Chris I don’t believe that’s entirely true… IF wouldn’t have to pay for EVERY user.
I currently use the simbrief product and charts cloud-for which navigraph Charges me about $10 USD/month. If I had a PC sim, I would be free to download the file thru my subscription to install and thus update all my waypoints in said sim.
As far as the devs go, they may have options where this is concerned-it MAY be a one time or monthly or NOT AT ALL as the onus would be on us as the users of IF to subscribe to navigraph cycles.
I’m guessing a one time fee makes more sense here a licensing fee or “compatibility fee” for Infinite Flight if you will. For instance if the devs go to Navigraph and say “hey navigraph we have this mobile sim and the AIRAC cycle is all user generated, is your data able to be made compatible with this XXX way of how we can implement it in Infinite Flight?
Many times-Add-on aircraft come with a specific airac cycle-usually the one that’s current when the add-on is released. Users may then subscribe to update-this is where I’m getting the “one time” fee idea.
The logistics would be as follows:
-Navigraph provides airac (waypoint/procedure) updates** for PC sims as well as simbrief etc.
User downloads X file to their PC and installs it-resulting in the updated waypoints and procedures each month.
-IF dev team goes to Navigraph and asks how they can make airac data compatible for Infinite Flight users that wish to subscribe and ONLY those users
-Navigraph either says they can make the data compatible (perhaps via in-app purchase??)
-Dev team and Navigraph discuss compatibility and implementation concerns and negotiate “licensing” pricing and/or percentages from in-app or other mode of subscription to the Navigraph data.
-IF users then have the ability to upgrade their subscription to “IF Pro NOW WITH Navigraph”
-IF users who subscribe can now fly via SID/STAR and ILS without having to have a flight plan like mine from last night (KLAS JAKER ROPPR RODDD BOACH WHIGG NATEE 3513N/11554W 3453N/11620W 3441N/11634W 3430N/11645W 3420N/11657W 3416N/11702W 3410N/11706W 3359N/11711W 3356N/11716W 3349N/11726W 3345N/11737W 3344N/11740W 3341N/11751W MIDDS RSNAL GUNEY R0713 KLGB)
I’m sure this is a pipe dream but I’d bet it’s possible to do
**For example the ANJLL4 added two waypoints in a recent update-people who have navigraph have the updated procedure-but in IF, we only have the ANJLL3 (I personally submitted the ANJLL3 waypoints and many others to Adrien who spun them up on GitHub to get them into IF-but it’s now already out of date 🤦♂️)