1       Introduction 

Airspace and Drawings 

This topic will explain the use of the feature airspace and drawings. It will explain how you can draw different polygons and measure between points on the map. 

We estimate that this will take 5 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed Explanation 

Quick access

This topic will cover the airspace and drawing features within N-Tracking which can be accessed through the pallet tool .

The airspace and drawing feature will allow you to draw a particular area (airspace) using your own defined information. You will be able to determine the  airspace you create by name, shape, size, color and orientation. Once created you will be able to share your created airspace with other users for display on the N-Tracking map.

The measure feature will allow you to measure between two waypoints to receive a distance either in nautical miles (NM) or in kilometers (KM).
You will be able to measure between:
 

        station to station

        aircraft to station and vice versa

        station to designated point on the map and vice versa

        aircraft to designated point on the map and vice versa

        designated point to designated point on the map.

 

  Measuring feature

  Drawing icon

The airspace (shape) creations table.

The list of your saved airspaces where you can share, show or delete with other users. 

Airports Icon Display

Before we can start to draw our airspace or measure a distance we need to make sure that we have drawing activated in the layers sections. This can be found under the General Tab.

 

Flight Informations: 

Turning flight information on will display the flight information for all flights that are part of your fleet or aircraft that you are have assigned to "tracked". Turning off this feature will mean that passing the mouse over any aircraft will display the flight information.

 

2.1        Measuring 

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Before we can either draw or measure we need to enable the drawing feature.

Interaction 1 Click the Layers button.

Interaction 2 Click the Drawings slider.

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Interaction 1 Click the Ruler button.

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Let's start by looking into how we can measure between two airports.

Interaction 1 Click the Flight, Airport or Coordinate box A input field.

(A) is considered as the starting point and (B) as the ending point for a distance that you want to measure. You can select a flight number, station ICAO, or any point on the map if you use the position button . In this example we will measure the distance between two airports, Gatwick (EGKK) and Velizy (LFPV).

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Interaction 1 Enter egkk into the Flight, Airport or Coordinates field.

Once you start to type in an ICAO/IATA code a list will be presented filtering your options. 

Interaction 2 Click EGKK/LGW.

In this example our start location (A) will be EGKK, which is Gatwick. Let's now choose our destination B

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Interaction 1 Click the Flight, Airport or Coordinate box B input field.

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Interaction 1 Enter lfp into the Flight, Airport or Coordinates field.

Interaction 2 Click LFPV/VIY.

You can see that a two positions have been marked on the map with A (Gatwick) and B (Velizy). A line has been drawn between the two points currently showing 170 nautical miles, this can be changed to kilometers simply by clicking the drop down and choosing kilometers. 

  

You'll notice that the ICAO/IATA code has been changed by the application to match the aerodrome reference point (ARP) of the aerodrome that you used. 

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If you prefer you can change the location of either of the destinations to simply a point on the map. For example, if you prefer to change the location of A to the south coast of the UK then simply using the following feature will allow this. Let's move the location to the south coast.

Interaction 1 Click the button.

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For this example click within this box to move the location of A.

Interaction 1 Click the within the box image.

Notice how the location of A has moved to your new destination. The coordinates have also changed and the distance is now 155 nautical miles. 

In this example we will show you that you can also use the measuring feature not just for airports but also for your measuring distances between aircraft.

The two aircraft that were chosen were AFR069 (A) and AFR42 (B).

If you choose the distance between two aircraft the distance and the location will not update automatically, you will need to input one of the aircraft again to update the location and distance. 

2.2        Drawing airpsace/area

Drawing Feature

We will now look at using the shape feature. Using this feature will allow us to draw a either:
 

        regular polygon which is a plane shape (two dimensional) with straight sides.

        convex polygon is a polygon with all its interior angles less that 180 degrees.

        line will allow you to create you own shape.


These shapes will be particular useful when drawing areas of particular zones on your map that you wish to share within your company. These areas could be danger, prohibited or restricted areas. They could also be areas that you wish your aircraft not to fly over or near.

Examples of a regular polygon, convex polygon and a line. Let's start by drawing our own airspaces. 

 Regular Polygon.

 Convex Polygon 

 Line drawing

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Interaction 1 Click the pallet button.

Interaction 2 Click the pencil button.

We now can now start to create our new airspace. Starting with the name, let's create a danger area 

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Interaction 1 Click the Name input field.

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Interaction 1 Enter D145 into the Name field.

Interaction 2 Click the Flight, Airport or Coordinates input field.

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Interaction 1 Enter egk into the Flight, Airport or Coordinates field.

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Similar to the measuring feature as mentioned earlier, you can either enter an ICAO/IATA code, flight number or coordinates. Alternatively you can use   to select a point on the map.

Interaction 1 Click EGKK/LGW.

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Your chosen location has been located on the map (C) 

Interaction 1 Click the Radius input field.

Interaction 1 Enter 30 into the field.

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As you can see your created airspace will be presented on the chart and change as you continue to fill out the data. 

Interaction 1 Click the Sides input field.

Interaction 1 Enter 6 into the field.

Interaction 1 Click the Orientation input field.

Orientation is in degrees 0-359 degrees. 

Interaction 1 Enter 45 into the field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Color button.

If you know the HEX number you can input it here, otherwise you can select a color from the chart. Currently the color is yellow, in this example we will change the color to red. 

Interaction 1 Please click Next to continue. 

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Selecting clear will remove all data. Let's save it for now. 

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Stop Edition button.

Once saved your airspace will visible here. Settings are locked until you have clicked "Stopped Edition". You will be able to delete or update the shape, but don't forget to save the changes each time.  

  

Your new airspace is now on the map with the name in the middle.

  

All airspace/areas created will be listed here. You will be able "Share," "Show" or delete the area.

Clicking on the D145 in the drawing section will take you directly to the location of the danger area. 

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Interaction 1 Click Regular Polygon.

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Interaction 1 Click the Convex Polygon list item.

Interaction 1 Click the Name input field.

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In this example we will create a prohibited area, but when you use this feature you can call your area anything you like. 

Interaction 1 Enter P278 into the Name field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Color input field.

In this example we will select a color for you.

Interaction 1 Please click Next to continue. 

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The area P278 has now been created. To create any new shape you will need to click on parts of the map where you would like the area to cover.

Interaction 1 Click the Color input field.

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Notice that the area will be visible here.  

Don't forget to select "Stop Edition" for your area to visible. 

Interaction 1 Click the Stop Edition button.

You can now see your new prohibited area. Let's go and create another shape using the line feature. 

Interaction 1 Click the Convex Polygon dropdown button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Line list item.

The Line feature is currently not fully working. At present, you can draw a line anywhere on the map and similar to the shapes you will be able to Name it and Color it. The future plan for the line feature will be to allow alerts to warn you that an aircraft has entered or cross over the line. Let's have a look at the basics of how the line tool works. In this example, we have already filled out the name and color fields for you, but the process is exactly the same as creating the previous airspace.

Interaction 1 Please click Next to continue.

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Interaction 1 Click the Reverse Orientation button.

By clicking on the map you will be able to draw the lines. In the example we have drawn four lines and joined them up. The lines do not need to be joined up.

Reversing the orientation will reverse the orientation of the arrows. This feature is currently not working. 

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Stop Edition button.

You can now see two of the airspaces that have been created P278, R212. You can share your created airspace with other users so they will be visible on their map, or you can remove them from view. You will also be able to delete them. Deleting will remove the airpsace/area from all other users.