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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  for the measure feature or using the drawing icon for the User Defined Areas .

The drawing feature will allow you to draw a particular User Defined Area using your own defined coordinates. You will be able to determine the airspace you create by name, shape, size, and color. Once created you will be able to share your created area 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 a 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 or a designated point to designated point on the map.

  Measuring feature

  Drawing icon

2.1        Measuring 

Let's have a look at how you can use the measure tool to measure a distance between two points first.

Interaction 1

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, as seen on the left hand side of the screen.

You can change from nautical miles to kilometer simply by clicking the drop down and selecting 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. This is known as the User Defined Areas. Using this feature will allow you to create any polygon shape, including irregular polygons for display on the map.

These shapes will be particular useful when drawing areas of particular zones on your map that you wish to share within your company. These graphical areas could be areas of operational interest, e.g. danger, prohibited, restricted areas or even storms. They could also be areas of airspace limitations or regulatory restrictions.

Examples of Shannon FIR, an irregular polygon. Let's start by drawing our own user defined area and labeling it. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Pencil button.

Once you have clicked the pencil button you will be able to enter in the details of your New Defined Area. We will enter the details of a new danger area numbered D33.

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Interaction 1 Click the Area Name input field.

User Defined Area names are shown on the map. The first 12 characters of the name will be visible at all times in the center of the area. If the name is longer than 12 characters, the full name is displayed when the mouse is positioned over the area. 

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Interaction 1 Enter D33 into the Area Name field.

By default you will be given three rows where you are able to enter the latitude and longitude coordinates. You can add more rows if needed by selecting the following button .
The format to enter these coordinates are in Decimal Degrees.

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Interaction 1 Click the Lat in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 2 Enter 49.9 into the Lat in Decimal Degrees field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Long in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 2 Enter 005.4 into the Long in Decimal Degrees field.

Once the box and coordinates go green then the system has accepted the input, if not then you will see a red box which will indicate that the input is incorrect.

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Interaction 1 Click the Lat in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 2 Enter 50.0 into the Lat in Decimal Degrees field.

Clicking on any of the red crosses will delete that row 

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Interaction 1 Click the Long in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 2 Enter 005.5 into the Long in Decimal Degrees field.

Interaction 3 Click the Lat in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 4 Enter 50.0 into the Lat in Decimal Degrees field.

Interaction 5 Click the Long in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 6 Enter 005.5 into the Long in Decimal Degrees field.

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Let's add another row of coordinates.

Interaction 1 Click .

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Interaction 1 Click the Lat in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 2 Enter 49.8 into the Lat in Decimal Degrees field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Long in Decimal Degrees input field.

Interaction 2 Enter 005.4 into the Long in Decimal Degrees field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Once you have clicked Save the new user defined area you have created will appear on the map screen for you to view present with the name, D33. You can edit the area after you have saved it to make any additional changes that you may need to make. Let's have a look at how we can edit our new shape.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Layers button.

Making sure you have Areas tab selected, you will be able to see that your new defined area is present in the list. You will also be able to see all the other shapes that have been created and shared, all these shapes will be able to be turned on/off making them visible on the map. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Pencil button to edit D33

Currently our shape is red, you can change the color by selecting the color box, you will also be able to edit any of the coordinates and name of your user defined area should you need to.. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Colour box button.

Clicking within the color box will select a color that you wish to change to. In this example we will leave the color as red.

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Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

User Defined Areas can be shared with other users. For each User Defined Area the creator of the shape can share or un-share it by use of the slider control. Currently your defined area is not shared, let's share it.

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Interaction 1 Click the Share slider.

Whenever you un-share a User Defined Area you will receive the following warning before you can proceed. You will be able to share the area if it does get turned off.

 

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Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Make sure any of your edits you make are saved otherwise they will not take effect on your map.

The asterisk by the Area name means that the shape you created is not shared. If no asterisk is visible then the shape is shared with other users.



You can see that Shannon FIR is currently presented on the map, you can see that the slider is turned on to show you the location. You can turn on and off as many as you wish.

You cannot edit User Defined Areas created by other users, you can only toggle them on/off.