Manual

There is NO MANUAL yet. Before some kind of manual appears, I will try to put here the information pilots are asking for or useful tips which are not clear from the XCTrack user interface

Competitions

Competition Tutorial

Airspaces

XCTrack can use airspaces from http://airspace.xcontest.org automatically.
  1. Choose countries in Preferences -> Airspaces -> Web
  2. Tap Refresh
  3. Enable airspace display in settings XC assistent or competition map
  4. Airspace activations are automatically check upon XCTrack restart
If you want to use a custom OpenAir file, the following steps are need.
  1. Copy your airspace files in OpenAir format to XCTrack/Airspaces directory.
  2. Choose the individual airspace files to use on Preferences -> Airspaces -> Files screen.
  3. Enable airspace display in the settings XC Assistant or Competition Map widgets
  4. Add the airspace proximity widget for information and current distance from the nearby (nearest) airspace.
OpenAir files cannot be used with web-synchronized airspaces, you must choose between first and second method.

Waypoints

Waypoints used in navigation are read from waypoint files. Waypoint files are searched for in XCTrack/Waypoints directory and several files can be used at once. Supported waypoint file formats: The file name/extension does not really matter, the right format is automatically detected based on the file contents

Internal waypoints

There is one special file in the XCTrack/Waypoints directory, called xctrack-internal.wpt. This file serves as a storage for XCTrack “internal” waypoints. It is created and edited by XCTrack by marking or editing waypoints. The file format is GpsDump (GEO) encoded in utf-8. You can modify this file by hand, but be careful:
  1. do not modify the file while XCTrack is running - it can result in loosing your edits or any strange behaviour
  2. do not make errors in the file, it could lead to loosing some waypoints
You can replace the file with another file in any format, which XCTrack understands. It will be converted to GpsDump format on the first edit.

Thermalling detection & switching to thermal assistant

Switching to thermal assistant can be enabled or disabled in Preferences -> Automatic actions. By default, once circling in thermal is detected, the page is switched to the thermal assistant page. Once XCTrack detects the pilot stopped thermalling, the page is automatically switched back. The detection of thermalling start/end is based on the following rules:
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