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
AirspacesXCTrack can use airspaces from http://airspace.xcontest.org automatically.
- Choose countries in Preferences -> Airspaces -> Web
- Tap Refresh
- Enable airspace display in settings XC assistent or competition map
- Airspace activations are automatically check upon XCTrack restart
- Copy your airspace files in OpenAir format to XCTrack/Airspaces directory.
- Choose the individual airspace files to use on Preferences -> Airspaces -> Files screen.
- Enable airspace display in the settings XC Assistant or Competition Map widgets
- Add the airspace proximity widget for information and current distance from the nearby (nearest) airspace.
WaypointsWaypoints 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:
- Compe GPS .wpt
- Format UTM .wpt, .utm
- GpsDump (GEO) Format .wpt
- OZI Explorer .wpt
- Seeyou .cup
- XCSoar/WinPilot/Cambridge format .dat, .xcw
Internal waypointsThere 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:
- do not modify the file while XCTrack is running - it can result in loosing your edits or any strange behaviour
- do not make errors in the file, it could lead to loosing some waypoints
Thermalling detection & switching to thermal assistantSwitching 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:
- XCTrack detects start of thermalling if there have been at least 90 degrees change in heading (not bearing) in last 30 seconds AND the vertical speed averaged over last 30 seconds is -0.5m/s or more (less the 0.5m/s sink or lift)
- XCTrack detects end of thermalling if there have been less than 30 degrees change in heading in last 30 seconds AND the vertical speed averaged over last 30 seconds is less than -0.5m/s