Navigraph Charts 8 adds several new features, including worldwide VFR charts, drag-and-drop route construction, seamless zoom down to gate level and 3D globe projection.
Worldwide VFR Charts
Navigraph Charts features a worldwide interactive map with visual reporting points, entry and exit routes, traffic patterns, transition routes, and flyways. As selectable data layers, Navigraph Charts also display coastlines, terrain, waterbodies, roads, railroads, powerlines, windmills, churches, landmarks, obstacles, highpoints and waterways. Airspaces, populated areas, avoid-overflying zones and Minimum Off Route Altitudes (MORA) are also marked.
Drag and Drop Route Construction
The VFR Chart and IFR Enroute Chart are interactive; the route can be adjusted by simply dragging it, and it will snap to known waypoints. Custom waypoints can also be added to the route and each route segment displays distance and heading.
The drag-and-drop route construction works for both VFR and IFR flight plans. Just like before, Navigraph Charts offers an extensive set of import and export options, including SimBrief. The route strings can also be copied and pasted. Last but not least, Navigraph Charts has an autoroute function which handles North Atlantic Tracks and the expanding Free Route Airspace.
It is now possible to zoom from space down to airport level and see terminal buildings, gates, stop lines, and even windsock locations. A pixel at the highest zoom level is 1.5 metres at the equator. Navigraph Charts can be viewed on a globe projection, which helps visualise Great Circle distances and polar routes.
Autopinning of Procedure Charts
When planning a flight, Navigraph Charts 8 can automatically place the relevant airport diagrams and procedure charts on a pinboard which can be stored with the flight or saved separately.
Airport Crosswind and Weather Information
When selecting a runway for take-off or landing, unfavourable winds are shown with red arrows and runways with favourable winds are marked with green arrows. The airport wind information is updated in real time together with current weather (METAR) and predicted conditions (TAF). Weather reports are colour encoded to denote flight categories permitted in Visual Meteorological Conditions: VFR, MVFR, or IFR.
Navigraph Charts 8 uses less bandwidth compared to previous versions. Instead of downloading rasterised image files, Navigraph Charts 8 receives data and renders the chart on the client using vectorised chart tiles. The new rendering technology brings additional benefits. The pilot can now scale the size of the symbols on the chart to fit individual visual acuity and display resolution. It is also possible to turn off certain chart layers or declutter charts on smaller displays. Vector tiles also allow rotation of the chart so the Moving Maps can be oriented Track Up in addition to North Up.