Flying Page - released

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We are changing the layout of our website over the following 12 months. At present we have the Flying section available with real-time tracking. This revision to the dashboard page, released as the Flying page, has a few extra features. Take a look below to start using these now.  

The Flying page is an integration of some aspects of the original Dashboard page and the Tracks page. We have tried to make the Flying page a real-time, uncluttered, advanced page for viewing your aircraft's current location and flight. 

 

The New Features 

  • Google Earth 3D. Click on the map layers icon in the Map Menu Bar to see the Google Earth View. 

 

Please note that you may be shown this screen asking you to download the Google Earth Plugin.

 

You will need to download the plugin, click run, and wait for the plugin to be installed. Once installed you will be able to refresh the page to see the Google Earth View. 

If you are asked to trust the website, click trust. Also, you must ensure you have the latest version of the Google Earth Web Plugin. If you don't, please follow the steps on our Google Earth Plugin Page. 

  • ETA for aircraft Flying. Now you can select an aircraft which is currently active, click the ETA button, and right click on the map to get an estimated time of arrival of the aircraft. You also get a distance from the last point to the destination. If you need to move the ETA location at any time, simply click and hold on the ETA box and drag it around. To remove the ETA box, simply click on the ETA button in the points of interest again. 

 

  • Full Screen Map. On the Map Menu Bar you will see a new icon on the far right. This increases the map to full screen. Simply press escape or click the full screen icon again to go back to the standard map view. Please note, Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox will be required. 

 

 

  • Faster loading of position reports. All the data is now stored on the client side, which means when you click on a position report or a new track it will open much quicker. You will also see the map reloading position report data by a small blue reload bar at the top of the page. 

 

  • Active aircraft vs AOG. We have added another icon, the plane, to the Map Menu Bar which shows and hides the non-active aircraft, clearing the screen of aircraft that are not currently flying. If aircraft have not sent a position report in the last 15 minutes they will not show as being active. 

 

  • Sort aircraft. You can sort aircraft in the sidebar by alphabetical and latest flight. This allows you to easily select or see who is flying now. The sidebar, by default, will place any aircraft currently on SOS at the top of the list. 

 

  • Time of flight. Each aircraft in the list within the sidebar shows the flight time total.

 

  • Improved visibility of each track. Previously all tracks would overlay each other. Now, by clicking on an aircraft in the list it will only show the track of the aircraft you have selected and no other tracks, reducing confusion over which position reports belong to which aircraft. 

 

  • Points of interest. Any points of interest, such as Mark Button press notifications, Watch on or Watch off are now shown on the Flying page sidebar.

 

 

  • More map to view. The map is now bigger and covers the full screen.

 

  • System Status. You will see a dot in the top right of the page. This is an indication of the system status. If the icon is green, everything is good. If this is orange then there is a partial system outage. If it is red, the whole system is down. 

 

  • Logout and Settings. To access your settings pages or logout you just need to click on your name in the top right of the page. 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

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    Adam White

    I like the additions. I'll show my wife/dispatcher and see what she thinks.

    It would be nice to have the KML files show up eventually.

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Adam,

    Yes for sure, we would be keen to know what her thoughts are.

    The existing features of the dashboard page are coming and will be added before this goes out to the general public, including any suggestions or bugs you guys find. Plenty of work to do.

    Thanks,

    Luke

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    Security Aviation

    The new features of the Flying (Beta) especially the Google Earth view and ETA feature. However, I noticed the ETA box that shows up on the map view has a very dark background and is very difficult to read. At first, it had a light background which was easily read. I think this is an error but not sure. Please correct when possible. ETA feature is INCREDIBLY useful though.
    Thank you,

    Justin Soucy
    Flight Coordinator
    Security Aviation
    Anchorage, AK
    907-248-2677

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Justin,

    Good to know that you use and like it. We have noticed this issue also which was a result of fixing KML layer text colours. We have updated this in our production test website and will push to live in the next build which will hopefully be in the near future.

    Thank you,

    Luke

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    Bryan Holmes

    Luke,

    1) Would it be possible to add a search bar for cities or at least ICAOs?

    2) How difficult would it be to add an MGRS option instead of Lat/Long?

    Bryan,
    US Army

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Bryan,

    1. What would you want to see happen when you search for the ICAOs? Would you want to zoom to that location?

    2. I will throw this in as a request to the development team. I have been searching online to see if there is a solution around KML Files and loading a KML File onto our website. You don't happen to have the grid system in this file format?

    Thank you,

    Luke

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    Bryan Holmes

    Luke,

    1. That's correct. I would want to be able to input the ICAO and it shows the location in the map view. Then I could change views from there. It would also be nice to search for a lat/long or MRGS as well.
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    Luke McCarthy

    Thanks Bryan,

    I will write up a feature request internally for this. I can see where this could be used in conjunction with other features like the ETE / ETA feature.

    Thanks,

    Luke

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    Bryan Holmes
    1. No I sure don't have the grid system in the kml format

    Also, the map view changes when I go to tracks or a different window and then return to my dashboard. I may be zoomed in on a location in satellite view and when I return, I have a zoomed out view of North America. Without the search function this forces me to go to map view, find my desired location, zoom in, and return to satellite view.

    I understand this is easier when the devices are on but with the kml function I would like to use this before my a/c even depart. Loading routes and other kml files to display for others.

    Bryan

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Bryan,

    I can understand what you are looking to do. We are looking to do some work on a planning application, and the intention of this was to work in well with the actual flights that take place.

    I will keep this in mind when we start to work on the mock up design for this. If you have any further ideas please do let us know. When we have something worth showing in the beta group I will send you an email through here.

    I look forward to your feedback on this.

    Cheers!

    Luke

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    Bryan Holmes

    Luke,

    Also, what about adding an AGL option instead of altitude as well?

    Is it possible to use the symbol loaded in the aircraft settings as the symbol that displays on the map? Instead of the arrow you see a moving aircraft?

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Bryan,

    Yes, AGL has been suggested and is something we are looking into with this new website. Probably not going to be in the first iteration and I can't guarantee it will be possible, but it is a development feature request.

    Do you mean the aircraft image loaded in the aircraft settings page? Or some other image?

    Thank you,

    Luke

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    Bryan Holmes

    The aircraft loaded in the settings page. I uploaded an icon that displays on the page. It would look good as a moving icon.

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Bryan,

    Ok, got it. Let's see. I can suggest this to be discussed also, however it is likely to be low priority. Keep the ideas coming.

    Cheers!

    Luke

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    Bryan Holmes

    Hi Luke,

    What about the ability to create a route? I know the option to add a KML is there but our routes need to be converted to a KML. Skyvector.com uses a simple click and drag method to develop a route. It also give you the ability to search for the ICAO along the route or manually input a coordinate. This would tie in to the above requests and ultimately give users like me the ability to create a route and flight follow my aircraft.

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    Luke McCarthy

    Hi Bryan,

    Yes, more coming on this side of things. I will send out an email to beta users in the following few weeks. I look forward to your feedback on this..!

    Luke

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