Package Definition group, together with the Package Name group, allows you to determine the components within a flight package layout.
The Package Definition group consists of two lists:
the Available Components list
the Package Contents list.
Available Components List
The Available Components list is a list of components that can be included in flight package layouts. To add a component from the Available Components list, drag the desired component into the Package Contents list where it can be configured.
In general, the components correspond to the high-level nodes in the current tree view in the Flight Package Layout group. The exceptions to this rule are marked with an asterisk below.
Package Contents List
The Package Contents list displays the actual contents of the selected flight package layout.
Dragging a component from the Available Components list and dropping it in the Package Contents list will include it in the flight package layout. The same component can be included multiple times (e.g.: various Flight Plan components in the same or different formats). Items can be removed by dragging and dropping them in the Available Components list. To reorder items, users can drag and drop them at the desired position in the list.
Adding a component or double-clicking an existing one from the list opens a configuration dialog with configuration options specific for that component, as shown in the following illustration.
All configuration dialogues include an Apply button which, when clicked, applies the changes and closes the dialog. Clicking anywhere outside the boundaries of the dialog will close it without applying any changes.
The SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, FIR NOTAMs, Company NOTAMs, and Runway Analysis components are not configurable. Double-clicking any of these will not open a configuration pop-up. Double-clicking weather chart components opens a dialog that displays the names of the charts applicable to that particular component. For example, the SigWx Americas component shows the following label:
A Show Route checkbox, when selected, allows you to select to show the route over the weather chart. An Auto Select checkbox, when selected, automatically selects the weather chart to be used in the flight package if it meets the following criteria:
the flight path crosses the area that the chart covers
the flight cruise level is within the flight level that the chart covers
the flight time intersects with the chart's valid forecast time range
Note: When N-Flight Planning automatically selects SigWx charts, it uses those charts that best ensure full coverage of the route. Consequently, some charts may be excluded from the resulting package if another chart already covers the same portion of the route.
The following details the configuration options for the configurable component.
Section: This dialog contains a text box for the section name limited to 30 alphanumeric characters (including spaces), which is empty by default. If the textbox is empty when the popup’s Apply button is clicked, the operation will fail, the dialog will not close and the following error message will be displayed in the status bar: "Invalid section name." Section names are required to be unique within the same flight package layout. Therefore, attempting to create a new section with a name already used by the loaded layout will fail and display the following error message: "Duplicate section name."
Flight Plan: This dialog contains a dropdown list containing Aircraft Specific (the default) plus one entry for each available format. Highlighting keywords can also be customized with bold, italicized and colored text.
Weather & NOTAMs: This dialog contains checkboxes for METARs, TAFs, and NOTAMs. Highlighting keywords can also be customized with bold, italicized and colored text.
Other Weather: This dialog contains a text field to allow you to add a customizable queries to display in the flight package contents.
Tracks: This dialog contains a dropdown list containing NAT, PAC, AUS, NOR and CEP options.
Route Profile: This dialog contains a dropdown list containing Available FLs, Distance FLs, and Distance and Graphical Winds options.
Country Info: This dialog contains a dropdown list containing Permit Report and Overflight Charges options.
For added visibility the text for a Section component list item includes its name (e.g., Section: Charts). Similarly, the text for a Flight Plan component list item includes the selected format (e.g., Flight Plan: Format 03).