Go on a Virtual Trip




Let's go on a trip with Navgps Pro 3.14...

After installing Navgps Pro, you can start it by selecting it from the Start-menu.
Navgps will display the data-files it's found and loaded.

In this case, the usa_east region that expires on 07/09/2003.

Also, one topo-map was loaded.

Click on 'OK'.
At the next-screen, Navgps starts to receive data from the gps-receiver for a position fix.

The top circle shows the location of satellites around your current position with the outside circle being the horizon and the center being directly overhead.

The bars at the bottom show the strength of the signal.

When a satellite is locked-on, it's shown in green.
Before taking off, you decide to enter your flight-plan by selecting the Plan>Enter menu option.

We'll fly from CDW to KBDR - birthplace of the Sikorsky helicopter.

Since you have current av-data loaded, note you can use Victor airways as part of the plan.
Just to verify visually, you select the Plan>Visual View/Edit menu option.

You can see the segment lengths and also the total length of the flight - in this case 67.1 nm.
Once we get clearance from the tower - we're off.

Navgps automatically selects the first waypoint and since we happen to be in auto-view mode, the EFIS page is shown.
We get a direct CMK from ATC. We'll press the up-arrow coupla times to select CMK as next destination.

In this case we've also manually selected north-up display-page.
Another display-page.

Pages can be selected by menu-option or the <Enter> key.

PocketPC users can also press the Action key - i.e. the center of the arrows keys. They can also program one of the hardware application buttons.
If you had the PCFS gyro module attached and using Navgps Pro/PCFS - then you could toggle between the AI and Navgps screen by pressing hardware button.

Note that you can see the active identifier, bearing and distance in the top-left corner.
We're getting close to destination, we click on the destination identifier to get the info-box.

You can click on 'i' to get detailed airport info - communication freqs, runways etc.

Today we'll just click on 'APP' to enter approach mode.
Navgps will show the ATIS and tower frequencies along with all the runways available.

After talking to tower - we find out that runway 06 is active.

We'll select it - and the runway heading-line (dashed-line) is displayed.
We're intercepting the runway 06 heading-line.

Note also that the approach-mode needles are displayed - the airplane-icon changes to tail view. We're getting vertical/horizontal guidance down to the runway.

Of course we're doing this using Navgps as a backup instrument...right?
On close final...and a little bit above the glide-slope.

We're there!