This chapter describes all the menu items of Little Navmap. You will find most of this functionality on the toolbars as well which are not be described separately. Key combinations can be seen on the menu items and are not listed in this manual.

Little Navmap Menu and Toolbars

Picture above: Menu and toolbars docked in default positions.

File Menu

New Flight Plan New Flight Plan

Erases the current flight plan.

You have to use the Search Result Table View Context Menu, the Map Context Menu or the Flight Plan Route Description dialog to create a flight plan.

Open Flight Plan Open Flight Plan

Opens an FSX PLN, an FS9 PLN, an FSC PLN, an X-Plane FMS or an FLP flight plan file. The type of file is determined by content and not file extension. See Flight Plan Formats for more information.

An opened flight plan file will be reloaded on start up (reload and centering can be switched off in the Options dialog on the Startup and User Interface tab).

Procedure information and ground speed will be added to the flight plan if a PLN file is saved by Little Navmap. The additional information will be ignored by FSX or P3D but allows to reload all information by Little Navmap.

Append flight plan Append Flight Plan

Adds departure, destination and all waypoints to the current flight plan.

Using Append Flight Plan allows to load or merge complete flight plans or flight plan snippets into a new plan. All waypoints are added at the end of the current flight plan. Then you can use the Delete selected Legs and Move selected Legs up/down context menu items to arrange the waypoints and airports as required. See Flight Plan Table View Context Menu.

All arrival procedures will be removed when appending a flight plan.

Save Flight Plan Save Flight Plan

Save Flight Plan as PLN Save Flight Plan as PLN

Saves the flight plan to an FSX/P3D PLN file (XML format). This annotated format allows to save all flight plan attributes of Little Navmap.

Save Flight Plan as PLN changes the current file type and name in Little Navmap which means that all further saves will go into the new PLN file.

It is recommended to save all flight plans in this format to keep all information of a plan. Even when using the limited FMS format for X-Plane. See Flight Plan Formats for more information.

Little Navmap will allow flight plans to be created that may be useful as a flight plan snippet but are unusable by the flight simulator. This occurs if a flight plan does not have a departure or destination airport. A warning dialog will be shown when saving a incomplete flight plan.

A warning dialog will also be shown if the departure airport has parking positions but none is assigned in the flight plan.

Procedures will be saved as an annotation in the flight plan file if the flight plan contains any. This causes no problem for the simulators and most other programs. Use Export clean Flight Plan if a program has problems reading the PLN files saved by Little Navmap.

Note that the waypoints of a procedure are not saved with the flight plan. This is not supported by FSX or P3D. Use the GPS, FMC or other ways to select a procedure in your aircraft.

The set ground speed is also saved with the flight plan.

Note that P3D v4.2 overwrites the flight plan when loading, which erases all annotations. Save a copy of the plan to another location if you like to keep all information about procedures or speed.

Save Flight Plan as X-Plane FMS 11 Save Flight Plan as X-Plane FMS 11

Saves the flight plan using the new X-Plane FMS 11 format. This format can only be used in X-Plane 11.10 and above. Do not try to load it into the FMS or GPS of X-Plane 11.05. It might crash the simulator.

A warning dialog will be shown with the warning above when saving.

See Flight Plan Formats for more information on limitations.

This function changes the current file type and name which means that all further saves will go into the new FMS file and the file will be reloaded on next start.

Store FMS files into the Output/FMS plans directory inside the X-Plane directory if you would like to use the flight plan in the X-Plane GPS, the G1000 or the FMS.

Save Flight Plan FLP Save Flight Plan as FLP

Exports the current flight plan as an FLP file usable by the X-Plane FMS, Aerosoft Airbus and other add-on aircraft. This format is limited so a dialog is shown if any unsupported features are detected in the current flight plan.

See Flight Plan Formats for more information on limitations.

This function changes the current file type and name which means that all further saves will go into the new FLP file and the file will be reloaded on next start.

Store FLP files into the Output/FMS plans directory inside the X-Plane directory if you want to load it into the FMS.

Export as Clean PLN Export as Clean PLN

Saves a flight plan without any procedure or speed annotations if programs have problems reading the PLN files saved by Little Navmap. This is rarely needed.

Like any other export function this does not change the current file name and type. Further saves will still use the same file name and format as before.

See also Flight Plan Formats.

Export Flight Plan as X-Plane FMS 3 Export Flight Plan as X-Plane FMS 3

Saves the flight plan using the older X-Plane FMS 3 format which is limited but can be loaded by X-Plane 10 and X-Plane 11.05. A warning dialog is shown if any unsupported features are detected in the current flight plan.

See Flight Plan Formats for more information on limitations.

This export function this does not change the current file name and type. Further saves will still use the same file name and format as before.

Store FMS files into the Output/FMS plans directory inside the X-Plane directory if you would like to use the flight plan in the X-Plane GPS or FMS.

Export Flight Plan to other Formats (Sub-Menu)

See Flight Plan Formats for more detailed information on the available export formats.

Export functions do not change the current file name and type. Further saves will still use the same file name and format as before.

Export Flight Plan as Garmin GTN GFP

Exports the flight plan in GFP format used by the Flight1 GTN 650/750.

Procedures are not included in the exported file.

See Flight Plan Formats for more information about this export format and how to work around locked waypoints.

Export Flight Plan as GFP for Reality XP GTN

Save flight plan as GFP file usable by the Reality XP GTN 750/650 Touch. This format allows to save procedures and airways.

See also Notes about the Garmin Formats GFP and FPL for information about paths and other remarks.

Export Flight Plan to FPL for the Reality XP GNS

Save flight plan as FPL file usable by the Reality XP GNS 530W/430W V2.

Procedures or their respective waypoints are not included in the exported file.

The default directory to save the flight plans for the GNS units is C:\ProgramData\Garmin\GNS Trainer Data\GNS\FPL for all simulators. The directory will be created automatically by Little Navmap on first export if it does not exist.

See also Notes about the Garmin Formats GFP and FPL.

Export Flight Plan as PMDG RTE

Exports the current flight plan as a PMDG RTE file.

Procedures or their respective waypoints are not included in the exported file.

Export Flight Plan as TXT

Exports the current flight plan as a TXT file usable by JARDesign or Rotate Simulations aircraft

Neither procedures nor their respective waypoints are included in the exported file.

Export Flight Plan as Majestic Dash FPR

Exports the current flight plan for the Majestic Software MJC8 Q400. Note that the export is currently limited to a list of waypoints.

The flight plan has to be saved to FSXP3D\SimObjects\Airplanes\mjc8q400\nav\routes.

Export Flight Plan as IXEG FPL

Exports the current flight plan as an FPL file usable by the IXEG Boeing 737 classic.

SIDs, STARs or approach procedures are not exported.

The file should be saved to XPLANE\Aircraft\X-Aviation\IXEG 737 Classic\coroutes. You might have to create the directory manually if it does not exist.

Export Flight Plan to corte.in for Flight Factor Airbus

Appends the the flight plan to a new or already present corte.in company routes file for the Flight Factor Airbus aircraft.

The file will be automatically created if it does not exist. Otherwise the flight plan will be appended to the file. You have to remove the flight plan manually from the corte.in file with a simple text editor if you wish to get rid of it.

Location of the file depends on aircraft type.

Export Flight Plan as FLTPLAN for iFly

Save flight plan as FLTPLAN file for the iFly 737NG. The format does not allow saving of procedures.

Save the file to FSXP3D\iFly\737NG\navdata\FLTPLAN.

Export Flight Plan for ProSim

Appends flight plan to the companyroutes.xml file for ProSim simulators. The format does not allow saving of procedures.

Creates a backup file named companyroutes.xml_lnm_backup before modifying the file.

Export Flight Plan as PLN for BBS Airbus

Save flight plan as PLN file for the Blackbox Simulations Airbus. The format does not allow saving of procedures.

Save the file to FSXP3D\BlackBox Simulation\Airbus A330 or FSXP3D\Blackbox Simulation\Company Routes depending on aircraft.

Export Flight Plan for UFMC

Save flight plan as UFMC file. The format does not allow saving of procedures.

Save the flight plan to XPLANE\Custom Data\UFMC\FlightPlans.

Export Flight Plan for X-FMC

Save flight plan as FPL file usable by X-FMC. The format does not allow saving of procedures.

The file should be saved to Path to XPLANE\Resources\plugins\XFMC\FlightPlans.

Export Flight Plan as GPX

Exports the current flight plan into a GPS Exchange Format file which can be read by Google Earth and most other GIS applications.

The flight plan is exported as a route and the flown aircraft trail as a track including simulator time and altitude.

The route has departure and destination elevation and cruise altitude set for all waypoints. Waypoints of all procedures are included in the exported file. Note that the waypoints will not allow to reproduce all parts of a procedure like holds or procedure turns.

Do not forget to clear the aircraft trail (Delete Aircraft Trail) before flight to avoid old trail segments in the exported GPX file. Or, disable the reloading of the trail in the options dialog on page Startup.

Show Flight Plan in SkyVector

Opens the default web browser and shows the current flight plan in SkyVector. Procedures are not shown.

Example: ESMS NEXI2B NILEN L617 ULMUG M609 TUTBI Z101 GUBAV STM7C ENBO. Note missing SID and STAR in SkyVector.

Save Waypoints for Approaches
Save Waypoints for SID and STAR

Save procedure waypoints instead of procedure information if checked. This affects all flight plan export and save formats.

Use this if your simulator, GPS or FMC does not support loading or display of approach procedures, SID or STAR.

Procedure information is replaced with respective waypoints that allow to display procedures in limited GPS or FMS units.

Saving flight plans with this method has several limitations:

  • Several approach leg types like holds, turns and procedure turns cannot be displayed properly by using just waypoints/coordinates.
  • Speed and altitude limitations are not included in the exported legs.
  • The procedure information is dropped from the saved flight plan and cannot be reloaded properly in Little Navmap. Thus, you will see the waypoints of a SID or STAR but not the detailed procedure information. You have to delete the added waypoints and re-select the procedures after loading.

Due to these limitations it is recommended to save a copy of the flight plan with full information before enabling one of these options.

Add Google Earth KML Add Google Earth KML

Allows addition of one or more Google Earth KML or KMZ files to the map display. All added KML or KMZ files will be reloaded on start up. Reload and centering can be switched off in the Options dialog on the Startup and User Interface tab.

Due to the variety of KML files it is not guaranteed that all files will show up properly on the map.

Clear Google Earth KML from Map Clear Google Earth KML from Map

Removes all loaded KML files from the map.

Offline Work Offline

Stops loading of map data from the Internet. This affects the OpenStreetMap, OpenTopoMap and all the other online map themes as well as the elevation data. A red Offline. indication is shown in the status bar if this mode is enabled.

You should restart the application after going online again.

Save Map as Image Save Map as Image

Saves the current map view as an image file. Allowed formats are JPEG, PNG and BMP.

Allows to print the current map view. See Printing the Map for more information.

Opens a print dialog that allows you to select flight plan related information to be printed. See Map Flight Plan Printing for more information.

Quit Quit

Exits the application. Will ask for confirmation if there is a changed flight plan.

Flight Plan Menu

UndoRedo Undo/Redo

Allows undo and redo of all flight plan changes.

Select a Start Position for Departure Select a Start Position for Departure

A parking spot (gate, ramp or fuel box), runway or helipad can be selected as a start position at the departure airport. A parking position can also be selected in the map context menu item Set as Flight Plan Departure when right-clicking on a parking position. If no position is selected the longest primary runway end is selected automatically as start.

Select Start Position Dialog

Picture above: The start position selection dialog for EDDN.

Edit Flight Plan on Map Edit Flight Plan on Map

Toggles the flight plan drag and drop edit mode on the map. See Flight Plan Editing.

New Flight Plan from Route Description New Flight Plan from Route Description

Opens a dialog with the route description of the current flight plan that also allows to modify the current flight plan or enter a new one. Flight Plan from Route Description gives more information about this topic.

Copy Flight Plan Route to Clipboard Copy Flight Plan Route to Clipboard

Copies the route description of the current flight plan to the clipboard using the settings from the Flight Plan from Route Description dialog.

Calculate Direct Calculate Direct

Deletes all intermediate waypoints and connects departure and destination using a great circle line.

You can calculate a flight plan between any kind of waypoints, even user-defined waypoints (right-click on the map and select Add Position to Flight plan to create one). This allows the creation of snippets that can be merged into flight plans. For example you can use this feature for crossing the North Atlantic with varying departures and destinations. This applies to all flight plan calculation modes.

Calculate Radionav Calculate Radionav

Creates a flight plan that uses only VOR and NDB stations as waypoints and tries to ensure reception of at least one station along the whole flight plan. Note that VOR stations are preferred before NDB and DME only stations are avoided if possible. Calculation will fail if not enough radio navaids can be found between departure and destination. Build the flight plan manually if this is the case.

This calculation can also be used to create a flight plan snippet between any kind of waypoint.

Calculate high Altitude Calculate high Altitude

Uses Jet airways to create a flight plan.

Calculated flight plans along airways will obey all airway restrictions like minimum and altitude. The program will also adhere to one-way and maximum altitude restrictions for X-Plane based navdata.

The resulting minimum altitude is set in the flight plan altitude field. The flight plan altitude field is not changed if no altitude restrictions were found along the flight plan.

A simplified east/west rule is used to adjust the cruise altitude to odd/even values (this can be switched off in the Options dialog on the Flight Plan tab).

The default behavior is to jump from the departure airport to the next waypoint of a suitable airway and vice versa for the destination. This can be changed in Options dialog on the Flight Plan tab if VOR or NDB stations are preferred as transition points to airways.

The airway network of Flight Simulator is not complete (the north Atlantic tracks are missing for example - these change daily), therefore calculation across large ocean areas can fail.

Create the airway manually as a workaround or use an online planning tool to obtain a route string and use the New Flight Plan from String option to create the flight plan.

This calculation can also be used to create a flight plan snippet between any kind of waypoint.

Calculate low Altitude Calculate low Altitude

Uses Victor airways to create a flight plan. Everything else is the same as in Calculate high Altitude.

Calculate based on given Altitude Calculate based on given Altitude

Use the value in the altitude field of the flight plan to find a flight plan along Victor and/or Jet airways. Calculation will fail if the altitude value is too low. Everything else is the same as in Calculate high Altitude.

Reverse Flight Plan Reverse Flight Plan

Swaps departure and destination and reverses order of all intermediate waypoints. A default runway is assigned for the new departure start position.

Note that this function does not consider one-way airways in the X-Plane database and might result in an invalid flight plan.

Adjust Flight Plan Altitude Adjust Flight Plan Altitude

Changes the flight plan altitude according to a simplified East/West rule and the current route type (IFR or VFR). Rounds the altitude up to the nearest even 1000 feet (or meter) for westerly flight plans or odd 1000 feet (or meter) for easterly flight plans. Adds 500 feet for VFR flight plans.

Map Menu

Goto Home Goto Home

Goes to the home area that was set using Set Home using the saved position and zoom distance. The center of the home area is highlighted by a Home Symbol symbol.

Go to the center point used for distance searches. See Set Center for Distance Search.The center for the distance search is highlighted by a Distance Search Symbol symbol.

Center Flight Plan Center Flight Plan

Zooms out the map (if required) to display the whole flight plan on the map.

Center Aircraft Center Aircraft

Zooms to the user aircraft if directly connected to a flight simulator or remotely connected using Little Navconnect and keeps the aircraft centered on the map.

The centering of the aircraft can be changed in the Options dialog on the Simulator Aircraft tab.

Delete Aircraft Trail Delete Aircraft Trail

Removes the user aircraft trail. It is also deleted when connecting to a flight simulator. The trail is saved and will be reloaded on program startup.

Map Position Back Map Position Forward Map Position Back/Forward

Jumps forward or backward in the map position history. The complete history is saved and restored when starting Little Navmap.

View Menu

Reset Display Settings Reset Display Settings

Resets all map display settings back to default.

By Reset Affected Settings

Picture above: All setting tool buttons highlighted that are affected by Reset Display Settings.

Details

More Details More Details
Default Details Default Details
Less Details Less Details

Increases or decreases the detail level for the map. More details means more airports, more navaids, more text information and bigger icons.

Note that map information will be truncated if too much detail is chosen. A red warning message will be shown in the statusbar if this is the case.

The detail level is shown in the statusbar. Range is -5 for least detail to +5 for most detail.

Force Show Addon Airports Force Show Addon Airports

Add-on airports are always shown independently of the other airport map settings if this option is selected. This allows viewing only add-on airports by checking this option and disabling the display of hard, soft and empty airports.

Show Airports with hard Runways Show Airports with hard Runways

Show airports that have at least one runway with a hard surface.

Show Airports with soft Runways Show Airports with soft Runways

Show airports that have only soft surfaced runways or only water runways. This type of airport might be hidden on the map depending on zoom distance.

Show empty Airports Show empty Airports

Show empty airports. This button or menu item might not be visible depending on settings in the Options dialog on the Map Display tab. The status of this button is combined with the other airport buttons. This means, for example: You have to enable soft surfaced airport display and empty airports to see empty airports having only soft runways.

An empty airport is defined as one which has neither parking nor taxiways nor aprons and is not an add-on. These airports are treated differently in Little Navmap since they are the most boring of all default airports. Empty airports are drawn gray and behind all other airports on the map.

Airports having only water runways are excluded from this definition to avoid unintentional hiding.

X-Plane and 3D airports

The function can be extended to X-Plane airports which are not marked as 3D. This can be done by checking Consider all X-Plane airports not being 3D empty in the Options dialog on the Map Display tab. All airports not being marked as 3D will be shown in gray on the map and can be hidden like described above if enabled.

An airport is considered 3D if it is stored in XPLANE/Custom Scenery/Global Airport Scenery/Earth nav data/apt.dat.

The definition of 3D is arbitrary, though. A 3D airport may contain just a single object, such as a light pole or a traffic cone or it may be a fully constructed major airport.

Show VOR Stations Show VOR Stations

Show NDB Stations Show NDB Stations

Show Waypoints Show Waypoints

Show ILS Feathers Show ILS Feathers

Show Victor Airways Show Victor Airways

Show Jet Airways Show Jet Airways

Show or hide these facilities or navaids on the map. Navaids might be hidden on the map depending on zoom distance.

Airspaces

Note that airspaces are hidden if the airport diagram is shown.

Show Airspaces Show Airspaces

Allows to enable or disable the display of all airspaces with one click. Use the menu items below this one or the toolbar buttons to display or hide the various airspace types.

The airspaces toolbar contains buttons each having a drop down menu that allows to configure the airspace display like showing or hiding certain airspace types. Each drop down menu also has All and None entries to select or deselect all types in the menu.

Show Online Network Airspaces Show Online Network Airspaces

This button or menu item is only visible if an online network is enabled.

It allows to hide or show center, tower, ground, approach and other airspaces from the currently selected online network independently of the simulator or Navigraph airspaces.

Online airspaces can also be shown or hidden by type using the menu items below.

Note that the displayed airspace circles do not depict the real airspace boundaries but are merely an indicator for the presence of an active center or tower.

See Online Networks and Online Flying.

ICAO Airspaces ICAO Airspaces

Allows selection of Class A to Class E airspaces.

FIR Airspaces FIR Airspaces

Allows selection of the Class F and Class G airspaces or flight information regions.

Restricted Airspaces Restricted Airspaces

Show or hide MOA (military operations area), restricted, prohibited and danger airspaces.

Special Airspaces Special Airspaces

Show or hide warning, alert and training airspaces.

Other Airspaces Other Airspaces

Show or hide center, tower, mode C and other airspaces.

Airspace Altitude Limitations Airspace Altitude Limitations

Allows filtering of the airspace display by altitude. Either below or above 10,000 ft or 18,000 ft or only airspaces intersecting with the flight plan altitude.

Userpoints

Allows to hide or show user-defined waypoints by type.

The menu item Unknown Types shows or hides all types which do not belong to a known type.

The type Unknown Unknown shows or hides all userpoints which are exactly of type Unknown.

See User-defined Waypoints for more information on user-defined waypoints.

Show Flight Plan Show Flight Plan

Show or hide the flight plan. The flight plan is shown independently of the zoom distance.

Show Missed Approaches Show Missed Approaches

Show or hide the missed approaches of the current flight plan. This does not affect the preview in the search tab Procedures.

Note that this function changes the active flight plan leg sequencing: Sequencing the active leg will stop if the destination is reached and missed approaches are not displayed. Otherwise sequencing will continue with the missed approach and the simulator aircraft progress will show the remaining distance to the end of the missed approach instead.

Show Aircraft Show Aircraft

Shows the user aircraft and keeps it centered on the map if connected to the simulator. The user aircraft is always shown independently of the zoom distance.

The icon color and shape indicates the aircraft type and whether the aircraft is on ground (gray border).

User Aircraft User aircraft in flight.

A click on the user aircraft shows more information in the Simulator Aircraft dock window.

More options to change the map behavior while flying can be found in the dialog Options on the tab Simulator Aircraft.

The aircraft centering will be switched off when using one of the following functions. Note that this default behavior can be modified in the options dialog.

  • Double-click into a table view or map display to zoom to an airport or a navaid.
  • Context menu item Show on map.
  • Goto Home or Goto Center for Distance Search.
  • Map link in Information dock window.
  • Show Flight Plan, when selected manually, or automatically after loading a flight plan.
  • Centering a Google Earth KML/KMZ file after loading

This allows a quick inspection of an airport or navaid during flight. To display the aircraft again use Map Position Back or enable Show Aircraft again.

Show Aircraft Trail Show Aircraft Trail

Show the user aircraft trail. The trail is always shown independently of the zoom distance. It is saved and will be reloaded on program startup.

The trail is deleted when connecting to a flight simulator or it can be deleted manually by selecting Main Menu -> Map -> Delete Aircraft Trail. The trail is also deleted when the user aircraft jumps over large distance when assigning a new airport, for example.

The length of the trail is limited for performance reasons. If it exceeds the maximum length, the trail is truncated and the oldest segments are lost.

Show Compass Rose Show Compass Rose

Show a compass rose on the map which indicates true north and magnetic north. Aircraft heading and aircraft track are shown if connected to a simulator.

The rose is centered around the user aircraft if connected. Otherwise it is centered on the map view.

See Compass Rose for details.

Show AI and Multiplayer Aircraft Show AI and Multiplayer Ships Show AI and Multiplayer Aircraft or Ships

Shows AI and multiplayer aircraft or ships on the map. Multiplayer vehicles can be displayed from e.g. FSCloud, VATSIM or Steam sessions.

The icon color and shape indicates the aircraft type and whether the aircraft is on ground (gray border).

AI or Multiplayer Aircraft AI or multiplayer aircraft from the simulator. This includes aircraft that are injected by the various online network clients. A click on the AI aircraft or ship shows more information in the Simulator Aircraft dock window in the tab AI / Multiplayer.

Online Multiplayer Aircraft Multiplayer aircraft/client from an online network. See Online Networks. A click on the online aircraft shows information in the Information dock window in the separate tab Online Clients.

Note that, in X-Plane, ship traffic is not available and AI aircraft information is limited.

The displayed vehicles are limited by the used multiplayer system if Little Navmap is not connected to an online network like VATSIM or IVAO. Multiplayer aircraft will disappear depending on distance to user aircraft. For AI in FSX or P3D this is currently about 100 nautical miles or around 200 kilometers.

Smaller ships are only generated by the simulator within a small radius around the user aircraft.

Little Navmap limits the display of AI vehicles depending on size. Zoom close to see small aircraft or boats.

On the lowest zoom distance all aircraft and ships are drawn to scale on the map.

Aircraft labels are forced to show independently of zoom level for the next five AI/multiplayer aircraft closest to the user that are within 20 nm distance and 5000 ft elevation.

All aircraft icons can be customized: User, AI and Multiplayer Aircraft Icons.

Show Map Grid Show Map Grid

Show a latitude/longitude grid as well as the meridian and antimeridian (near the date line) on the map.

Show Country and City Names Show Country and City Names

Show country, city and other points of interest. Availability of these options depends on the selected map theme. See Theme.

Show Hillshading Show Hillshading

Show hill shading on the map. Availability of these options depends on the selected map theme. See Theme.

Projection

Mercator

A flat projection that gives the most fluid movement and the sharpest map when using picture tile based online maps themes like OpenStreetMap or OpenTopoMap.

Spherical

Shows earth as a globe which is the most natural projection. Movement can stutter slightly when using the picture tile based online maps themes like OpenStreetMap or OpenTopoMap. Use the Simple, Plain or Atlas map themes to prevent this.

Online maps can appear slightly blurred when using this projection. This is a result from converting the flat image tiles to the spherical display.

Little Navmap Spherical projection and Simple Map Theme

Picture above: Spherical map projection with Simple offline map theme selected.

Theme

Please note that all the online maps are delivered from free services therefore fast download speeds and high availability cannot be guaranteed. In any case it is easy to deliver and install a new online map source without creating a new Little Navmap release. See Creating or adding Map Themes for more information.

OpenStreetMap

This is an online raster (i.e. based on images) map that includes a hill shading option. Note that the OpenStreetMap hill shading does not cover the whole globe.

OpenStreetMap and Hill shading

Picture above: View at an Italian airport using OpenStreetMap theme and hill shading.

OpenMapSurfer

The OSM Roads layer provided by Heidelberg University. This theme includes optional hill shading which is available worldwide.

Note that the hill shading option of this map is marked experimental.

Map data for this map is provided by © OpenStreetMap contributors, rendering by GIScience Research Group @ Heidelberg University and map styling by Maxim Rylov.

SRTM; ASTER GDEM is a product of METI and NASA.

OSM Roads and Hill shading

Picture above: View at an Italian airport using the OpenMapSurfer theme and hill shading.

OpenTopoMap

An online raster map that mimics a topographic map. Includes hill shading and elevation contour lines at lower zoom distances.

The tiles for this map are provided by OpenTopoMap.

OpenTopoMap

Picture above: View at the eastern Alps using OpenTopoMap theme. A flight plan is shown north of the Alps.

Stamen Terrain

A terrain map featuring hill shading and natural vegetation colors. The hill shading is available worldwide.

Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.

Stamen Terrain

Picture above: View showing Stamen Terrain theme.

CARTO Light (New in version 1.4.4)

A very bright map called Positron which allows to concentrate on the aviation features on the map display. The map includes the same hill shading option as the OpenStreetMap.

Map tiles and style by CARTO. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.

CARTO Dark (New in version 1.4.4)

A dark map called Dark Matter. The map includes the same hill shading option as the OpenStreetMap.

Map tiles and style by CARTO. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.

Simple (Offline)

This is a political map using colored country polygons. Boundaries and water bodies are depicted coarse. The map included in Little Navmap has an option to display city and country names.

Plain (Offline)

A very simple map. The map is included in Little Navmap and has an option to display city and country names. Boundaries and water bodies are depicted coarse.

Atlas (Offline)

A very simple map including coarse hill shading and land colors. The map is included in Little Navmap and has an option to display city and country names. Boundaries and water bodies are depicted coarse.

Scenery Library Menu

Flight Simulators

One menu item is created for each Flight Simulator installation or database found. These menu items allow switching of databases on the fly. The menu item is disabled if only one Flight Simulator was found.

The loaded AIRAC cycle is displayed only for X-Plane since the information is not available for FSX or P3D simulators.

You have to set the base path to the X-Plane directory in the Load Scenery Library Dialog first to enable the X-Plane menu item.

This menu is synchronized with simulator selection in the Load Scenery Library Dialog. Once a database is successfully loaded, the display, flight plan and search will switch over to the newly loaded simulator data.

Note that the program does not keep you from using a X-Plane scenery database while being connected to FSX/Prepar3D or vice versa. You will get unwanted effects like wrong weather information if using such a setup.

The program might change a loaded flight plan if you switch between different databases. This can happen if a departure position is set in the plan which does not exist in the other database. Click New Flight Plan before switching to avoid this.

This sub menu also indicating the AIRAC cycle is added if a Navigraph database is found in the database directory.

See the chapter Navigation Databases for more information about these databases and the three different display modes shown below.

Completely ignores the simulator database and takes all information from the Navigraph database.

This mode blends navaids and more from the Navigraph database with the simulator database. This affects the map display, all information and and all search windows.

Ignores the Navigraph database and shows only information read from the simulator scenery.

Show Database Files

Open Little Navmap's database directory in a file manager. See Running without Flight Simulator Installation for more information on copying database files between different computers. This allows Little Navmap to be run on a remote computer (e.g. Windows, Mac or Linux) using the same database that was created on the computer running the flight simulator.

Load Scenery Library Load Scenery Library

Open the Load Scenery Library dialog. See Load Scenery Library Dialog for more information. This menu item is disabled if no flight simulator installations are found.

Copy Airspaces to X-Plane Database Copy Airspaces to X-Plane Database

Copy airspace information from an FSX or P3D database to an X-Plane database. This is needed since X-Plane comes with limited airspace information.

All airspaces already loaded from X-Plane are deleted before copying. See X-Plane Airspaces for more information.

You have to switch to an FSX or P3D simulator database first to enable this menu item.

The airspace information is deleted when reloading the X-Plane database. Therefore you have to copy the airspaces again after reloading.

Userdata Menu

See User-defined Waypoints for more information on user-defined waypoints.

Raise the dock window Search and the tab Userpoints where you can edit, add delete and seach user-defined waypoints.

Import CSV

Import a CSV file that is compatible with the widely used format from Plan-G and adds all the content to the database.

Note that the CSV format is the only format which allows to write and read all supported data fields.

See CSV Data Format for a more detailed description.

Import X-Plane user_fix.dat

Import user-defined waypoints from the file user_fix.dat. The file does not exist by default in X-Plane and has to be created either manually or by exporting from Little Navmap.

The default location is XPLANE/Custom Data/user_fix.dat.

The imported userpoints are of type Waypoint Waypoint which can be changed after import using the bulk edit functionality.

The format is described by Laminar Research here: XP-FIX1101-Spec.pdf.

See X-Plane user_fix.dat Data Format for more information.

Import Garmin GTN

Reads user-defined waypoints from the Garmin user.wpt file. Refer to the manual of the Garmin unit you are using for more information about format and file location.

The imported userpoints are of type Waypoint Waypoint which can be changed after import using the bulk edit functionality.

See Garmin user.wpt Data Format for more information.

Export CSV

Create or append user-defined waypoints to a CSV file. A dialog asks if only selected userpoints should be exported and if the userpoints should be appended to an already present file.

Note that the exported file contains an extra column Region compared to the Plan-G format. The description field supports more than one line of text and special characters. Therefore, not all programs might be able to import this file. If needed, adapt the user-defined waypoints.

Export X-Plane user_fix.dat

Only selected userpoints or all can be exported. The exported data can optionally be appended to an already present file.

Not all data fields can be exported to this format. The ident field is required for export.

Also, you have to make sure that the user waypoint ident is unique within the user_fix.dat.

See X-Plane user_fix.dat Data Format for more information about limitations.

Export Garmin GTN

Only selected userpoints or all can be exported. The exported data can optionally be appended to an already present file.

Not all data fields can be exported to this format. The ident field is required for export. Some fields like the name are adapted to limitations.

See X-Plane user_fix.dat Data Format for more information about limitations.

Export XML for FSX/P3D BGL Compiler

This export options creates an XML file which can be compiled into an BGL file containing waypoints.

The region and ident fields are required for this export option.

See the Prepar3D SDK documentation for information on how to compile the BGL and how to add this to the simulator.

Create Logbook entries

Checking this menu item enables a simple logbook feature.

Little Navmap will create a userpoint of type Logbook Logbook on each takeoff and landing when connected to a simulator.

These two logbook entries contain all available information, like the flight plan, time, fuel consumed and much more.

Clear database

Remove all user-defined waypoints from the database.

A CSV backup file named little_navmap_userdata_backup.csv is created in the settings directory C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel before deleting all user-defined waypoints.

Little Navmap also creates a full database backup on every start. See Files.

Tools Menu

Flight Simulator Connection Flight Simulator Connection

Open the Connect dialog allowing Little Navmap to connect directly to a Flight Simulator, the Little Xpconnect X-Plane plugin, or remotely using the Little Navconnect agent. See Connecting to a Flight Simulator for more information.

Reset all Messages

Re-enable all dialogs that were disabled by selecting Do not show this dialog again or similar messages.

Options Options

Open the Options dialog.

Window Menu

Map Overlays

Show or hide floating map overlays, like the overview on the top left or the compass on the top right corner of the map window.

Flight Plan Flight Plan

Information Information

Flight Plan Elevation Profile Flight Plan Elevation Profile

Simulator Aircraft Simulator Aircraft

Legend Legend

Open or close these dock windows. The map dock window cannot be closed.

Main Toolbar, Map Toolbar, Map Airspaces Toolbar, Map Options Toolbar, Flight Plan Toolbar, Dock Window Toolbar, Statusbar

Show or hide these toolbars and the statusbar.

Reset Window Layout

Reset the main window layout back to default. This involves visibility, position and state of all dock windows as well as the toolbars. This function can be helpful if a dock window gets lost on multi monitor setups.

Help Menu

Contents \(Online\) Contents (Online)

Show the online user manual in the default web browser.

Contents \(Offline, PDF\) Contents (Offline, PDF)

Show the included PDF user manual in the default PDF viewer.

Show the navigation related map legend in the Legend dock window. You can also access the legend here: Navmap Legend.

Show the map theme dependent base legend in the Legend dock window. Note that the legend is not available for all map themes.

About Little Navmap About Little Navmap

Show version and revision number for Little Navmap, also contains links to the database directory, configuration file, log file and the author's e-mail address.

About Marble About Marble

Display information about the Marble widget that is used to download and show the maps.

About Qt About Qt

Display information about the Qt application framework that is used by Little Navmap.

Opens the donation web page in your default browser.

If you would like to show your appreciation you can donate using PayPal.

Donations are purely optional but greatly appreciated.

Check for Updates Check for Updates

Allows to manually check for updates. This will also show updates that were recently ignored by pressing the Ignore this Update on the notification dialog.

See Checking for Updates for more information.

Statusbar

The statusbar at the bottom of the main window shows various indications (from left to right):

  • Last action or quick help explaining a menu item or toolbar button.
  • Connection status for a local or remote connection. The tooltip provides more detail about the status, like the hostname for remote connections.
    • Connecting...: The program is trying to establish a connection which was initiated either manually or automatically.
    • Connected: A connection was established.
    • Disconnected: The simulator or Little Navconnect exited.
  • Indicator that shows airport types, airspaces, navaids or AI vehicles currently visible on the map. The tooltip gives more details.
    • A red warning message Too many objects will be shown if too many objects are displayed on the map due to too high a detail level. The map display will be incomplete if this happens.
    • A red Database empty message will be shown if the currently selected database has no content and needs to be loaded.
  • Map detail level. Range is -5 for least detail to +5 for most detail.
  • Online map download progress indicator. This shows the state of the current map download. The text is prefixed with a red Offline. indication if offline mode is enabled.
    • Done.: All map data loaded successfully.
    • Waiting for Data ...: Map data is missing in the cache and was requested. Now waiting for reply.
    • Waiting for Update ...: Map data is already loaded but expired after two weeks. Waiting for new data after requesting an update.
    • Incomplete.: Download failed. Note that the progress indicator can look like it is stuck in the message Waiting for Data ... if no hill shading is available for a OpenStreetMap region or if you zoom in too close when using certain online maps.
  • Zoom distance (viewpoint distance to earth surface) in nautical miles or kilometers.
  • Cursor position on map as latitude and longitude depending on selected unit in the dialog Options.
    • Ground elevation below the cursor after a short delay if the GLOBE offline elevation data is selected.
    • Magnetic variance at the cursor position in degrees West or East.
  • Current date of month and zulu/UTC time hours:minutes:seconds. This is the real world time and not the simulator time. The tooltip gives more date and time information.

Statusbar

Picture above: Status bar of version 1.8.5 with message about the last action on the left side (Options changed.), the connection status and a tooltip that indicates what is currently shown on the map. All map features are shown. The map detail level is unchanged and the map coordinates are shown on the bottom right. Altitude at cursor is shown too since offline elevation data is installed. The online map download progress indicator shows Done. indicating all map tiles were downloaded. Zoom distance is 7.8 nautical miles.

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