After the app is installed and started for the first time you must download the navigation databases first. Depending on you internet connection this can take up to 10 minutes to complete. If a database update is available you can check and download this from the action menu on the startup page.
The startup page will give you info on the database version installed and the usage until now.
Press the “Start Navigation” button to get to the main navigation screen. After a couple of seconds a map will showup which by default will be positioned overhead the Netherlands on Lelystad airport (EHLE). The surrounding airports will show as clickable markers on the map. The airport types that are shown depends on the zoom level. By default only large and medium sized airports are shown. The sixpack instruments are also shown by default but can be hidden on the settings page.
The app has a vertical menu items bar visible at the left side of the screen. This can be hidden from the screen with the top (Cross) button which will turn into a “Hamburger” type button to make the menu available again.
The Setting page can be accessed via more (…) menu item. The default airport can be set by using the “Search” button and type the name or code of your preffered airport and select it from the list.
If there are runways for this airport in the database these will become available in the “Runways” list. Choose a runway as the default location. If no runways are available the general location of the airport will be used. After saving you need to restart the app for the new default location to take effect. All the other settings will take effect immediatly after you’ve clicked save.
The map can be panned and zoomed the way you would expect from a mapping app. If you want the map to move to a certain airport you can use the “Search” page. This can be accessed via the left menu. This can also be an easy aid when planning a flight.
The layout of the map can be changed on the map-option window. This window can be accessed via this item on the left menu. After you change some options push this button again to hide this window or close it via the close button at the righttop of the window. The options that can be changed are categorized on different tabs
- Google maps
- AAF-US maps
On the Googlemaps tab you can choose from the standard mapping options or you can try our “Aviation Style Day” custom style. This style is created after the ICAO mapping standard for aviation charts and gives you better situational awarenes on objects during your flight. For instance residential areas, water and roads, are far better to distinguish with this style.
If your flying takes place in the US than turn on the FAA maps. All the different types are available as an overlay on the AAF-US maps tab.
The airspaces overlay is standard enabled but can be switched of on the Airspaces map.
There are some choices for weather overlays, At this moment only the “Canada” overlays are operational. We might enable the openweathermaps in a future version or replace them with a better worldwide option. If anyone has an idea on what to use please mail us..
The Charts tab most likely will be empty. This can be filled when you have created your own georeferenced overlays.
You might have noticed that there is a red elipse shaped area round your default location. This is a so-called buffered area that is created around the current middle location where the map is moved to or around a route when it is activated an edited. The size of this area can be changed on the settings page. This area has a couple of uses. One of them is to determine which tiles need to be downloaded for offline viewing of the map. On the Offline tab choose which tile provider you would like to use, enable it and push the download button. The tiles will be downloaded and will always be available also when not online, during your flight for instances. Openstreetmaps are available for the whole world. The AAF sectionals only in the US and DSF charts only in and directly around Germany.
There are two ways you can get a locationfix, via the GPS or your FlightSimulator. For the Flightsimulator to work you need a special piece of software, See the installation section how to configure this. Make sure that on the settings page the correct connection is setup. Now click the connect button on the left menu. When all is correct this button will turn red and the map and plane will move to the found location. Changes in this location will be tracked. Default will show the current location fixed in the middle of your screen and the map will move accordingly. If the lock button is clicked the map will stay as is and can be moved manually. Both the lock and the connect buttons are toggle buttons pressing them multiple time will lock and unlock or connect and disconnect. The icon will turn red or white accordingly
When your connected to the GPS or simulator your location is tracked on the map accordingly. Al information about this movement can be found on the location information section.
Every 50 meters traveled a new tracking line will be drawn on the map, leaving a trail of your route. These points are also stored in the database and can be retrieved later via the “Load previous track” item in the context menu. Tracks are stored by date and time and route name if one was active.
This tutorial is Work in Progress, more to come…