5. Introduction

Little Navmap will copy and prepare the included Navigraph database on the first startup.

Load Scenery Library will be shown once the preparation is finished. From there you can select all recognized Flight Simulators and load their scenery libraries into Little Navmap’s internal database.

Note

X-Plane cannot be always recognized automatically. You have to set the path in the dialog Load Scenery Library before you can load the database or selecting it in the menu.

One database is kept for each simulator and can be changed on the fly in Scenery Library Menu.

A warning dialog will be shown on Windows when starting Little Navmap the first time on a system without FSX or P3D flight simulator installations. This can be ignored for X-Plane. See chapter Running without Flight Simulator Installation for more information on this.

You can also go directly go to Load Scenery Library from there if you have X-Plane installed.

One or more scenery library databases may need to be updated when you install a new version of Little Navmap. A question dialog will pop up prompting you to erase the now incompatible database. You can reload the scenery in Load Scenery Library after erasing the databases.

5.2. How to run a network Setup

See the two chapters below if you like to run Little Navmap in a networked setup using one computer for the flight simulator and one computer to run Little Navmap.

How to prepare a network setup:

  1. Install/extract the whole Little Navmap archive on the flying and network computer.
  2. Copy Little Xpconnect to the X-Plane plugins directory if you use X-Plane.
  3. Use Little Navmap to generate the scenery database on the flying computer. Main menu -> Scenery Library -> Load Scenery Library ...
  4. Open the database directory using Scenery Library -> Show Database Files.
  5. Copy the database files to the network computer. Quit Little Navmap before copying.

Flying in a network setup:

  1. Start the simulator
  2. Start Little Navconnect on the flying computer.
  3. Run Little Navmap on the network computer.
  4. Connect Little Navmap on the network computer to Little Navconnect on the flying computer. Main menu -> Tools -> Flight Simulator Connection ...

See links above for detailed instructions.

5.3. User Interface

5.3.1. Dock Windows and Tabs

See the chapters Dock Windows and Tabs for more information.

5.3.2. Context Menus

Use the context menus to build a flight plan.

Context menus can be found in the following places:

The context menus provide functionality to get more information about an object at the clicked position or to build or edit a flight plan.

5.3.3. Tooltip Help, Help Buttons and Help Menu

The help menu of Little Navmap contains links to the online help, an included offline help PDF document, online tutorials and the map legend.

The program uses tooltips to display more information on buttons and other controls.

A more detailed description is shown on the left side of the statusbar if you hover the mouse over a menu item.

Almost all dialogs and dock windows show help buttons Help which will open the corresponding sections of the online manual.

5.3.4. Window Title

The main window title shows the application name and version.

Furthermore, it indicates the currently selected simulator database (FSX, FSXSE, P3DV2, P3DV3, P3DV4 or XP11), the flight plan file name, the aircraft performance file name with trailing * for both if either has changed.

A N will be appended if the Navigraph database is used. Example below for Prepar3D:

  • P3DV4: All features on the map and all information in dialogs and windows comes from the flight simulator database.
  • P3DV4 / N: Airports and ILS are shown and used from the flight simulator database. Navaids, airspace, airways and procedures are used from the Navigraph database.
  • (P3DV4) / N: All data is used from the Navigraph database. No aprons, no taxiways and no parking positions are available for airports.

Example: Little Navmap 2.2.1 - XP11 / N LOAG_LOWW.fmc * - PA30 Twin Comanche.lnmperf

Version 2.2.1, X-Plane selected, Navigraph database in use, flight plan LOAG_LOWW.fmc changed and performance profile PA30 Twin Comanche.lnmperf unchanged.

5.3.5. Information and Simulator Aircraft Text

You can change the text size permanently in the options dialog for these windows.

Tip

A quick way to change the text size is to use the mouse wheel and Ctrl key. This setting won’t be saved across sessions, though.

5.3.6. Error Messages

Little Navmap shows error messages with white text on red background for problems with the aircraft performance, top of descent/climb calculation and other issues.

Tooltips on these error messages give more help in some cases.

5.3.7. Activating and raising Windows and Tabs

Little Navmap opens and raises dock windows and tabs for certain actions like File -> New Flight Plan or Aircraft -> Open Aircraft Performance ... to avoid confusion for new users. This behavior can be disabled in the options dialog on tab User Interface by unchecking the option Raise related windows on actions.

5.3.8. Copy and Paste

Almost all dialogs, text labels and all information windows in Little Navmap allow copy and paste.

You can select the text using the mouse and then either use Ctrl+C or the context menu to copy it to the clipboard. The information, fuel report and simulator aircraft windows even support copying of formatted text including the icons.

The table views for the flight plan or airport/navaid search results allow copying of the results in CSV format to the clipboard which can be pasted into a spreadsheet program like LibreOffice Calc or Microsoft Excel.

5.3.9. Translation and Locale

Little Navmap is currently available in several languages, although not all translations are complete.

I will happily support anybody who would like to translate the user interface or manual into another language. Language packages can be added to a Little Navmap installation later once they are available. See Translating in the GitHub Little Navmap wiki for more information.

Despite using the English language in the user interface the locale settings of the operating system will be used. So, e.g. on a German version of Windows you will see comma as a decimal separator instead of the English dot.

The language and locale settings can be forced to English in the dialog Options on the tab User Interface.

Please note that some screenshots in this manual were taken using German locale, therefore a comma is used as a decimal separator and a dot as a thousands separator.

5.3.10. Map Legend

The legend explains all the map icons and the Flight Plan Elevation Profile icons. It is available in Legend.

5.3.11. Rating

Airports get a zero to five star rating depending on facilities. Airports that have no rating will be displayed using a gray symbol below all other airports on the map (Empty Airport). This behavior can be switched off in the Options dialog on the page Map.

This helps to avoid airports with scenery elements.

The criteria below are used to calculate the rating. Each item gives one star:

  1. Add-on (or 3D for X-Plane)
  2. Parking positions (ramp or gate)
  3. Taxiways
  4. Aprons
  5. Tower building (only if at least one of the other conditions is met).

All airports that are not located in the default Scenery directory of FSX/P3D or are located in the Custom Scenery directory of X-Plane are considered add-on airports which raises the rating by one star.

Airports having the 3D label in X-Plane are 3D airports which raises the rating by one star too.