|The COMPUMAP is a convenient and effective user expandable moving map and route editor program for search&rescue, taxi, police, sport and general aviation with high-end features specifically designed for low- and medium-speed aircrafts and other flying equipments such as hot-air-balloons. The program is currently and (as every good program) probably ever be in the development stages. But this only means that any new idea that is not incorporated in the program as a feature is greatly welcomed. The program of course is fully usable even now.||
|The COMPUMAP supports
its users with versatility and with easy-to-use visual interface besides
its easy expandability.
With the COMPUMAP the user can create route-plans and point-databases for his own convinience and display them on any of the maps handled by the program. Each database can contain as many as about 16000 points. The program can handle as many databases as the user need. Each route can contain as many legs as the use need. The program displays navigational information about the routes on the screen thus letting the user know the distance between the points and the total distance from the beginning as well as directional information between the waypoints and time estimations for completing each leg, the route, and during simulated or real GPS usage the estimation from the current position as well. The user of course can copy the points between the databases and the route-plans.
The program is also capable of making a simulation of the designed routes therefore enabling the user to know in advance of any special events which can occur of known reasons such as crossing the border of air-traffic-control areas.
The COMPUMAP is also able to determine whether the current position is in any specified area known to the program. These areas can be of any kind, but during flight the most important of these areas are the air-traffic-control areas. Of course, the user can design his own areas of interest and importance or select those areas from the currently monitored ones which he needs or not therefore enabling him to be up-to-date to the occasional or daily changes of the currently valid areas. The system is also capable of displaying these areas and the position of the plane relative to these areas.
Naturally this would be all nice but nothing if the program did not have capabilities for using GPS equipments. But of course the program can use a wide range of GPS receivers. Any receivers which are capable of transmitting NMEA 0183 sentences are usable with the program. There are some other protocols also implemented in the programs which are not currently identified only used. One of these is the protocol used by the Trimble Transpak II receivers.
The greatest advantage of the program over the usage of GPS equipments without map-display is that with the program the user can monitor his current position over any of the maps the program handles and get up-to-date navigational information and also information about his position relative to the important points of the land under him. This is an easy way of determining the nearest point for an emergency landing, or knowing his location even when the visibility is low.
In addition to this the program also has unique capabilities which can help to determine the users location even when the GPS is inoperational due to some errors, calculating the position of a radio-beacon from measuring its relative direction in at least two points or determining the direction and speed of the wind which is greatly usable for gliders or hot-air-balloons.
The user can also log his flight since the program can operate as a datalogger as well and record the transmission from the GPS and store it to the hard drive. This recording can later be loaded back to the program and viewed as a simulation and the flight can be evaluated.
The program also makes it possible to record points to a database providing a convenient tool for making aerial photos when the position the photo is taken from is important to be known.
The COMPUMAP handles an infinite number of maps simultaneously, and these can be organized into thematical and resolution groups. These maps can be created by the user as well. To create his own maps the user only needs to scan or otherwise acquire a map in digital form, and then pin out some points with known geoghraphical co-ordinates on the map. After this the program can handle the map as its own.
The DISPLAY is a special variant of the COMPUMAP for passanger information (In-flight information moving map) on board of the bussines aircrafts. In the main properties of program, similar to the base air-navigation version, the route planning is the same. The differecies are in the moving map display. The DISPLAY automatically changes 2-3 charts (more or less detailed) in every minute. The bottom information line contains less information than the airnav version (only speed, altitude and ETE estimated time to landing) but with larger character size to serve the visibility from several meters. The COMPUMAP DISPLAY has a special selected map for Europe.
This solution doesn’t need special audit and permission of flight security as the hardware background of COMPUMAP DISPLAY are the commercial pen tablet PC and the Bluetooth GPS receiver. The only contact to the aircraft’s other systems is the DC supply of the passanger cabin (e.g. cigar-lighter). Just like a normal PC of any passanger.
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