This page gives details on the widgets that are in the “Xcontest” 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’.
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The XCMap widget is divided into 3 main sections: Map configuration, Postpone airspace showing and XC map settings.
Click on the "+" sign to unfold the section.
Click back on the "-" sign to fold it back.
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 (see additional info regarding automatic map scaling below)
- 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)
Automatic map scaling: this setting allows to scale the map to view the whole track. It has been designed for flying closed triangles (FAI or flat). Therefore, this settig may not be very useful for flying straight distance as the pilot’s position will be always near the map border. With a fixed scaling, XCTrack will always center the pilot in the middle of the map.
Using AIR³ for free flight, rotating in circles in the thermal, it is recommended 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 wind direction at top.
Airspaces map can be shown by enabling the “Display airspaces” option.
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.
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 recommand to display road maps with AIR³.
You can also watch the Tuto video related to Maps and elevation in the video page.
You can also:
- display nearby pilots on the map (you need to have activated the livetracking). Read more details about Livetracking in Menu/Preferences/Livetracking and Menu/Livetracking.
- display the tracklogs of selected pilots. To select pilots, go to Menu/Livetracking. In the Flights tab, you will see the list of pilots that are currently flying. You can select the pilots you want to display.
For more details regarding livetracking, watch the XCTrack Pro for AIR³ tutorial in the videos’s page
You can also:
- display waypoints on the map. Don’t forget to activate the waypoint file that contains the waypoints you want to display. Read more details about how to activate a waypoint file in the Navigation menu.
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/Aircraft.
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
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
In the XC map settings section, you can display different tools that can help you manage your XC flight.
Different settings related to the XC discipline can be adjusted in Menu/Preferences/XC Disciplines and Competition.
Triangle closing distance: a flight may be scored as a triangle, when the distance between start point and finish point (= closing distance) is less than the percentage indicated of the entire distance as given by the 3 turn points. The scoring distance will then be given by the turn point distance, minus the gap (finish to start) distance.
Discipline factors: number of points per km depending on the type of flight: FAI triangle, Flat triangle or Flight over 3 turnpoints.
If you participate to the XCcontest competition, check here to adapt the settings accordingly.
By enabling “Display triangle/free flight route”, legs of your flight will be displayed.
FAI triangle will be displayed with blue color. Flat triangle will be displayed with green color.
Thanks to the color screen of AIR³, you can easily identify if the triangle’s type.
By enabling “Display FAI triangle areas”, you will be able to identify the area you should fly to in order to fly a FAI triangle.
If you also enable “Show min/max triangle length for FAI areas”, you will be able to see the minimum and maximum triangle length directly on the map allowing you to determine the route you should fly to achieve a FAI triangle.
Enabling “Display leg distance”, displays the leg distance already flown.
Units can be changed in Menu/Preferences/Display/Units/Distance in competitions
Enabling “Display leg percentage”, displays each leg percentage of the triangle you have already flown.
By enabling “Display triangle closing circle”, you will display on the map the area to reach if you want to close the FAI triangle.
The widget is indicating the calculated XC distance according to the type of course found in the current tracklog.
Depending on the type of course: free distance over 3 turnpoints, FAI or Flat triangle (Look on XContest website for more details about triangles), an orange, blue or green logo will be displayed.
Distance of the flat or FAI triangle flown IF you make it back to takeoff.
Depending on the type of triangle, FAI or Flat (Look at the rules on XContest website), a green logo or a blue logo will be displayed.
Average speed of the XC course over 3 turnpoints, calculated since takeoff.