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Display FIRs, UIRs, airports and favorite airports

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1       Introduction 

Display FIRs, UIRs, airports 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 6 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed Explanation 

Navigation Layers

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

        Flight Information Region (FIR) / Upper Information Region (UIR): Display flight information region boundaries on the map with detailed information.

        Grid MORAs: This function is "under construction" and is not discussed in this topic.

        Airports: This layer displays all airports with an optional display of detailed information.

        Favorite airports: Use this layer to differentiate a selection airports as favorites 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 get oriented: The map is focused on Western Europe, at a 100 nm zoom level and the ACTIVE LAYERS pane shows that the Radar (for Europe) weather layer is active.

Hide the weather layers list (ACTIVE LAYERS) as you don't need this information while you learn to use the navigational layers. The weather layers remain active. Hiding the list does not affect that.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Hide button.

Access the NAV layers in the Layers menu. 

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Layers menu button.

Interaction 2 Click the NAV Layers tab.

Notice that several of the layers in the lower half of the pane are not accessible at this zoom level. You can tell this because the slider is grayed out.

To control the zoom levels at which you want the different NAV layers to be usable, adjust the zoom level settings in the User Settings  menu (Zoom levels).
 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the FIR/UIR slider.

The areas bounded on the map with chunky white lines represent FIRs (Flight Information Regions). They are specified regions of airspace in which a flight information service is provided.

Some countries split their FIR/UIRs to make controlling the airspace easier. For example, the United Kingdom has a north and a south FIR. Other countries may use a single FIR.

Start by examining a FIR in Germany.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the highlighted area.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the EDGG list item.

When you expand the information displayed for EDGG, the selected FIR is highlighted in orange on the map. This is particularly useful when FIRs overlap, as in this example.   

EDGG is a FIR. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the EDVV list item.

A different area, north of the previous FIR is outlined in orange. The EDVV area is a UIR. 

HINT 

Be attentive to your zoom level changes as you zoom out. If you zoom out too far while investigating FIRs/UIRs, the boundaries may disappear due to default zoom levels you have set. You can always zoom back in to display the FIR/UIR or to select a different  one.

 

Zoom out to a higher zoom level (200 nm ) to see how the FIR layer behaves differently. 

Interaction 1 Click the Zoom out (-) button.

In this example, because of the default zoom levels set for the display of FIR/UIRs, the white, chunky lines showing FIRs do not display.

The last FIR/UIR you examined is still selected and shows with an orange outline.

You can still consult the information in the NAV  pane, by clicking any listed FIR. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the EDGG list item.

Notice that the area outlined on the map continues to show your previous selection.

To change the FIR selected on the map, you must use the zoom level set in your default zoom levels for FIRs/UIRs to be enabled. (In this example, 200 nm.) 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

For this airline, the zoom level at which FIR/UIRs can be enabled or disabled is 100 nm. Zoom in to that level. 

Interaction 2 Click the Zoom in (+) button.

Remove the FIRs from your display for the next part of the example. 

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the FIR/UIR slider.

Next, add symbols to the map to show the location of airports. 

Interaction 2 Click the Airports slider.

As with FIR/UIRs, your default zoom level settings can affect whether or not you can enable the display of airport symbols at given zoom levels. Keep this in mind. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Zoom in (+) button.

At a 50 nm zoom level, click one of the gear-shaped airport symbols. For this example, select the highlighted symbol. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the highlighted airport symbol.

The teal-colored airport symbols on the map reflect the airports in the "My Airports" list. 

The NAV pane displays the ICAO code and name of the airport. You can click this entry for more details.

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the EDDL / DUS list item.

Review the details about the Düsseldorf airport, as needed.

As you saw with the FIR/UIRs, the airport symbol you selected is highlighted in orange on the map. 

Interaction 2 Click the Close button.

Next, examine another way in which navigation elements work by zooming in again to the 20 nm level. 

Interaction 3 Click the Zoom in (+) button.

At the 20 nm zoom level, the ICAO airport codes display automatically. 

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Disable the Airports slider while you learn how to work with favorite airports. 

Interaction 1 Click the Airports slider.

"Favorite" airports might be a selection of airports that your airline uses regularly and/or as alternates.

Interaction 2 Click the Favorite airports slider.

If this is the first time you are working with airports on the map and you have not previously coded any airports as favorites, you can use the Edit  button and add some without enabling the slider. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Edit button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the airports input field.

As the field label shows, you can enter either ICAO or IATA codes for the airports. 

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter egkk into the airports field.

Interaction 2 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

HINT 

You can create your list vertically as shown in this example, putting each code on a new line. Alternatively, you can enter the codes separated by a comma (egkk,lfpg).

You cannot enter the airport name (such as Gatwick) in this field. Only airports identified by their codes display on the map.  

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter etmn into the airports field.

Interaction 2 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter lfpg into the airports field.

Interaction 2 Click the Save button.

After you save your favorites, you may need to refresh the display of the Favorite airports layer by disabling and then re-enabling the layer. 

The favorite airports you added display on the map, showing the light blue symbol, like this one for the EGKK airport (Gatwick) in England. LFPG represents the Charles de Gaulle airport in France; it is not currently shown in this view of the map.

SUCCESS 

Congratulations! You have successfully displayed FIRs and UIRs on the map and added airport symbols to assist with your flight tracking and planning tasks. 

 



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