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Announcing Tune VNAV Descent

Last updated Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:54:24 GMT
Originally posted on Tue, 13 Nov 2007 08:23:18 GMT

Action: It calculates all the speeds that an airplane should have in order to fit the vertical descent path of an airport's STAR(s), all the way to the runway.

Flight simulation is such an important part of modern gaming, as well as modern aviation. Flying isn’t cheap, and it’s not something that can be trained to just anyone – the potential risks and costs involved are simply too much to do so.

Tune VNAC Descent screenshot

For that reason, flight simulation software has been improving all the time and, with them, so has the overall quality of the add-ons and plugins that you can use alongside your simulator of choice.

TuneVNav Descent is another one of these plugins that can be so useful, helping you to calculate precise distances as well as approach speeds for your aircraft. For those who are looking for an extra spec of realism to their simulation experiences, as well as professionals who need to have everything they would have in the real-life environment available, this can be the perfect solution to help make the simulation just as you require it.

Tune VNav Descent has many useful features, and has been updated regularly with fresh updates improving features such as emergency landing options to help ensure that you get the best chance of landing safely in dangerous circumstances. Alongside emergency landing, the support list for airports, flight paths and aircraft being used in simulators is growing all the time also. This means that if you can’t use your favorite aircraft at the moment, you might not be waiting long to get fully authentic functionality.

There has also been a Pro edition of the software released, giving you many excellent features such as;

  • Navigraph that uses AIRAC cycles for any APT’s TP
  • A constantly updateable database, giving you unprecedented access and compatibility with many aircraft
  • Instant calculations that give you faster responses than the traditional version of Tune VNav Descent
  • Accurate Mach speeds provided alongside every other detail you may need up there in the skies
  • Aircraft weight is also provided in either kgs or lbs

The actual installation and usage of the software is incredibly simple, too. You don’t need to do much work outside of run the installation and then the software itself. You’ll be run through a fairly simple wizard and get all the help and assistance you need in making sure that you can use legitimate and accurate calculations with just a few clicks of the mouse before getting into the cockpit of your plane.

If you visit, you can pick up the most recent AIRAC cycle, or setup files. With an ever-growing list of aircraft supported and a Pro version that allows the real hardcore and the professionals to take things to a new level, this can be the ideal solution for anyone who wants pinpoint facts in the same way you would receive from a real-life aircraft.

It adds another layer of realism to proceedings, and can make the perfect selection for anyone who wants to use a flight simulator at the same pace and with the same accuracy as the real thing. 

To be used with: simulator airliners and GA aircraft or ATC. Tested with: PMDG B747-400, PMDG B737-600-900 OS. XP Home or Pro (it may work with other Windows OS).

More about it and downloads at:

Valerian E Partenie
TuneVNAV Developer

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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