||This is PERFECT for simmers. As far as I could find at the time, the only other access to every single airport in the world is by subscription and costs a bomb. This way you get every single plate available for every single airport in Flight Sim plus some!
Are they out of date?
Most of them are NOT out of date, although some seem out of date because they are a couple of years old, like Malta for instance, LMML or Valletta or Luqa. The whole island is only 12 miles squared tops! It is a one runway airport with access only at one end!
Some of the 42 plates, for this tiny airport are dated 2014, BUT they are NOT out of date, they are just the latest ones available to anyone, because nothing has changed since then!
Can you print them out?
I print out all the ones I want to, as many as I want, because it is made so easy, when you look up a chart or plate, they are ALL presented to you in PDF format. So you may either print it or save it in a file or somewhere you can get to it whilst you are using your Flight Sim. I have a copy of some in a Folder, whilst others I don't use so much I keep on my laptop. I have only just thought of it, however, I suppose I could keep them on my iPad if Adobe Read has an App for the iPad?
Where do they come from?,
well lets take Malta to start with, only because I was born there and love it, have the airport update since the rebuild of the new Airport, all of them are issued by the Civil Aviation Directorate - Transport Malta.
Whilst out of the 60+ plates for Gatwick are published mainly by the Civil Aviation Authority. The last one that I printed out for my folder which is easily printed out from SimPlates was for Gatwick called "AERODROME CHART A380 GROUND MOVEMENT CHART" dated 21st July 2016, nothing has changed since, I have checked.
There is so much information on these charts and plates and maps to go into here.
Each time you want a particular chart, say EGKK Admin Data, full of facilities available fuel, air types, Passenger facilities, max passengers per hour, how many parking stands, how many gates, Marshall stands and safeclock/mirror stands, if they have any unusual markings on the tarmac or taxiways, and stacks of other very informative stuff about Gatwick in this case, but all important stuff if your going to an unknown airport, can you get the right fuel to get back?
I suppose it depends on how you want to play the Flight Sim you use or the trip planner you use. If you use Plan-G you are going to want this for the layout of the stands and gates and numbers etc, so you can PLAN your trip right from the gate, which Plan-G is capable of.
If you don't want ALL your charts to be bang up to date every second of every day. However Dauntless do a good job of keeping them up to date. Most of the charts I am using in my folder at the moment are dated 2017 or 2016 for a few, later for others where NOTHING has changed.
Interface a bit simple looking, but the upside is it is simple to use and you can usually find an airport in the SEARCH facility very easily with very little known information about it! Which is huge big plus if you like going to different and weird airports. However, the way the main page is laid out means you can pretty much go to the airport you want in no more than three or four clicks, Country, County, Area, Airport.... Easy.... I only use search when I have a code to hand.
I have had it for over a year now, printed out over 500 pages to make a folder up of frequently visited airports and love it. When I am using Plan-G and the plates printed from my folder, it just adds another layer of realism. I certainly don't regret buying it, even though it is above the average that I would pay for an add on, but this one, I love and use virtually every trip, except for the ones I know off by heart!!
Hope this helps you decide about this program,
it is totally all my own opinion, I have nothing to do with anyone involved in either FSS or Dauntless. Am an ex Army/Police Int Officer. 60+ and retired.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]