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October 23, 2019

XCTrack Pro Widgets – Competition

This page gives details on the widgets that are in the “Competition” subsection. They can be accessed by customizing the XCTrack Pro pages pre-installed on AIR³. Remember that your customisations will be lost if you reset XCTrack Pro interface with AIR³ Manager, if you change the profile (Kiss, Easy, Expert, Paramotor) or if you load a different configuration file ‘xcfg’.

Read more details about competition in Menu/Navigation/Competition of the main XCTrack Manual.

A video tuto for competition has also been produced. Watch it in the video’s page.

Click on the + sign to read the details.

Task map

Competition map view  - shows task, optimal route and tracklog

Depending on the type of SSS crossing (Exit or Enter), the route will indicate to "go inside" the cylinder or not.


 

The Task map widget is divided into 2 main sections: Map configuration, Postpone airspace showing .

Click on the “+” sign to unfold the section.

Click back on the “-” sign to fold it back.

Map configuration

In the Map configuration section, you can

  • decide the way you want the maps to be displayed according to what should be at top (see next image explanations)
  • display a small compass on the map to display north direction
  • activate the automatic map scaling or define a fixed map scale
  • display the map scale in the bottom left of the map
  • decide which map you want to display (Airspaces, Terrain, Road Map) (see more details below)

Using AIR³ for free flight, rotating in circles in the thermal, it is recommanded to keep north at top.

If you want the map to rotate depending on your direction (such as with paramotor), you have different choices.

 

 

  • Navigation target at top is used to always have your target at top.
  • Bearing at top is used to always have where you are going to at top.
  • Heading at top is used to always have what you have in front of you at top.
  • Once the wind has been computed after a full circle, you may also want to have your map rotated to always have the down ind direction at top.

 

 

Airspaces map can be shown by enabling the “Display airspaces” option.

Read more details about  how to set up airspaces in Menu/Preferences/Airspace.

If you activate other maps such as Terrain and RoadMap, Airspaces will always be on top.

If you want to know more about Airspaces and how to get airspaces information with AIR³, watch the tuto video related to Airspaces in the videos page.

 

 

 

Terrain map (relief/elevation) can be shown by enabling the “Display terrain map” option.

Terrain maps indicate altitudes through contour lines. The info provided are “limited” and therefore the maps remain very readable.

Read more info related to Maps and elevation in Menu/Preferences/Maps.

We advise to display Terrain map in the  Task Map widget.

You can also watch the Tuto video related to Maps and elevation in the video page.

 

 

Road map can be displayed by enabling the “Display road map” option.

With the color screen of AIR³ you can take advantage of all the information that are provided by road maps. Info such as  forests, roads, borders, rivers, … are very easy to identify and would be more difficult to read with black and white screens.

So, we recommend to have one page that displays road maps with AIR³.

However for the competition map, displaying too many information may affect readability.

Read more info related to Maps and elevation in Menu/Preferences/Maps.

You can also watch the Tuto video related to Maps and elevation in the video page.

 

 


 

You can also:

For more details regarding livetracking, watch the XCTrack Pro for AIR³ tutorial in the videos’s page


 

You can also:

Go to Menu/Navigation  and click on the Waypoints in the upper right to access the waypoint menu. In the Files tab, you can see the wpt files that are located in the XCTrack/Waypoints folder. The size of the waypoint name on the map is set in the font size portion below.

  • display the large cities on the map. Large cities of each country have been integrated into XCTrack. This option is useful if you have not activated the RoadMap display. With RoadMap display enabled, you will have the name of the large cities display twice: with the RoadMap and with the display cities option. The size of the name of the cities on the map is set in the font size portion below.

Should you want to display medium or small size cities, contact us to get a Waypoint file.

  • display takeoffs

 

With AIR³,  the main arrow that indicates the direction of the target is included on every page. To avoid creating confusion with other information on the map, navigation is set to “Do not use” on the XC Map widget.

However, here are some details if you want to display navigation instructions directly on the XC Map widget. Two different options are offered:

  • Type of navigation mode (Point, Optimized point, Cylinder (nearest point) or Do not use.
  • Activate “distinguishing brackets” in order to quickly identify your previous settings:

Point mode [Optimized point] (Cylinder)

 

Different settings are available for navigation depending on your preferences:

  • “Point” indicates the direction to the exact target. Green line. The difference with “Cylinder” is that the distance, glide, time,etc. are calculated up to the point/target. However, once the circle around the target is reached, the navigation will switch to indicate the next point.
  • “Optimized point” indicates the direction to the optimized point depending on your route. This is the most used setting. Blue Line.
  • “Cylinder (nearest point) indicates the direction of the nearest point of each circle once the previous is reached. Green line. The difference with the “Point” is that the distance, glide, time, etc. are calculated up to the circle to reach.
  • “Do not use” is the setting to not show navigation.

 

The next slider lets you decide the number of last thermals to show on the map together with its climb rate.

Show wind displays  a small arrow on the map to indicate the direction, with the speed of the wind. Wind is computed the completion of a full circle.

The sun and the wind display are located on the border of the map widget. If you display also the RoadMap, you may create some mess, not being able to identify information correctly.


 

If you  do not “mark glide distance“, the line in front of the pilot will be straight without any other info.

By enabling it, an empty circle will mark glide distance based on the configured glide ratio, trim speed and computed wind.. Solid circle marks glide distance based on the current glide ratio. Read more details about Glider setup in Menu/Preferences/Glider.

The thickness of lines will determine the thickness of the track on the map as well as the thickness of the line showing the direction in front of the pilot.

 

Mark glide distance disabled

Mark glide distance enabled

Postpone airspace showing

By setting in the map configuration to display airspaces, the airspace whose floor is above the set limit can be deferred. Approaching a set distance, the deferred airspace can be displayed.

By using the expert mode of AIR³, a dedicated page is available for airspaces management.

If you are interested to know more about Airspaces with AIR³, watch the dedicated tuto video in the videos’ page  and read more details about Airspaces in Menu/Preferences/Airspaces


Distance to goal

Optimized distance through the remaining turnpoints to goal


Altitude over goal

Arriving altitude over goal line/cylinder.

Based on your current altitude (GPS altitude) and the glide ratio that is indicated in the Menu/Preferences/Glider/Glide ratio, this widget will display the altitude over goal once you are approaching the goal (once the altitude over goal is above 1000m below the goal).

It is taking into account the route to the goal passing through the optimized route of remaining waypoints.

The value is computed from the necessary time to glide through the route, based on Menu/Preferences/Glider/Glide ratio. The time is computed from Menu/Preferences/Glider/Trim speed and current wind (and the route of course). If there is any turnpoint to still reach before the goal, there is a constant of 15 m of altitude loss at every turnpoint.

Altitude over goal: -140m if you still need to pass through a waypoint…

 

but Altitude over goal: +321m if you directly go to the goal…

 


Glide to goal

Glide ratio necessary to reach goal.

You can decide if you want to display it with or without leading 1:

       

 


Time to start

Time to next start gate.

This widget simply tells you the remaining time to next start gate.

Example:

 

 

 

 

Once you have reached the start gate time, it tells you what to do as long as you have not crossed the start cylinder.

Example if you are outside and need to go inside the start cylinder.


Time at start

Time you cross the SSS.

The value is computed either based on the route to the [Optimized point] … or based on the nearest point (cylinder).

You can Activate “Use distinguishing brackets” in order to quickly identify your previous settings: [Optimized point] (Cylinder)

Reminder:

  • “Optimized point” takes into account the route to the optimized point. This is the most used setting
  • “Cylinder (nearest point) takes into account the route to the nearest point of the start circle.

Speed used for computation. You can choose between Groundspeed, Airspeed with wind compensation, Glide speed with wind compensation, XC speed.

Groundspeed: your actual speed over ground is used. If you fly toward the point, you will see how much time it takes (the wind is included implicitly), but if you are circling, the value will change all the time because of the different ground speed upwind and downwind.

Airspeed: see Airspeed widget info in the Flying section. Airspeed is computed based on groundspeed and computed wind. It is the speed that would have been indicated if the pilot had a airspeed sensor (tube). It actually depends on your braking/accelerating position. The value computed is the time when you reach the point in the current breaking/accelerating settings. If you fly directly (but you don’t need to do it), this is the difference between ground speed and airspeed.

Glidespeed: the speed from glider configuration corrected by wind. It doesn’t matter how fast you are flying right now nor direction. It indicates when you reach the point if you fly directly and on configured airspeed (for example full accelerated flight speed).

XC speed: Time calculated on the speed based from the biggest xc distance (distance over 3 breaking point) and the flying time. Can be used for large FAI triangle hunting.

Based on the setting, speed can vary very much. The “averaging interval” gives the opportunity to compute based on average interval.

Finally, you can decide which format you want to display the Time at start…

 


Speed to start

Speed to go to reach the start cylinder at the right time.

The value is computed either based on the route to the [Optimized point] … or based on the nearest point (cylinder).

You can Activate “Use distinguishing brackets” in order to quickly identify your previous settings: [Optimized point] (Cylinder)

Reminder:

  • “Optimized point” takes into account the route to the optimized point. This is the most used setting
  • “Cylinder (nearest point) takes into account the route to the nearest point of the start circle


% of task

Show percentage of flown task distance (to help with leading points)


Task summary

Task information reminder


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