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1       Introduction 

Map, Airline, and Airport Settings 

In this topic, you learn to set parameters that control the information that displays on the Map screen to assist you with aircraft tracking. 

We estimate that this will take 5 minutes to complete.


2       Detailed Explanation 

Working with N-Tracking user settings 

 

In this topic, you learn how to configure
 

        the background map displayed in N-Tracking

        the airlines whose fleets you want to track

        which airports to monitor

        the content and display of the Aircraft List (also known as the "Flight List") on the Map

Map Settings

The map in N-Tracking provides a geographic background on which flights and other data are overlaid. It gives geographic perspective to where the flights are and has some simple zoom in and out controls as well as allowing you to pan around the map. There is currently only one type of map (a topographic map) that can be shown, but in the future we will expand on this to include satellite and road maps.

We will now demonstrate to you how to access the map settings. As more maps are added in the future, you will be able to select them as needed.

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Interaction 1 Click the user name (ADMIN) dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the User Settings menu item.

As you can see, there is currently only one background option for the map (a topographic map). In the future NAVBLUE will add the road map and satellite map backgrounds.

After you select a map background, click the Save button to save that setting.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

There are actually two different Save buttons, both of which work. For the purposes of this demonstration we use the lower one. 

Airline Settings Overview

When you configure the airline settings, you are determining the aircraft that you want to track in the TRACKED section of N-Tracking as highlighted by the arrows in the image. You can track only those fleets that you have access to in your subscription.

Aircraft in the TRACKED list display in blue on the map.


 

Notice that the Flight List shows no blue TRACKED section at the moment? 

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Let's practice adding a TRACKED section  to the Flights List. 

Interaction 1 Click the User name (ADMIN) dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the User Settings menu item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airlines menu item.

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In this example, you have access to only one airline and because the slider is "off", that fleet doesn't display on the map.

Let's change that.

Interaction 1 Click the AFR slider.

Interaction 2 Click the Save button.

Let's check what changed on the map as a result of this update...

Interaction 3 Click the Map tab.

Notice that there is now a TRACKED section in the Flight List and Air France aircraft display on the map in blue?

 

One orange aircraft icon represents an aircraft for which a caution alert has been emitted.

You can find more information on alerts in the Alert Management  topic.

Airport Settings

When your airline deployed N-Tracking, a set of relevant airports was configured for you. You can track all the aircraft either arriving at, or departing from those airports, which can help you assess the relative congestion in an airspace. 

An airline N-Tracking Administrator identifies which airports to track in Airport Settings.

The relevant aircraft are listed in the OTHERS section of the Flight List and display in gray on the map.

 

Administrators control which airports can be added. If an airport that interests you is not available for tracking, contact your administrator and ask them to add it. 

The map is currently showing no flights and is positioned roughly on the west coast of the U.S.A.

Let's activate aircraft tracking for flights in and out of Las Vegas.

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Interaction 1 Click the user name (ADMIN) dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the User Settings menu item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airports menu item.

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Interaction 1 Click the KLAS slider.

KLAS (McCarran International Airport) is just outside of Las Vegas. 

As mentioned earlier, the airports included in this list were identified when your airline implemented N-Tracking. 

 

Clicking the sliders makes the aircraft around these airports visible on the map.

Interaction 2 Click the Save button.

Now, let's check the map and see what this has done to the Flight List -- the list of tracked aircraft.

Interaction 3 Click the Map tab.

As a result of your change, flights in and out of KLAS are now being tracked and shown on the map.

If you scroll down on the Flight List, you find them listed in the OTHERS section. 

Airport Settings (continued) 

After you enable an airport, you see it on the map in a highlighted blue/green color. In the accompanying image, it is also surrounded by a red rectangle to help you recognize it more easily. For the map screen to work this way, you must enable one of the navigational layers -- the Airports layer.

We'll explore this briefly now, but for more information on navigational layers, consult that topic.
 

Currently, no airports display on the map. Let's change this by using the map Layers options.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Layers button. 

Notice that the  tab is selected.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airports slider.

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Interaction 1 Click the Layers button.

Different from planes in your own fleet, which may be using aircraft labels to display details on the map, these planes have no labels associated with them.