2. Map Page¶
2.1. Basic Interaction¶
Firstly, there are a number of things you can do on the map page and likely, while en-route flying, you will spend most of your time here. For this reason, it is important to familiarise yourself with the diverse capabilities provided on this page. Some functionality is available simply by tapping, swiping, pinching or pressing on the map. Other functionality is available via buttons at the top, side and bottom of the screen.
The operations available are:
- Pan map
Press, hold and drag your finger on the screen
‘Pinch zoom’ is achieved by placing your thumb and forefinger on the screen at the same time and pressing, holding (briefly) and moving them apart (zoom in) or together (zoom out).
One finger zoom can be achieved by tapping twice on the map, but on the second tap keep your finger in contact with the screen and swipe up or down to zoom in or out.
The same as for zoom, but press and hold your thumb and forefinger until a ruler appears. Then while keeping your fingertips contacting the screen, manipulate them to adjust the position of the ruler. Tap and hold on the ruler to reveal more options: distance unit, course type (rhumb or great circle), and bearing type (ºT or ºM).
- Enter a plan
- Get the weather
Tap near an aerodrome (AD). The Closest Points popup will appear, tap on the AD in this popup. Tap ‘Wx/Notams’ in the subsequent menu.
- Create a User Waypoint
Tap on the map where you want the waypoint. Tap on the ‘+’ in the top left corner of the subsequent ‘Closest Points’ popup. Tap ‘Add User Waypoint’.
- Follow your progress as you fly (moving map mode)
See Map Mode button later in this chapter.
View Grid LSALTs
Access various IFR aids
Find your GPS location
2.2. Map Interaction¶
Tap once anywhere on the map and the ‘Closest Points’ popup will appear (Image 2.1). This list shows the waypoints closest to where you tapped on the map. Below and beside each item in the list is some information about the waypoint. If you have tapped near an aerodrome then it will be prioritised and appear as the first entry in the list, and some more quick actions are associated with it.
For easy reference, the runway displayed on this page is appropriately coloured to reflect the surface type. The colours are: brown = dirt/gravel, green = grass, grey = tarmac. Where available, there is a small diagram of the runway layout and a windsock next to the airfield name. The windsock changes direction based on the current METAR wind to give you a quick indication of which runway might be in use.
If you have tapped in an area with few waypoints you will see ‘New Custom Waypoint’ at the top of the list (Image 2.2). This item is used to create a User Waypoint. To learn more about creating & editing User Waypoints see the User Waypoints chapter. If the ‘New Custom Waypoint’ option does not appear in the list you can use the ‘+’ symbol in the top left corner to create a User Waypoint.
Tap on a waypoint for more options (Image 2.3). The options are described below.
- Direct To
When you select ‘Direct To’, a User Waypoint is dropped at your current position and a plan is constructed from the newly created User Waypoint, to the selected waypoint. If you were already in a plan, that plan will continue after reaching the ‘Direct To’ point.
‘Direct To’ is a handy option for a quick change of plan, e.g. a diversion. There are better ways to create an actual flight plan, these methods are described in the chapter on Planning
- Set As Origin of Plan / Add To Plan
Tapping ‘Set As Origin of Plan’ creates a flight plan with the selected waypoint as the initial point in the plan. (If you already have a plan active, the button will be labelled ‘Add To Plan’) This is one method you can use to create a flight plan. To add more waypoints to your plan: tap near the desired waypoint on the map → select the waypoint in the subsequent Closest Points Popup → tap ‘Add To Plan’. For more information see the chapter on Planning.
- Remove From Plan
(Only shown if this waypoint exists in the currently active plan) Removes the waypoint from the plan.
- Recentre On Map
Positions the screen with the selected waypoint in the centre.
Tapping on ‘Wx/Notams’ results in a tabbed popup that provides access to various weather & NOTAM information.
The options here are covered in the Weather chapter.
- Satellite Map
Opens a Satellite Map popup with the waypoint shown as a pin drop on the map.
- Range Ring
The Range Ring feature is discussed in Special Features
- Public Notes
Use the Public Notes system to share information about airfields with other OzRunways users. Before you can submit a Public Note you will need to set up a nickname in Settings → Subscriptions.
- Fuel Prices
For waypoints that have associated fuel prices, these are shown here. Tap to edit or enter new fuel information.
Below these options a list of documents for the airfield is shown. Tap a document to view.
There are a number of toolbars around the edge of the map, the function of these toolbars and their buttons are described below.
2.7. Traffic / Timers¶
The elements of the traffic icon gives a visual indication of the status of both the OzRunways traffic system, and any connected ADS-B device.
Single-tap the traffic icon to reveal more options. Tap and hold to momentarily enlarge all traffic. If you have a SkyEcho connected this is where you can configure the settings. (iOS 13 or above required)
The image below demonstrates the appearance of the traffic icon under the following conditions:
OzRunways traffic broadcasting
SkyEcho ADS-B OUT broadcasting using callsign EFB, and squawk code 1200
The OzRunways traffic system will only broadcast your position to other users when it detects you are flying. i.e. the aeroplane symbol won’t be green unless you are flying.
Tapping the Timers button opens a menu where you can access the Flight & Engine Timer settings.
- Engine Timer
There is an engine timer and a flight timer. You can start the timers manually, or have them automatically start. The engine timer may be started automatically by listening for ambient engine noise. This is setup by tapping the Volume Switch and then tapping ‘Auto’ and adjusting the volume control while you have your engine running. Adjust volume from highest to lowest so that the timer starts reliably. When the engine is stopped, the timer should automatically stop. You may have to experiment with the setting to get it right for your aircraft.
- Flight Timer
The flight timer may be automatically set by tapping ‘Air Switch’ and selecting an air speed at which you wish to start the flight timer.
The respective timers may be reset at the bottom of the popup. If the timers are set and operating, their values are displayed to the right of the timers icon.
The left screenshot in Image 2.12 shows the result of a long press near YPED (Edinburgh, SA). On releasing your finger after a long press a list appears detailing the airspace under your finger at the time you did the long press. The types of airspace that appear in this list can be selected in Map View Options (cogs). A tap on the bottom airspace listing (Edinburgh airspace R234) results in the display on the right in Image 2.12.
When viewing restricted airspace details in the above manner the information box will be coloured either yellow, orange or red. The orange colour indicates that clearances may be given to transit that airspace (i.e. RA2). A red colour indicates you are unlikely to get a clearance through the airspace (RA3) and yellow illustrates that clearances are routinely given (RA1). The active hours (where available) are shown in UTC.
2.9. GPS HUD¶
Below the title bar menu there are a number of dark boxes which display information. This is called the GPS HUD and is described in detail in the GPS HUD chapter.