2. Maps 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)
As for zoom but press and hold your thumb and forefinger until a ruler appears. Then while keeping your finger tips contacting the screen manipulate them to adjust the position of the ruler
- Enter a plan
- Get the weather
Tap near an airfield → tap on the airfield in the subsequent popup → tap Quick Briefing (more on this below)
- Enter a Custom or User Waypoint
Tap where you want the waypoint → tap on ‘Custom Waypoint’ in the subsequent popup → tap ‘Add User Waypoint’
- Find your GPS location
Follow your progress as you fly (moving map mode) – see GPS button later in this chapter
2.2. Map Interaction¶
Tap once on the map and the ‘Closest Waypoints’ popup will appear (Image 2.1). This list shows the waypoints closest to where you tapped on the map. The top entry is always ‘New Waypoint’, this is used to create a User Waypoint (custom waypoint). Below each waypoint is some further information such as distance and bearing to the waypoint from your current location. If applicable, frequency and elevation are shown beside the waypoint. You can scroll down the list to view more waypoints.
You can control which types of waypoints that appear in the Closest Waypoints popup in Settings → Waypoint Sub-Types.
Tap on a waypoint for more options (Image 2.2). The options are described below.
- Direct To
When you select ‘Direct To’ the app immediately drops a user waypoint at your current position and then constructs a plan from that position to the selected waypoint. If you were already in a plan, that plan is terminated and the Direct To plan initiated. Direct To plans will not be saved after use.
If you want to resume your previous plan, cancel the Direct To plan → Open the plan popup → Select the previous plan. You can of course insert a waypoint into your current plan to effect a Direct To without terminating your current plan. For more details see Planning.
‘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
- Add To Plan
Tapping ‘Add To Plan’ creates a flight plan with the selected waypoint as the initial point in the plan, or, if you have an existing plan open it will add this waypoint to the end of that plan.
Tapping on ‘Documents’ will take you straight to the relevant airfield documents on the Airfields page.
Positions the screen with the selected waypoint in the centre.
- Quick Briefing
Tapping on ‘Quick Briefing’ results in a screen showing the NAIPS Location Briefing, this includes the aerodrome TAF, METAR, Area QNH, and NOTAMs (if available) A Charts button is available on this page to access the GAF and GPWT charts.
‘Edit’ is used to change the details of a User Waypoint (custom waypoint), if you have not selected a User Waypoint this item will be greyed out.
2.3. User Waypoints (custom waypoints)¶
- If you tap on ‘New Waypoint’ in the Closest Waypoints Popup, the resulting screen allows you to do one of three things:
Save the new waypoint as a User Waypoint
Initiate a ‘Direct To’ to the new waypoint location
Add the new waypoint to the end of the current plan
A ‘Direct To’ cancels the current plan and automatically builds a new plan from your current position to the newly created User Waypoint.
Give the waypoint a code and a name. The code appears above the waypoint and is generally just a short identifier e.g. the code for Parafield is ‘YPPF’ and the name is ‘Parafield’
Image 2.3 shows the result of a long press near YPED. After a long press, the popup in the middle of the figure results. It lists the airspace under your finger at the time you did the long press. A tap on the ‘R234’ listing results in the display as shown in Image 2.4. If the ‘Highlight active restricted airspace’ option is enabled, and the device has an internet connection, active restricted airspace (as per the NAIPS RA Briefing) will be coloured red.
2.5. Top Action Bar¶
The title of the currently selected map is shown here.
Type any code or name for an airfield or waypoint into the search bar. Any waypoints matching this code/name will appear in the drop down list. Tap the desired waypoint in the list for further options, including adding the waypoint to a plan. Tap the ‘X’ in search bar to collapse keyboard.
The Flight Timer is activated automatically when the RWY detects that you are travelling above 70kts OR if you are climbing at a rate of 300fpm (or greater) for at least 20 seconds. The flight timer 2 minutes after travelling < 30kts.
The weather radar is an overlay on the map which shows rainfall and lightning strikes. Tap to toggle the overlay on/off. Initially red boxes with ‘X’ will appear on the screen which indicates data for that box is still loading. Once loaded, the red ‘X’ will disappear and be replaced with the radar image. Weather is reloaded anytime the map is panned or zoomed.
2.6. GPS HUD¶
The GPS HUD bars are shown on the map screen as either one bar (planning mode) or two bars (flying mode). These boxes provide information obtained from the device’s internal GPS, including:
Ground speed in knots
Track in ºM
- GPS ALT
Current UTC time
- Latitude / longitude
Your current GPS position coordinates
Distance to Go to the Active Waypoint
Bearing to the Active Waypoint in ºM
Estimated Time Enroute to the Active Waypoint
Estimated Time of Arrival at the Active Waypoint
- Active Waypoint
The currently active waypoint and a ‘Cancel’ button. Tap and hold the Cancel button to end the current plan.
2.7. Waypoint Overlay Bar¶
The Waypoint Overlay Bar is a collapsable popup located on the left hand side of the screen. Simply tap the three dots to reveal or hide the bar. It controls what waypoints are shown on the map screen, and those shown in the Closest Waypoints popup.