XPFlightPlanner is a simple tool for generating flightplans that can be used with X-Plane. Airports, points and routes are extracted from the X-Plane world database that is installed by default in the X-Plane directory (see this section).
X-Plane native file format “*.fms” is used to store flightplans.
Remember this tool shall not be used for real world aviation but for simulation purpose only!
Installation and setup
To install XPFlightPlanner, on Microsoft Windows double click on the installer, on Mac OS X open the “dmg” file and copy XPFlightPlanner to the Applications directory, on Ubuntu 16.04 unzip the “zip” file anywhere. At the first launch, XPFlightPlanner will prompt for the directory into X-Plane is installed. This directory will be read to load the X-Plane world database.
Note: you don’t have to be X-Plane installed on your computer your only need to have X-Plane world data base. The database can be freely downloaded at http://data.x-plane.com. You should recreate the same directory structure as in the X-Plane installation directory:
- xplane/Resources/default data/earth_*.dat
- and xplane/Resources/default scenery/default apt dat/Earth nav data/apt.dat
When XPFlightPlanner starts, the main window shows up; this window is dedicated to a flight plan document.
XPFlightPlanner can manage flightplans as native documents. The file menu and the toolbar provide actions to open, save or close flightplans.
The main window contains the waypoint list of the flightplan on the left and an information pane for the selected waypoint below. The “map” docking-window displays the routes, points (FIX, NAV, NDB…) and airpors. The “profile” docking-window displays the flightplan vertical profile. The “navigation data” docking-window allows to find points, routes and airports in the world database.
Note: all docked-windows can be hidden or detached from the main window.
Generate a new flightplan
When clicking on the “Generate Flightplan” button (or the menu entry), the flight plan generator dialog box appears. This dialog allows to choose:
- The departure airport,
- the arrival aiport,
- the plane performances based on:
- presets for keeping your preferred plane performances,
- or custom performances.
When this dialog box is validated the flightplan is computed and loaded into the main window. The flightplan can be saved to a “fms” file.
Load into X-Plane
To load the flight plan into X-Plane’s FMS you will have to save your FMS files in the directory $X-Plane 11$/Output/FMS plans. Then run X-Plane, open the FMS and use the “CO ROUTE LIST” menu, you will see all your flightplans.
Print a flightplan
XPFlightPlanner can print the flightplan to paper. In the “File” menu use:
- “Page setup”: to choose the paper type and rotation,
- “Print preview”: to ckeck the paper settings befor printing,
- “Print”: to send the flightplan to a printer.