This chapter gives a brief overview of the most important topics with links to the more detailed chapters.
Little Navmap shows several dialogs and a web page on first startup to give
hints about usage and other useful information. Once read you can disable these dialogs by clicking
Do not show this dialog again.
6.1. Creating Recommended Directories for Files¶
The program suggests to create a recommended directory structure on startup. You can choose to ignore this and save your Little Navmap files in arbitrary places. The program does not require a fixed directory structure for its files.
See Directories for more information.
6.2. Loading the Scenery Database¶
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 the database of Little Navmap.
Empty Database indication is shown in the statusbar if you skip this step.
You will not be able to build flight plans for your simulator.
Note that you have to reload the database to see changes when adding add-on airports.
X-Plane cannot be always recognized automatically. You might have to set
the path in the dialog
Load Scenery Library before you can load the
One database is kept for each simulator and can be changed on the fly in Scenery Library Menu.
You can load the scenery library database later by going to the menu item
Load Scenery Library in the menu
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.
Selecting the right scenery library for the simulator while flying is crucial since the selection also affects other functions of Little Navmap. The selected scenery library defines which weather files are read, for example.
6.3. Connecting to a Simulator¶
See Connecting to a Flight Simulator for the next step to use Little Navmap as a moving map. The included Little Xpconnect plugin has to be installed for X-Plane.
6.4. Recommended things to do after Installing¶
- The elevation data which is used by default is limited and has a lot of problems. Therefore, I recommend to download and use the offline GLOBE elevation data. See Install GLOBE elevation data for more information.
- Have a look at Tutorials if you use the program the first time.
- See Install Navigraph Updates on my home page for information how to update Little Navmap’s navigation data.
6.5. How to run a Network Setup¶
The remote computer does not need a simulator installation and there is no need to share the scenery library of the simulator.
See Network Setup on information how to set up a remote/networked connection.
6.6. User Interface¶
6.6.1. Dock Windows and Tabs¶
6.6.4. Window Title¶
The main window title shows the application name and version.
Furthermore, it indicates the currently selected simulator database
flight plan file name, the aircraft performance file name with trailing
* for both if either has changed.
The AIRAC cycle is shown as a four digit number after the simulator and Navigraph database indication if available and if a database is selected.
The AIRAC cycle is only shown for X-Plane and the Navigraph database. Other simulators do not provide cycle information in their scenery libraries.
N will be appended if the Navigraph database is used. Otherwise
(N) is used. Example
below for Prepar3D:
P3DV5 / (N): All features on the map and all information in dialogs and windows come from the flight simulator database. Navdata might be limited depending on simulator.
P3DV5 / N: Airports and ILS are shown and used from the flight simulator database. Navaids, airways and procedures are used from the Navigraph database.
(P3DV5) / N: All data is used from the Navigraph database. No aprons, no taxiways and no parking positions are available for airports.
Little Navmap 2.6.8 - XP11 2001 / N 2011 LOAG_LOWW.lnmpln * - PA30 Twin Comanche.lnmperf
Version 2.6.8, X-Plane selected with AIRAC cycle 2001, Navigraph database in use with AIRAC cycle
2011, flight plan
LOAG_LOWW.lnmpln changed and performance profile
PA30 Twin Comanche.lnmperf unchanged.
Little Navmap 2.6.4.beta - (XP11) / N 2012 IFR Frankfurt Am Main (EDDF) to Fiumicino (LIRF).lnmpln - PA30 Twin Comanche.lnmperf *
Version 2.6.4.beta (a test version), X-Plane not selected - using Navigraph only, Navigraph database in use with AIRAC cycle
2012, flight plan unchanged and performance profile
PA30 Twin Comanche.lnmperf changed.
Little Navmap 2.6.5.rc1 - XP11 2012 / (N) - *
Version 2.6.5.rc1 (a release candidate), X-Plane selected, not using Navigraph, no flight plan loaded and new and empty default performance profile loaded.
6.6.5. Information and Simulator Aircraft Text¶
You can change the text size permanently in the options dialog for these windows. See options dialog on page Display and Text.
This page also allows to change the font for the whole program interface.
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.
6.6.6. Error Messages¶
Little Navmap shows error messages with white text on red background for problems with the aircraft performance, top of descent/climb calculation or other issues.
Tooltips on these error messages give more help in most cases. Click these messages or hover the mouse cursor above to see more information.
6.6.7. Activating and raising Windows and Tabs¶
Little Navmap opens and raises dock windows and tabs for certain
New Flight Plan or
Open Aircraft Performance ... to avoid confusion for new users. This
behavior can be disabled in the options dialog on tab
by disabling the option
Raise related windows on actions.
6.6.8. Copy and Paste¶
Almost all dialogs, text labels and all information windows in Little Navmap allow to copy and paste the formatted text to the clipboard.
You can select the text using the mouse and then either use
or the context menu to copy it to the clipboard.
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.
6.6.9. Translation and Locale¶
Little Navmap is currently available in several languages, although not all translations are complete.
Your system language is used if supported. Otherwise Little Navmap falls back to English.
The language for the user interface can be change in
Options on page User Interface.
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 page User Interface.
6.6.10. Map Legend¶
The legend explains all the map icons and the
Flight Plan Elevation Profile icons. It is available in Legend.
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 no scenery elements.
The criteria below are used to calculate the rating. Each item gives one star:
- Add-on (or 3D for X-Plane)
- Parking positions (ramp or gate)
- Tower building (only if at least one of the other conditions is met).
All airports that are not located in the default
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.
Star airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will always get a five star rating.
Add-on airports are highlighted on the map with a yellow ring which can be disabled in the options dialog on page Map Display.
Using emphasized (bold and underlined) text highlights add-on airports in the search result table, flight plan table, information windows and map tooltips.