Airport/Airspace database for WinPilot VFR
Last Updated: October  2006

Europe USA Mainland USA AK, HI Other Countries 
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  • The Most User Friendly Software available for Pocket PC
  • Free High-Quality Vector Terrain Maps including Elevation Contours (Mountains), Roads, Railroads,  Lakes, Cities, Runway Diagrams. 
  • World Aeronautical Database of Airports, Runways, SUAs, VOR/NDBs, Waypoints, etc, updated every 28 days.
  • Most powerful and yet simplest to use Waypoint Browser and Flight Plan editor.
  • HSI indicator
  • Big Menus and Buttons - No Stylus needed


Detailed Runway Diagrams with Extended Runway Centerline

Airports that can be reached with engine off are shown with a green background...

... or with a green label showing the safety margin.

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Download and test WinPilot VFR with maps and current aviation database for free!
Note: paid license is required to actually use the product in flight).


WinPilot VFR version 3.00

Can receive Task from WinPilot 3D VFR
Produces flight logs that can be seen on WinPilot 3D VFR

    For Pocket PC 2002     

For Pocket PC 2003



WinPilot VFR version 2.08

    For Pocket PC 2002     

For Pocket PC 2003

User's Guide 2.0 by
To download it, right-click on a name below and select "Save Target As...'.

User's Guide in French is here.


1. Download WinPilot VFR (see above), and double click on the executable, it will install itself on the iPAQ, including sample map and aviation datafile. Reset your iPAQ, you should see two big buttons on the screen: WinPilot and WinPilot Simulator. Press WinPilot Simulator, you are ready to explore.

You can also test WinPilot with data for your particular country. To do that, follow steps below:
1. Download Airport/Airspace/Navaid data file  for your region to your desktop PC. Using ActiveSync connect your iPAQ to your PC, and double click on the just downloaded data file. Follow the prompts, the file will be automatically installed on your iPAQ.

2. Go to Color Maps page on our web site, download terrain map for your country (extension *.wp3) to your desktop, and place it in \My Documents folder on your iPAQ (you might need to unzip it first, so it has extension *.wp3).

2. Start WinPilot VFR simulator, goto Menu.Files, Make sure that the appropriate Aeronautical data file and country are selected. A map should now appear showing airports, VORs, etc. To enable terrain map, go to  Menu.Files.Terrain, and select map file downloaded in step 2.

To move the simulated glider to a location of your choice go to Menu.Waypoints, select one, switch to third tab on the top, and select Action.JumpTo, or Action.Set Home Airport.

What's New in 2.00:


Selectable Language (German, French, Italian, and more)

WinPilot now allows selection of language other than English to display information. Strings in other languages are located in file WP_TEXT.xml, and can be modified by the user. Currently the following features of WinPilot have been translated: Menus, NavBoxes, and NavBox selection page.
File WP_TEXT.xml is a text file, and can be extended to include other languages.


Special thanks for help with translation go to following people:
Pitt Kussbach, Johannes Garrecht (German), Philippe de Pechy (French), Giorgio Ballarati (Italian). 

Settings are now stored in one file: WP_Settings.xml. Tasks are stored in WP_Tasks.xml.
Both these files can be copied to \iPAQ File Store, or to a desktop PC, which allows easy retrieval of all settings in case of battery discharge.

Added new Menu page: 'Profiles' that implements a mechanism to preserve settings of the program in case of battery discharge. Three separate sets of settings can be saved and restored. This mechanism can also be used to quickly change settings for different modes of flying defined by the user, for example from competition mode to flying FAI tasks mode, and/or to quickly change the set of active NavBoxes. It can also be used to store settings for different pilots in case there is more than one pilot using a particular iPAQ.
The settings are stored in non-volatile memory available in iPAQs 3800, 3900, 5000 series and newer in folder 'iPAQ File Store'. Users of older iPAQs like 3600 can use a compact flash card to save settings.
This page also allows saving and restoring tasks.
To activate the page, go to Menu.Edit and enable 'Profiles' into one of the buttons.

Added Menu navigation arrows that make more space for functions:

The Menu navigation arrows are in the upper right and left corners of the screen, and allow navigating back and forth between menu pages without the need for pressing menu button. Thus, users can assign the 'More...' button for other functions.

Added Menu functions '1 Prof', '2 Prof', and '3 Prof'. These buttons allow quick change of the look and feel of the program depending  on the situation. For example, a user can configure WinPilot differently for using at home or in the glider, differently for use on a task versus when rounding a waypoint, or differently when flying a contest (start cylinder), versus flying a record (start line).
To use these buttons, first a profile must be saved using Menu.Profiles. 

Movable Navboxes. It is now possible to drag any Navbox to any point on the map. Additionally, it is possible to specify for each Navbox a different number of lines displayed, color, and font.
Here is how Navboxes are now controlled:


1. Menu.Navbox
From here it is possible to control which Navboxes are shown (as before), and by pressing '...' button it is possible to do the following:

a. Turn all Navboxes On or Off  - checkbox 'Visible'.
b. Enable or disable dragging - checkbox 'Allow Drag'
c. Once all Navboxes are in their desired places pilot can select 'Lock' to lock them in place.
d. Auto arrange all Navboxes at the bottom of the screen without changing their style:

e. Auto arrange all Navboxes at the bottom of the screen resetting their style:



2. From Map screen:

 When 'Allow Drag' is on, then it is possible to drag any Navbox on the map to any position. Immediately after that operation, map shows 'Navbox Edit' icon (see below):

When that icon is pressed, it is possible to edit style of the last touched Navbox:

On this page it is possible to specify the following parameters independently for each box:

a. Number of lines. New: when 1 line is selected, only the value of the Navbox is drawn on a transparent background. This makes it possible to have more Navboxes on the screen than before without taking space away from the map.

b. Fonts used for line 1 (caption) and line 2 (value).

c. Color of the value:

Menu.Navbox.'...'.Lock locks Navboxes to their set positions.

Implemented new page 'Symbols' to adjust Size, Color, and Position of map symbols like Glider, and Final Glide indicator.
This page is accessible via Menu.Map, or by selecting button 'Symbols' into main menu.

Slider 'Size' changes size of a selected symbol.
Slider 'Position' moves glider on the map towards the top or the bottom of the screen.
changes color of a symbol.

Implemented Snap-On NavBoxes. It is now possible to create chains of NavBoxes. The entire chain can be moved when first box in the chain is moved. Chains can be vertical or horizontal (see below). In a horizontal chain the NavBoxes are kept neatly together even when their individual sizes change. When NavBoxes are part of a chain, a small grey circle is displayed between them symbolizing the connection. ArmStart/Start Navbox button is now being painted even when inactive. This makes it easier to find it, and position it on the map. When inactive, the Start button/Navbox is painted in gray transparent color. Pilots who don't want to see the 'Start' button on the map can disable it on Menu.NavBox page.

Horizontal Snap-On

Vertical Snap-On


Added Navboxes for ETA to destination, ETA to next waypoint, ETE to destination, and ETE to next waypoint.

2.02: Fixed a problem with RMI pointer 1.

2.03: Fixed generating user waypoints by touching a map, added ETA Navbox computation for a GoTo destination.
2.04: Fixed preserving all settings in Menu.Settings.
2.08: Fixed drawing roads on terrain maps.


1. Download Airport/SUA data file (see above) to your desktop PC. Unzip it, so it has extension *.wa1. Then copy it to \My Documents folder on your iPAQ.

2. Go to Color Maps page on our web site, download terrain map for your country (extension *.wp3) to your desktop, and place it in \My Documents folder on your iPAQ (you might need to unzip it firs, so it has extension *.wp3).

3. Download WinPilot VFR (see above), and double click on the executable, it will install itself on the iPAQ.

4. WinPilot VFR can be started from shortcuts on the Start menu on your Pocket PC. After starting the simulator, it should ask you to select Aeronautical file (Europe.wa1). Press the up arrow to select the file. Next, select your country from the list of countries. A map should now appear showing airports, VORs, etc. To enable terrain map, go to  Menu.Files.Terrain, and select file downloaded in step 2.
To enable terrain map, go to  Menu.Files.Airspace, and select file downloaded in step 3.

To move the simulated glider to a location of your choice go to Menu.Waypoints, select one, switch to third tab on the top, and select Action.JumpTo.

The biggest new feature is the 3-tabbed Browser /Flight Plan Editor/Details  combo.

The Browser page can be used to narrow down the list of possible waypoints to one choice. That choice is then available both on the Flight Plan and Details page. The Details page can also be invoked by touching a waypoint name on the map.

The Flight Plan Editor page is used to manage tasks. 
There are 24 possible tasks, but the one being flown is always task 00. Any task can be copied to task 00, and task 00 can be copied to any other task index.
In task 00, WinPilot always navigates to the first waypoint on the list.
All columns on this page are user-selectable. To change a given column to display some other king of data, touch its header.

The Details page shows the information about the selected waypoint, and a map (with terrain info if a terrain map is selected).
From the Action button on this page, it is possible to copy the waypoint to the beginning of task 00 (FLY TO), or move the current position of the simulated glider to that waypoint (JUMP TO).

WinPilot VFR can be tested in the Simulator mode free of charge. Just download and install the software, and start it from Start.WinPilot VFR Simulator shortcut. To use the program in with a GPS receiver, a license is required. The license cost is $299, which includes free software, free database, and free map updates until January 1st 2003.

Release Notes:


Navboxes and Menus 

1.60 - Added new functions: 'Touch' and '1 Map'. Improved 'Details' page so now it shows the recommended runway given the Wind direction (as a green rectangle around runway number). Improved the 'Details' page so now it is possible to quickly enlarge the information list for a given waypoint by just touching the list. 

Touch - allows easier interaction with the Map. By pressing Touch it is possible what elements on the map should be sensitive to the next touch of a finger or stylus. The choices are: Airport, User Turnpoint, VOR, and Intersection. After a given type of object is selected, the user can press any of the available buttons to invoke a desired action when the select element type is touched next. The available action types are: 'Info' - provides information about the selected object, 'GoTo' - WinPilot navigates to the selected object, '+Task' - selected object is added to the task (it is possible to specify at what position in the task it should be added). There are also two other possible actions: 'Create TP' - creates a turnpoint on the map where the user touched the map, and 'SUA Info' - displays information about a SUA segment. With this function it is not necessary to touch SUA label, it is sufficient to touch anywhere within the airspace.

'Touch' menu function is by default assigned to the third iPAQ button, which means that it is not necessary to press the 'Menu' button on the map to get to this function, it is sufficient to press the third iPAQ button to go directly to the Touch page.

'1 Map' - allows turning the terrain map on or off. This menu function is by default assigned to the first iPAQ button.


Complete WinPilot systems can be ordered from:
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This product was developed using DAFIF, a product of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. This product has not been endorsed or otherwise approved by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, or the United States Department of Defense.

WinPilot product is provided "as is", and no warranty, express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for particular purpose or arising by statute or otherwise in law or from a course of dealing or usage in trade, is made by Sierra SkyWare, Inc, as to the accuracy and functioning of the product. Neither Sierra SkyWare, Inc.,  nor its dealers will be liable for any claims, losses, or damages arising from or connected with the use of WinPilot. The user agrees to hold harmless Sierra SkyWare, Inc.
The user's sole and exclusive remedy is to stop using WinPilot product. For a complete text of User's License agreement see WinPilot Manual.

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How to transfer tasks from WinPilot 3D VFR on your Desktop to WinPilot VFR 3.0 on your Pocket PC: 
When you create a task on WinPilot 3D, there is a small PDA icon under the Task list. The icon is active only when the PDA is connected using ActiveSync. After pressing the PDA icon, task list (0-19) is transferred to the PDA.. After transfer, please restart WinPilot on the PDA, so that the task list can be read.



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