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X-Plane 12 - NavData changes


As the first NavData release comes around since X-Plane 12 was unleashed on to the world, there are some interesting changes you need to be aware of.


Cycles known as the AIRAC (Aeronautical Information Regulation And Control) cycle is used and produces revisions every 56 days (double AIRAC cycle) or every 28 days (single AIRAC cycle). This is the aeronautical data that runs behind the scenes to create a mirror realistic world of real navigation data to fly the aircraft.


There are two (subscriptions) to update to the current cycle data data; one is Navigraph, the second is Aerosoft's "NavDataPro".


Here is the 2022 cycle chart. The current cycle is AIRAC Cycle 2210 10th September - 8th October 2022


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The data is stored in X-Plane in two places. The main data is stored in "Resources/default data", but you never ever touch this data, and it can lay there for years unless Laminar Research do a remote data update, so in most cases it is always out of date (and why your runway is out of alignment).


Second data storage is the "Custom Data" folder in X-Plane 12 default folder.


Here are the different downloads between X-Plane 11 and X-Plane 12 (X-Plane 11 is on the right). The main aspects are not changed in the actual navigation data but extra elements have been added in for X-Plane 12.


AIRAC 2210_1.jpg


New is:

  • 1200 atc data
  • airspaces


AIRAC 2210_2.jpg


The X-Plane 12 "Custom Data" folder is clean as well with a read me text.


AIRAC 2210_3.jpg


But to update your cycle data, you drag in your new cycle data to the Custom data Folder. Navigraph have auto installer, but I still prefer to do a manual install here.


AIRAC 2210_4.jpg


And that is now done and the new AIRAC is installed. The ATC data is an interesting addition, I also expect the data here to grow during the life of X-Plane 12, JIm Keir has noted that the basic ATC included in the release of X-Plane 12 is just that in being a basic running system, to be heavy enhanced more in the future. So these new elements are part of that system and are interesting additions to X-Plane.


AIRAC 2210_5.jpg


I have also added into the new X-Plane 12 "Custom data" the older (updated AIRAC 2010) folder of GNS430 data. If you want to fly old X-Plane aircraft, then a lot are still reliant on this data, not having it in there could also crash your Simulator as well.


AIRAC 2210_7.jpgAIRAC 2210_6.jpg


Aircraft data updates are exactly the same as before with no new additions.




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X-Plane 12 (Beta) is purchased directly from Laminar Research for US$59.95 and the download file size is 82 GB


X-Plane 12

Price is US$59.95



X-Plane 12 Analysis by Stephen Dutton

6th October 2022

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