Navigation with Jester revolves around managing turn points for two flight plans: the Primary Flight Plan and the Secondary Flight Plan. Both can be edited and followed by Jester in the same manner, although Primary Flight Plan is considered the main one and the Secondary Flight Plan serves as a backup.

Flight Plan

A flight plan consists of multiple turn points. They can be inserted, deleted or edited by the player through the UI, map or mission editor.

Edit Turn Points

If the mission has assigned the aircraft a series of waypoints through the mission editor, this will be available by default as the Primary Flight Plan.

Map Marker

Using the F10 map view in DCS, players can create named markers on the map simply by double clicking the desired position after selecting Mark Label at the top row in the UI.

Create Map Markers

Through the UI, these map markers can then be imported as turn points to the flight plan.

Select Map Marker

Tune Asset

The UI offers a list of nearby assets, such as ships, tankers or ground stations.

Their current position can be imported as turn point directly.

💡 For moving assets like tankers, their actual position might vary from the planned coordinates. Use TACAN or ADF for more precise navigation.

Tune Airfield

Similar to tuning for assets, the UI provides a list of nearby airfields to navigate to.

Tune Airfields

Enter Coordinates

One way to add a turn point is by entering the corresponding LAT/LON through the UI.

The format is H DD MM H DDD MM,

  • where H represents the hemisphere (N or S for latitude and E or W for longitude);
  • D signifies Degrees (00 to 89 for latitude and 000 to 179 for longitude);
  • and M stands for Minutes (00 to 59).

A valid example could be N 45 32 E 047 12 or S 05 55 W 105 00.

💡 Spaces are optional, N4532E04712 is also valid.

Enter Coordinates


Jester navigates by utilizing a technique called leapfrogging. The aircraft only provides a single slot to memorize a waypoint (called TGT 2).

Planned Route

When leapfrogging, TGT 2 always indicates the next turn point of the current active flight plan. As the aircraft approaches this turn point (±2 nautical miles), Jester will automatically update TGT 2 to the next turn point in the sequence.

This enables the pilot to follow the entire route of the flight plan by selecting NAV COMP on the Navigation Function Selector Panel and following the corresponding indication on the HSI.



Besides following the flight plan, Jester is capable of diverting to a different unplanned turn point using TGT 1.

Through the UI, players can switch between the diversion (TGT1) and flight plan (TGT2) at any time.

Divert Option

Pause & Resume Route

An active flight plan is indicated by the UI using an asterisk * next to the current turn point.

Automatic turn point switching can be temporarily disabled per turn point using the Holding option. Turn points designated for holding are marked with a h.

Turn Point Modifiers

Turn Point Holding

When a flight plan has been paused, for example, because the pilot diverted to a different point (using TGT 1), it can be reactivated through the UI again by using the Go To/Resume option.

This also offers the possibility to skip turn points by jumping directly to any turn point in its sequence, as well as returning to previous points or resuming from a point designated for holding.


The TACAN equipment can be operated by both crew members independently and then swapped between Pilot and WSO by using the Command Button on the panel.

Further, Jester is able to tune directly to any TACAN capable asset or ground station.

Tune TACAN Ground Station

This also allows the pilot to set up Jesters TACAN panel with a secondary setup to then switch between both with a single click on the Command Button.


The UHF radio is duplicated between both crew members and can be operated independently. Using the Command Button allows the pilot to swap control between their and Jesters setup. This enables the pilot to setup two configurations and then swap between them fast with a single button press.

Jester is able to tune the radio directly to any nearby asset or ATC to enable and open a communication channel conveniently and quick. Via ADF, this can also be used for navigation.