[REFERENCE] Compilation of the best companion apps to use alongside MSFS2020

Last updated: 2022-05-13T18:01:00Z

  • July 17, 2022
  • Added FSiPanel to the Training software section
  • May 13, 2022
  • Added LukeAirTool to “Apps that add another layer of realism”
  • Jan 29, 2022
    • Added new “Training software” section and moved FSFlyingSchool products to it
    • Updated link for Grand Tour Flight Planner
  • Aug 21, 2021
    • Added IVAO to the “Apps that add another layer of realism” section
  • Aug 17, 2021
    • Added RemoteFlight to the tactile control section
  • Aug 15, 2021
    • Added SkyElite to tactile control section
  • Mar 30, 2021
    • Added MSFS_HandOnMouse to tactile control section
    • Added Jumpseat Radio to the realism section
    • Added Flight-Recorder to Flight Data Analysis section
  • Feb 4, 2021
    • Added FSFlyingSchool to the realism section
    • Added RandFailures2020 to the realism section
  • Dec 21, 2020
    • Added Advanced VFR Map to flight tracking section
  • Nov 13, 2020
    • Added FS Map Tool to the flight tracking section
  • Nov 8, 2020
    • Added Radio Garden to the realism section
    • Added MSFS Mobile Companion App to the tactile controls section
  • Oct 20, 2020
    • Added Multi Crew Experience to the Apps that add another layer of realism section
  • Oct 19, 2020
    • Added LetsFly to the flight tracking section
  • Oct 17, 2020
    • Added FlightShare to the apps to automate flying section
  • Oct 13, 2020
    • Added Matric to the tactile control section
    • Added Throttle Quadrant to the tactile control section
  • Oct 7, 2020
    • Added FSWidgets to the Apps for flight tracking, route planning, and charts section
    • Added Class Echo to the tactile controls section
  • Sep 29, 2020
    • Added VFRmap to the Apps for flight tracking, route planning, and charts section
    • Added Windy to the Apps for flight tracking, route planning, and charts section
  • Sep 28, 2020
    • Added MSFS Landing Inspector to the Flight Data Analysis section
  • Sep 25, 2020
    • Added FSAirlines to the game-ification section
    • Added NeoFly to the game-ification section
  • Sep 24, 2020
    • Added Instrument Panel to the tactile control section
  • Sep 23, 2020
    • Added Pilot Path Recorder to the flight data analysis section
  • Sep 22, 2020
    • Added A Pilot’s Life to the “game-ifying the sim” section
  • Sep 18, 2020
    • Added Grand Tour Flight Planner to the flight tracking apps
    • Added a new subsection to the flight tracking page for websites
      • Added SimBrief
      • Added ChartFox
      • Added SkyVector
      • Added FlightAware IFR Route Analyzer
    • Added FS-FlightConotrl to the flight tracking section
  • Sep 15, 2020
    • Added FlightSim Commander to the flight tracking apps.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    • Added FsHub to Flight Data Analysis section
  • Sep 10, 2020
    • Updated FsRadioPanel from PAID to FREE because it has a free version available
    • Added SIMiONIC to the tactile controls section
  • Sep 8, 2020
    • Changed Foreflight to show available worldwide
  • Sep 7, 2020
    • Updated link for Head Tracker
  • Sep 6, 2020
    • Adding a changelog to allow for easy tracking of when things are added/changed
    • Added Mobiflight to the tactile section
    • Added Flight Data Analysis section and Tacview to it
    • Added Sim Dashboard to tactile controls section
  • Prior
    • Didn’t track changes before this date…sorry!

HINT: Click on the arrow to expand the lists.

Apps for flight tracking, route planning, and charts
Apps that add another layer of realism
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  • Other miscellaneous apps to increase the level of realism.
Training software
Apps to add tactile controls

Sick of having to use your mouse to mess with fiddly knobs in-game? Try these apps to give yourself a more realistic feel!

Apps to game-ify the sim

Not enough incentive to keep playing? Try one of these to give your flying meaning!

Apps to automate flying

Don’t care for flying? Just want to enjoy the scenery? Don’t want to muck about with the in-game GPS? This is the section for you!

Flight Data Analysis
Head Tracking Software

If you want to suggest a new app to be added to this list or want to discuss an existing app, please do so in the original thread:


Very handy, thanks! :small_airplane: :smiley_cat:


Nice. You might wanna add IVAO as another free IRL ATC https://ivao.aero/



Flight Tracking/Routing/Charts

Addon Managers

Tactile Controls

Audio Tours

Virtual Pilot Training


Head tracking

opentrack/opentrack: Head tracking software for MS Windows, Linux, and Apple OSX (github.com)

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That’s a great list! but I noticed most apps work with the Windows version of MSFS. Is there a similar list of apps that are compatible with the Xbox?

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None as of now and no news of any yet

Do any of these work with the Xbox version of the game… if not, will any be added to the market place in the future?

Great contribution!

I’m really enjoying BushTalk Radio both for hearing about POIs and adding my own.

Also the Addons Linker has been great for testing out combinations of addons for different scenarios and to try and understand what might cause a CTD.

Thanks to whoever added FSFlyingSchool to the list :slight_smile:

We also have FS Instant Approach for quickly setting up and practicing a variety of approaches, at any airport…



@GamerKingFaiz Just something I noticed, looks like the link to Grand Tour Flight Planner is dead

Have the forum rules changed recently? When I originally created this main thread only approved users were allowed to post in this section of the forum, which is why I kept the original thread linked in the OP as a place where everyone could discuss/suggest addons.

If this hasn’t changed, I’d ask that everyone keep discussion/suggestions in that thread so that everyone in the forum can participate in conversation.

Thanks, I created a new “Training software” section and moved both of your products into it.

Thanks, I’ve updated it.

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Here is the link to GTFP.

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Hello there! New Xbox flyer here. I’n getting better and better each day but I noticed everyone is using a website to plan their flight/charts and I’m kind of lost in your list.

Is there an app to download on Android to tablet that I could have next to me when playing?

Thx a lot.

Who’s “everyone”? :sweat_smile:

If you’re referring to simmers, you may be seeing Navigraph.
If you’re referring to IRL pilots, you may be seeing ForeFlight.

Those are both paid options though. There are a lot of free PC options available in the first section of this list (Apps for flight tracking, route planning, and charts).

Do be aware though as an Xbox simmer you won’t be able to “hook” into these apps and follow your flying in-app. You’d need to be on the PC version to do this.

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No app, but as you mentioned a website I think you may be referring to * [FREE] SimBrief (Worldwide) - Automated route planning.

On Xbox you would have to put the data given to you from the website manually into the sim.

Please add FSIPanel to the Training Software section!

I just learned about it because it was featured in the last Navigraph newsletter, it’s a training tool for practicing approaches and much more. Freaking awesome (and even supports the PMDG 737), the developer is a real world airline pilot and instructor, and his product support is excellent.


@Woodstock327 FS Instant Approach is a low cost alternative with similar features, and a free demo

I use FltGo or FltPlan.com on my ipad, I am sure its available on android. It shows aerodrome diagrams, and the STARs and SIDs for each eairport