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Define and assign tags to aircraft for use in searching and filtering aircraft

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1       Introduction 

Define and assign tags to aircraft for use in searching and filtering aircraft 

In this topic, you learn how to define custom tags and then assign those tags to aircraft so that you can use them as search or filter criteria to narrow your search to only those aircraft with the tagged characteristics. 

We estimate that this will take 5 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed explanation 

Tags Overview

Within N-Tracking, users can filter aircraft based on certain attributes. The standard list of attributes is extensive and includes characteristics, such as aircraft type, airline, flight ID, etc.. As an N-Trackingadministrator, you can also create custom tags which can be used for more ad hoc filtering and that focus on characteristics other than the standard ones. A user-defined tag allows you to create groupings of aircraft based on criteria that you are interested in.


  

This image shows some of the many aircraft attributes you can use to filter the aircraft that display on the map (and in the Flight list). 

This image shows two custom tags you can define and use to filter the Flight list.

It might be worthwhile for you to take some time to think about the criteria you would include in user-defined tags. How would you want to filter your aircraft lists above and beyond the standard attributes? 

In this example, you define custom tags and assign them to aircraft for filtering purposes.

For more details on searching or filtering flights using standard aircraft characteristics, consult the topic, Searching and filtering flights in the Flight list.

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the ADMIN (Admin_PF) dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the User Settings menu item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User defined tags menu item.

For this example, imagine that there are three new recruits to your airline, two new captains and one new first officer. They are working on flights that are all in the air at the moment. Tag the aircraft on which the new employees are working.

You can start your task by narrowing the list of aircraft to those in the air.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the State (Search) input field.

Depending on the states used by your airline, you can enter search criteria as short as "flight" or "ground". 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter in_flight into the Search field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Tags (Add tag...) input field.

For this example, the first new captain is the flight associated with tail number N822SY.

HINT 

Tags cannot contain spaces. If you wish to use a phrase, such as 'New Captain' as a tag, separate the words with an underscore (as in 'IN_FLIGHT').

 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter New_Captain into the Add tag... field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

Notice that you can add more than one tag to an aircraft. 

Add the same tag to the aircraft with tail number N826SY, the aircraft on which the second new pilot is flying. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Add tag... input field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter New into the Add tag... field.

Interaction 1

N-Trackingprompts from a list of previously defined tags, and you can select from that list. 

Interaction 1 Click New_Captain.

The third new recruit, a new first officer, is on board aircraft N834SY.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Add tag... input field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter New_FirstOfficer into the Add tag... field.

Interaction 1 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

If, while you are assigning tags to aircraft, you decide you don't want a particular tag, simply click the X associated with a single tag to remove it.

To remove all user-defined tags, click .

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Save button.

Next, use your custom tags to filter the flights that display on the map (and in the Flight list).

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Map tab.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter u into the Attribute field.

Interaction 3Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User tags list item.

Interaction 2 Click the New_Captain button.

Interaction 3 Click the Add button.

The map and the Flight list show only those flights you tagged with "New_Captain".

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the SCX102 list item.

Tail number N822SY applies to flight SCX102. 

Interaction 1 Click anywhere on the map.

Try adding another filter to use your other tag (New_FirstOfficer). 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the vertical scroll bar.

"User tags" is no longer in the list. You cannot combine a second filter with the currently applied filter. 

Remove the current filter. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the X (Close) button.

Filter the flights again to find the flight to which the new first officer was assigned. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter u into the Attribute field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the User tags list item.

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the New_FirstOfficer button.

Interaction 2 Click the Add button.

The single aircraft showing on the map is the one you tagged with "New_FirstOfficer". 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the SCX210 list item.

Flight SCX210 is operating on tail number N834SY. 

Interaction 1 Click anywhere on the map.

Clear the filter when you no longer need it to find a specific flight. 

SUCCESS 

Congratulations! You have defined tags to use as filters in controlling which flights display on the map.

 

 



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