Hi, I have a query about NDB frequencies and DME readings in MSFS.
Several planes that are commonly used in the sim (an example is the Analog King Air, or Carenado PC12), do not have the ability to tune NDB frequencies to decimal places. In the real world this is not an issue, as you just tune to the nearest whole number and because ADFs are about the most inaccurate instrument known to man they still pick it up. However, in the sim, you have to tune to the exact frequency, including the 0.5. This makes some instrument procedures completely unusable in the above planes, an example is EGTK Oxford Airport, where every single instrument procedure requires the OX NDB, which is 367.5, so effectively you cannot fly any of these in the above planes where you cannot tune to a decimal.
The DME also behaves weirdly, to use Oxford again there is only an ILS for 19, but the NDB DME for 01 uses the I-OXF DME, however in the sim this stops reading once you go “behind” the ILS, even though the ILS radiates only one way the DME radiates through 360 degrees, so you should be able to pick it up anywhere.
I know these are both issues that are probably best fixed by Microsoft/Asobo, or the aircraft developers, to allow tuning of decimal NDBs, but seeing as this hasn’t been mentioned by them I’m wondering if there is some way within the navdata to solve this in a temporary way. I know it wouldn’t be 100% accurate to the real world, and of course it would be better if the sim didn’t cause these issues, but given how slow Asobo are at fixing these sorts of minor defects, is there a way to get a version of the navdata you provide for instance that only has whole number NDBs (so to use the OX again as an example this would radiate on 367.0 rather than 367.5), and where every ILS has a backcourse DME in existence, to allow for realistic flying of procedures where the sim can’t compensate for it’s own inaccuracies?
I know the answer is probably no but asking more in hope than expectation, and I also know these issues have been raised with Asobo but they haven’t even acknowledged them in over a year let alone say a fix is anywhere on the horizon, so Navigraph, any chance of being a hero…?