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.
You can choose a theme for the XC map widget that differs from the main theme.
This can be quite convenient for the XC map widget, so that you can get the benefit from the Black theme to reduce energy consumption for the main widgets and still use White or eInk theme for the XC map widget so that you can easily read information on the map. Not all pilots are used to read maps with a white on black map.
In the Map configuration section, you can
- decide the way you want the maps to be displayed according to what should be at top (read more in the next section below)
- display a small compass on the map to display north direction
- activate the automatic map scaling to fit the whole tracklog or define a fixed map scale (see additional info regarding automatic map scaling below)
- keep pilot in the center of the screen or at a given distance from the edge (see additional info regarding distance from the edge below)
- display the map scale in the bottom left of the map
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 setting may not be very useful for flying straight distance. As soon as you zoom in or zoom out, the automatic map scaling will be disabled.
Keep pilot in the center of the screen: by default, the pilot will be centered in the center of the screen. It corresponds therefore to 50% of the distance of the widget.
If you disable this setting, you can choose a different distance from the edge by moving the slider to increase up to 40% (close to the center) or decrease down to 10% (close to the edge).
The off-center function works this way:
– there is speed history for 20 minutes
– when your 20 minutes speed is similar to the XC speed (this means you’re on your way), your position is moved from the center of the map
Note that if you replay a tracklog, this algorithm should only work if you replay it slowly (max 3X).
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 while you are moving (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 (can be influenced by the wind).
- 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.
By default, XCTrack uses the bearing/track direction thanks to the GPS, the wind speed and direction to compute the heading direction.
By enabling “Use internal compass” in Menu/Preferences/Connection & sensors, XCTrack uses the information coming from the internal compass to display the heading.
Downwind direction at top requires to have computed the wind direction. So, in any case, the map will get North at top at the beginning of the flight. Read more details about Wind direction computation in the Wind direction widget description in the Air section page of the XCTrack Pro Widgets Manual.
- Travel direction at top is used to have your travel direction at top. The goal of this setting is to have less map rotation than Bearing at top, still with the main direction where you are going to at top.
Travel direction at top requires to have computed the Travel direction. So, in any case, the map will get North at top at the beginning of the flight.
Travel direction gets changed when BOTH of these conditions are satisfied
– the user has traveled for more than 3 km in 20 minutes
– the user has been travelling directly for about 2 minutes
… Then, the direction is changed, with preference for the angle travelled if it doesn’t differ too much from the 2 minutes bearing.
In addition, you can decide which map you want to display (Road Map, Rain radar (Pro), Terrain, Airspaces (see more details below))
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.
Rain radar can be displayed by enabling the “Display Rain radar data” option. To be able to enable this option, you need the Pro version.
With the color screen of AIR³ you can take advantage of all the information that are provided by the rain radar map. You can easily analyse the intensity of rain on your way. This would be more difficult to read with black and white screens. However, we do not recommend to display Road maps together with Rain radar for improved readability.
It is updated every 10 minutes. The data load is negligible. If it rains, there would be a few kilobytes, a maximum of tens of kilobytes transferred. It uses the same service that anyone can see on the Livetraking web page.
The rain radar tiles are displayed exactly over the visible area on the map.
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.
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.
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 Waypoints folder of XCTrack. 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 Bearing 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.
Mark glide distance disabled
Mark glide distance enabled
The thickness of lines will determine the thickness of the track on the map as well as the thickness of the line showing the Bearing direction in front of the pilot.
If you have the Pro version, you can change the color of the tracklog.
You can modify the Pilot arrow size to better identify the current heading by increasing the coefficient.
Depending on the wind direction and strength, you can therefore better visualize at any moment the Heading (Pilot arrow) and the Bearing (Line in front of the pilot).
By default, XCTrack uses the Bearing/track direction thanks to the GPS, the wind speed and direction to compute the Heading direction.
By enabling “Use internal compass” in Menu/Preferences/Connection & sensors, XCTrack uses the information coming from the internal compass to display the Heading.
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.