This topic will allow you to search for a specific airport and gather information on that particular airport.
We estimate that this will take 3 minutes to complete.
Why Do We Search Airports?
We search for airports in N-Tracking so we can view the information associated with a specific airport. This can be useful in a number of different scenarios - for example if a flight needed to divert to a different airport, then you could have all the information you need in the control centre about that airport. When you have found an airport that you are interested in, then you can see the following information:
■ Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs)
■ The latest weather reports viewing the latest TAFs and METARs
■ A list of possible runways and their characteristics
■ Taxi time information between ramp and runway
When the airport CDM option is activated, you will be able to access your preferred airports in a list called "my airports"
2 Detailed Explanation
Let's start by having a look how we can search for an airport.
Click the Airport tab.
This is where you search for your airport. Entering either the ICAO or IATA code will generate a list of possible aerodromes. For this example we will use an ICAO code. As you type into the search input field, the application begins searching and the more you type in, the more the results are filtered.
Click the Search Airport input field.
Enter egl into the Search Airport field.
As you can see a list has been provided of possible airports to choose from, based on the letters you have started to type.
"EGLL" is the IACO code for London Heathrow. We could have found the same airport by searching on "LHR", which is the IATA code. Alternatively, we could have just searched on the word "London".
Click the EGLL/LHR list item.
Now that we have selected an airport, we can see the information about that airport. The information is arranged into different sections, which you can navigate between by clicking on the relevant tab for each section. We will have a look at each section in more detail.
Please click Next to continue.
At the moment, you can see four tabs. This is because in this simulation the airport CDM option is active. Without this option, the taxi time tab would be missing.
At the top of the screen there is a header area, which gives you detailed information about the selected airport. It gives you
■ Airport name and airport codes (ICAO 4 letter code / IATA 3 letter code)
■ Latitude and longitude coordinates (which are hyperlinked to the map page)
■ Elevation in feet
■ Airport city and country
■ UTC time difference
■ Scheduled airline service availability
As we are already on the NOTAMs tab, we can see in the area on the right of the screen the current NOTAMs for London Heathrow.
Click the WEATHER tab.
On the weather tab we can see the latest meteorological information:
■ TAF: a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast is a weather forecast report from transmitting stations located locally to the airport. Reports have validity durations of 9 hours, 24 hours or 30 hours. 9 hour TAFs are issued every three hours whereas a 24 hour TAF or 30 hour TAF are given every 6 hours.
■ METAR: a Meteorological Airport Report is a weather report given once an hour or every half-hour by airports or weather observation stations.
Click the RUNWAYS tab.
Runway information lists the runway(s) of the airport with their general specifications (dimensions, paved or grass, etc.), and the last landing or take off from each runway.
Click the TAXI TIME tab.
The Taxi Time tab shows you an average based on ACARS movement messages. This status is therefore only updated by flights that N-Tracking is receiving ACARS messages for:
■ Average taxi time in and out
■ Estimated in block time (EIBT)