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1       Introduction 

Surface Tracking 

In this topic, you learn how to identify planes currently on the ground at a selected airport to assess congestion. 

We estimate that this will take 3 minutes to complete.


2       Detailed Explanation 

Monitoring Aircraft on the Ground at an Airport 

Use N-Tracking Surface Tracking functionality to monitor the level of congestion at any airport.

Colors you assign to the planes you track, as well as those you don't help you visualize which airlines are using an airport at any given time. Flights remain on the map for 15 minutes after their last position report, making it easier for Ground Control/Dispatch to identify which gate the plane is occupying.

You can also display tail registration numbers to better analyze the movement of planes in your fleet and the presence of other airlines' planes.

Notice the colors used in the Flight List in this example (chosen by an N-Tracking Administrator):

-  green for tracked flights and
-  yellow for "other" (non-tracked) flights.

Access surface tracking on the Airport  tab.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Airport tab.

Next, find the relevant airport: search for it (as described in the Search Airports topic) or pick it from the list.

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Interaction 1 Click the KLAX - Los Angeles International Airport list item.

Distinct from the main N-Tracking map, the Airport tab has its own Map tab.

This is where you find surface tracking.

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Interaction 1 Click the MAP tab.

On the surface tracking maps, the zoom controls appear in the upper left corner.

By default, when you first access a map, you are at maximum zoom. You can zoom in for further detail, but you cannot zoom out at this point.

To pan (either within the boundaries of the airport or to see features outside of the airport boundaries, click on the map, and drag to the desired position.

In this example, the airport has a municipal airport to its east.

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Interaction 1 Click the + button.

When you zoom in, you can see individual plane locations on the ground more clearly.

Click  +  as many times as needed to achieve the focus you need.

Click -  to zoom out again, if you go too far.

The colors of the plane icons match the colors used in your Flight List (set by your N-Tracking Administrator).

In this example, yellow represents "other" aircraft and a different color would represent tracked aircraft. (There are none in this example.)

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Interaction 1 Click any plane icon.

The plane's registration displays and continues to display as the plane changes position within the airport.

Registration numbers continue to display until you deactivate them by clicking the plane icon again or until 15 minutes after the plane's last position report.

You can display registration numbers for all planes, regardless of whether or not they are part of your fleet.

To center the map, returning it to its original position and zoom level, click the Center map button in the upper right.

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Interaction 1 Click the Center map button.

N-Tracking displays the airport map and its surroundings at the original, default zoom level.

At this point, you can click the + icon to zoom in again on this airport's surface map OR you can click the Airport tab to view a different airport.