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1       Introduction 

Tracking Aircraft and the Flight List 

In this topic, you learn how to interpret the information displayed in the Flight List and the Flight details pane. You also learn how to manually enter flight information and close flights, should you need to. 

We estimate that this will take 7 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed Explanation 

Using the Flight List

The panel that displays on the left of the Map screen contains the Flight List.

The list shows all of the aircraft that you are tracking and categorizes them by status. N-Tracking counts the number of aircraft in each of the statuses. In this example, the list shows:

 

        10 aircraft with a warning status

        2 aircraft with a caution status

        91 aircraft being tracked

        176 other aircraft

 

For each of the categories, you can expand or collapse the list to see which specific aircraft have that particular status.

The Flight List also includes search and filtering features you can use to further refine the aircraft listed.For example, you can filter by attributes such as aircraft type.

The Flight List shown here shows the most commonly used "standard" view.
N-Tracking also provides "extended" and "minimized" views. Use the view that best serves your needs.

When you click on an aircraft in the Flight List, more detailed information about that aircraft displays on the Flight details panel.

  

 
Basic search features are accessible only when the list is in standard or extended view.

Flight List Views

As mentioned, you can use the Flight List in any of three different "views" or layouts.

Note: These images are not in proportion, nor relative to each other. As they look quite different, it is easy to tell them apart.

Standard view 

Extended view

Minimized view

You can switch between the different views of the content list using these buttons which are at the top right hand side of each list.

 

The Flight List is divided into the following sections:

WARNING: Containing all flights with any alert at a warning level.
CAUTION: Containing all flights with any alert at a caution level.
TRACKED: Contains all flights of aircraft from your fleet without any alert condition.
OTHERS: Contain all flights of aircraft not declared as part of your fleet at departure or arrival of tracked airports. This is an option that needs to be activated.
CLOSED: Contains the last closed flight for each aircraft which is not currently in-flight (this category can be activated or deactivated to an "ALL AIRCRAFT" option).
MY FLEET: Contains assigned aircraft (not depicted on this page)

To show or hide all flights in the "Tracked" or "Others" category, use the ON/OFF slider for each section.

  

There are two ways to search and filter in the list:

        Basic search -- to look for any text in the list

        Advanced search -- to combine several filters

The aircraft you see on the map matches the listed aircraft. If you filter the Flight List, that filtering affects the aircraft that display on the map. 

Advanced Search 

The advanced search filter  allows you to filter listed aircraft by:

        A/C Type by entering text

        Airline name by entering text

        Alert level by selecting the normal, caution and/or warning level

        Altitude (in FL) by selecting a range

        Category of aircraft by selecting L for Light, M for Medium and/or H for Heavy

        ETA by selecting a time frame

        Flight ID by entering text

        Flight Tendency by selecting climb, cruise and/or descent

        Departure airport by entering text (from ICAO)

        Ground Speed (in fpm) by selecting a range

        Mode S address by entering text

        OFF by selecting a time frame

        Position Source (terrestrial or Aireon space-based ADS-B, 
ATC radar, ACARS position or ADS-C)

        Registration by entering text

        Squawk by entering text (to ICAO)

        Track (in deg) by selecting range

        User defined tags by selecting the aircraft tags defined in settings

        Vertical speed (in fpm) by selecting a range

Filters are represented by a label on the top left corner of the map.

Click the X to remove a filter.

When you enter a filter for a parameter, it is not possible to enter another filter for the same parameter. You have to remove the previous filter before entering a new one. 

The Flight List currently shows 8 flights in a warning status, 1 in a caution status, 67 being tracked,
71 others and 103 closed flights.

For the purposes of this demonstration, let's imagine that we want to look at detailed information for
flight AFR009.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the AFR009 list item.

When you click on a flight ID, the Flight Details pane shows more information about the warning condition (that the signal with it has been lost and the position data is old) and other flight details.

On the map, the path of the selected flight from its departure point to the arrival point displays. 

A red dotted line shows the estimated position of the flight. A blue line indicates the actual known flight positions.

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In this example, the active user has "Reporter" rights, making it possible to manually enter flight data. You can do this using the  button. Let's take a look at this functionality now.

Interaction 1 Click the + button. 

You can "manually" enter flight data such as information on departure, arrival, fuel, entry or exit points and position reports.

For the purposes of this demonstration let's take a brief look at the position report entry. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Position Report tab.

To manually enter a position report, you must complete the fields on this tab. Enter latitude and longitude in the signed degrees format:
 

        South and West longitudes with a minus sign

        latitudes range from -90 to 90

        longitudes range from -180 to 180

An example of this could be 41.25 and -120.9762 or  -31.96 and 115.84.
 

For the purposes of this demonstration, we won't actually enter the data, we'll just move on.

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Interaction 1 Click the Cancel button.

Next, let's look at flight AFR179 which is in a caution status. 

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Interaction 1 Click the AFR179 list item.

The newly selected flight now has its details shown in the Flight details panel and on the map.

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Closing a flight removes all its alerts and moves the flight into the CLOSED section of  the Flight List.

Interaction 1 Click the Close flight button.

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For the purposes of this demonstration, we won't close the flight as it is still en-route.

Interaction 1 Click the No button.

Want to add a note about that flight?

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Interaction 1 Click the NOTES tab.

Interaction 2 Click the Add Note button.

Interaction 3 Enter HF call scheduled in 10 minutes into the Note field.

Interaction 4 Click the Save button.

Let's close the Flight details panel. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click anywhere on the map.

We can now take a brief look at basic searching.

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Imagine that we are interested in tracking information on A320s at the moment.

Interaction 1 Enter A320 into the Search field.

Only A320s display in the Flight List. Your search criteria displays at the top of the screen like this .

 

Use the Close button (X) to remove the search criteria and restore the Flight List to its previous state (to show all aircraft types).

Interaction 2 Click the Close button.

Next, let's explore filtering the list. This works similarly to a search but provides a specific list of attributes -- data elements -- that you can use to filter your search results.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Now you can see all of the attributes that you can search and filter on, including the aircraft type attribute that we just used when searching for A320s.

Multiple attributes can be used to construct detailed filter conditions. e.g. all Air France A320's at flight level 150.

Interaction 2 Click the Flight ID list item.

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For the purposes of this demonstration let's look for all flights beginning with a flight ID of AAL.

Interaction 1 Enter AAL into the Search for Flight ID cell.

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

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Interaction 1 Click the OTHERS slider.

The categories in the Flight List now show zero flights except for the "Others" category which shows 8 flights.

The eight flights with a flight ID beginning with AAL are now listed in the Flight List.

Let's switch this view to the extended view. 

Interaction 2 Click the Extended View button.

Notice that the time is  at the moment?

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In this scenario, time has advanced to .

N-Tracking is great at keeping screens refreshed with data so now there are only 6 aircraft matching flight ID AAL in the OTHERS section.

Interaction 1 Click the Reduced button.

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Let's switch back to the standard Flight List view. 

Interaction 1 Click the Standard View button.