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Hints and Tips for using Flight Deck View in Planeplotter

Here are some hints which Bev from COAA listed on the Planeplotter forum for getting the best out of the Flight Deck View in the new version 5.5.5 of Planeplotter.


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There are a couple of useful hints and tips to pass on in relation to the Flight Deck View feature.

As already mentioned, the effective viewing height of a chart seen from the flight deck is very much less than the normal view that you would have in Chart View, which is more "ISS view" than "Bird´s eye view".
Accordingly, to avoid a very pixellated screen, charts used as the basis of the Flight Deck View should be created to cover a much smaller area than you would expect to employ for normal chart use.

The manipulation of the chart into the Flight Deck perspective is very processor intensive. If you find that selecting this view makes your machine run sluggishly, try using a smaller chart area. You can create smaller OSM maps and satellite images by reducing the overall size of the PlanePlotter main window before you generate the maps/images.

If you are interested in the Flight Deck View on approach and landing (my personal favourite), then unless the airport in question is close to sea-level, you will get the best results by setting the "QNH" value in Options..Chart..Options to the current QFE for the airport, so that the display height is above ground level and not altitude above the ISA datum. You will also need to ensure that the Transition Level in Options..Chart..Options is high enough for the pressure correction to be applied.




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