Question Green Runway extensions
i need some help. i am planning the first longer trip this weekend.
1. How do you switch on/off the green runway extensions at the airports in the flightplan or in general?
2. What is the fastest way to select a direct to waypoint while flying, without using the planning section/search function?
greetings from Ingolstadt
Thanks for your questions, Jochen, and welcome to EasyVFR.
Unless you are too far zoomed out, the green "Feathers" appear automatically for all runways at any airport you include in your route. For your destination they give you a guide if you are making a "straight-in" approach, and for any other airfields on the route they serve to warn you of the course other traffic making a straight-in approach will be following. They are not really intended to be turned off, they are an inherent part of the aerodata information structure. So the only way they can be turned off is by turning off the aerodata "master control" on the Map Layers Menu tab - but that also removes all beacons, airports, runways, airspace labels, obstructions, reporting points, user objects, town place-names and breadcrumbs - in short, that turns off all the information (except airspaces) that you would expect to see on an aviation moving map! I suppose we could add an extra button just for the Feathers on the Aerodata submenu within the Map Layers Menu tab, but I am not aware of anyone previously having wanted to be able to remove them. Is being able to remove them something you feel strongly about?
Probably the quickest way to create a "Direct to" (e.g. for a precautionary landing) to the nearest suitable airfield (i.e. one that matches the characteristics of the aircraft you have in your flightplan (required landing distance and surface type) is to tap on the aircraft symbol on the moving map, and when the Quick-Info Wheel appears, tap the segment with the "Airport" icon. The details of the nearest airport then appear at the bottom of the screen, and to create a direct-to route just tap the Direct button ("letter D with arrow"). On the moving map, a yellow line will appear form your present position to teh airfield. The yellow line denotes a "proposed route", your planned route remains unaltered as a magenta line. To commit to the route to the airport, tap on the route icon with the green tick in the top right are of the screen. Your planned route is then cancelled and its magenta line is removed from the map, and the line to the nearest airport now changes from yellow to magenta and becomes the active route. (Alternatively, tap on the red X beside the yellow line, or the route trashcan icon at the top right of the screen to reject the new yellow route and keep with your planned magenta route.
Instead, if you can see a nearby airfield on the map and just want to diver to there, just tap on that airfield and immediately the QuickInfo for that airfield will appear at the foot of the screen. just above teh top of teh QuickInfo pane at the left edge of teh screen a tab with an airfield icon will be seen. Tap on that and teh full airport information pane will appear, with its usual set of option buttons, including the "Direct To" button. Tap on that to produce the new yellow route direct to that airfield then proceed as above (green tick) to cancel your current planned magenta route and to instead confirm you want to confirm the proposed yellow route.
Is that the situation you were asking about, or were you asking how to re-plan your route to fly direct from your present position to some waypoint further along your planned route (e.g. if ATC approve a crossing of an airspace but you had planned a route that went round the edge of the airspace to stay outside?
The simplest method to re-route form your present position direct to a waypoint further down your route is to use the "rubber band" technique. If you are not familiar with rubber-banding, it is a very easy "on-screen" dragging movement to introduce a new waypoint into a route, so I will explain this "rubber band" technique first and then explain how to use it to "jump to a waypoint further along your route" afterwards.
So to use the rubber band method (for example to replace a route that was from "A to B" by one that goes from "A to P to B"). - just place your finger on the "A to B" route leg line and keep it there for a short period, then drag across the map, you will see that you are now breaking the existing route leg into two "elastic segments" that you can "stretch" like a rubber band, and you can move your finger so that the join between these to new segments is located where you want to insert a new intermediate waypoint ("P") away from the original direct "A to B" route. When the break-point between teh two elastic segments is where you want to insert teh new waypoint, take your finger off the screen and a yellow route "A to P to B" will appear. Tap the green tick button to accept this route modification and the yellow "A to P to B" segments will become magenta and the original direct "A to B" part of the magenta route will vanish, replaced by the new "A to P to B" indirect route.
Once you are happy using teh rubber band technique, we can use it to quickly change our route so we can rote direct to a waypoint further down our route. Supposing your route was "A to B to C to D to E to F to G", and you were part way between A and B, expecting to have to fly via B, C and D to keep outside some airspace, but ATO actually clears you from your present position direct to your planned point E. To create a route from your present position direct to E and retaining your planned route from "E to F to G" proceed as follows: Identify your planned leg "D to E" and put your finger on about the mid=point of that leg. Then DRAG that line down until it becomes two segments ("D to P to E") and drag it until teh break-point ("P") coincides with your current aircraft position, then take your finger off teh screen. You will still have your original magenta line ("A to B to C to D to E to F to G") but you will also have a new yellow route ("D to P to E" - where P is your current aircraft position. Tap the green tick button to confirm this route change and your original magenta "D to E" leg will be removed and be replaced with two new legs, "D to P" and "P to E". All you now have to do is to fly along P to E, and then follow on "E to F to G" to complete your route. You might want to eventually delete points B, C, and D from your route to "tidy it up" but that is not really essential, the route ahead of you is more important than the route behind you !
I'm sorry that this is a long explanation, the technique is very easy once you understand it and I thought it better to explain in full detail rather than give a simple-looking explanation that might make too many assumptions about your familiarity with route planning in EasyVFR. If you have not already looked at it, I strongly recommend that you read the QuickStart guide (available in English or German at https://support.easyvfr4.aero/help/quickstart-schnellstart-manual ). The Rubber banding technique is explained there on page 17.
A little update for you, Jochen - we are now testing internally a version with a "switch" to allow the green "feathers" to be turned off. It also has a feature whereby if you tap on a runway number in the aerodrome pop-up tab, just the feathers for that specific runway will be displayed. So I'm sure when the next public-release update comes out in a few weeks you will have that feature.
New update 890 brought some nice changes !
However, it is not possible to select a RWY feather for off route airports. This should be implemented to increase awareness.
When a single RWY feather is selected for an enroute airport, it will remove all feathers of the other airports.