Free aeronautical charts for flight simulators


I’ve recently started using MSFS 2020 (review here), and while VFR roaming the beautiful scenery is fun, my true love is instrument flying and following official procedures. Here both the realism and the understanding of real procedures can be greatly improved by using real aviation charts. Here are some free information sources that I have found.

The Netherlands

All information about the Dutch airspace is free to view/download.

USA

The US FAA provides quite a bit of information online.

Germany

Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German ATC authority also provides IFR information online. Its AIP-Online portal can be a bit difficult to navigate. It includes IFR enroute charts and IFT airport charts. The ICAO chart can be viewed here.

UK

For the UK, there’s also an online AIP portal. No VFR charts, but IFR routes and airport charts are there.

Eurocontrol

Eurocontrol provides its route charts online as PDF download.

SkyVector

SkyVector is an online flight planning and flight information site that displays worldwide IFR and VFR charts. You can also display and overlay weather data.

Open Flightmaps

Open Flightmaps is a project that aims at providing open information and VFR charts. Its scope is so far limited to parts of Europe. Available are an online viewer, PDF charts, map tiles, and raw data. I downloaded the tiles of Germany in the hope of being to visualize them in QGIS, but unfortunately the tiles don’t appear to contain georeferencing information.

 

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