Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS – The Importance of Aircraft Navigation Systems in Modern Aviation

Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS – The Importance of Aircraft Navigation Systems in Modern Aviation:

Global positioning system

Are you ready to become a navigation expert in the virtual world of Microsoft Flight Simulator? Look no further than the powerful Garmin GPS system at your fingertips! Learn how to make the most of this essential tool by discovering the hidden features and shortcuts. From opening the GPS with a simple key combination to utilizing the view menu for a seamless display, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we delve into the world of aviation navigation and equip yourself with the skills to conquer the skies!

When you open the GPS, you will see a small aircraft icon in the middle. It is colored white. There are codes for the airport. For example, KJFK stands for John F Kennedy international airport, and EGLL stands for London Heathrow airport. When selecting an airport, you will see all airport codes options.

What is a GPS?

GPS display

A GPS is an acronym for GPS Direct Global Positioning System. GPS systems are commonly used to navigate on land but are also increasingly used for positioning a vehicle in space. This type of system is called a GPS Navigational System (GPS NM). In layman’s terms, this means that it gives you directions to get somewhere. A GPS will tell you where you are and provide you with information about getting somewhere else. While not a necessity, a GPS system will aid a pilot greatly in navigating, it is not necessary to get a basic understanding of GPS.

How does Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS work:


In Microsoft Flight Simulator, most aircraft are categorized into the following types: Studded, Commercial, Commuter, Transport, Business, Military, Private, US, European, Asian, Australasia, and China. Each of these types has its own set of aircraft, ranging from commuter aircraft to some of the most modern military aircraft in the world. The systems for each type of aircraft are quite similar, but the models themselves differ significantly. The different modules are used to display your aircraft’s real-world instruments and systems for each type of aircraft. Each module groups the types, so for example, planes with low-level instrumentation (e.g. Cessna 172) use low-level instruments.

Importance of Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS:

Global positioning system

First of all, let’s look at the importance of having a good Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS setup, as it’s a useful tool for accurately recording your flight, just as a stop-watch would be. The Basic setup you’ll need for a GPS system in a Microsoft Flight Simulator is: A Windows PC, A wireless internet connection GPS receiver (or Receiver (etnav) installed and connected to the PC, A pencil with an eraser, A notepad or pad of paper. There are two audio recording settings available on your flight simulator PC, and both settings affect how the audio recording can be stored.

The essential features of Microsoft Flight Simulator:

Microsoft flight simulator features

Here are the basic features and features of Microsoft Flight Simulator: Typical flight options like fly-by-wire, autopilot, and thrust vectoring, Flight simulation environment including realistic weather conditions, mountains, jungles, rivers, and animals, Air traffic controllers can be found at airfields to manage and manipulate the aircraft, Realistic fuel consumption and weight management, Weather FAA ratings, Course corrections, Maintenance items, Portable “burner”, GPS units, Realistic cockpit sounds, such as engine or plane noises, engine chatter and the cockpit theme song. Many avionics are available to fly, including GPS receivers, real-time air traffic, radar and even autopilot systems.

What is an autopilot, and how does it work?

Generally, an autopilot is an automated onboard system that can help pilots control the aircraft by reducing the pilot input required to keep the plane in the air. By simply selecting the autopilot function and pressing a button on the controller, the autopilot can help the pilot automatically fly the aircraft. This means that if you have landed a very complex plane, for example, a 747 that you have a lot of flying experience in, then the autopilot can help you safely take off again, making for a faster aircraft turnaround time. The autopilot is also particularly useful for turbulent conditions – for example when you are approaching to land in a storm.

Using Flight Simulator Planner:

To fly from New York to Chicago, please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the “Flight Planner” button, and a new window will open.
  2. Select your departure airport and runway, and your arrival airport.
  3. Choose your preferred flight plan type and route. Selecting “Direct GPS” is recommended for ease of use.
  4. Click “Find the Way”, and the path you will be flying, as well as the recommended altitude, will be displayed. If needed, you can adjust the height and then click “OK”.
  5. A new window will open and prompt you to save the flight plan. Click “Save”, and another window will pop up, asking if you would like to move the aircraft to the departure airport selected on the flight plan. Click “Yes”.
  6. Finally, click “Fly Now” to begin your flight.

If you are using the GPS, you cannot create a flight plan. Instead, use the Flight Planner and the GPS will activate automatically, ready for use.

For more info about Flight planning click here.

How to set up your GPS in the simulator:

GPS display

There are a few different ways to get a basic GPS setup within Microsoft Flight Simulator and a few websites that will have a built-in GPS. All you need to do is find the aircraft you wish to fly and click the ‘GPS icon in the top-right corner. The window will be provided with an outline of the aircraft, which you can adjust to form your own contour. From there, you need to select the location you wish to fly to. If you cannot find a suitable flight plan at your location, click the ‘flight plan’ link. The flight plan search tab will allow you to find a location suitable for your flight plan.

To read more about using GPS click here

Flight plan navigation Options:

When designing your own courses, you are going to be continually wanting to move your aircraft. Whether you want to race, turn, or make a long, straight run, there is no better way to stay on course than first to plan a course. A simple flight plan can guide you through your flight, and it is simple to make a course with air traffic control precisely placed in the middle. When flying with air traffic control (ATC) on a computer game, you will need to know how to work the GPS system. If you are not familiar with how to work a GPS system or are not a regular user of the technology, then this article will help to explain the primary navigation method used by Flight Simulator.

Adding Destinations:

runway map

While you might have your name at the bottom of the paper flight plan, it is not really very helpful if you do not know where you want to fly. If you’re going to find and fly unique locations, you will need to understand how to input destination points to the plane’s flight management system. Navigation using hand-drawn maps or paper flight plans is an inefficient process as the maps are usually at least an hour old, and there is a tendency for you to fly in the wrong direction once you start. While it would be ideal to have a few months of flight data, you will need to make do with what you have. First, we will want to find a list of suitable destinations to fly to. You can do this by creating your own airway map and then inputting each flight plan from Google Flight.


When accessing a GPS navigation tool, airspace boundaries appear as circles on the map, with airports located at their center. Depending on the airport, there could be two or more circles. Exiting these boundaries triggers a message from air traffic control indicating that the radio frequency has changed. The primary purpose of these airspace zones is to prevent collisions between aircraft.

There are six types of airspace: A, B, C, D, E, and G. The alphabet letter denotes the class of airspace, with A being Alpha, B being Bravo, C being Charlie, D being Delta, E being Echo, and G being Golf. Controlled and uncontrolled airspace are other variations of airspace. If a pilot misses the approach, it would be prudent to circle around the airspace. Pilots taking off within Class B or C airspace receive communication support from air traffic control until they leave Class B or C airspace. In certain airspace classes, communication with any authority while flying is not required.

In real-life flying, communication with the control tower is necessary to enter another airspace. Pilots must meet specific requirements to receive certification to fly within the airspace.

Selecting runway approach:

runway approach

A vector-on approach will help the aircraft land on the runway safely. Use the Proc button to activate the vector on approach. The GPS displays a feather icon coloured green that will help aircraft approach the runway safely. However, you need to maintain a certain altitude before you approach the runway.

When utilizing GPS during a flight, it’s imperative to follow a specific set of instructions. Begin by opening the air traffic window by pressing the “`” key located below the Esc key. From there, tune in to the air traffic control tower to determine which runway to land on.

Next, access the GPS display and click the “Proc” button, which stands for “procedure.” This will allow you to open the runway page and select the appropriate runway. Depending on the airport, there may be one, two, or multiple runways available. After selecting the correct runway, activate the vector on approach.

Activating the vector on approach is vital for a safe landing. Use the proc button to activate the vector on approach, which will display a green feather icon on the GPS. This icon serves as a guide for the aircraft to approach the runway securely. However, it’s crucial to maintain a specified altitude before beginning the approach.


Flight Simulator 2020 GPS:

flight simulator 2020 gps

The GPS included in Flight Simulator 2020 stands out due to its superior level of detail. It boasts an extensive map, additional waypoints, and an expanded array of buttons.

The benefit of using GPS in aircraft:

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a valuable tool for navigation, aiding in avoiding getting lost. With the ability to zoom in and out, it shows airports nearby, providing ease-of-use and accuracy. When using Flight Simulator X, the GPS helps determine the precise location of the aircraft, offering more detailed information than the plane’s navigation system.

Fortunately, using GPS in a Flight Simulator does not require an in-depth knowledge of its functionality. With a basic understanding of its features, you can efficiently utilize it to navigate your aircraft.


If you are struggling with trying to get the hang of simulation games, don’t worry! There’s no single step-by-step method that applies to every user, and understanding game development can be tricky, to say the least. Even the most experienced users will make rookie mistakes. So it’s common to feel like you’re failing at it on the first few attempts. No matter what kind of game you’re creating. The best strategy to learn it is the one you are most interested in using: first, do the simplest thing you can do, then add to it. Keep at it until you have it down pat. Don’t expect to be an expert straight away. Take it one step at a time, and build upon the knowledge and experience gained.

14 thoughts on “Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS – The Importance of Aircraft Navigation Systems in Modern Aviation

  1. Global Positioning Systems is one of the greatest ways to have our specific location where ever we re in the world. It is awesome to be able to just have a receiver and know our position without having to link to a base. I have also been reading about GNSS that is the combination of GPS (US), GLONASS (Rusia) and Galileo (Europe). China has also hopped in this bus with BeiDou.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Before GPS was invented only paper maps were used even in aircraft. The technology of GPS made it easier to find where you are and to plan routes.

  2. Hi Mohamed thank you for sharing this interesting article. I find it very well informed and well-described regarding what Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS offers. I’ve also read about other online simulators programs as GNSS which helps pilots in their flights. I believe this is quite something and every single plane should have. Overall I like the topic with such information for everyone to understand. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your nice comment. The GPS that come with Flight Simulator program is more detail than the navigation map in aircraft because on the GPS screen you can see the earth while flying.

  3. Thanks for the GPS technology tutorial! Gone were the days when paper maps were used even for an aircraft that missed its route. With the new innovations that are now springing up by the day, the world would turn into a better place to live. The new aircraft technology you discussed will help the world in many ways. Thanks for educating us on Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS!

    1. You are welcome. GPS helps in navigation and even smart phones and iPad have google maps connected to a satellite. 

  4. The Microsoft Flight Simulator GPS is a great way to learn how to fly more accurately. Learning the basics of navigating with a plane can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. With some practice and guidance from this article, you will soon have an easier time flying your own aircraft confidently! What are some ways that you found helpful in learning about planes?

  5. I have been fascinated with flight simulators over the years because of getting that feeling of being in the cockpit and flying a jet this is just really amazing. This is a great way to test your flying skills in a safe way. I know of someone who has a flight simulator and used it a whole lot seems. He went to flight school however and is now a pilot and doing well for himself when it comes to flying planes. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. A GPS has made our life so much easier. Remember back in the how people use to use paper maps. I would have struggled big time. Thank God for technology haha. I will be sure to share this article with friends and family as I found this article really interesting so thank you for this 

  7. Your conclusion said it all for me.  Generally things come easy for me and I don’t really have to go thru things step-by-step.  But with software like the Microsoft Flight Simulator I do.  I just started, and boy do I feel in over my head right now LOL.  But I am going to keep at it like you say, and eventually I will wonder why I ever struggled.  That is my hope anyway!

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