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Navigraph AIRAC Cycle 2006

Another Navigraph AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) period starting on May 21st, 2020. Let’s give some background information about the AIRAC Cycle.

The AIRAC cycle was adopted in 1964 and further improved over the years. Key are the worldwide effective dates with 28 days intervals (e.g. 4 August 2005, 1 September 2005, 29 September 2005, …). Effective days are always on a Thursday. It may look indeed like a long period, 28 days, or even 56, but it should be understood that aeronautical information changes, mostly published through so called AIRAC Amendments.

Back to our Navigraph Cycle 2006, effective from May 21st. By following this link you reach the download section of Navigraph.

Aerosoft NavDataPro AIRAC Cycle 2006

Aerosoft released on May 21st a new AIRAC Cycle 2006 for their NavDataPro.

For operationally significant changes in information, the cycle known as the AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) cycle is used: revisions are produced every 56 days (double AIRAC cycle) or every 28 days (single AIRAC cycle).

NavDataPro users are now able to download and install the datasets for X-Plane. NavDataPro is our new update service for navigational data used by various simulatorsWith this service flight sim pilots will always get up-to-date navdata for flight planning and in flight use.

More information can be found at the dedicated Aerosoft web page.

All NAPS Orbx Compatible Airports disabled

This is sad news, but we have no other choice than temporarily disable all Floridian NAPS airports that where available for compatibility with Orbx TrueEarth US Florida ortho package.

According to Freddy De Pues “we’re working on an unexpected copyright issue, Floridian airports are being amended. Orbx has a library separated from the Florida True Colors project (Orbx_OrbxlibsXP). I thought in good faith it could be used as any other library, it is not. I’m working on replacing 1500 faulty trees.”

NAPS “New Smyrna Beach” (KEVB) Updated

Update: April 24th 2020
NAPS / Freddy De Pues has updated one of his Floridian airports. This time it is KEVB, located on the East coast just below Daytona Beach International Airport. The updated version 2.0 airport is fully compatible with Orbx TrueEarth US Florida HD/SD. You can read all about this awesome ortho package at the dedicated Orbx website as well as the comprehensive review at X-Plaiend.Com.

We’re pleased to present to you a new municipal airport made by NAPS (Freddy De Pues) namely KEVB New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport version 2.0.

This one goes out to Angelique van Campen, X-Plained, who had her GA pilot training in KEVB. The perfect combination is with Florida US Orthophotos. New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (ICAO: KEVB, FAA LID: EVB), also known as Jack Bolt Field, is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of New Smyrna Beach, a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the City of New Smyrna Beach.

The fixed-base operator on field, Epic Aviation, offers 100LL Avgas and Jet-A fuel and pilot amenities. Epic Flight Academy is a flight school offering a full range of flight training in response to the pilot shortage. Airgate Aviation is a full service fixed based operator, with Hertz rental cars on site. Airgate Cafe is open daily, from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm. Airgate offers single point and overawing Jet-A fuel as well as 100LL Avgas. This airport is assigned a three-letter location identifier of EVB by the Federal Aviation Administration, but it does not have an International Air Transport Association (IATA) airport code.

You can read al about it and download the package (only for registered members) via this link.

Added Libraries and much more

UPDATE April 24th 2020:

We’re at X-Plained.com are pleased to inform you that we updated / new the following libraries:
– NAPS Library 7.2

We’re pleased to inform you that X-Plained.Com has updated several library packages. Although SAM Extension | Seasons Library is a part of the SAM plugin, we’ve added it also to this library listAs always, we try to keep our libraries for you up-to-date. Whenever you see something that in your opinion is no longer up-to-date, or that “your library” is not on the list, please contact us via info@x-plained.com.

For your convenience, here are the direct links to all the libraries we offer (as per April 24th 2020):

NAPS Library version 7.2

– 3D People 3.9 (external link)
 Aircraft Static and Animated Aircraft to version 5-2017
Airport Environment HD 2.13
– BS2001 Objects Library version 1.2
CDB library version 2.6
Cemetery Library 1.0
– DT Library version 1.1.0
– European Vehicles (static) Library 1.01
Flags of the World version 2.0
– Flags of the USA States version 2.0
– FF Library
– FF Library Extended
Flyby Planes version 4.0
Hard Surface Library 1.0
Handy Objects to version 6.80
 HungaryVFR Library Public Beta 1.0.0
– Japan Pro version 1.02
MisterX6 Library version 1.61b
MisterX6 HD Forst version 1.0.1
– People Library 1.11
R2_Library 2.0
– RA Library version 1.2
 RD library 1.3
– RescueX
 RE library 1.8
– RuScenery
Sea Life Library 1.0
– Static GA Aircraft Australia Library 1.0
Static GA Aircraft New Zealand Library 1.1
The FAIB Aircraft library to version 4.0
THE-FRUIT-STAND Aircraft Library version 3.0
The Handy Objects Library version 7.70
– US Forests and Woodland for Ortho scenery version 1.0.0
– Waves Library 1.1
World Models 0,8.0
x-Prefab Library to version 7.1
 XAirport Scenery library version 1.1

New MetroPlex Procedures KDEN

We’re pleased to share with you the following article from Bruce Knight, one of our reviewers. It deals with new MetroPlex procedures for Denver International Airport (KDEN).

Denver International (KDEN) new MetroPlex Procedures (as of ARINC cycle 2004)

The current Denver airport was commissioned in February 1995, at which time the older Stapleton airport (also called KDEN) was decommissioned.

In recent years, traffic has continued to increase at KDEN and the surrounding reliever airports, corresponding to the population increase in the area. As a result, there have been more noise aircraft complaints over cities, and the pristine open space areas that are so popular in this area, as well as over the Rocky Mountains. In order to address these complaints as well as consolidate the many procedures previously in place for KDEN, as well as the surrounding reliever airports, , a new set of arrival, departure and approach procedures was developed.

When flying with ATC, either the actual thing or with virtual ATC in the sim, someone is giving you a DP, STAR and/or approach, as well as radar vectors, as they can see the “big picture”. However, when flying on the sim with no ATC, it’s hard to know which procedure works for the direction of flight, both at the departure and the arrival airports.

Additionally, some STAR’s are linked to approaches to some runways, so that an L-NAV / V-NAV approach can be made to minimums or better- however without reading through the entire book of procedures for KDEN you would never know which STAR’s connected to which approaches. Likewise, some DP’s only have radar vectors from certain runways to join the SID, where other runways are connected to the SID and can be flown through L-NAV / V-NAV seamlessly.

I have created a matrix in Excel so that I can utilize these new procedures in the best way. I have found that if I know my way around the procedures, they are highly efficient in being able to navigate to or from the airport. All of these procedures are R-NAV, other than some of the approaches are ILS/LOC or R-NAV Z. Note that there are older procedures that utilize terrestrial navigation, and although they have been updated, they offer none of the integration that the R-NAV ones do, so I have not included them. I have only done this matrix for KDEN, not for the other reliever airports in the Denver area.

Here’s a link to an FAA page describing the new MetroPlex program. Note that this page contains a downloadable matrix that shows which KDEN procedures are used for flights from other specific airports within the US. Find here the MS Excel sheet with all new arrivals/departures KDEN. For those who can’t read or open the Excel sheet, here’s a link to the Adobe Acrobat files.

Finally- as always- if you actually fly a real airplane, please don’t use this information as I will not be updating it to keep it current. You might find yourself being given a phone number to call on arrival.

Enjoy.
Bruce Knight, ASEL, Instrument. Boulder, CO.