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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 attributes. 

We estimate that this will take 7 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).

Due to the large number of flights in the OTHERS category, filtering by a specific airline code or other characteristic or using search terms can be particularly helpful when searching for aircraft that do not belong to your fleet. These aircraft are associated with the OTHERS section of the Flight list. N-Tracking does not list flight information for those flights in the Flight list as it does for TRACKED and PLANNED flights.

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). 

Use N-Tracking search and filter functionality to help narrow down the display of flights to show only those aircraft that are of real interest to you.

For example, the OTHERS section of the Flight list includes a count of aircraft not in your fleet. That can be a lot of aircraft. Search or filter based on flight characteristics or information to show only the relevant flights on the map.

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

By default the Flights slider for the OTHERS section is off. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Search input field.

For this example, search for Skywise aircraft. "SKW" is included in their flight ID. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter SKW into the Search field.

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

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

Click the Flights  slider to display the flights in the OTHERS category on the map. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the OTHERS Flights slider.

As you hover your mouse over an aircraft of interest, a label displaying flight ID and flight number displays. (This label is customizable by each airline. Your N-Tracking administrator may have set up the label to display more data.)

Click the aircraft icon to view more information about the flight in the Flight Details pane. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click aircraft (FL257) icon.

There are currently 185 Skywise flights in-flight. As shown in this example, N-Tracking does not list any details for those flights in the Flight list. The flights are not counted either, until you activate the Flights slider in the OTHERS header.

To learn more about those flights, you must display them on the map and then use their aircraft labels to view information such as flight ID. 

After you review the flight details to find the information of interest, you can click anywhere on the map to close the pane. 

To cancel your search, click X (Close). 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the X (Close) button.

Interaction 2 Click anywhere on the map.

Disable the Flights slider again to remove the "OTHERS" flights from the map. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

Try another search: Search for all flights flying in or out of the Minneapolis airport (KMSP). 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Search input field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Enter KMSP into the Search field.

Your search results show that 2 of your tracked flights, 2 of your planned flights, and 83 "other" flights are flying in or out of this airport. Activate the Flights slider to see these flights.

If you need more detailed information on the level of congestion at KMSP, consider using surface tracking. For more details, consult the related topic. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

In this example, because SCX3033 is one of your tracked flights, you could also click its flight ID in the Flight list. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click aircraft (SCX3033) icon.

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

Interaction 1 Click anywhere on the map.

Cancel your search. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the X (Close) button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

Take a moment to practice filtering the contents of the Flight list based on aircraft attributes.  

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

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 2 Enter DAL into the Value field.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Add button.

350 of the 2,869 currently active flights have DAL in their flight ID. 

Optionally, enable the Flights slider to display them on the map.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the OTHERS Flights slider.

Optionally, for any of the flights depicted by icons (in this example, flight DAL1851), click the aircraft icon to display more information in the Flight Details pane. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the DAL1851 aircraft icon.

You can review the information in the Flight Details pane for flight DAL1851. When finished, you would click anywhere on the screen to close the pane and cancel the filter. (These last two steps are not required in this training example.) 

You can also add a filter to the results of a search or combine more than one filter to home in on the aircraft of interest to you. 

In this example, a filter to display only those flights with DAL  in their flight ID is already active.

Add another filter to see how those flights are communicating their position.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Filter button.

Interaction 2Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Attribute dropdown button.

Interaction 2 Click the To (ICAO) list item.

Interaction 2Interaction 1Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Value input field.

Interaction 2 Enter KORD into the Value field.

Interaction 3 Click the + Add button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the DAL684 aircraft icon.

Interaction 1 Click anywhere on the map.

Cancel both filters and deactivate the Flights slider to return your map to its original state. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Close button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flights slider.

HINT 

The two active tracked flights are momentarily outside of the map focus. 

SUCCESS 

Congratulations! You have searched for flights based on search text and you have filtered the displayed flights based on flight attributes.

You have also learned how to combine filters.

 



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