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Searching and filtering flights in the Flight list

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1       Introduction 

Searching and filtering flights in the Flight list 

In this topic, you learn how to search for flights in the Flight list and also filter the Flight list based on a variety of flight data elements 

We estimate that this will take 4 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed explanation 

Searching for specific flights in the Flight list 

You can use the search and filter features at the top of the Flight list pane to search for aircraft based on attributes, such as aircraft type, airline, destination airport (To), or departing airport (From). Particularly if you are searching the OTHERS category of flights in the Flight list, filtering can help you search more efficiently.

You'll learn how to use the SEARCH field and the Filter in this topic.

Filter the Flight list 

Use the filter  to fine-tune the listed aircraft by:

        A/C Type by entering text

        Airline by entering text (ICAO code)

        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

When you filter the Flight list, N-Tracking displays a label identifying that filter on the top left corner of the map to help maintain situational awareness.

When you build a search filter, you can combine multiple parameters of different types (for example, EGLL arrival airport, A320 aircraft, and LFPO origin airport).

You cannot create a filter that contains more than one value for a particular parameter (e.g., two different types of aircraft). 

The OTHERS section of the Flight list includes a count of aircraft not declared as part of your fleet at departure or arrival of tracked airports. That can be a lot of aircraft. You can use N-Tracking search and filter functionality to find particular flights within this group (or anywhere in the Flight list).

Click the Flights slider on the OTHERS header to see how it works. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

Interaction 1

Activating the Flights slider causes all 3,696 flights in the OTHERS section to display on the map -- perhaps too much information?

When OTHERS contains such a large number of flights, the Flight list does not automatically list them.

Use N-Tracking search or filtering functions to work with a sub-set of the flights in the OTHERS category.

Access both search and filtering functionality at the top of the Flight list. 

Interaction 1 Click the SEARCH input field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter AAL into the SEARCH field.

The map displays the 406 flights in the OTHERS category that contain "AAL" in their flight data and you can access their flight details in the Flight list. 

N-Tracking adds a label to the map that identifies your search criteria and helps with situational awareness.

The label includes "Global" because N-Tracking applies your search criteria to all sections of the Flight list (not just OTHERS).

In this example, none of the flights in your fleet or that you are tracking display on the map because they do not meet your search criteria.

Interaction 1

Cancel that search. 

Interaction 1 Click X (Close).

Try another search. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the SEARCH input field.

Interaction 1 Enter ADSB into the SEARCH field.

        5 of 6 flights in MY FLEET use ADSB for communications

        all your TRACKED flights use ADSB

        3,300 of 3,682 flights in the OTHERS section use ADSB. 

Cancel that search to restore the list to its previous state. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click X (Close).

Disable the OTHERS slider again. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

Flights in the OTHERS category no longer display on the map and they are no longer listed in the OTHERS section of the Flight list. 

Interaction 1

Next, let's explore filtering the contents of the Flight list. 

Interaction 1 Click the Filter icon.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Be sure to explore the various ways you can filter the flights that display in the Flight list. The last two filters (not shown here) are User tags and Vertical speed.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight ID list item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Value input field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter DAL into the Value field.

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

269 / 3,505 flights match your filter criteria. (But notice that in this example, the Flights slider is off, consequently the plane icons do not display on the map.)

Enable the Flights slider of the OTHERS section again.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

To cancel the filter, click X on the map label. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click X.

The most commonly displayed flight attributes for the Flight list include the Flight ID and the relevant city pair (From and To). However, as you see in this example, you can choose different attributes to display.

For more details, consult the topic, Configure Flight list content.

You now know how to search within the Flight list and to use a filter in your searching. Explore filtering the list using the various attributes available for your use to make your searching more effective.


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