No internet required…at least for the lower 48 States of the USA. [Internet and PreFly still an option for the rest of Planet Earth.] All the satellite imagery and terrain data for the lower 48 are stored on the thumb drive.
Also it has been made simpler, faster, easier to use. Touch any airport, airspace or obstacle and see its information, including distance and bearing. Fly Direct-to. Change the approach with a single click–and see the course and missed drawn in 3D.
Copy #1 went to Helm Navigation, where it is available on the Helm X650. If you want to know what system actually works in the air in real life conditions, look here:Helm Navigation
Ships means literally, in the old fashioned sense of the word, comes to you by plane, train and automobile. 5.0 is delivered on a hi-speed USB thumb drive. You can run Symbolic Flight 5 from the thumb drive. That means you can plan on one device and carry the results on the thumb drive to another device in the airplane and run it there. Very convenient with the X650.
We are working on a new Trial Edition. Should be up soon.
What took so long? terrabytes of image and terrain data were massaged-down to a few gigabytes over the last six months. Getting it right proved quite a challenge. Some processes that took weeks to begin with now take ONLY a few hours. Learned a lot. It was worth it.
No more PreFly requirement in the Lower 48. I can just go fly. And being able to run from a thumb-drive from any PC is way more convenient than making sure I have the machine I planned on always with me. I can just leave the Helm X650 in the plane. Plug the Thumb drive in, turn it on and go. The groundwork has been laid for doing the same thing for the rest of the planet. Mostly a matter of acquiring the data.
Of course the minute we finished, winter arrived, in force. WPPBW we used to call it: Weather Piss-Poor Birds Walking.
First day the icing level lifts above the hilltops we are airborne.