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Airports, flights, UIRs, and favorite airports

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1       Introduction 

Airports, flights, UIRs, and favorite airports 

In this topic, you learn how to view and use a variety of flight and navigational information on one of the N-Tracking navigational layers. 

We estimate that this will take 3 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed explanation 

Navigation Layers

Use the Navigation layers to add important navigational information to the map:
 

        Flight Information Regions (FIR) / Upper Information Region (UIR): Flight information boundaries will be displayed on the map with detailed information.

        Grid MORAs: This is currently a work in progress so we will not be talking about this in this topic.

        Airports: Displays all the airports with detailed information.

        Favorite airports: Use this layer to display a selection of your favorite airports on the map.
 

The following high and low navigational elements are explained in other topics:
 

        Airways

        Waypoints

        Holdings

        Navaids

        Restricted airspace

        Controlled airspace

For more details, consult Depict high and low level airways, navaids, holding patterns, and waypoints and Display restricted or controlled airspaces and/or communication areas.

Let's start by having a look at where to access the navigational layers. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Layers button.

To access the NAV layers you need to make sure that the tab has been selected and highlighted.

  

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Interaction 1 Click the FIR/UIR slider.

Layers will only be visible and will be able to be turned on and off at certain zoom levels. Currently grid MORAs will not be accessible as it is grayed out. Depending on your default zoom levels, zooming in can make the slider active (but does not automatically enable the slider).

Let's start with looking at the flight information region (FIR) and upper information region (UIR). You can see on the map that it has been split up into different boundaries these are called flight information regions and are a specified region of airspace in which a flight information service is provided.

Interaction 1 Please click Next to continue. 

If you zoom out too far you will loose your FIR/UIR boundaries. You will need to zoom back in to retrieve it.

Some countries split their FIR/UIR to make controlling the airspace easier, for example the United Kingdom has split it into a north and south, other countries might have a single FIR. Let's look into an FIR for more information.

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Let's look at this FIR over Germany to start with. Clicking within the FIR will bring up a list of all the possible FIRs. 

Interaction 1 Click the within the circle image.

A list will be generated from your chosen FIR. In this case there are a possible two FIRs to choose from.  

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The FIR ICAO code will be shown in the list, the code is the main governing state that controls that area. Let's look at EDGG which is Germany.

Interaction 1 Click the FIR EDGG list item.

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Opening the FIR will highlight the selection in orange that the chosen area covers. This is particularly useful should you have multiple FIRs on top of one another covering the same area.

   

Information about the FIR with important details such as the altitude limits and any entry clearances. Let's now look at the second FIR.

Interaction 1 Click the FIR EDVV list item.

You can see that the highlighted area has now changed to resemble the second FIR EDVV. This FIR type is a UIR, as mentioned in the details under type.

   

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Let's zoom out to see what happens to the FIRs.

Interaction 1 Click the zoom out button.

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Your highlighted FIR will remain at any zoom level, all other FIRs will be removed as they only show at certain zoom levels.

The FIR will not change if you choose another FIR from the list at this zoom level. You will need to zoom back in to show all the FIRs to change your selection. 

Closing the FIR or clicking on anywhere on the map will remove the FIRs.

   

Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

On closing the list down you can see that the FIRs are not visible anymore, even though we have not turned off the FIR/UIR button. Let's zoom back in.

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As you still had FIR/UIR slider turned on, zooming back in will bring up the FIRs again. Let's now turn off the FIRs. 

Interaction 1 Click the FIR/UIR slider.

Currently on the map there are no airports visible, let's turn them on. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Airports slider.

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Once the airports button has been turned on you will be able to see all the aerodromes. Zoom in to get a better view.

Interaction 1 Click the Zoom button.

Zooming too far out will disable the airports and they will not be seen on the map. 

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All airports are indicated with a cog symbol . Zooming in will give you a clearer image of the aerodromes. Let's have a look at one of them in more detail.

Interaction 1 Click the airport image.

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Once you have selected the aerodrome on the map, the aerodrome will appear on the right hand side giving you the ICAO/IATA and the name of the aerodrome.

Interaction 1 Click the EGTO slider.

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Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

The selected aerodrome will give you more detailed information once opened. The AD on the map will change color to orange to indicate the chosen airport.

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Let's turn off airports for now and have a look at favorite airports. 

Interaction 1 Click the Airports slider.

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Along with a display of all the aerodromes you may wish to only view your favorite aerodromes. These might be a selection of particular aerodromes that you fly in to or aerodromes that you use as alternates. In this example we will only show our favorite airports.

Interaction 1 Click the Favorite airports slider.

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There are no favorite aerodromes that we have chosen yet, let's go into edit mode and create some.

Interaction 1 Click the Airports slider.

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Interaction 1 Enter egkk into the Airport list field.

The edit function enables you to input a list of aerodromes either by ICAO or IATA as your favorites.

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Interaction 1 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

Interaction 2 Enter lfpg into the Airport list field.

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You can clearly see the  two ICAO codes that you have entered into the text box. These two aerodromes are Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Typing the aerodrome on top of one another as shown or next tow each other (egkk,lfpg) will also work. You cannot input either the name of the airport (Gatwick) or join up the ICAO codes (egkklfpg) these will not work and will not be shown on the map.

Once saved, you will need to refresh the favorite airports slider so your two airports will be visible.

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Interaction 1 Click the Favorite airports slider.

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Interaction 1 Click the Favorite airports slider.

Favorite airports are now visible.

Favorite airports display in cyan   and are the only airports shown on the map. You can display detailed information by selecting the airport.

You can add or remove airports simply by going back into the edit.

Remember any changes you make to your favorite airports you will need to refresh the slider by turning it off and on. 

Let's have a look what happens when you turn on airports. 

Interaction 1 Click the Airports slider.

The Airports and Favorite airports layers are turned on. The symbols for favorite airports overlap airport symbols.

 



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