If you did not receive your serial number by email, please check your spam folder. The email has been sent automatically upon purchase.
By default XPFlightPlanner uses the navigation data provided by your current X-Plane installation. However, you might use an updated data cycle such as provided by Navigraph.
The updated data should be installed in the
<X-Plane>/Custom Data folder, and must contain the following files:
- CIFP directory.
After updated data cycle has been installed, launch XPFlightPlanner and open the preferences window. Check the box
Use custom data, and then choose the path where X-Plane (with updated data) is installed; this path should be the directory that contain the X-Plane executable. Validate the preferences with the
OK button and restart XPFlightPlanner.
XPFlightPlanner take a significant longer time to load custom data at startup rather than to load default data.
User interface overview
When XPFlightPlanner starts, the main window shows up; this window contains an empty flight plan document. This window is decomposed into four areas:
- the flight plan table that contain the list of way points,
- the map,
- the flight plan vertical profile,
- the navigation database with three tabs for:
- points (FIX, VOR, NDB),
- and airports.
The map, profile and database are “docked-windows” that can be hidden, moved or detached from the main window. The position of these docked-windows can be reset with the menu
View > Reset panels.
Generate a new flight plan
Flightplans can be generated automatically or manually. When generated automatically a flight plan can still be modified manually.
Generate a flight plan automatically
XPFlightPlanner has a route planner that can find the best route from an aiport to another. Click on the toolbar button
Automatically generate a flight plan or in the menu
Flight plan > Generate... to open the flight plan generator window. Within this window you can choose:
- The departure airport (and optionally the SID)
- the arrival airport (and optionally the STAR/APPCH),
- the plane performances based on:
- your presets for keeping your preferred plane performances,
- or custom performances.
When choosing a Standard Instrument Departure (SID) or a Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STAR) the flight plan generator will consider only this procedures for the departure an arrival airport. If no SID or no STAR is selected, the generator will choose the best procedure for each.
The plane performance settings have an influence on the routes chosen by the generator. The settings are:
- During climb
- Indicated Air Speed (IAS) in kts
- Vertical Speed in ft/min (positive)
- During cruise
- Indicated Air Speed (IAS) in Mach or kts
- Flight Level (FL) in hundred of feets
- During descent
- Indicated Air Speed (IAS) in kts
- Vertical Speed in ft/min (negative)
OK button to start the route generator. When the route finder algorithm is done, the generator window closes and the flight plan is displayed in the main window.
Generate a flight plan manually
Flight plans can be created or modified manually.
Points, routes or airports can be added to the flight plan directly from the navigation database. As instance (screenshot below), search for point XIKLA in the navigation database, select it and click the
Plus (+) button from the toolbar to add it in the flight plan. The point can also be added by drag-and-drop from the navigation database to the flight plan.
A way point can be removed from the flight plan, select it and click the
Minus (-) button from the toolbar as highlighted in the screenshot below. The way point can also be moved up or down using the arrow buttons highlighted from the toolbar.
Load and save
XPFlightPlanner can open and save flight plans in the native X-Plane format
*.fms. Flight plans can either be saved in
FMSv11 for X-Plane 11 or
FMSv3 for older X-Plane versions. This is also useful for some older planes that require
To open a flight plan, click on the open button from the toolbar or use the menu
File > Open. To save a flight plan use the save button from the toolbar or the menu
File > Save or
File > Save as. The version
FMSv3 can be chosen from the
Save as window.
In order to be loaded by X-Plane’s FMS, the flight plans must be saved in the
<X-Plane>/Output/FMS plans directory.
XPFlightPlanner can also export flight plans to Javier Cortes’s UFMC format. To do so, click on the menu
File > Export to UFMC....
Print a flight plan
XPFlightPlanner can print the flight plan to paper. In the menu
Page setup: to choose the paper type and rotation,
Print preview: to check the paper settings before printing,
The map can be removed from the page by unchecking the box
Map is visible in the flightplan when printed in the preference window.
Load into X-Plane
To load the flight plan into X-Plane’s FMS files must be saved in the directory
<X-Plane 11>/Output/FMS plans. Then run X-Plane, open the FMS and click on the
CO ROUTE LIST button, all your flight plans will appear. To load the flight plan click on the corresponding button.