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1       Introduction 

Map Functions 

This topic shows you the map functions on the interface and how to apply various layers to the map. You will learn how to save map images and include them in the flight package. 

We estimate that this will take 10 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed Explanation 

Map Features 

The Map graphically represents route information, weather overlay, terrain data and restricted areas. Hover over each area for expanded explanations.

The Search bar allows you to search for specific items such as airports, waypoints or FIRs.  You can search for multiple items by separating them with a comma.

The Zoom In/Out slider allows users to expand or minimize the area they are reviewing.

The overlay menu options categorize the types of layers you can add to your map screen. These will be discussed in depth during this module.

The Save button allows users to save a copy of their map and send it with their flight release.

Click on the triangle on the bottom right of the screen to expand the map or collapses the map on your screen.

1. Search bar

2. Zoom in/out slider

3. Overlay menus

4. Save button

5. Expand / Collapse map arrow 

 Map - Search Bar

The search bar on the Map screen allows users to search for anything on the map and have it highlighted for quick reference.  Users can search for multiple items when separated with a comma or specific categories.  

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Interaction 1 Click the Search bar input field.

Available Search categories:

Airports:  eg SYD or YSSY
Airways: eg A457
FIRs: eg WSJC
Waypoints: VMR, TUNTO
All:  allows a search over multiple categories 

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Interaction 1 Enter vhhh, m501 into the Search bar field.

In this search we will identify an airport and an airway. To search multiple items, separate them with a comma.  

Interaction 2 Press the KeySymbol:13 key.

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Interaction 1 Click the Reset button.

Once the user hits Enter, the items in the query will be highlighted on the map.

To reset previous queries, select the Reset button next to the Search bar.  

Map - Overlay Buttons 

The Overlay Buttons allow users to add or remove various layers to their map.  You can add as many layers as you would like to the map and this is user specific, meaning other users will not be able to view or change your map.

 

 

 Map - Map button 

The Map overlay button allows the user to pull up the latitude and longitude as well as the terrain of an area for reference.

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Interaction 1 Click the Map button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Projection list item.

Terrain: Selecting the Terrain checkbox causes the terrain to appear on the map. When terrain is selected, the elevation (in feet) can be displayed anywhere on the map by right clicking on the mouse.

Grid: Selecting the Grid checkbox causes a grid to be overlaid on the map. The type of grid selected under the Projection fly-out.

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Interaction 1 Click the Terrain checkbox.

Selecting Projection allows you to select the type of projection grid to display on the Map using radio buttons.

Choices are:

Plate Carree

Mercator

Polar Stereographic (North)

Polar Stereographic (South)

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Interaction 1 Right-click the map anywhere on the right-hand side of the image.

Right-clicking over an area will display the coordinates, country, and elevation at that specific area.  

 Map - Weather button

The Weather overlay button allows the dispatcher to show hazards such as turbulence, icing, and thunderstorms at various flight levels and intervals to assist in flight planning.

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Interaction 1 Click the Weather button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Winds checkbox.

Selecting Winds allows you to select the checkbox to overlay winds on the map. The Flight Level drop-down list lets you specify a flight level for which winds will be displayed. The top drop-down menu, across from the Winds checkbox allows you select the wind source.

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Interaction 1 Click the Winds checkbox.

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Interaction 1 Click the SigWx checkbox.

Selecting the SigWx checkbox causes SigWx (including radiation) to be overlaid on the Map. The top drop-down menu, across from the SigWx checkbox allows you select the weather source.  The SigWx information is time-stamped on the lower right of the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the SigWx checkbox.

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Interaction 1 Click the Turbulence checkbox.

The Turbulence checkbox will display turbulence information on the map.  Darker lines on the map indicate higher levels of turbulence. The flight level drop-down list lets you specify the flight level to show the winds.

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Interaction 1 Right-click the map anywhere on the left-hand side of the image.

EDR Turbulence Scale

<+ 0.10  --- No Turbulence

0.15-0.25 -- Light Turbulence

0.25-0.45 -- Moderate Turbulence

>= 0.55   -- Severe Turbulence

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Interaction 1 Click the Turbulence button.

You can view turbulence data on a point on the map or for an airport. Right-click on a point on the map or an airport to view turbulence data. You must have the turbulence checkbox selected to view turbulence data on the map. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Weather button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Turbulence checkbox.

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Interaction 1 Click the Icing checkbox.

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Interaction 1 Click the Icing dropdown button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Light list item.

There are 3 icing options: light, moderate and heavy. Icing displays as the light blue to dark blue color on the Map. Select the Icing checkbox and choose the intensity level to display icing on the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the Flight Level dropdown button.

Icing is only displayed for flight level 280 or below. If a planner chooses a higher altitude, icing will not be displayed.  

Icing is measured in PPI (percent power increase):

Light (0.0 - 0.1)

Medium (0.11 - 0.4) 

Heavy (0.4 and above)

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Interaction 1 Click the Storm checkbox.

Select the Storm checkbox to display the storm information on the map measured in vertical velocity. Thunderstorm vertical velocity indicates the intensity of the storm.

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Interaction 1 Right-click the green areas in middle of the map image.

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Interaction 1 Click the Storm button.

Thunderstorm tops indicates the height of the storm, data output in hundred of feet.

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Interaction 1 Click the Weather button.

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Interaction 1 Click the SIGMET checkbox.

Interaction 1 Right-click the ZLHW:1 SEV TURB SIGMET image.

SIGMET Color Chart:

Red: Thunderstorm

Orange: Turbulence

Blue: Icing

Gray: Volcanic ash

Green: Cyclone/Hurricane

Cyan: Other/Unknown

 

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Interaction 1 Click the ZLHW:1 SEV TURB button.

Right-click on a SIGMET to see additional details.

The details include the start and end time of the SIGMET including the text details from state published resources.

 Map - Airspace button 

The Airspace overlay allows dispatchers to select layers related to airspace which includes airways, FIRs and Restricted Areas.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airspace button.

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Interaction 1 Click the FIRs list item.

Interaction 2 Click the FIRs checkbox.

Selecting the FIR fly-out allows you to select the FIR checkbox to overlay flight information regions on the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the Sub-Regions checkbox.

Select the Sub-Regions checkbox to overlay the sub-regions of the flight information regions on the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the FIR-Warnings checkbox.

Select the FIR-Warnings checkbox to overlay the FIR areas on the map that defined in the FOMS 394 menu.

Interaction 2 Click the Flight Level dropdown button.

The FIR fly-out also provides a drop-down list that allows you to specify a flight level to apply to the FIR 

Interaction 3 Click the FL300 list item.

Interaction 1 Right-click the Left-hand side of the map image.

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Interaction 1 Click the ZWUQ A button.

You can right-click on a region to view  Identifier, Region Name, Center Name, IFPS and DCT Flying information. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Airspace button.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airways list item.

Select the Airways checkbox to view airways that are overlaid on the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airways checkbox.

Zoom in on the map to display the direction of the airway. You can select to show Lower or Upper airways or you can choose to show both.  

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Interaction 1 Click the Airways checkbox.

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Interaction 1 Click the Waypoints list item.

Select the Waypoints fly-out to select the type of waypoints you want to view on the map, either Enroute, NDB, Terminal and VOR.

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Interaction 1 Click the VOR checkbox.

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Interaction 1 Click the VOR checkbox.

VOR is used in this example.  You can right-click on the map to view NAVAIDS if you have selected any of the checkboxes.

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Interaction 1 Click the Restricted Areas list item.

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Interaction 1 Click the Restricted Areas checkbox.

Select the Restricted Areas fly-out to select the Restricted Areas checkbox and the User-Defined Areas to overlay restricted areas on the map. The Restricted Areas fly-out also provides two drop-down lists that to specify a flight level above or below which to display restricted areas.

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Interaction 1 Click the Restricted Areas checkbox.

Right-click in a restricted area to see the Name, Type, Min/Max Flight Level, Status and Time Period the area is active.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airport list item.

Select the Airport fly-out and select the Airport checkbox to overlay airports on the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the Airports checkbox.

The Airports fly-out also provides fields to specify a maximum and minimum runway length (in feet), and a maximum and minimum airport elevation (in feet). Only airports meeting this criteria are displayed. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Airports checkbox.

Right-click on an airport to display:

ICAO/IATA

Name/City Name

Longest Runway

PCN

Runway Surface

Elevation

Latest METAR

Latest TAF

List of all applicable runways 

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Interaction 1 Click the Tracks list item.

Select the Track fly-out and the Tracks checkbox to overlay tracks on the map.

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Interaction 1 Click the Tracks checkbox.

The Tracks fly-out provides a radio button list that allows you to specify the tracks to display.

Choices are:

        NAT:  North Atlantic

        PAC: Pacific

        AUS: Australian

The Tracks fly-out also provides a radio button list that allows you to specify the track direction.

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Interaction 1 Click the Tracks list item.

 Map - Flight button 

The Flight button allows you to display layers on the map specific to the flight you are working on at the moment. 

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Interaction 1 Click the Flight button.

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Interaction 1 Click the ETOPS checkbox.

Select the ETOPS checkbox shows the ETOPS circles on the map. These are only displayed if ETOPS information has been entered in the Plan screen. 

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Interaction 1 Click the ETP checkbox.

Select the ETP checkbox to view the equal time points on the map. These are only displayed if ETP information has been entered in the Plan screen.

Interaction 2 Right-click the two green dots side-by-side on the map image.

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Interaction 1 Click the Z:99-ALL ENGINE DEPRESS button.

Right-click on the ETP to see the different scenarios that are available along with other pertinent information.

 Map - Action button 

Use the Action button to erase the layers you have selected and clear the map.

 Map - Save button 

Use the Save feature to save the map and layers that you have selected for the flight and add it to the flight package. 

In order to save a map, enter a name for the image and select the type:

Flight - only associated with the selected flight and  saved in the Custom Map images section.

CityPair - only associated with flights that contain the city-pair and are saved in CityPair Map section.

Standard - associated with all flights and are saved Standard Map section. The map is saved with the current map layers and auto-zooms to fit the route.