1       Introduction 

Filters and User Defined Tags 

In this topic you will learn how to create user defined tags related to specific flights that you would like to follow. 

We estimate that this will take 3 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed Explanation 

Tags Overview

Within N-Tracking you can filter aircraft based on certain attributes. There is a comprehensive list of attributes that are standard, such as aircraft type, airline, flight ID etc.. There is also the option to create user defined tags which can also be used to filter the aircraft list.

 

In essence a user defined tag allows you to create groupings of aircraft based on criteria that you are interested in.

 

In this topic we will show you how to use standard attributes to filter a list and also how to create your own groupings using user defined tags.

Here is a screenshot showing some of the many attributes that are used as standard to filter aircraft lists.

And here is a screenshot showing a user defined tag being used to filter the aircraft list.

It might be worthwhile for you to take some time to think about how you would create user defined tags. How would you want to filter your aircraft lists above and beyond the standard attributes? 

2.1        Using Standard Attributes 

For the purposes of this demonstration, let's start off by looking at how we can apply a filter using a standard attribute to our list. Let's imagine that we only want to see A320 aircraft. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the A/C Type list item.

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Interaction 1 Enter A320 into the Search for A/C Type field.

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

Notice how the filter has now been applied and there are only 17 out of a possible 99 flights being displayed in the list and on the map? Let's now add to the filter so we also only show those flights being tracked by ACARS. This is another standard attribute for our filters.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the Scroll Down vertical scrollbar.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Position Source list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the ACARS input field.

When there is more than one value like in this case, where the position could be reported via either ACARS or ADSB, then if BOTH values were selected, then only aircraft reporting their position data by both ACARS and ADSB would be visible. i.e. this is a logical AND operation on the data attributes. 

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

In this example there are now no aircraft being shown that match the criteria of reporting their position via ACARS and also being of aircraft type A320.

Let's remove the aircraft type filter. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the A/C Type A320 - Close Filter button. 

There are still no aircraft in the list, so therefore all aircraft must be reporting their position via ADSB.

Interaction 1 Click the Position Source: ACARS - Close Filter button.

2.2        Creating User Defined Tags 

Let's now take a look at how we can add user defined tags in and use those for filtering our flight list.

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Interaction 1 Click the ADMIN dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the User Settings menu item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User defined tags list item.

Let's imagine that there are three new recruits to our airline, two new captains and one new first officer. They are all in the air at the moment so we can start off by filtering the list based on their state.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter IN_FLIGHT into the search field.

Now we can add our user defined tags. Let's imagine that our first new recruit is aboard the flight with tail registration number F-GKXJ.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter New_Captain into the Add tag... field.

A tag can only be one word. Therefore if you want to add more than one word to create a tag, we recommend that you use a delimiter character such as an underscore.  

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

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It is possible to add more than one tag to a flight. 

Interaction 1 Enter New_Captain into the Add tag... field.

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Interaction 1 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

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And our new first officer is on board tail registration number F-GKXU, so we can add that user defined tag now as well. 

Interaction 1 Enter New_FirstOfficer into the Add tag... field.

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Interaction 1 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

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Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

2.3        Using User Defined Tags 

Interaction 2 Click the Map button.

If you want to get rid of all of your user defined tags, then use the "Reset tags" button.

 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the Scroll Down vertical scrollbar.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User tags list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the New_Captain button.

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

Only the two flights we tagged as being flown by new captains are now shown in the list.

Interaction 1

Let's see if we can add another filter to also show the flight being flown by the new first officer.

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the Scroll Down vertical scrollbar.

As we already have one filter applied for the user defined tags, we cannot now see it in the list of attributes, even though we have scrolled to the bottom of the list.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User tags: NEW_CAPTAIN - Close Filter button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

Let's now filter the list to only show the flight being flown by the new first officer.

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Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the Scroll Down vertical scrollbar.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User tags list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the New_FirstOfficer button.

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

The single flight we tagged is now being shown.