ePILOTAGEtm (add-on module for eSECTIONALStm)
Requires a GPS and an In-Flight PC to give you...
MOVING MAP Sectionals & Terminal Area Charts & VFR Flyway Charts
Includes a Simulated INTRUMENT PANEL (gauges) Overlay

Custom Designed for TabletPC Finger Touch Operation
Views below automatically switch depending on your TabletPC orientation choice.

Map with Controls

Map Only

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BUTTONS TOP ROW

The button bar across the top includes GPS Start/Stop, GPS Setup, Record/Playback Flight Track, Load/Unload Route, Hide/Show Route, Preference Selection, and EXIT. These activities are normally performed prior to take-off.

Note that you can record your entire flight. Processed GPS data is recorded every one second. After your flight you can playback the flight at normal or accelerated speeds. This is great for Instructors to show the Student Pilot the good and bad points of their flight. It also makes for great hanger conversations.

The Load Route button enables you to load a route that you created using the companion eSectionalstm software. When a Route is loaded, the Data Display (discussed below) will also display your distance and time to both the next Waypoint and your Destination. In addition, at any time you can Hide (or Show) the route in case the route lines are covering up a map feature.


MOVING MAP

The Map zooms to six different levels (50% to 300%). You have a choice between a NorthUP map (just like you would read a chart) and a TrackUP map. The NorthUP map shows your aircraft centered on the map and the aircraft is pointed in the direction of flight. When viewing TrackUP, your aircraft is "heads up" and position shifted. The obvious advantage with TrackUP is that it corresponds directly to your view outside the cockpit making ground pilotage double-checks easy.

One of your Preferences selections is the type of aircraft you wish displayed. We include a Single Engine, Twin Engine, Jet, VariEze, and Helicopter. You can also select if you prefer your aircraft as an outline or solid filled. The color of the aircraft outline or fill is determined by the GPS "fix" status. No Fix is black, 2D Fix is yellow, and a 3D fix is green.


SMALL MAP

This is your Overview Map. It shows your entire Sectional (or TAC). It includes an outline box duplicating the area of the Moving Map so that you know where your current position is with respect to the whole Sectional (or TAC). When you have a Route loaded, the Route is also drawn on this map.


8 LARGE GRAY BUTTON SET

They are large making it easy for you to finger press them in-flight on your TabletPC. The +/- Buttons are used to zoom in and out. The N/T button toggles between TrackUP and NorthUP maps. And you can finger click on the map to toggle between the Map Only and the Map with Controls views (as shown above).

The button to the right of the N/T button is the Rings Button. When pressed, the Moving Map displays three rings centered on your aircraft. These are distance rings to make it very easy for you to judge distanced without wondering about the map scale or zoom level. The button will show you the sizes of the rings and those sizes change with zooom level (example, 10-20-50, 5-10-20, 2-5-10). One great use of this feature is that when you are about to descend, you might choose a zoom level such that one of the rings is 50 nm (from the airport). When that ring touches the airport, you start your descent. Similarly, you can then zoom in so that the 20 nm ring is displayed making it easy to start your airport approach announcements.

The button below the Rings Button is your DIRECT TO button. Press this button and the map is unlocked from the GPS (AutoCenter turned off). You can then move the map (using your TabletPC joystick or arrow button set) or you can drag the small box in the Overview Map to look around for a nearly airport. The Airport Database is polled for all the airports on your current chart. The display then shows red circles over each airport. You then click on that airport and the data display shows airport elevation, CTAF, any runway data, distance to airport, time to airport, and calculated descent rate. Keep clicking airports until you find your best option. Press a FLYTO button. Immediately, the map relocks to the GPS and a bold red pointer runs from the tip of your aircraft to the selected destination. The Data Display will show your time and distance as you progress to that point.

The next button is AutoCenter ON/OFF. When ON, the map is locked to the GPS. When OFF, you can move around the move.

The last button is IPNL (Instrument Panel shown below). When pressed, the Moving Map display is turned off and an Instrument Panel is displayed. It includes six "conventional" dial gauges, Ground Speed, Turn Rate, Ground Track, Altitude, Vertical Speed, and a Clock. The numeric data is also displayed next to each gauge.


BLACK/YELLOW DATA DISPLAY

This is your data area showing your Altitude (Above Mean Sea Level), Ground Speed, Ground Track both True and Magnetic, Time both Zulu and Local, and, if a route or directto present, your time and distance to points. The Preferences Dialog gives you various options of the colors. The Preferences Dialog also provides for a choice of NM, SM, or KM units.


WHITE BUTTON SET LOWER RIGHT CORNER

These buttons are labelled SEC, TAC, VFR, INS and either CFM or USA or AK. These are map selector buttons. They permit you to select a different chart. Let's say you are in-flight and viewing a Sectional. If your Sectional includes a Terminal Area Chart (TAC), when you fly into that area (and have that chart installed), your moving map automatically switches to that chart. If you leave the TAC chart area, the moving map automatically switches back to the Sectional. While the TAC is displayed you can press the SEC button to restore that chart. The INS button works the same way. Some Sectionals have Insets (which are TACS but not deemed worthy of publishing separately. We "extract" those insets and provide them as separate charts. Thus if you fly into an inset area, you can select that higher resolution chart.

One of your Preferences options is the label for the last button. If you are flying in the lower 48, you would probably choose the USA label. This means that if you press the USA button, the USA map selector appears and you can select any Sectional or TAC directly by clicking. Ditto if you choose the Alaska (AK) label. The CFM label, when pressed, activates the Chart File Manager which lists ALL the charts for easy selection.


INSTRUMENT PANEL

The Instrument Panel is activated using the IPNL button. It displays your Ground Speed, Altitiude (AMSL), True Track and Magnetic Track (blue needle), Turn Rate, Vertical Speed, and an analog clock in GPS (ZULU) time.

This data is derived from the GPS data stream. However, the Turn Rate and Vertical Speed are both calculated based on the differential readings of the ground track (determines turn rate) and altitude (determines vertical speed). Thus, these values are about a two second lag behind the actual value as might be indicated on your aircraft panel.

Since your actual Ground Speed and actual Ground Track is displayed, it is easy to quickly find your Headwind or Tailwind component. For example, if YOUR panel shows an IAS of 90 kts and the IPNL shows a Ground Speed of 100 kts, you have a 10 kt tailwind.

We have included a feature that lets you click on the Ground Speed (or Track Indicator) and a KeyPad pops up wherin you can enter a value. The corresponding gauge then immediately displays the magnitude/direction of the wind.

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REQUIRES
eSectionalstmUSA Edition $99.95/year
(Annual Subscription)
OR
eSectionalstmHomeBase Edition $15
(One Time License Fee)



Suggested ePilotage Computer Specifications:

PLEASE NOTE: You can install ePilotage on more than one computer. Use your home/hanger desktop to download charts as they expire and to keep the software updated. Use your in-flight TabetPC to hold a second copy. Keep your charts current on the Tablet by copying the /DATA folder from one PC to the other after updating charts.

  • Any TabletPC (examples: Samsung Q1, Motion LS800, Fujitsu 1610)
  • Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP
  • Microsoft Windows Comport Stack 1-15 (Some computers have only the Toshiba 40 Comport Stack.)
  • Windows Vista WARNING
  • 128 Mb RAM (256 Mb Preferred)
  • 2 Gb Disk Space (for complete set of charts)
  • 1 Ghz processor (2 Ghz preferred)
  • Internet Connection to Update eSectionals Charts and obtain software updates
  • DSL/BROADBAND Connection SUGGESTED
  • Any NMEA GPS Receiver (Bluetooth/USB/Serial Port compatible with your computer)

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