FSWidgets has released GMap for X-Plane, a free moving map system that connects to Google Maps, displays X-Plane FMS flight plans and loads aeronautical charts. The FSX editions have been very popular and we hope the X-Plane community will also have fun with this navigation aid.
As one of the most influential flight simulation apps out there, GMap makes it easier than ever before to calculate your flights and ensure that wherever you are going is going to be the accurate location set by your map.
By integrating with the ever-improving Google Maps system allows you to easily get access to the land around you and have a genuine map to follow, outside of the basic map provided to you within X-Plane itself. This is totally free to download and easily allows for simple connection to Google Maps, providing you have internet.
This feature means that those who find that the navigation side of flying is a little too much for them can easily take a step back and just survey the situation a little easier than before. Now, with simple integration in real-time with the simulator itself, you can make sure that you never need to miss a beat or start trailing off in the wrong direction ever again.
This helps to make other features in the game work better, also, as you can correlate easier what GMap tells you than what many of the original features in the simulator can.
By being able to easily load up aeronautical charts and read FMS flight plans, you can take a more accurate flight than ever before. It makes commanding your aircraft simple and removes all of the difficulty of tracking your destination – with the help of GMap, you can make the whole flight experience seem more realistic than it ever has been in the past. The main idea is that it will improve flight capabilities for newbies and veterans alike, whilst also providing a platform for those who want an extra step of realism involved in their flight simulations with the perfect ally.
Already, GMap has been a hugely popular addition to Microsoft Flight Simulator X, and looks sets to become a key cog within the apps industry for X-Plane now, too. This helps those who want to take their learning experience to a whole new level, as it challenges you in a way that many vanilla flight simulations simply cannot.
It makes taking in new parts of the flight experience even easier, as you can learn to use this advanced and real-time map rather than the rigid and poorly coded equivalent found already within X-Plane. Navigation is the hardest part of aviation, and you can make it much easier today regardless of what flight simulator you have been using.
This release for the X-Plane community ties in well with the crossovers that are becoming so popular among the modding community. As the differences between Microsoft Flight Simulator and X-Plane continue to narrow, it’s much easier for people to find a long-term home on either even after having spent many years playing the former.
It’s this simple connection between both that makes it easy for the modding community to move one patch for the other over to the next one, creating a seamless interchange and easy learning capabilities for those who want to vary up their flight simulation experience.
This freeware release is a stand-alone application for Windows XP/Vista systems.