FTS uses databases from a combination of government and private contractors, and merges them for the Flight Management System (FMS) data that we provide. Our navigation data provides en-route and terminal GPS navigation and updates on the same 28 day schedule as the AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) cycle.
According to the Aeronautical Information Manual, AIM 1-1-19b3(b) Database Currency (1) In many receivers, an up-datable database is used for navigation fixes, airports and instrument procedures. These databases must be maintained to the current update for IFR operations in the aircraft.
For the highest fidelity in your flight simulation experience, FTS's world wide navigation database provides this same data that the FAA mandates for IFR flight in the USA. Outside of the USA limitations exist, please contact FTS specialists for details by clicking here.
Frequently asked questions:
- What geographic area does the FTS database cover?
FTS navigation data covers the United States (Includes Alaska) and also outside of the United States. Outside of the USA limitations exist, please contact FTS specialists for details by clicking here.
- What specific data is included in the updates?
Radio-based (ILS, LOC, VOR, VOR-DME, and NDB) Terminal procedures, GPS (RNAV, RNP) Terminal procedures (including WAAS), Arrivals, Departures, Communication and navigation frequencies, Obstacles, Minimum Safe altitudes (MSA), Airports, VHF and NDB Navigation Aids, Fixes/Waypoints, Airways, Special Use Airspace (SUAs) and Class B, C, and D Airspace.
- How much does it cost?
Non-current RNAV, GPS and RNP approaches are included with your purchase of SimAVIO® AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. Customers may wish to purchase a 12 month subscription with updates on a 28 day cycle. The subscription service will not only keep your data current, but will also add ~2000 radio-based approaches like ILS, LOC, VOR and NDB. For $78, you receive 13 updates. That's only $6/update.
- Does my FTS navigation data subscription come with current data?
YES. The 12 month subscription will keep your navigation data current and add an extra 2000 radio based approaches. SimAVIO® without the navigation data upgrade will include non-current RNAV, GPS and RNP approaches.
- How do I receive my nav data updates?
Return to the link in the Fastspring email notification, sent to you just after your purchase. Just download and reinstall.
If you need more information about our FTS Nav Data and TouchTrainer® Simulators,
please feel free to talk to our FTS Specialists by clicking here.
While every effort is made to accurately simulate the items detailed FlyThisSim® does not recommend the use of SimAVIO® for flight training outside of a supervised training system with qualified instructors. The responsibility for all flight operations remains with the Pilot in Command.