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

Zoom

‘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)

Measure

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

See Planning

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.

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Image 2.1 Closest Waypoints popup

Note

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.

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Image 2.2 Parafield (YPPF) waypoint options

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.

Documents

Tapping on ‘Documents’ will take you straight to the relevant airfield documents on the Airfields page.

Recentre

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

‘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:
  1. Save the new waypoint as a User Waypoint

  2. Initiate a ‘Direct To’ to the new waypoint location

  3. 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’

2.4. Airspace

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.

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2.5. Top Action Bar

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Image 2.5 Top Action Bar

Map Title

The title of the currently selected map is shown here.

Flight Timer

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.

Weather Overlay

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:

GS

Ground speed in knots

TRK

Track in ºM

GPS ALT

GPS Altitude

UTC

Current UTC time

Latitude / longitude

Your current GPS position coordinates

DTG

Distance to Go to the Active Waypoint

BRG

Bearing to the Active Waypoint in ºM

ETE

Estimated Time Enroute to the Active Waypoint

ETA

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.

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Image 2.6 Waypoint Overlay Bar

2.8. Bottom Action Bar

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Image 2.7 Bottom Action Bar

Map Mode

The Map Mode button toggles between static mode (where the map does not move) and moving map modes (where the map tracks your GPS position).

There are two moving map modes: North Up and Track Up. Cycle between the modes by tapping on the Map Mode button. Static → North Up → Track Up → Static … etc. etc. The current Map Mode is denoted by the colour of the Map Mode button. It is clear (grey) in static mode, blue in North Up mode, and magenta (or purple) in Track Up mode.

When you tap the Map Mode button and transition into one of the moving map modes, the map will recenter and place your aircraft symbol in the centre of the screen (North Up mode), or in the bottom third of the screen (Track Up mode).

In North Up mode, you may pan or zoom the screen to wherever you want and the tracking will continue with the offset and zoom you have selected.

Most Android devices have an inbuilt GPS as standard. However straight out of the box, most manufacturers will set devices to use the battery saving mode which only uses WiFi and mobile networks to determine your location. RWY will work best with the GPS set to High Accuracy mode (older Android versions), or with Google Location Accuracy switched on (newer Android versions).

Windy.com

This button opens a full screen popup of Windy.com. If you have a plan active your planned track is overlaid.

Select Map

The Select Map button lets you select the map you wish to display. The maps available use the current location of the middle of the screen.

Maps are listed top to bottom in decreased order of detail (or scale). So, for instance, in the vicinity of Adelaide the Adelaide VTC is listed at the top as it is the most detailed map for that area. As you get into country areas, only the WAC and perhaps the ERC (Low/High) will show.

The WAC (AU) is a global map for Australia derived by combining all individual WACs. There is no need to select or know the particular WAC you need for a particular area. We have similarly created a nation-wide ERC for both Low and High versions. However, the individual ERCs are still selectable as on some occasions the boundary of one ERC may overlay detail on an adjacent ERC that is required. In that case you can swap to the individual ERC in question. There is also a Hybrid VFR map provided for Australia which when zoomed out shows the WAC. As you zoom in, and if they are available, you will see in sequence, the VNC, VTC and inset for the area at which you are looking.

Plans

When not in an active plan, tapping the Plans button will open the plans popup. This popup shows any previously created plans. The plans will be named as ‘origin - destination’, and listed with the newest appearing first. Tap on the name of any plan you wish to open, or tap cancel to exit the popup.

When in a plan, selecting the Plans button will show/hide the Flight Director (see the Planning chapter) for that plan.

Map View Options

Map View Options contains settings that control various elements on the map page.

Show GPS HUD

Turn the GPS HUD on/off.

Own Ship Position

Turn on/off the icon displayed at your position. Press the cog for more options, you can change the symbol (aeroplane, helicopter etc.) and adjust the colour & size of the symbol.

Show Bearing Line

witches the bearing line on/off. The bearing line is a green dashed line that leads you to your next waypoint (when in an active flight plan).

10 NM Circle

Turn on/off the 10 NM Circle drawn around your aircraft symbol. Press the cog to adjust the range of the circle (between 5NM and 100NM).

Show traffic

Turn on/off the display of traffic bubbles. See Traffic for more information.