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Flight map

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The flight map panel

To view the flight map panel select the Map tab in the page of the flight you want to examine.

The flight map panel has a number of tools and controls which you can use to examine and analyze the data from the flight trace.

To better view the map, you may want to maximize it by using the relevant buttons on the top right of the map panel:

to maximize in the browser window

for fullscreen mode (To revert back to the normal view from fullscreen mode press ESC or the button)

Map layers

Most of the map functionality allows you to display or draw information on the map. This information is drawn in a number of separate layers, which you may control with the "Map layer control" on the top right of the map.

This allows you to select the desired type of map canvas but also to switch data layers on and off.

The most basic map layer you will use is the task layer. By default, the map will show the task for the performance with the greatest score for the flight, but you may change which task is being shown using the task selector on the top left on the map panel. Please note that which task is selected will have an impact on certain tools which are related to task performance.

You may also select which waypoint set is displayed on the map. By default the "Airfields" set (the crosscountry.aero collection of airfields) is dipsplayed, but you may assign any of your own waypoint sets.

The same applies to airspace shown.

Flight data

There are a number of tools available to help you visualize the flight data recorded in the log file:

Barogram

To display the barogram, make sure the barogram toggle button is selected.

The barogram shows the height trace recorded in the log file. If noise level data (ENL) is included, this will be plotted as a yellow level. The barogram background is market in time increments and height in meters QNH (mean sea level), unless there is no calibrated altitude for this flight (e.g. when the logger is started and stopped during flight), in which case altitude will be marked in QNE (pressure altitude).

The chart will also show the start and end of soaring flight, as well as the turnpoints (in cyan) of the currently selected task.

The current position of the glider cursor is marked in magenta color and may be changed by licking on the desired point on the chart.

Fix info bar

The flight info bar shows the information recorded in the flight log for the current fix.

To select the current fix you may use the glider cursor controls or click on the desired position on the barogram.

Instrument panel

The instrument panel provides an intuitive way of visualizing the flight trace data. To enable its display, click on the instruments toggle button.

The ASI will display GPS ground speed values if the flight log does not support IAS data. The altimeter displays QNH (MSL) altitude, unless the airfield altitude has not been resolved due to logger error (i.e. flight started in the air, in which case it will display QNE, i.e. pressure altitude). The mechanical vario displays the vertical speed, as measured in the flight trace. If the flight log contains vario data, this will be displayed on the digital vario. The flight computer displays various additional log file parameters.

The glider cursor

The glider cursor marks the active position of the glider on the map.

To change the position you may click on the desired point on the barogram, drag the cursor bar on the cursor controls at the bottom of the map panel, or click on one of the cursor advance or retreat buttons.

Map tools

The map tools allow you measure data and place markings on the map.

To use a map tool, click on its icon on the map toolbar to select it and then move around or click on a specific location on the map, depending on the type of tool, to perform the desired action. To stop using the tool, click again on the highlighted map tool to deactivate it, or click on another map tool to switch to it directly.

Once you have selected a map tool, the tool dialog will open on the left side of the map to allow you to select the various tool options. On most tools, there will be an OK button you will need to click before any changes you have made on the tool dialog are shown on the map.

Map tools are designed for a non-permanent marking of the map. Typically, the next time you use the same tool, your previous tool marking will be replaced by the new one. If you simply want to delete the tool markings you have made, double click on the corresponding tool icon. Certain tools may offer the option to make the markings you have created permanent.

For more information on how each tool works, please see the relevant tool sections:

Map annotations

Map annotations allow you to mark up your map with information as well as to visualize and analyze flight data. Annotations are designed as a permanent mark-up of the map and can be saved along with the flight data for future use.

To use an annotation, select its icon from the map toolbar and, depending on the type of annotation, select the desired options from the annotation dialog that appears on the left side of the map, or click on the map as desired.

Typically, the annotation dialog will have an OK button which you may need to click to see any changes you have made on the map. If a button is available, this will set the origin of the annotation to the currently selected glider cursor position. Once you have drawn an annotation on the map, you can remove it by clicking on the Remove button displayed in its corresponding dialog.

Usually an annotation has a specific point on the map which acts as its origin. This will typically be displayed with a position marker, usually accompanied by a label or letter identifying the particular annotation. Clicking on this position will bring show a box with information on the annotation that will typically contain an Edit button. Clicking on this button will show the dialog for this annotation, allowing you to change the annotation's parameters or to remove it from the map.

Usually you will be able to create as many annotations of the same type as you want on a map, but there are certain annotations that can be created just once for each flight.

Please note that most annotations can be displayed as part of the flight analysis page as well as the map page. If you create them in one page, they will display in the other page as well.

For more information on how specific annotations work, please see the corresponding annotation section: