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1       Introduction 

Customize and display aircraft labels 

In this topic, you learn how to assign different aircraft data elements to create an informative label that displays with each aircraft on the Map screen. You also learn how to adjust the size of the font used in those labels. 

We estimate that this will take 4 minutes to complete.


2       Detailed Explanation 

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

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Interaction 1 Click the User Settings list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Aircraft labels menu item.

When you first access this screen, there will be no labels listed. Click Add to add one. 
 

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Interaction 1 Click the Add button.

The font size you choose applies to all labels. Consequently, if you create labels that include a large number of data elements, using a small font may be the best option. 

On later use of this screen, if you decide that a particular aircraft label is no longer needed, you can click Delete (beside the label name) to delete it. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Aircraft label name input field.

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Interaction 1 Enter FULL into the Aircraft label name field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Fields to display input field.

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Interaction 1 Click the Registration list item.

Scroll through the list as needed to find the data elements you want to include in the label. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Airline list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the A/C Type list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the To list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the ETA list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Flight ID list item.

Interaction 1 Click the Flight number list item.

Interaction 1 Click the From list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the OFF list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Ground Speed list item.

For this example, you have selected the maximum number of data elements you can include in a label.

To replace one of those elements with a different one, click the associated X to remove it and then add the new data element. 

Give some thought to the font size that works with the labels you create.

The default font size is "small", but depending on the monitor you use -- and the number of elements in your labels, you may choose to use a larger font size for display. 

Interaction 1 Click the Font Size dropdown button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Medium list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

The next part of this process is to associate the new label with particular aircraft or types of aircraft. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Aircraft labels association menu item.

If the registration number of the plane to which you want to assign the aircraft label does not display on this screen, you can search by registration number to find it. 

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You can also search by aircraft type; if, for example, you want to assign the label to all B737 planes. 

Assign the new label to registration number N805SY.

Interaction 1 Click the Aircraft labels dropdown button.

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Interaction 1 Click the FULL list item.

Make the same assignment for registration N808SY. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Aircraft labels dropdown button.

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Interaction 1 Click the FULL list item.

Always remember to save your changes. 

The N-Tracking administrator has defined a default label, and in this example, has assigned it to some aircraft.

You can use this default label or assign a different one that you customized, using the drop-down list on the right. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Having assigned the more detailed label to a couple of aircraft, let's see the difference that makes for the map. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Map button.

In this example, flight SCX572 (registration N805SY) uses the "FULL" aircraft label you created. The other planes represented on the map use the default aircraft label, which displays six data elements.
 

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If you choose a larger font or include many data elements in your label, it may be best to increase the zoom of your display. 

Interaction 1 Click the + (zoom in) icon.

In this example, the data element SCX572 displays twice.

This would seem to be an error, but it's because of the choice of using Flight ID and Flight number in the label. If, for your airline, these identifiers are the same, you would want to remove and replace one of those elements.

Do you remember how to remove a data element from an aircraft label? 

To remove a data element from a label, click the X associated with that element in Fields to display on the Aircraft labels page. Then, add a different element, if desired.