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Airspace and Drawings 

In this topic, you learn to use N-Tracking's airspace and drawing features. You learn to draw different shapes and measure the distance between points on the map. 

We estimate that this will take 3 minutes to complete.

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

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. 

Drawing Feature

We will now look at using the shape feature, used to create User Defined Areas (UDAs). Use this tool to create ("draw") any polygon shape, including irregular polygons to display on the map.

Use this tool to draw areas on your map to communicate ("share") with other users in your airline. These graphical areas could be areas of operational interest, e.g., danger, prohibited or restricted areas, or even storms. They could also represent areas of airspace limitations or regulatory restrictions.

With  the Shannon FIR as an example, let's code the coordinates we need in the Defined Area table to "draw" a UDA on the map to share with others.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Pencil button.

With release 19-5, the Pencil icon displays in the Palette.

Name the area and enter the appropriate coordinates in the New Defined Area table. For this example, enter the details of a new danger area numbered D33.

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Interaction 1 Click the Area Name input field.

The names of User Defined Areas display on the map. The first 12 characters of the name display at the center of the area. For longer names, the full name displays when you hover your mouse over the drawn area. 

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Interaction 1 Enter D33 into the Area Name field.

By default, the Defined Area presents three rows in which you enter the applicable latitude and longitude coordinates. To add more rows, click the button  at the bottom of the table.

Enter coordinates using 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.

Your entry changes to green when accepted.

If N-Tracking identifies an incorrect entry, it displays the value in red.

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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.

To remove an incorrect set of co-ordinates, click one of the black and red "X"s to delete a 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 set 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.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Click Save and the new user defined area displays on the map with its label (in this example, D33). You can edit the area to make any needed changes. Save it again and the UDA is overwritten.

Let's review how to change the new UDA.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Layers button.

With the AREAS tab selected, you can see your newly defined area in the UDA list. The list includes all user-defined areas, whether created by you, or created by other users and shared. While you cannot change a UDA created by another user, you can use its slider to hide it if you don't want it to be visible on the map. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Pencil icon to edit UDA 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.. 

Interaction 1

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.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

Use the Share slider below the Name field to "share" a UDA with other users. Click the slider "off" again if you decide to keep a UDA "private". In this example, your defined area is not shared, let's do that.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Share slider.

Whenever you stop sharing a User Defined Area, N-Tracking displays the following warning before you can proceed. You will be able to share the area if it does get turned off.

 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Be sure to save your changes; otherwise the change to the user-defined area does not take effect and is not visible on the map.

The asterisk beside the UDA name indicates that it is not shared (it's "private"). Any UDA not showing an asterisk in the list is shared with other users.



In this example, Shannon FIR is displayed on the map (and its slider is "on" in the Area list. Use the sliders to display or hide UDAs as appropriate to your task.

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