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Working with aircraft in the Flight list

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1       Introduction 

Working with aircraft in the Flight list 

In this topic, you learn how to work with the Flight list to view different sets of flights and how to interpret the information the Flight list contains. You also learn how to switch between its three supported "views". 

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 includes entries for all of the aircraft shown on the map. Some of these aircraft, you may be tracking, while others display to provide a realistic view of air traffic or congestion at airports, for example.

N-Tracking counts the aircraft in various statuses or categories. In this example, the list shows:
 

 

        1 aircraft with a caution status

        7 aircraft in the airline's fleet

        2 aircraft being tracked

        22 flights being planned

        3784 "other" aircraft

 

For the flights listed in all sections except "OTHERS", you can expand the table listing to display the Flight Details pane for a selected flight.

You can also search and filter the Flight list to further refine the flights listed. For example, you can filter by attributes such as aircraft type.

The Flight list "standard" view is the most commonly used view.

N-Tracking also provides "extended" and "minimized" views. Use the view that best serves your needs.

Flight list views

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.

You can switch between the different views of the content list using the icons at the top right of each list.

 

Extended view

Minimized view

Standard view 

 
Search and filtering features are accessible only when the Flight list is in standard or extended view. For more details on searching within the Flight list, consult the topic, Searching and filtering flights in the Flight list.

The Flight list contains the following sections:

WARNING: all flights with any alert at a warning level (none shown in this example)
CAUTION: all flights with any alert at a caution level
MY FLEET: assigned aircraft
TRACKED: all flights of aircraft from your fleet without any alert condition
PLANNED: (not shown here) plans for which a flight plan has been computed by a flight planning system or communicated from ATC
OTHERS: a count of aircraft not declared as part of your fleet at departure or arrival of tracked airports (not shown in this example) 
 


Use the Flights slider, where available, to display the flights in each category. 

Search or filter the Flight list 

To reduce the number of flights shown in the Flight list, you have two options:

        enter text in the Search field

        use the Filter icon to filter listed flights by attribute


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

  

In both cases, N-Tracking contributes to situational awareness by adding a label to the map that identifies the criteria you used to fine tune the Flight list.

For detailed information on using search and filtering techniques, consult the topic, Searching and filtering flights in the Flight list.
 

In these examples:

        Searching the entire list for "ADSB" reduces the flights shown in the MY FLEET section by two aircraft. 

        Filtering the list by Position Source "ACARS" shows that none of the flights in the list are receiving ACARS messages.

Let's review some of the features and capabilities you just learned about with a practical scenario.

 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the CAUTION row.

Your N-Tracking administrator chooses the colors used for the section headers of the Flight list and these colors match the associated aircraft icons on the map. When all the section headers are collapsed as shown in this example, you can click the section header to expand it. 

The CAUTION section expands to display its 4 flights. 

Click one of the flight IDs to view more details about the flight.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click SCX342.

Enable the Flight Plan slider on the Flight Details pane if you want the flight plan for this flight to continue to display after you close the pane. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Plan slider.

While you have the Flight Details pane open, you can also acknowledge the Caution alert. This acknowledgment stops the repeating notification that displays on the map every 5 minutes. 

If applicable, you can also add a note about this caution alert in the NOTES field (at the bottom of the Flight Details pane).

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the checkmark icon.

Interaction 2 Click anywhere on the map.

Click anywhere on the map to close the Flight Details pane. 

Next, let's explore the MY FLEET section. This section lists all aircraft assigned to your current desk.

The MY FLEET header features two sliders -- the Flight Plan slider on the left and the Flights slider on the right.

In this example, the Flights slider is activated. If you want flight plans to display, the Flights slider must be active.

Enable the Flight Plan slider for the MY FLEET section.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Plan slider.

N-Tracking shows flight plans for all the aircraft listed in MY FLEET -- too much information, perhaps? 

Disable the Flight Plan slider.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Plan slider.

Instead, select a specific flight ID in the MY FLEET section. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click SCX314.

Interaction 1

In this case, there is a fair amount of air traffic around the flights you are exploring, so zoom in. 

Interaction 1 Click the Zoom in (+) button.

By selecting an individual flight from the Flight list you display its Flight Details pane. 

Interaction 1

Click the Flight Plan slider on the Flight Details pane if you want the flight plan for SCX314 to continue to display after you close the pane. 

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Plan slider.

Interaction 2 Click anywhere on the map.

You can always click the aircraft icon on the map to display flight details again. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the SCX314 plane icon.

Interaction 1

Click the Flight Plan slider on the Flight Details pane if you do not want the flight plan to continue displaying after you close the Flight Details pane. 

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Plan slider.

Interaction 2 Click anywhere on the map.

The Flights slider in the TRACKED section works the same way: in the "off" position, the section is collapsed (and no flights are listed). 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

Only the flight plan for flight SCX342 continues to display. 

Only one of the tracked flights -- ACA142 (indicated by the lighter blue icon) is visible at the current map zoom level. 

In this example, the Flights slider for the PLANNED section is already enabled. All flights with a computed or ATC-provided flight plan display in the Flight list. 

Let's see what happens when you click the slider of the PLANNED section.

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

With its slider in the "on" position, the TRACKED section displays the three aircraft you are tracking. 

By disabling the slider, you collapse the PLANNED section, hiding those flights. 

Interaction 2 Click the Flights slider.

Because the Flights slider is enabled, all planned flights display in the list. Like the sliders in the other sections, enabling this slider causes the flights to display; disabling the slider collapses the list and hides the flights.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click HAL36.

As outlined in the topic, "Working with planned flights" in the "planned" status, flights show less information on the Flight Details pane. 

Interaction 1 Click anywhere on the map.

Use the slider to collapse the PLANNED section again. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

Next, let's explore how to view all, or only some of the flights in the OTHERS section.

As you learned earlier, OTHERS includes a count of aircraft not declared as part of your fleet at departure or arrival of tracked airports.   

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

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

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 pane. 

To learn more, consult the topic, Searching and filtering flights in the Flight list.

Interaction 1  Please click Next to continue.

2.1        Flight list views

Next, explore the different "views" or layouts of the Flight list that you can choose from.

The Flight list is currently in its standard view.

In this example, the Flights slider for MY FLEET is enabled. Consequently, all the flight plans for aircraft in your fleet display on the map. 

You already know that if you select a flight in the Flight list, the Flight Details pane for that flight displays.

What if you want to see details for all the flights in MY FLEET?

Maximize the Flight list to display it in its "extended" view. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Maximize button.

In this example, you can view the flight's ID, its origin and destination, registration number, aircraft type, flight level, vertical speed, and position source.

Configuring the fields that display in the extended view is up to you. Use the Flight list option in the User Settings menu. For more detailed information, consult the Configure Flight list content topic.

Interaction 1

Minimize the extended view. 

Interaction 1 Click the Minimize button.

N-Tracking is constantly aware of the time. At any time, all Flight list views display currently active flights only. 

If you want the Flight list to display a different time zone, use the Time Zone option in the User Settings menu.

When minimized, the Flight list displays only the time and a count of flights with active warnings. 

Restore the Flight list to its standard display. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Restore button.

Let's collapse the display of flight plans for flights in MY FLEET. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Plan slider.

Zoom out for a more complete view of the map. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click Zoom out (-).

You have completed your review of how to use the Flight list to track aircraft, view important flight details, and change the view or layout in which the Flight list displays. 

 



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