The map is utterly useless without frequency data, vectors, ILS gradients etc, all of which are available on the X-Plane 11 map.
Beginning to think FS2020 is more of a ‘scenery simulator’ rather than having anything to do with flight. I’ve simmed and flown real aircraft since the Sub-logic days of 1984 and even Bruce Artwick who wrote SubL Flight Sim had better navigation!
I hope FS2020 sim improves and evolves into a true flight simulator. At the moment it is a relatively sophisticated arcade game, imo.
Very interesting. But… its just real. Tell me how much private pilots in their aircrafts look out for landmarks with binoculars? You really need to make a extensive flight preparation before your VFR flight. There after your need to look out for markings like rivers, streets etc. to keep on your flight route.
Can you imagine a good old fashioned National Geographic style map - the one’s that had so much detail the kind with so many points of interest and labels it took weeks to scour the entire thing. Loved those old folded maps they had. A World Map like that and you could mess around with that for ages - and if we had the ability to create Custom Destinations/POL and save them to our database and filtered - Wow - that would be amazing.
As well as flight planning and other aircraft on the VFR map, it would be nice to have different map overlays: Terrain data, Aerial/Satellite, Road/Rail/Waterway, Landmark/POI, Nav data like airspace/airways/navaids (with frequencies) and detailed airport diagrams/taxiways/ramps/parking etc.
I’ve just added in a wishlist option for having an API that could be used to access a third party source of aerial imagery data. I would see that sort of thing tying directly into this wishlist item were a third party would be able to provide more up to date aerial imagery AND at a higher resolution.
This could use a one off payment model or even a subscription model to cover the ongoing server costs.