Redbird Navigator User Guide

v3.4.3 - Last Updated: October 2019

Purpose: This document provides step-by-step instructions for using Redbird Navigator.

Audience: Instructors and students who use Redbird simulators.

Before you begin: Navigator is the operating system for Redbird simulators. It enables control of the simulator in a variety of ways and sharing information through cloud-based software. It can be used with a variety of portable devices.

Navigator comes with four core applications: 1) Dispatch; 2) Scenario Store; 3) Sim Management; and 4) Instructor Station. The details of the first three are covered in this User Guide. The details of how to use Instructor Station can be found in the Instructor Station User Guide.

Assumptions: You have a Pilot Key. You have login credentials. The Pilot Key has a GIFT license if you intend to fly GIFT simulations. The simulator is connected to the Internet.


Find Your Flight   


1. On a wireless device such as a tablet computer (recommended), smartphone, laptop computer, or by using the simulator itself, launch Navigator.  

NOTE: If you use a device other than the simulator to access Navigator, be sure your device is connected to the simulator’s wireless Navigator network.

NOTE: If you are using a Redbird Jay or Redbird TD/TD2 simulator, you will use Navigator on the simulator itself.

2. Insert your Pilot Key into the Pilot Key port on the switch panel of the simulator. The login screen appears.

Navigator PIN entry unpopulated


3. Enter your login credentials (PIN) and click Login. The Navigator main menu called Navigator Springboard appears.

Navigator Springboard

NOTE: In addition to the four core applications, there may be other optional applications displayed on the Navigator Springboard.

4. No matter where you are in Navigator, you can return to the Navigator Springboard anytime by clicking the home icon in the upper left corner.


Home Button


5. If you want to logout of Navigator, click the person icon in the upper right corner and click Logout.

Logout Screen
6. If you want to view the devices connected to the system, click on the sprocket icon in the upper right corner.
Gear icon
7. The list of devices appears.


NOTE: Devices with green status means the devices is connected. Yellow status means the device is not connected. You will not be able to start a flight unless all devices are have a green checkmark on the left side.

8. If there is a software update or flight update available, an orange triangle with an exclamation point will appear in the upper right corner.

Yellow triangle exclaimation

Using the Sim Management Application

9. To launch the Sim Management application, from the Navigator Springboard, click the Sim Management icon.
Sim Management icon
Overview tab
10. The Sim Management page appears with the Overview tab selected.

Sim Management Overview screen

NOTE: The Overview tab displays the version number of all the software installed in the system.

11. To view the latest change log for Navigator, click the version button in red to the right of Navigator in the Overview tab.

Navigator version number
12. To shut down the simulator, click Shutdown at the bottom of the Overview tab.

13. To restart the simulator, click Restart at the bottom of the Overview tab.
Devices tab

14. To view the devices connected to the system, click Devices on the left side menu. The list of devices appears as shown in step 6.

Updates tab
15. To update the software or download updated flight scenarios, click Updates on the left side menu. The Updates login screen appears.

Updates Tab login screen
16. Enter the Simulator default admin password "Redbird12345" and click the Login button.

NOTE: You can reset the default admin password from the Settings tab.

17. If there are updates available, click the Update All button. The installation progress bar will appear.

Updates Found window
18. If there are no updates found, click the Refresh button to see if there are any recent updates.
Settings tab

19. To view an/or modify the simulator settings, click Settings on the left side menu. The login Settings screen appears.

Settings - Enter Password window
20. Enter your admin password. Once you do, the Login button will activate. Click the Login button.

21.The settings tab appears.

Sim management screen

NOTE: The Sim Customization Settings fields and the Sim Admin Settings fields are pre-filled with customer information.

22. To turn off a setting that is currently on, click the word ON. To turn on a setting that is currently off, click the word OFF. Use the following table for guidance.


When On

Sidekick Uploads Enabled

With a pilot key plugged in, all data from any flight you fly are automatically updated to the Redbird Cloud

Anonymous Mode Enabled

Can fly without a pilot key plugged in

Free Flight Enabled

Can create Free flights in Dispatch application

Scenario Store Enabled

Can download scenarios from the Scenario Store application

Find My Sim Enabled

Your sim appears on the Find My Sim map available at

Require Password…

Password required to restart and shutdown the simulator

Use Metric Units

Data displayed on navigator screen are in metric units

Apply Critical Updates

Critical updates are installed without having to go through the update procedure

23. To set the stability of the Navigator software, click the down arrow on the Desired Software Stability menu.

Desired Software Stability
24. Select from the following choices:

Stable: for most users
Beta: for use only if you're part of a beta program with Redbird, or have been directed to do so by a Redbird representative; some features of the software may not work

25. To set the name of the simulator, enter a descriptive name into the Name textbox in the Sim Customization Settings area. For example, “Steve’s Flight School FMX.”

Sim Name window
26. To set the tail number of the acrylic panel that's currently plugged in, enter the tail number into the Tail Number textbox.

27. Once you enter the changes, the Save button will activate. Click the Save button.

NOTE: Sim Admin Settings are intended for the person responsible for management or support of the simulator.  Regular users do not need access to these settings.

28. To update the Sim Admin Settings, change the name in the Name textbox, change the email in the Email textbox and/or change the phone number in the Phone Number textbox.

29. Once you make the change(s), the Save button will activate. Click the Save button.

30. To change the Sim Admin password, click Change Password at the bottom of the Sim Admin Settings area.

Change Password
31. Enter the new password twice and click Save.

Support tab


32. To contact support, on the left side menu click Support.

33. The Support tab appears.
Contact Support window
34. Enter your first name, last name, email address and a description of the issue in the appropriate text fields.

35. Click the Open Support Case button. A copy of the support request email is sent to you, Redbird Support, and the Sim Administrator.

NOTE: During Redbird business hours, typical customer support response time is under one hour. Otherwise, it’s the following business day.

Using the Scenario Store Application

36. To launch the Scenario Store application, go to the Navigator Springboard and click the Scenario Store icon.
Scenario Store icon
37. The Scenario Store page appears.

Available Scenarios

NOTE: Scenarios are bundles of flights. They are how GIFT and other Redbird packaged flight scenarios are distributed. You may download GIFT bundles, but will need a GIFT license to activate and fly GIFT bundles.

38. To download a scenario from the Scenario Store, click the black cloud icon next to the title.

New Scenario download

NOTE: If a scenario does not have a black cloud icon and instead has a red trash can, it means you've already downloaded that scenario.

39. To delete a scenario from the Scenario Store you've already downloaded, click the red trash can icon to the right of the title.

Delete Scenario
Using the Dispatch Application

NOTE: Dispatch is where you go to see all of your flights. These include flights you've downloaded from the Scenario Store.

40. To launch the Dispatch application, from the Navigator Springboard, click the Dispatch icon.
Dispatch icon
41. The Dispatch page appears with the All tab selected.

All tab
All Scenarios tab

NOTE: Flight color code:

Red: saved flight (i.e., stored on local machine, usually a flight saved by a user)
Blue: downloaded from the Scenario Store
Green: GIFT flight

42. To edit the title, description, and tags of a saved flight, click on the menu icon (green arrow) for that flight.

Saved Flight
43. The Editing Scenario screen appears.

Edit Scenario window
44. To change the title of the scenario, enter a new title in the Title textbox.

45. To change the description of the scenario, enter a new description in the Description textbox.

NOTE: One thing you can do to make flights easier to find in the future is to add descriptive tags to the flight. Tags are short, typically one or two words. You can add as many tags as you'd like.

46. To add a searchable tag to a flight, enter the tag in the Add New Tag field and click the "+" to the right. Repeat the process for any additional tags.

47. After you've made all your edits, click the green Save Scenario button.

NOTE: The list of scenarios in Dispatch can get long. If there are some scenarios you're sure you won't use again, you may want to delete them.

48. To delete the scenario from Dispatch, click the red Delete Scenario button.

49. To locate a flight in Dispatch, you can scroll through the list or you can use the search box at the top.

Filter Scenarios field
50. To use the search box, enter the title of the flight or a tag and hit Enter. The flights with that search criteria will appear.

51. You can always sort the list of flights—before or after a search—by clicking the Sort A-Z button to the right of the search box.

52. To remove the search criteria, click the "X" on the right end of the search box.

NOTE: If there's a scenario you use frequently, you may want to favorite it to make it easier to find in the future.

Favorites tab

53. To make a scenario a favorite, click the yellow star to the left of the scenario title. The yellow star fills in when it becomes a favorite and it is added to the Favorites tab.
Favorite Saved Flight
54. To quickly locate your favorites, click the Favorites tab the left side menu.

Favorites list
55. To remove a  flight from Favorites, click the filled-in yellow star. It becomes unfilled and no longer appears in the Favorites menu, though still appears in its original menu.

GIFT tab

56. To view your GIFT flights, click the GIFT tab on the left side menu. The GIFT tab appears.

GIFT menu locked

NOTE: Greyed-out GIFT scenarios are locked. You will need a PIN code to unlock them.

57. To unlock GIFT flights, and you haven’t done so already, plug a pilot key with an activated GIFT license on it into the USB port on the front simulator panel (Pilot Key USB slot) and a PIN keypad will appear.

PIN pad populated

NOTE: If using a Jay ot TD/TD2, use any available USB port on the simulator computer.

58. Enter your PIN code and click the green Submit Code button at the bottom. The GIFT flights are unlocked.

GIFT menu unlocked

NOTE: Plugging in a pilot key logs you into the Navigator system. To logout, click the person icon in the upper right corner of the page and then click Logout.

59. To start a GIFT flight, click the flight title in the list. The Confirm Flight Start Dialog appears.

GIFT Confirm Flight Start window

NOTE:  For GIFT flights, the Confirm Flight Start dialog provides options you can select before you start your flight. The image above is specific to an ILS flight. Different flight types will have slightly different options to choose from. All flights have the option to turn on the motion system.

60. To turn on the motion system, click the word OFF to the right of Motion System in the Options section of the dialog.

NOTE: All GIFT flights have Surprise Me option in the Additional Options section. The Surprise Me option chooses a random combination of all the options below it, including not choosing any at all.

61. To turn on Surprise Me, click the word OFF to the right of Surprise Me in the  Additional Options section.

62. To fly the GIFT flight with in-flight coaching, click the word OFF to the right of With Coaching.

63. When you’re ready to start the GIFT flight, click the Start Flight button at the bottom of the Confirm Flight Start dialog.

Saved tab

64. To see your saved flights, click on the Saved tab on the left side menu.

Saved Flights tab

NOTE: The Saved flight list is equivalent to the All list minus the GIFT flights.

Free Flight tab

65. To create a Free flight, click the Free Flight tab on the left side menu. The Free Flight menu appears.

Free Flight tab

NOTE: Free flights allow you to create your own custom flight and start from anywhere on the ground or in the air.

66. To start a flight on a runway, input a valid ICAO identifier for the airport you want to take off from the Start From textbox located in the Position column. The airport appears in the Airports list.

Free Flight Position menu
67. Click on the airport and then select a runway to take off from.  Upon starting the flight, you will be lined up for takeoff on the selected runway.

On Ground Position menu
68. To start a flight in the air, click the In Air button.

NOTE: When you choose to start a flight in the air, by default, the airplane is positioned on a 5 mile final at 1,000 feet AGL for the runway you've selected. However, you may change the plane's position and airspeed as desired in the fields below.


In Air Position menu

69. Change any of the following In Air fields as desired:
Heading: in degrees
Radial: in degrees FROM airport
Distance: in nautical miles
AGL/MSL: select one
Altitude: in AGL or MSL
Airspeed: in knots

70. In the Time column, click on the time of day you want to take off (or land).

Time of Day menu
71. From the Weather column, make the following selections:
Visibility: in statute miles
Wind Direction: in degrees
Wind Speed: in knots
Gusting To: in knots
Turbulence: choices are None; Light; Moderate; Heavy; Severe
Cloud Coverage: choices are SKC; FEW; SCT; BKN; OVC
Cloud Base: feet MSL
Precipitation Type: choices are None; Rain; Snow
Precipitation Rate: choices are Very Light; Light; Moderate; Heavy: Very Heavy

Free Flight Weather menu
72. In the Options column, to turn motion on, click the motion system switch so that it is green and says On. To turn motion Off, click the switch again.

Motion System Options menu

NOTE: In the Redbird Jay model simulator you will also be able to choose the aircraft type.  In the Redbird TD and TD2, you may choose if your Cessna has a high performance engine, retractable gears, and/or constant speed prop.  Selecting high performance engine and constant speed prop essentially turns your airplane into a Cessna 182.

73. When you have the Free flight parameters set as desired, click the Start Flight button at the bottom right of the Dispatch tab.

Start Flight button

NOTE: Navigator will not let you start a second flight when one is already in progress.

74. The Your Flight is Loading dialog appears.

Your Flight Is Loading window

75. After the flight loads, the Flight in Progress dialog appears.

Flight In Progress window

NOTE: The image above is indicative of a Free flight. If it was an ILS flight it would include a link to the approach plate and show a checklist.

76. To pause the flight, click the Pause Flight button.

77. To unpause the flight, click the Unpause Flight button.

78. To end the flight, click the End Flight button.

79. To launch Instructor Station, click Instructor Station at the bottom of the dialog.

NOTE: For technical support, contact the Redbird Technical Support Team using the Navigator support menu explained earlier in this document, or via email at, or by calling +1 512-301-0718 between the hours of 7am-6pm U.S. Central Time (-5/-6 UTC) Monday - Friday, excluding normal U.S. holidays.