Tracking Aircraft and the Flight List
In this topic we cover the information shown for tracked aircraft and introduce you to the flight list.
We estimate that this will take 2 minutes to complete.
Overview of the Content List
When you navigate to the map screen, you will normally see the content list on the left hand side looking something like this.
The list shows all of the aircraft that you are tracking and categorises them into status lists. A number next to each of the categories tells you how many aircraft there are in that status. So, for example in the screenshot here, there are:
■ 10 aircraft with a warning status
■ 2 aircraft with a caution status
■ 91 aircraft being tracked
■ 176 other aircraft
For each of the categories, you can expand and collapse the list to see which specific aircraft have that particular status.
At the top of the content list there are search and filter features that allow a further refinement of the aircraft being listed.
The view of the content list being shown here is the standard view that is used most often, but there is also an extended view and a minimized view.
Content List Sizes
Examples of the three different sizes and what they look like is shown here. Please note though that these images are not in proportion or relative to each other. You should be able to tell the difference though as they look completely different to each other.
The content of the list is divided into five sections.
WARNING: Containing all flights with any alert at a warning level.
CAUTION: Containing all flights with any alert at a caution level.
TRACKED: Contains all flights of aircraft from your fleet without any alert condition.
OTHERS: Contain all flights of aircraft not declared as part of your fleet at departure or arrival of tracked airports. This is an option that needs to be activated.
CLOSED: Contains the last closed flight for each aircraft which is not currently in-flight (this category can be activated or deactivated to an "ALL AIRCRAFT" option).
MY FLEET: Contains assigned aircraft (not depicted on this page)
It is possible to show or hide all flights in the "Tracked" or "Other" category with the ON/OFF slider for each section.
There are two ways to search and filter in the list:
■ Basic search, to look for any text item in the list.
■ Advanced search that allows combining several filters.
The aircraft displayed on the map corresponds to aircraft in the list, any filter is reflected both on the aircraft displayed on the map and in the list.
The advanced search filter allows you to filter aircraft by:
■ A/C Type by entering text
■ Airline name by entering text
■ Alert level by selecting the normal, caution and/or warning level
■ Altitude (in FL) by selecting a range
■ Category of aircraft by selecting L for Light, M for Medium and/or H for Heavy
■ ETA by selecting a time frame
■ Flight ID by entering text
■ Flight Tendency by selecting climb, cruise and/or descent
■ Departure airport by entering text (from ICAO)
■ Ground Speed (in fpm) by selecting a range
■ Mode S address by entering text
■ OFF by selecting a time frame
■ Position Source by selecting ADS-B and/or ACARS
■ Registration by entering text
■ Squawk by entering text (to ICAO)
■ Track (in deg) by selecting range
■ User defined tags by selecting the aircraft tags defined in settings
■ Vertical speed (in fpm) by selecting a range
Filters are represented by a tag on the top left-hand corner of the map. Clicking on the cross will remove the filter.
Map favorites allow you to bookmark certain areas on the map as designated areas of interest that you can come back to quickly at a later time.
2 Detailed Explanation
In the content list at the moment there are 8 flights in a warning status, 1 in a caution status, 67 being tracked, 71 others and 103 closed. For the purposes of this demonstration let's imagine that we want to look at flight AFR009 in some more detail.
Click the AFR009 input field.
By clicking on the flight, the map now shows the details of the warning condition (that the signal with it has been lost and the position data is old) as wel as the general data on that flight.
On the map, the selected flight has been shown from the departure point to the arrival point and a red dotted line shows the estimated position of the flight, whilst the blue line indicates the actual known flight positions.
The currently logged in user has the "Reporter" access rights enabling them to manually enter flight data. They can do this using the button. Let's take a look at this functionality now.
Click the + button.
Manual entry of flight data allows information on departure, arrival, fuel, entry or exit points and position reports to be input. For the purposes of this demonstration let's take a brief look at the position report entry.
Click the Position Report tab.
You can now see the fields that would need filling in for manually entering a position report. Latitude and longitude is written in the signed degrees
■ South and West longitudes with a minus sign
■ latitudes range from -90 to 90
■ longitudes range from -180 to 180
an example of this could be 41.25 and -120.9762 or -31.96 and 115.84.
For the purposes of this demonstration we won't actually enter the data, we'll just move on.
Click the Cancel button.
Let's now look at flight AFR179 which is in a caution status.
Click the AFR179 row.
The newly selected flight now has its details shown in the flight panel and on the map.
Closing a flight would remove all the alerts for it and move the flight into the closed status in the content list.
Click the Close flight input field.
For the purposes of this demonstration, we won't close the flight as it is still en-route.
Click the No button.
Let's now imagine that we wanted to make a note about the flight.
Click the NOTES tab.
Click the Add Note button.
Enter HF call scheduled in 10 minutes into the Note field.
Click the Save button.
Let's now close this flight details panel.
Click Anywhere on the map.
We can now take a brief look at basic searching.
Imagine that we are interested in tracking information on A320s at the moment.
Enter A320 into the Search field.
Only A320's are now shown in the content list and the search criteria is listed at the top of the screen like this .
We use the close button on this to remove the filter and revert the content list back to normal i.e. all aircraft makes.
Click the Close button.
For the purposes of this demonstration, let's now create a filter condition. This is similar to a search but gives you a better idea of what you can search and filter upon.
Click the Filter button.
Click the Attribute dropdown button.
Now you can see all of the attributes that you can search and filter on, including the aircraft type attribute that we just used when searching for A320's.
Click the Flight ID list item.
For the purposes of this demonstration we will look for all flights beginning with a flight ID of AAL.
Enter AAL into the Search for Flight ID field.
Click the Add button.
Click the Others Slider button.
The categories in the content list now show zero flights except for the "others" category which shows 8 flights.
The eight flights with a flight ID beginning with AAL are now listed in the content list. Let's switch the content list view to the extended view.
Click the Extended View button.
Notice that the time is at the moment?
We've let time move on now to . N-Tracking is great at keeping screens refreshed with data so now there are only 6 aircraft matching flight ID AAL in the others list.
Click the Reduced button.
And now let's switch back to the standard content list view.
Click the Standard View button.