How to add and edit a route
First create a new route by pushing the “add new route” button on the top. After you pushed this button the add new route page is shown.
Use the search buttons next to the departure, destination and alternate airport to select you choice., give the new route a discriptive name, supply the altitude you wish to fly the route and the indicated airspeed at which your plane will travel. The latter is used to calculate leg times and total flying times. The altitude is not used and is purely informative at this stage.
Push save and this new route will be created in the database.
For the new route to become visible on the map you need to activate it. For this you push the “Route activate” button. The activate route page will be shown.
Select the route you wish to activate from the list. The latest created route will be at the top of this list. When you’ve activated this route sometime before, the wind direction and speed are copied from this eariler activation. Supply the current winds and direction if needed. These are used to calculate the correct wind corrections and groundspeeds for all the different legs within this route. For these calculations to be correct you must supply the winds for the altitude you want to fly at. Normally these windsaloft figures can be found with your local aviation weather forecast, or can be setup in the weather module of your flight simulator.
Push the “Activate” button to show the route on the map. The new route will be drawn as a strait line with one coarse and distance. The line itself will follow the great-circle route on the map. This will be more visible when you plan routes with distances of more than 200NM. The coarse marker on the map will also take the wind- and compas correction into account.
You add more waypoints to this route by clicking on the route line or push and hold (+/- 1 sec) a location on the map. The “add-new-waypoint” window will show. This window exists of two area’s. left is the selection area. All know aviation locations, like airports or navaid within this area are shown in the list to the right. This lisy will be updates when the map is panned or zoomed. You could also use the “Search” option to find the location your interested in.
The first option from the list is the current location which is the center of the selection area. Select an item from the list to add as a new waypoint in the route.
The departure- and destination airports are fixed waypoints in a route and therefore cannot be moved. Any other waypoint can be dragged and moved to another location. Dragging of a waypoint can be started by push and hold the waypoint for approx 1 sec. If dragging start the waypoint icon is moved a little above the current position. When you move it a new red line is draw to the before and after waypoint with the new coarses and distances. Release the waypoint to definitly place it on this new position. After releasing the new coarses, wind and compass corrections are recalculated
At the bottom-middle of the main navigation page there is drag-area visible. When a route is activate this drag-aree will give you access to all the information of the current route. Drag this area from the bottom to the top to make the route info visible.
Herewith a small explanation for the different options from left to right..
- This first row has draggable areas. With these you can change the order of the waypoints within your route
- This row has the description of the waypoint This depends if your added just a location or a navaid or airport as waypoint. Click this description to move the map to this location.
- If you hit the “TakeOff” button the other buttons are filled with the calculated Estimated Time Overhead (ETO). The first waypoint in the route will be made active.
- This 4th column is the Actual Time Overhead (ATO). These are active buttons which can be hit manually when you actually overhead this location or, if you fly accuratly FlightSIm Planner will know when your overhead and will automaticly fill in the ATO and make the next waypoint active.
- In the RETO (Re Estimated Time Overhead) column the new, based on the ATO time will be caculated for the remaining of the waypoints.
- The next two columns will give you the calculated leg en total flying times.
- The Compass Heading column first will show you wind corrected coarses. But every compass has its own deviation table. You can set the deviation for every leg in your route.
- To get the magnetic heading from the true north value you need to put the varation in for the area you are flyin in. This is a route wide setting, so only the top button will haev access..
- The following column are just informative and gives you true heading and track, distances, calculated ground speed (wind corrected) and the wind angle and speed that’s used
- The close button to the far right will close the route and remove it from the map.
If you click on a waypoint in the route a popup window will show. This window gives you the ability to rename the waypoint or delete it from the route. If you use the rename option be sure to push the “Enter” button on your virtual keyboard to actually save this new name to the database. This can vary with the type of tablet you use. You’ll also see that this option only practically works on 9′ or bigger tables.
If you’ve activated a route and connect to the GPS or Simulator afterwards the name of the route will be added to the name of the track which makes it easier to identify a flown track later when you want to retrieve this..