- creating and managing your own user waypoints
- download a topographic map
- download and activate aeronautical charts from chart suppliers
- find out and memorize landmarks using Satellite chart mode
- record and replay flown flighs
- use Airmate during flight instruction
Creating and managing your own user waypointsCreating its own waypoints for specific locations is very useful. To this end, when map is displayed, do a long press on the desired location. The regulated areas window will open to display the regulated areas list at this point, select the first button « Create User Waypoint ». You need only to enter the waypoint identifer you want to assign and a short description, check the latitude/longitude and adjust it if needed and then Save. You could from now on use this user waypoint during route creation. When you click on an user waypoint on the map, you are able to add it to the route or perform a direct to it when in Flight mode, but also to modify or delete it.
Download a topographic mapWhen Internet coverage is available, Airmate will download as needed topographic maps for any place in the world. But this is not possible when flying without Internet access. You need then to download in advance the topographic data of the countries you will overfly to ensure consistent coverage (if you forgot this step, Airmate will neverthless display a low resolution map). At installation time, Airmate will recommend to download the topographic map of your home country. If you will overfly other countries, we advice to download also their maps before flying. To this end, go to Settings menu and then select « Manage charts ». A list of available charts will be proposed to you, you could select those you need. Topographic maps are generated from the worldwide reference OpenStreetMap data, they are all free of charge. You could select several topographic charts, they will be downloaded and installed sequentially.
Download and activate aeronautical charts from chart suppliersIn standard mode, Airmate will dynamically create a full aeronautical map, by overlaying topographic map with aeronautical data (airports, regulated areas, radio beacons, waypoints, airways…).
You could fully replace in a given area this dynamically generated map by an aeronautical chart (eg 500k) from a map supplier, eg IGN, Air Million, Cartabossy, Avioportolano or OpenFlightMaps. Those charts may be free of charge (OpenFlightMaps, US Sectionals) or charged (commercial suppliers).
Those charts are downloaded using the same procedure than topographic maps: go to Settings menu and select « Manage charts ». If the chart is a paying one, you could purchase it online.
One such a chart overlay is downloaded, you could activate it anytime. To this end, press the button « Layers » at the bottom right of the chart. You will be shown the list of downloaded chart overlays and could select the associated switch to active it.
When an aeronautical chart overlay is activated, it will replace both the topographic map and the Airmate aeronautical data within its boundaries. This means that for example airfields or regulated areas will no longer be displayed on top of the chart by Airmate as the chart already embeds those data. But Airmate is still providing active content, and will display the associated information with a single press or a long press is done. If you click on an airport, you will still have the airport popover window that will present you airport weather, frequencies, runways and IFR/VFR charts.
The « Layers » button includes a Chart Overlay switch to request Airmate to display its own data on top of the aeronautical chart. This could lead to a cluttered display, but this function is very useful to compare aeronautical data from both sources. Airmate data are updated more regularly than chart data.
Find out and memorize landmarks using Satellite chart modeAirmate map displays at startup aeronautical data on top of a topographic map.
Switch the map in « Satellite » mode using the Layers button at the bottom right of the map. The topographic map is replaced by a satellite view of the Earth you could zoom it to look at proeminent landmarks. To keep full awareness of aeronautical environment, all airports, radio beacons, waypoints and regulated areas are still displayed on top of the satellite view.
Satellite mode is fetching data over Internet and is therefore not available in flight.
You could also switch to Satellite view when replaying the flight path of a recorded flight.
record and replay flown flighsThe plane button at the upper right of the Airmate map toggles between Planning and Flight mode. In Flight mode, Airmate will display actual plane position and flight data: speed, track, approximate altitude and vertical speed, next point distance and ETE.
When switched in Flight mode, Airmate is recording flight performance data during all the flight. Those data are saved when Airmate is switched again in Planning mode at the end of the flight.
From the planned flight list displayed at launch, you could view the list of flown flights by selecting the History button at the bottom of the screen. It is then possible to select one of the flown flight to review it, replay the plane track on the map, and share the recorded flight with friends or flight instructor. The recorded flight data may be sent by email in GPX format to any recipient. GPX data may easily be imported in Google Earth or other tools.
Use Airmate during flight instructionAirmate features are perfectly suited to help flight instruction:
- first of all, Airmate is a free app, helping student pilots to keep their hard earned money to pay for flight hours.
- Airmate is very easy to use without training and provides instant access to weather data, NOTAMs, aeronautical information, helping student pilots to learn the good habit of always obtaining up-to-date information before flying.
- It is not easy for student pilots to recognize on aeronautical maps the landmark he/she will have to overflow during his next flight. Thanks to Airmate Satellite mode, viewing and memorizing landmarks will never be easier
- Thanks to its flight recording and replay features, Airmate will provide all needed data for an efficient postflight review with the Flight Instructor.